These Are The 10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Pennsylvania For 2019

Chris Kolmar
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. Susquehanna University
  3. Gettysburg College
  4. Thomas Jefferson University
  5. University of Scranton
  6. Moravian College
  7. Villanova University
  8. Muhlenberg College
  9. Duquesne University
  10. Wilkes University

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.’

1. Lebanon Valley College

Lebanon Valley College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Annville
Employed: 96.19%

2. Susquehanna University

Susquehanna University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Selinsgrove
Employed: 95.62%

3. Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Gettysburg
Employed: 94.77%

4. Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Philadelphia
Employed: 94.45%

5. University of Scranton

University of Scranton

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Scranton
Employed: 94.37%

6. Moravian College

Moravian College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Bethlehem
Employed: 94.35%

7. Villanova University

Villanova University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Villanova
Employed: 94.31%

8. Muhlenberg College

Muhlenberg College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Allentown
Employed: 94.04%

9. Duquesne University

Duquesne University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Pittsburgh
Employed: 93.98%

10. Wilkes University

Wilkes University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Wilkes-Barre
Employed: 93.83%

There You Have It — The Best Colleges For Jobs In Pennsylvania

If you’re looking to have a career after college, you should consider applying to any one of the universities and colleges on this list. They have some of the highest rates of employment for not only Pennsylvania, but the entire country.

Here’s a look at the full list of colleges in Pennsylvania by their employment rates 10 years after college.

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Pennsylvania

Rank College Employed
1 Lebanon Valley College 96.19%
2 Susquehanna University 95.62%
3 Gettysburg College 94.77%
4 Thomas Jefferson University 94.45%
5 University of Scranton 94.37%
6 Moravian College 94.35%
7 Villanova University 94.31%
8 Muhlenberg College 94.04%
9 Duquesne University 93.98%
10 Wilkes University 93.83%
11 Lehigh University 93.83%
12 University of the Sciences 93.81%
13 Lafayette College 93.47%
14 Ursinus College 93.43%
15 King’s College 93.4%
16 Juniata College 93.39%
17 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 93.27%
18 Washington & Jefferson College 93.19%
19 Elizabethtown College 93.1%
20 Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies 93.1%
21 Bucknell University 92.95%
22 York College Pennsylvania 92.87%
23 Westminster College 92.82%
24 DeSales University 92.81%
25 Saint Joseph’s University 92.77%
26 Lycoming College 92.75%
27 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 92.74%
28 Seton Hill University 92.72%
29 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania 92.65%
30 Gwynedd Mercy University 92.62%
31 Millersville University of Pennsylvania 92.57%
32 Albright College 92.52%
33 University of Pittsburgh-Bradford 92.39%
34 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 92.39%
35 University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown 92.39%
36 University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg 92.39%
37 Saint Vincent Seminary 92.22%
38 Saint Vincent College 92.22%
39 Drexel University 92.04%
40 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 91.89%
41 Saint Francis University 91.89%
42 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania 91.88%
43 Lock Haven University 91.84%
44 Misericordia University 91.82%
45 Philadelphia University 91.79%
46 Robert Morris University 91.75%
47 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State DuBois 91.74%
48 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley 91.74%
49 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona 91.74%
50 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Beaver 91.74%
51 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks 91.74%
52 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg 91.74%
53 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine 91.74%
54 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Greater Allegheny 91.74%
55 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Schuylkill 91.74%
56 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Hazleton 91.74%
57 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 91.74%
58 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont Alto 91.74%
59 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington 91.74%
60 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Worthington Scranton 91.74%
61 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York 91.74%
62 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- Eberly 91.74%
63 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Wilkes-Barre 91.74%
64 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Great Valley 91.74%
65 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New Kensington 91.74%
66 Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine 91.74%
67 Pennsylvania State University-World Campus 91.74%
68 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College 91.74%
69 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Shenango 91.74%
70 Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson Law 91.74%
71 Widener University-Commonwealth Law School 91.73%
72 Widener University 91.73%
73 Gannon University 91.67%
74 West Chester University of Pennsylvania 91.52%
75 Allegheny College 91.49%
76 Holy Family University 91.17%
77 La Salle University 91.13%
78 Dickinson College 90.99%
79 Delaware Valley University 90.86%
80 La Roche College 90.85%
81 Mercyhurst University 90.84%
82 Thiel College 90.83%
83 Point Park University 90.69%
84 Franklin and Marshall College 90.59%
85 Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus 90.5%
86 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 90.46%
87 Marywood University 90.38%
88 Pennsylvania College of Technology 90.32%
89 University of Pennsylvania 90.28%
90 Temple University 90.24%
91 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 89.88%
92 Clarion University of Pennsylvania 89.83%
93 California University of Pennsylvania 89.82%
94 Carnegie Mellon University 89.75%
95 Messiah College 89.58%
96 Waynesburg University 89.44%
97 Cedar Crest College 89.3%
98 Neumann University 89.24%
99 Arcadia University 88.86%
100 Mount Aloysius College 88.74%
101 Cabrini University 88.45%
102 Moore College of Art and Design 88.24%
103 Keystone College 88.01%
104 Immaculata University 87.87%
105 Eastern University 87.77%
106 Alvernia University 87.53%
107 Carlow University 87.33%
108 Wilson College 87.29%
109 Geneva College 86.89%
110 The University of the Arts 86.65%
111 Bryn Mawr College 86.6%
112 University of Valley Forge 86.53%
113 Lincoln University 86.47%
114 Chestnut Hill College 86.16%
115 Swarthmore College 85.96%
116 Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 85.9%
117 Cairn University-Langhorne 84.24%
118 Peirce College 83.69%
119 Lancaster Bible College 82.72%
120 Chatham University 81.96%
121 Clarks Summit University 81.65%
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