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2022 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania

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  1. #1 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Haverford College

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    4 Year,

    HAVERFORD, PA,

    248 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Haverford is a great place! This is very cliche but the community is amazing, the professors are supportive and very knowledgable, and the atmosphere is welcoming! I chose Haverford because of the....

    Read 248 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 18%,

    Net Price: $25,215,

    SAT Range: 1360-1520,

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  2. #2 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Swarthmore College

    4 Year,

    SWARTHMORE, PA,

    418 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I'm a rising sophomore, so I might change a bit of what I'll say here.My favorite aspect of Swarthmore is the academics. On the professor and academic assistance side, everyone has been patient and encouraging all throughout.I'd met professors who are simply the kindest, most passionate souls I have ever met. The presence of a dedicated Writing Center (getting help with presentations/papers from experienced upperclassman...The college's curriculum offers a great deal of flexibility, but also some structure. In particular, the distributional requirement for graduation is a prime example of this. Under it, you must take....

    Read 418 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 9%,

    Net Price: $20,360,

    SAT Range: 1390-1540,

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  3. #3 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Lafayette College

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    4 Year,

    EASTON, PA,

    639 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says I have nothing but great things to say upon reflecting on my time at Lafayette College. As a junior attending Lafayette College amidst the Covid 19 pandemic, I have had far from the typical college....

    Read 639 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 36%,

    Net Price: $28,735,

    SAT Range: 1250-1440,

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  5. #4 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Bryn Mawr College

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    4 Year,

    BRYN MAWR, PA,

    435 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says I love the traditions at Bryn Mawr! By participating in them, you will feel incredibly at home and like you belong and are loved. Additionally, by going to Bryn Mawr, you are able to take classes at....

    Read 435 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 38%,

    Net Price: $37,015,

    SAT Range: 1310-1500,

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  6. #5 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Franklin & Marshall College

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    4 Year,

    LANCASTER, PA,

    853 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I love the campus and the small school setting! Classes are small so connecting with professors is a lot easier. There are many options for classes and majors, as well as the fact that you can now....

    Read 853 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 37%,

    Net Price: $28,038,

    SAT Range: 1200-1420,

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  7. #6 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Gettysburg College

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    4 Year,

    GETTYSBURG, PA,

    603 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says I attended Gettysburg in the mid-90's and truly believe it was a life changing experience for me. The education, access to professors, and facilities are top notch. I still miss the beauty of the....

    Read 603 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 48%,

    Net Price: $34,850,

    SAT Range: 1200-1370,

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  9. #7 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Dickinson College

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    4 Year,

    CARLISLE, PA,

    657 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I've had a generally positive experience here; I think a lot of what I hear people complaining about are issues that are either just colleges in general or are things that are an indicator of a more....

    Read 657 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 52%,

    Net Price: $37,342,

    SAT Range: 1190-1365,

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  10. #8 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Muhlenberg College

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    4 Year,

    ALLENTOWN, PA,

    481 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says I loved Muhlenberg- the people really made my experience. Everyone is so friendly and genuinely kind. I have never met better people. Going to Muhlenberg helped me become a happier and kinder person.....

    Read 481 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 62%,

    Net Price: $35,152,

    SAT Range: 1170-1350,

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  11. #9 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    University of the Sciences

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    4 Year,

    PHILADELPHIA, PA,

    574 Niche users give it an average review of 3.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Although I have only completed my first year of college at University of the Sciences, it was one of the best years of my life. Not only am I surrounded by fellow peers and classmates who have the....

    Read 574 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 71%,

    Net Price: $31,497,

    SAT Range: 1110-1320,

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  12. #10 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Allegheny College

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    4 Year,

    MEADVILLE, PA,

    923 Niche users give it an average review of 3.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Allegheny College is a struggle. There is not one part of my experience here that has been easy in the slightest. The campus is beautiful, with great red brick roads and cool academic buildings that....

    Read 923 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 73%,

    Net Price: $26,376,

    SAT Range: 1140-1350,

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  13. #11 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Susquehanna University

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    4 Year,

    SELINSGROVE, PA,

    822 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Susquehanna has always been my dream college and even though I didn't get to go there right away, I'm more than happy that I got to transfer for my Bachelor's. The community and environment are so....

    Read 822 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 73%,

    Net Price: $26,597,

    SAT Range: 1020-1230,

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  14. #12 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus

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    4 Year,

    LEMONT FURNACE, PA,

    142 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I love being able to attend Penn State Fayette. What I love most about this campus is the small class sizes. Because of the small classes, you are able to get to know your professors better and vice....

    Read 142 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 80%,

    Net Price: $16,496,

    SAT Range: 960-1190,

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  15. #13 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Gannon University

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    4 Year,

    ERIE, PA,

    815 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says It has been such an easy ride for me, the staff is amazing. They truly made it so painless for me when applying and everything that followed afterwards. It has truly lived up to my expectations in....

