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2020 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Pennsylvania

Approximately 57,989 English language and literature degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. 2,963 of these degrees were given by colleges in Pennsylvania alone, making it the 4th most popular state for English language and literature students. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Pennsylvania ranking analyzed 45 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in English language and literature. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 6 schools for English Language & Literature students in Pennsylvania.

Choosing a Great English Language & Literature School

Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Pennsylvania The English language and literature program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality English language and literature program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 14% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 22%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 210 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

A English language and literature degree from schools on this list typically translates into above average earnings following graduation. A English language and literature bachelors degree from a school in Pennsylvania helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $28,220 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on English Language & Literature students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other English language and literature students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized English language and literature related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for English Language & Literature students in Pennsylvania.

Best Schools to Study English Language & Literature in Pennsylvania

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study English language and literature.

Top 10 Best English Language & Literature Colleges in Pennsylvania

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania is a wonderful option for students interested in a English Language & Literature degree. Located in the city Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great college overall.

UPenn offers English language and literature degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's.

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#2

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University is a good option for individuals interested in a English Language & Literature major. Located in the distant town Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 32 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Bucknell is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Bucknell offers a Master's Degree in English language and literature.

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Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA

Bryn Mawr College is one of the finest schools in the country for English language and literature. Located in the large suburb Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 12th out of 123 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

Bryn Mawr College is a fairly popular school to study English language and literature in Pennsylvania with over 13 graduates last year.

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Franklin and Marshall College is among your top options if you're planning on studying English language and literature. Franklin and Marshall is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lancaster. A Best Colleges rank of 63 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Franklin and Marshall is a great school overall.

Franklin and Marshall College is a fairly popular college to study English language and literature in Pennsylvania exceeding 22 graduates last year.

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WCUPA is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of West Chester. This college ranks 33rd out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, WCUPA offers a Master's Degree in English language and literature.

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#6

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Gettysburg. This school ranks 11th out of 123 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

With 42 students enrolled, Gettysburg College is one of most popular colleges to study English language and literature in Pennsylvania.

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#7

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Dickinson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Carlisle. This college ranks 10th out of 123 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A preferred major for English language and literature undergraduates, there are approximately 31 learners enrolled in this program at Dickinson.

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Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park. This college ranks 17th out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

For those interested in something more advanced, Penn State University Park also offers 2 different higher degree levels in English language and literature, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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#9

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Villanova. A Best Colleges rank of 71 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Villanova is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Villanova also offers 2 different higher degree levels in English language and literature, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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#10

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bethlehem. A Best Colleges rank of 43 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Lehigh is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Lehigh also offers 2 different higher degree levels in English language and literature, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Best English Language & Literature Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best English Language & Literature Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
New Jersey 38 1,365
Maryland 38 1,169
New York 38 5,325
Delaware 35 95
District of Columbia 33 279

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 43,370
Writing Studies 12,624
English Literature (Other) 1,215
Literature 780

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Majors Similar to English Language & Literature

Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 516,754
Visual & Performing Arts 154,258
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 34,883
Theology & Religious Vocations 31,559
Philosophy & Religious Studies 16,163

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Mike Hazard.

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