10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Pennsylvania For 2019

by Chris Kolmar
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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.

Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.

Compared to a lot of other states, Pennsylvania has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.

All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in PA, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in Pennsylvania.

The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in Pennsylvania:

  1. Lebanon Valley College
  2. Washington & Jefferson College
  3. Gettysburg College
  4. Muhlenberg College
  5. Susquehanna University
  6. University of Scranton
  7. Elizabethtown College
  8. Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  9. Lehigh University
  10. Moravian College

If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of Pennsylvania has to offer.

How We Determined The Best Schools In Pennsylvania For Jobs

Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.

We limited the analysis to the 121 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in Pennsylvania that offer at least a bachelors degree.

Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.

The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, Lebanon Valley College, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Pennsylvania.’

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Pennsylvania

Rank College Employed
1 Lebanon Valley College 95.63%
2 Washington & Jefferson College 95.36%
3 Gettysburg College 94.92%
4 Muhlenberg College 94.57%
5 Susquehanna University 94.32%
6 University of Scranton 94.21%
7 Elizabethtown College 94.19%
8 Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies 94.19%
9 Lehigh University 94.15%
10 Moravian College 94.13%
11 Duquesne University 94.12%
12 Juniata College 93.97%
13 King’s College 93.84%
14 Lafayette College 93.81%
15 Villanova University 93.77%
16 Saint Joseph’s University 93.73%
17 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) 93.7%
18 Wilkes University 93.68%
19 Westminster College 93.52%
20 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 93.52%
21 Thomas Jefferson University 93.42%
22 York College of Pennsylvania 93.36%
23 DeSales University 93.24%
24 Saint Vincent Seminary 93.23%
25 Saint Vincent College 93.23%
26 Saint Francis University 93.23%
27 Misericordia University 93.17%
28 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 93.16%
29 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania 93.13%
30 Albright College 93.05%
31 Seton Hill University 93.03%
32 Bucknell University 93.0%
33 Franklin and Marshall College 92.99%
34 University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown 92.65%
35 University of Pittsburgh-Bradford 92.65%
36 University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg 92.65%
37 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 92.65%
38 University of the Sciences 92.39%
39 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania 92.38%
40 Drexel University 92.25%
41 Gannon University 92.22%
42 Gwynedd Mercy University 92.22%
43 Holy Family University 92.14%
44 Robert Morris University 92.1%
45 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 92.06%
46 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Scranton 92.02%
47 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley 92.02%
48 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona 92.02%
49 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Beaver 92.02%
50 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks 92.02%
51 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg 92.02%
52 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine 92.02%
53 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York 92.02%
54 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- Eberly 92.02%
55 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Hazleton 92.02%
56 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Greater Allegheny 92.02%
57 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont Alto 92.02%
58 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington 92.02%
59 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Schuylkill 92.02%
60 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Wilkes-Barre 92.02%
61 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State DuBois 92.02%
62 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Shenango 92.02%
63 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 92.02%
64 Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine 92.02%
65 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New Kensington 92.02%
66 Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson Law 92.02%
67 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Great Valley 92.02%
68 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College 92.02%
69 Pennsylvania State University-World Campus 92.02%
70 Millersville University of Pennsylvania 92.02%
71 West Chester University of Pennsylvania 91.95%
72 Lock Haven University 91.87%
73 Ursinus College 91.83%
74 La Salle University 91.83%
75 Dickinson College 91.82%
76 Delaware Valley University 91.82%
77 Thiel College 91.56%
78 Marywood University 91.42%
79 Cedar Crest College 91.36%
80 Waynesburg University 91.25%
81 Lycoming College 91.12%
82 Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus 90.94%
83 Pennsylvania College of Technology 90.94%
84 Widener University 90.88%
85 Mercyhurst University 90.66%
86 La Roche University 90.62%
87 Allegheny College 90.61%
88 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 90.56%
89 Cabrini University 90.54%
90 Point Park University 90.4%
91 Neumann University 90.29%
92 University of Pennsylvania 90.28%
93 California University of Pennsylvania 90.19%
94 Temple University 90.14%
95 Arcadia University 89.96%
96 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 89.91%
97 Clarion University of Pennsylvania 89.69%
98 Carlow University 89.29%
99 Carnegie Mellon University 89.08%
100 Keystone College 88.57%
101 Alvernia University 88.43%
102 Chestnut Hill College 88.43%
103 Messiah College 88.31%
104 Rosemont College 88.31%
105 Eastern University 88.17%
106 The University of the Arts 88.08%
107 Mount Aloysius College 87.46%
108 Swarthmore College 87.45%
109 Immaculata University 87.23%
110 Moore College of Art and Design 87.2%
111 Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 86.98%
112 Wilson College 86.55%
113 Lincoln University 86.27%
114 Bryn Mawr College 86.11%
115 Chatham University 85.56%
116 Geneva College 85.51%
117 University of Valley Forge 85.37%
118 Peirce College 84.28%
119 Cairn University-Langhorne 83.47%
120 Lancaster Bible College 83.24%
121 Clarks Summit University 82.82%
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