- Agricultural Sciences
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice
- Culinary Arts
- Environmental Science
- Information Technology
- International Relations
- Performing Arts
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
Bryn Mawr College1 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Freshman: It's very pretty and the atmosphere is super chill. The professors are really understanding for the most part and they all are very knowledgeable in their department. Also the Bi-Co is a pretty neat program at the school. We could also take classes at Swarthmore and UPenn even though that's more uncommon but if you really want to do it you can. The students can get a little rattled when it comes to politics and it's really liberal, some people like that others don't, just depends on who you talk to. The campus is sooo beautiful all throughout the year! And housing is one the best parts because most of the rooms are really big and you can get a single your sophomore year. The college also does a good job at matching roommates for first years. It can get a little boring because it's in a suburb but Philly close enough that you could go into the city every weekend if you wanted to. Would totally recommend!
Swarthmore College2 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Alum: Among the best undergrad programs on earth. The combination of intellectual students, excellent professors, the beautiful campus, and close proximity to Philly is unbeatable. Attending this college really feels like you're going to Hogwarts. Don't get me wrong - this is a rigorous school that will test you at every level, but comparably to other famously rigorous schools you'll likely have a lot more fun and it's 100% worth it. The undergraduate education that you get here (if you do it right and take interesting classes that fulfill your requirements) is highly multidisciplinary and truly prepares you to think about any subject deeply. The Quaker tradition, the history of this school, and the culture of critical thinker/intellectual students makes this a unique and valuable place - and one of the best educations around.
Temple University3 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Junior: I am currently a transfer student and I am currently in my junior year there. So far it’s great. The campus is nice, and very clean. It is also very very diverse! Since I am a Muslim girl , it was very easy to blend in since there was so much diversity. It is quite a large university and it gives you so much potential to grow with its opportunities that are available to you. One thing that I wish they had was more online courses. I am an English major and surprisingly they don’t have any online courses. I work full time so I wasn’t able to take much classes because everything was on campus. I hope they are able to make it available in the future for students who are independent and has to make a living and is also trying to get an education. Overall, I am happy I chose Temple, and I will be hopefully graduating with a Masters from there. Hope this helps!
University of Pittsburgh - Bradford
- 4 Year
- Bradford, PA
Freshman: Coming from a big city, I didn't expect to like Pitt-Bradford as much as I do. I'm currently a freshman, headed into my second semester and I'm finding myself having a great time! Professors here are extremely helpful and care about students as individuals, staff members are very kind and always looking for ways to improve our experiences as students, and while the food isn't amazing, it's edible. Housing is also quite nice, even in the townhouses, which appear to be very cramped at first but are actually not too bad. The surrounding community is small and quiet, it's quite sleepy. Overall, I love this campus.
Financial aid is the main reason I chose to come to Pitt-Bradford and I can say with certainty that it was a wise decision.
- 53% Acceptance Rate
- $17,018 Net Price
- 870-1090 SAT Range
University of the Arts4 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Freshman: I am a current UArts freshmen Dance Major, so my opinions are biased towards the school.
Here's some of my opinions on the school:
-Literally in the heart of Philadelphia (S Broad Street/ Center City)
-Terra Hall, Gershman Gym, Anderson Hall, Hamilton Hall, & the dorm buildings all on or close to S Broad Street
-Terra Hall contains 17 floors pertaining to The Arts! :)
-Beautiful & spacious dance rooms big windows
-3 floors for dance with 9 different dances rooms (1 room for tap)
-Including the big Gershman Gym, there are 10 different dance rooms
-Very knowledgeable, engaging, open-minded, & creative teachers & faculty
-Terra Dining Hall & Mangia both consistently have the same food every week and could improve, although the food is still good and the staff is friendly
-Dorm rooms could be much better in terms of appearance and comfortability for the price we pay, although it is still livable
-Security is good with doormen/doorwomen & school cards needed to access all buildings
Chatham University5 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Sophomore: All in all, I feel Chatham has been a wonderful school. Attending a program that is so small has been a great experience. It provides easy one-on-one time with my professors, rather than having a lecture with 100+ students, where I hardly ever actually speak to the professor. Not only does the school provide wonderful educational opportunities, but even the events are wonderful. The amount of speakers that come to the campus to inform us of gender roles, women's leadership in society, the important notes on why it's important to be politically involved, and so much more has been great. I am being educated in so many ways more than just my degree.
