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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:
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.
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.’
|1||Lebanon Valley College||95.63%|
|2||Washington & Jefferson College||95.36%|
|6||University of Scranton||94.21%|
|8||Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies||94.19%|
|16||Saint Joseph’s University||93.73%|
|17||Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)||93.7%|
|20||Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania||93.52%|
|21||Thomas Jefferson University||93.42%|
|22||York College of Pennsylvania||93.36%|
|24||Saint Vincent Seminary||93.23%|
|25||Saint Vincent College||93.23%|
|26||Saint Francis University||93.23%|
|28||Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania||93.16%|
|29||East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania||93.13%|
|31||Seton Hill University||93.03%|
|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%|
|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%|
|74||La Salle University||91.83%|
|76||Delaware Valley University||91.82%|
|79||Cedar Crest College||91.36%|
|82||Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus||90.94%|
|83||Pennsylvania College of Technology||90.94%|
|86||La Roche University||90.62%|
|88||Edinboro University of Pennsylvania||90.56%|
|90||Point Park University||90.4%|
|92||University of Pennsylvania||90.28%|
|93||California University of Pennsylvania||90.19%|
|96||Mansfield University of Pennsylvania||89.91%|
|97||Clarion University of Pennsylvania||89.69%|
|99||Carnegie Mellon University||89.08%|
|102||Chestnut Hill College||88.43%|
|106||The University of the Arts||88.08%|
|107||Mount Aloysius College||87.46%|
|110||Moore College of Art and Design||87.2%|
|111||Cheyney University of Pennsylvania||86.98%|
|114||Bryn Mawr College||86.11%|
|117||University of Valley Forge||85.37%|
|120||Lancaster Bible College||83.24%|
|121||Clarks Summit University||82.82%|
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