    Read 815 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 79%,

    Net Price: $22,839,

    SAT Range: 990-1210,

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  16. #14 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Juniata College

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    4 Year,

    HUNTINGDON, PA,

    883 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says As a parent of a Juniata student, the experience has been excellent! The administration and professors really care about the students. There are many beloved traditions--from Mountain Day, to....

    Read 883 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 71%,

    Net Price: $24,524,

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  17. #15 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Saint Vincent College - Pennsylvania

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    4 Year,

    LATROBE, PA,

    524 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says As a long-ago graduate of Saint Vincent College, I can speak of the excellent academic standards, beautiful campus, and sense of pride within the community. Now as a parent, I am very fortunate that....

    Read 524 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 72%,

    Net Price: $21,169,

    SAT Range: 960-1190,

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  18. #16 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Ursinus College

    4 Year,

    COLLEGEVILLE, PA,

    465 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Beautiful campus and very warm, friendly environment. Professors want to see you succeed and the programs that I was involved in offered limitless opportunities for those who showed the interest and....

    Read 465 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 80%,

    Net Price: $31,400,

    SAT Range: 1150-1330,

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  19. #17 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Messiah University

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    4 Year,

    MECHANICSBURG, PA,

    1252 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Messiah is really a great fit for young Christians looking to grow in their faith since they're very intentional about including Christian values in students' daily life, extra-curricular clubs and....

    Read 1252 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 78%,

    Net Price: $27,641,

    SAT Range: 1080-1310,

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  20. #18 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Washington & Jefferson College

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    4 Year,

    WASHINGTON, PA,

    701 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I am a current sophomore here at W&J and so far I have had a super positive experience! It is really easy to be involved on campus and even though I am only a sophomore I have multiple leadership...Coming in I had no clue what I wanted to major in and all of my professors have been super helpful in helping me figure out my path. Honestly the professors are one of the best parts of this school...It is very easy to be a student athlete here and I have found that all professors and coaches are willing to work with you so that you can manage a reasonable schedule. Good time management is....

    Read 701 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 90%,

    Net Price: $27,477,

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  21. La Salle University

    4 Year,

    PHILADELPHIA, PA,

    863 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says La Salle provided me with a quality education that not only academically prepared me for Law School but expanded my understanding of social justice. Part of what makes La Salle so special is the....

    Read 863 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 76%,

    Net Price: $25,401,

    SAT Range: 870-1080,

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  22. #19 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Wilkes University

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    4 Year,

    WILKES-BARRE, PA,

    561 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Wilkes University is a very good school. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering and also swim for the Men's Swim team here at Wilkes. I can safely say it is a great fit for me! The family-oriented....

    Read 561 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 92%,

    Net Price: $30,281,

    SAT Range: 1040-1230,

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  23. #20 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Saint Francis University

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    4 Year,

    LORETTO, PA,

    561 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I just finished my first year of college here, and even though it was scary at first being in a new and open place, I have grown to love it. Education can be a little rough, but it is college. The....

    Read 561 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 75%,

    Net Price: $29,393,

    SAT Range: 1010-1220,

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  24. #21 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Penn State Berks

    4 Year,

    READING, PA,

    497 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I really enjoy Penn State Berks! The campus is very welcoming and getting help for academics is super accessible! The campus offers a wide variety of activities and clubs to join varying from....

    Read 497 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 87%,

    Net Price: $22,393,

    SAT Range: 1000-1200,

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  25. #22 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Penn State York

    4 Year,

    YORK, PA,

    168 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Penn state York is a bit different from other penn state campuses. This campus is truly about its students. Besides the resources that penn state offers, the York campus faculty does its best to makeStudents comfortable and at home. Diversity and inclusivity is 100% embraced here. I have attended, left, and returned to the York campus as I consider it a home away from home. Student life is...There are other campuses included penn state campuses, and other universities that you may enjoy student life. The housing is affordable but don’t be surprised if it looks questionable. Although....

    Read 168 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 85%,

    Net Price: $19,581,

    SAT Range: 1030-1300,

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  26. #23 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Elizabethtown College

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    4 Year,

    ELIZABETHTOWN, PA,

    663 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Elizabethtown College has a reputation that seems like is may be unachievable. This statement is far from true. In my short time being now just a sophomore at this divine college, I have grown more....

    Read 663 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 86%,

    Net Price: $25,767,

    SAT Range: 1080-1280,

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  27. #24 Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania.

    Misericordia University

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    4 Year,

    DALLAS, PA,

    590 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Misericordia University is a Catholic Liberal Arts College with an extremely welcoming atmosphere to all faiths and beliefs. The school is not particularly large but the space is vast and allows for....

    Read 590 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 83%,

    Net Price: $27,693,

    SAT Range: 1050-1220,

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