University of Pennsylvania6 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Senior: I truly love the University of Pennsylvania. I had an amazing time here and look forward to getting my graduate degree here next year. The highly professional environment and competitive atmosphere pushes students to reach their highest potential and grow beyond it. Penn also encourages students to have balanced social lives, and provides the students with the necessary resources to have their interests be represented within campus and in student groups. However, I must admit that Penn's hyper-competitive environment does have drawbacks, especially on students' mental health. I think Penn could tackle this by changing their grading scheme, especially for underclassmen.
Allegheny College7 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Alum: Allegheny is a hidden gem to American private liberal arts colleges. It has truly changed the ways that I interact with academics, people, and view the world. You'll build connections across disciplines while adding new, challenging, and diverse experiences from faculty, clubs, sports, music, the outdoors, art, and finding your own path. It's easy to run with a passion that you hold and just as easy to tap into the passions of others with more than 120 clubs represented on a campus of ~2000 students. Prepare to be amazed and changed!
Albright College8 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Freshman: Albright College is a place of community. The small school atmosphere is amazing, all of the professors know who you are opposed to big state schools. The professors care about your learning abilities and the college offers many amenities at no extra cost to the student. Its a win win!
Dickinson College9 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Sophomore: I love Dickinson! My first year here was very satisfying all around as a student-athlete. I found the ability to balance both athletics and academics, which is crucial to all coaches and athletes. My expectations were surpassed especially with regards to campus awareness. This college is very aware of diversity and contemporary issues. Two of the main pillars of a Dickinson education--global citizenship and sustainability--are present in every major's curriculum. I've found that alum have been able to apply their skills to jobs that might not even be related to their major. This skill is more important than ever because in 5-10 years, there will be jobs and industries that do not even exist yet.
Point Park University10 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Junior: Point Park seems like a great school. Since I live in the Pittsburgh area, it is located conveniently downtown by Market Square. There is accessible public transportation. I can catch the bus from home straight to school and back. The college offers a variety of majors within the arts, business, education, culinary, and the sciences. I am a science major attending the school so I had to tour the campus. I love the closeness of study halls and the small classes. The campus is diverse and offers a variety of sport activities. I am excited for a great experience at Point Park!
Arcadia University11 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Sophomore: Arcadia is known for its wonderful study abroad opportunities! I spent an entire semester in the UK during my freshman year. The professors at Arcadia truly value each student, and are willing to go out of their way to help cultivate the educational growth of each student. There are always engaging campus activities. For off-campus activities, the city of Philadelphia is just 10 minutes away by train. There are also apartments within a 5 minute walk of campus where students can live for an affordable price. There aren't many food options, so it's best not to buy the meal plan. Lots of scholarship money available for financial aid. Overall, Arcadia is pretty great.
Franklin & Marshall College12 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Sophomore: The professors work hard to make sure every student grasps the concepts and offer several opportunities for office hours! Additionally, there are so many opportunities for research and jobs on and off campus through fandm.
Muhlenberg College13 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Sophomore: Muhlenberg carries an atmosphere of acceptance and togetherness. It’s very hard to come here and not find a place where you belong. Our academics are challenging with a faculty that pushes students for greatness. While it’s no walk in the park, you can be certain you’re receiving the best education possible. Oh, and let’s talk about the food! 5 Star food and staff.
