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2021 Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania

9 Colleges
1,001 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,910 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities School for You

Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in PennsylvaniaIn 2018-2019, 1,001 bachelor's degrees were awarded to liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who went to a Pennsylvania college or university. This makes it the #20 most popular major in the state. This means that 2.2% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania ranking, we looked at 9 colleges that offer a bachelor's in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in Pennsylvania

Check out the liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in Pennsylvania

Clarion University of Pennsylvania earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Clarion, Clarion University is a public school with a small student population. Clarion University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Clarion University to complete their degree, and it costs about $25,575 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University is $109,973. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to West Chester University of Pennsylvania. WCUPA is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of West Chester. WCUPA also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania list, coming in at #4.

At WCUPA, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $29,874 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WCUPA is about $130,549. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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California University of Pennsylvania landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the suburb of California, Cal U is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. Cal U also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania list, coming in at #7.

It takes the average student at Cal U about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $23,767 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $101,485 to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal U. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize Saint Joseph's University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, St. Joe's is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. St. Joe's also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania rankings.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at St. Joe’s to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $41,431. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from St. Joe’s is $169,867. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Edinboro University of Pennsylvania as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Edinboro, Edinboro is a public school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Edinboro to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,451. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Edinboro is $95,886. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Villanova has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania ranking.

At Villanova, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $42,224. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Villanova is $171,007. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. In addition to being on our best value list, Drexel has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Drexel is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $47,917. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Drexel is about $225,689. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Lock Haven University

Lock Haven, PA

Lock Haven University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. LHU is a small public school located in the distant town of Lock Haven. LHU also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at LHU is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,046. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from LHU be around $122,561. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Neumann University

Aston, PA

Neumann University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Neumann is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Aston. Neumann did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Pennsylvania list.

At Neumann, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $35,902. This means that the average student pays around $156,533 to get a bachelor’s degree from Neumann. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
New York 4,039
New Jersey 1,519
Maryland 442
Delaware 95
District of Columbia 54

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 1,001

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 4,394
English Language & Literature 2,323
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 1,137
Philosophy & Religious Studies 848
Theology & Religious Vocations 362

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 schools only.

  • 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 Jacques Sablet (Switzerland, Morges, 1749-1803).

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