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Top Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2019-20

Methodology and Sources

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges Tool 2019-20. 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
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
70%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
44
OVERALL SCORE
98.18
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
2 Saint Joseph's University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
30
OVERALL SCORE
97.96
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 Clarks Summit University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
69%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
97.25
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 Carlow University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
96.48
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
95.81
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
6 Saint Francis University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
89.81
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7 Wilkes University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
89.48
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
88
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
87.89
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
10 Robert Morris University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
86.56
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 Misericordia University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
86.51
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 University of Valley Forge Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
55%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
86.34
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Duquesne University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
86.18
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
99%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
85.57
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
15 DeSales University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
26
OVERALL SCORE
85.13
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 Chatham University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
84.91
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
17 Peirce College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
88%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
84.31
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    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 Drexel University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
98
OVERALL SCORE
84.09
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
19 Point Park University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
23
OVERALL SCORE
83.43
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
20 Gwynedd Mercy University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
81.61
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
21 Gannon University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
77.42
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
22 Central Penn College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
80%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
74.78
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
23 Lock Haven University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
73.9
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
24 Villanova University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
32
OVERALL SCORE
73.4
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
25 Immaculata University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
73.29
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 University of Scranton Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
72.14
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 Cairn University-Langhorne Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
71.7
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 Alvernia University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
69.99
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
29 Eastern University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
69.33
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
67.68
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
31 La Salle University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
66.96
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
32 Cedar Crest College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
66.74
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
33 Holy Family University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
66.63
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
34 Rosemont College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
66.24
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
35 Geneva College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
65.91
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
36 Lancaster Bible College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
65.69
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
61.51
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
38 Messiah College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
61.4
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    Career Counseling Services
39 Keystone College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
60.57
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
57.82
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
55.84
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
55.12
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
43 Temple University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
54.9
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
32
OVERALL SCORE
54.85
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
45 Neumann University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
54.41
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
46 Widener University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
45%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
52.31
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
47 University of the Sciences Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
51.49
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
48 Wilson College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
48.9
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
48.07
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
50 Lehigh University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
7%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
46.2
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services

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 2017-18 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 2017-18 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) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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