Juniata College14 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Sophomore: I completely fell in love with Juniata the minute I stepped on campus. Academic and dorm buildings are gorgeous, old school brick. Everyone is so nice, students, professors, campus workers. I immediately felt at home here and continue to do so everyday. Students have more personal relationships with professors and workers; being a small campus, people get to know everyone and develop friendly relations. People look out for one another and get along very well. No college is perfect, but to me, Juniata comes pretty close. I come all the way from California and sometimes I get homesick, but being here at Juniata I have an amazing second family that I am always eager to get back to after breaks.
Haverford College15 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Senior: Haverford is an incredibly liberal arts-oriented college. With that in mind, the academics is highly focused on students, professors are caring and among the most approachable you'll ever meet, and students respect and care for each other. Campus is scenic, quiet, and has an excellent location in the suburb. There are many restaurants and shops within walkable distance to campus. However, in terms of the social aspect, Haverford parties are somewhat lame in nature, but it is also an extremely safe and accepting environment. Despite that athletics is not commendable, either, the majority of students are more or less involved in varsity sports and seem to enjoy what they do. Overall, Haverford is a nurturing environment for both intellectual growth and maturing personality-wise, and is ideal for those who seek a non-distressing transition into college.
Drexel University16 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Graduate Student: This is a fantastic school! Many of my professors reflect "good vibes" - they are warm and welcoming to questions and conversations; and some just don't find that as their cup of tea - they're just there to teach and nothing more. Overall, my professors are great. They all work within the field and apply "real-life/world" knowledge to the non-traditional (online) classroom setting. My coursework is challenging, and I really feel like it's preparing me for my future. I wish the online program were more interactive; there seems to be a good handful of miscommunications that happen. A frustrating aspect is the financial aid department, where everyone who works in there has a different story, their knowledge differing on how things are handled, and they never let you speak to someone in charge. The online system of notifying you about payments and such is pretty bad (I never receive anything) - this department definitely needs some work.
Carnegie Mellon University17 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Senior: Carnegie Mellon fosters the most diverse collegiate environment where you can pursue anything you want to, academically and extracurricular-wise. It is home to 7 distinct colleges undergraduates can choose from including engineering, science, CS, business, fine arts, humanities, and information systems. I belong with the Mellon College of Science (MCS). The cool thing is that I am majoring in Neuroscience through MCS but am also minoring in biomedical engineering through the Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT - engineering school), so I am experiencing the best of both colleges. This is only one example of the many interdisciplinary paths you can take here at CMU. Finally, CMU provides its students numerous opportunities to make an impact outside the classroom whether that is through travel-abroad service organizations, athletics, and so much more. The main takeaway is the CMU-experience is yours to design and there are endless possibilities.
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania18 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Senior: Lincoln University is an educational institution and a home.Lincoln is enriching in culture that is of the entire African Diaspora, all while being welcoming and accepting of students from across the world.Lincoln has also created many opportunities for student involvement: Honors Societies, Student Government, Strategic Planning Committees, and more. Lincoln also strongly encourages studying abroad for every major.Yearly, various opportunities to take education past the boarders of America arise with many modes of financial assistance.I absolutely love Lincoln and hope to continue the legacy that my mother has started- graduating as a Lincoln Lion!
Gwynedd Mercy University19 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Alum: Gwynedd Mercy was a small community which is something I really wanted in a university. I had the ability to be a student-athlete, member of multiple clubs/organizations, study for my bachelor's degree, and work part-time. The faculty and staff were very helpful, especially when it came down to "crunch time" and finding a job. I graduated GMercyU on May 12th and secured a teaching position May 14th! I highly recommend Gwynedd Mercy University, especially to education majors!
Holy Family University20 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Freshman: Holy Family University (HFU) is a great school for students who are looking to be in a small and personal classroom environment. Every professor wants to see their students achieve great things and they do all they can do help students succeed. HFU is located in Philadelphia, so students have access to many types of educational opportunities and internships. HFU is a pre-ivy league school and students who attend HFU are often very committed to their studies. Additionally, while HFU is a Catholic University, it is open to many students of different races, ethnicities, religions, sexualities, etc. HFU is a welcoming community that aims to make every student happy and comfortable. If you're looking for a small, cozy school in the city with great access to academic opportunities, then HFU is the school for you!
