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Midstate colleges among top in state, says BestColleges.com

BestColleges.com has released its Top 50 Schools in Pennsylvania for 2015, the annual list ranking the state’s best two- and four-year colleges out of more than 450 educational institutions.

Midstate schools making the list include Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Messiah College and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.


Schools are judged in the categories of acceptance, retention, graduation and post-graduation employment, which is partly determined by their loan default rate, the website said in a news release.


It said the list is “tuned in to the needs of students faced with rising tuition costs and the pressures of obtaining a quality education.”


The top four-year colleges, according to the 2015 list,

1. The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

2. Swarthmore College, 

3. Bucknell University, Lewisburg

4. Haverford College

5. Lehigh University, Bethlehem

Four-year colleges in southcentral Pennsylvania that made the top 25 list include:


9. Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster

10. Gettysburg College

12. Dickinson College, Carlisle

14. Messiah College, Mechanicsburg

The top two-year colleges, according to the 2015 list,

1. Penn State-Mont Alto

2. Johnson College, Scranton

3. Penn State-Shenango, Sharon

4. Penn State-Fayette-Eberly, Lemont Furnace

5. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster

Harrisburg Area Community College ranked 11th in the state for two-year colleges.


Ryan Gleason, editor-in-chief, said, “Pennsylvania has some of the highest in-state tuition prices in the nation, but many of the two-year schools on our list are part of articulation agreements that make it possible to transfer credits into four-year programs. We wanted to showcase both options so students know what’s available to them.”


BestColleges.com helps prospective students find the college that best meets their needs with online tools and resources, including college rankings, a searchable database of schools and financial planning guides.

Larry Portzline
Larry Portzline covers York County, nonprofits, workforce and education. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at [email protected].

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