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Top Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2018-19

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges Tool 2018-19. Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool.

The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
80
OVERALL SCORE
99.89
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
2 Drexel University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
54
OVERALL SCORE
98.57
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 California University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
66%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
30
OVERALL SCORE
96.53
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 Clarion University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
26
OVERALL SCORE
95.09
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    Life Experience Credit
5 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
90.73
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    Placement Services
6 Saint Joseph's University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
90.24
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 Robert Morris University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
89.8
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
8 Duquesne University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
88.47
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
9 Clarks Summit University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
50%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
85.77
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
10 Wilkes University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
55%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
85.55
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 Villanova University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
31
OVERALL SCORE
85.27
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    Placement Services
12 Point Park University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
24
OVERALL SCORE
84.56
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Carlow University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
53%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
84.39
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    Life Experience Credit
14 Temple University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
84
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
15 DeSales University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
83.01
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    Life Experience Credit
16 Gannon University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
78.99
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17 Peirce College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
92%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
78.71
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 West Chester University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
77.33
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
19 Misericordia University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
76.83
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
20 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
76.67
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
21 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
8%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
71.43
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
22 Alvernia University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
69.88
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
23 Westmoreland County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
41
OVERALL SCORE
69.77
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
24 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
67.07
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
25 Saint Francis University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
65.42
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
26 Cairn University-Langhorne Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
65.09
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 University of Scranton Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
64.98
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 Cedar Crest College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
64.37
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
29 Elizabethtown College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
62.66
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
30 Messiah College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
61.67
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
31 La Salle University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
61.11
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
32 Mount Aloysius College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
60.51
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
33 University of Valley Forge Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
60.29
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
34 Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
58.85
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
35 Wilson College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
58.69
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    Life Experience Credit
36 Chatham University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
58.3
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
37 Waynesburg University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
56.65
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
38 Lehigh University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
55.71
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
39 Lancaster Bible College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
55.6
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
40 Lock Haven University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
54.88
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
41 Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
88%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
54.72
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
42 Seton Hill University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
53.72
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
43 Eastern University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
53.67
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
44 Geneva College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
14%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
53.45
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
45 Immaculata University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
53.06
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
46 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
51.63
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    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
47 La Roche College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
51.3
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
48 Neumann University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
51.24
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
49 Mercyhurst University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
48.65
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
50 The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
47.99
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources:

  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,