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania21 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Junior: I was 25 and working a part time I did not enjoy and decided to give college another try. Mansfield was a local college to me, but offered a degrees I was interested in. The location of MU is great for anyone wanting to pursue a career in outdoor recreation, geology, environmental studies etc because it sits in the mountains of Pennsylvania surrounded by many State parks and wonderful natural settings. The atmosphere of the school is close knit. Classes are smaller in number and you are able to have a personal relationship with the professors. The library is big and beautiful one of my favorite locations on campus. The town of Mansfield is small but nice. Just down the road you have a Main Street with a local cafe, bars, and some small shops. All faculty at MU is more than willing to help.
La Salle University22 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Alum: Overall, I was grateful for the experience La Salle gave me during my undergraduate degree. I met amazing people and learned from brilliant professors. I got the one on one attention I needed from faculty due to the overall size of the school. I also was able to join a sorority and other clubs La Salle had to offer. I met life long friends and remained in touch with not only students but some professors as well. Only reason I did not give 5 stars was because the school was very expensive when I attended, (graduated May 2016) and I am in a ton of student debt because of it. However, La Salle recently cut the tuition cost in half, which is great for upcoming freshman! Go Explorers!
University of Pittsburgh23 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Junior: If I could describe the Univeristy of Pittsburgh in one world, it would be home. Despite all of its flaws and imperfections, it is a safe space where I can explore and learn. The campus itself is a small city with features that make it feel more cozy than full-out sophisticated. From our beautiful Cathedral of Learning (we lovingly call her Cathy) to the spacious Schenley Park, there are tons of secret nooks that are perfect for studying. The professors, while teaching multiple classes, still make themselves available for questions outside the classroom. They are never too busy to stop and chat if you see them around campus; they really care about your education and that you have a passion for what you are studying. Overall, Pitt is an amazing college to attend. The community surrounding the campus challenge you and support you all at once. I’m extremely happy I made the decision to attend the University of Pittsburgh. Go Panthers!
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania24 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Sophomore: I like Cheyney because it’s small. I get the individual help from professors, I need while enjoying my college life. The campus is beautiful. The people are so nice. Everyone is so nice. Since cheyney is the first HBCU, the campus is rich with culture and learning experiences in every video.
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania25 Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania
Sophomore: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is a great school. Since the University is small, it is easy to create relationships with your professors and other students. There are a lot of different clubs and activities catered to an individual's personal interest. The community assistants in the dorms and the apartments are also great! They are there to help you in any way possible and truly care about their residents and their safety. The education received at Bloomsburg University is amazing! It is also a lot cheaper than a private school where you are receiving the same information. I would encourage everyone to apply to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
- 4 Year
- Worcester, MA
Freshman: It is a small liberal art college. you can go anywhere on campus within 10 minutes, and it helps a lot when you wake up late.
Again, it is a small community, you would see familiar faces anywhere you I have never expected. People notice you easily, compared to big universities, and vice versa; It is easier to make diverse friends without being constrained in a certain "group."
Clark is one of rare colleges that give substantial amount of scholarships to out of state students and even international students. Almost 70% of the total undergraduate students are out of sate and 15% are international.
Professors are generally kind and generous.
For the campus cafeteria, well, ice cream here is the best!
The only thing I do not like is housing facilities, but other dorms in campus are much new than mine..so this might not matter.
- 57% Acceptance Rate
- $26,350 Net Price
- — SAT Range
Saint Francis University
- 4 Year
- Loretto, PA
Freshman: Amazing staff and a beautiful campus! The curriculum is challenging enough to keep me interested but not hard to understand. If having a difficult time, SFU offers many resources to students to help them.
- 67% Acceptance Rate
- $24,827 Net Price
- 960-1160 SAT Range