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    Pennsylvania not only has close to 500 colleges, universities and technical schools, but the Keystone State also boasts the country’s first college chartered after the formation of the United States of America, Dickinson College and several highly selective and prestigious institutions, including University of Pennsylvania UPenn, Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University, University of Pittsburgh and Temple University. Pennsylvania State (AKA Penn State), with its 23 campuses, bustles with enrollment over 85,000, making it one of largest universities in the U.S. Fun Fact: UPenn is, geographically, the southernmost Ivy League school.

    • University of Pennsylvania

      University of Pennsylvania Save

      34th and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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      Founded by practical polymath Benjamin Franklin in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania comprises the Wharton School of Business, Engineering, Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences. Greek life and chants of "Let's Go, Quakers!" at spirited athletic contests contribute ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Swarthmore College

      Swarthmore College Save

      500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
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      Quaker in heritage, suburban in setting, and serious about ideas, Swarthmore is a great liberal arts college for those truly interested in the life of the mind—engineers included. A 425-acre independently run arboretum frames the lovely campus, and white Adirondack ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Haverford College

      Haverford College Save

      370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
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      "With its tradition of excellence in the liberal arts, Haverford College demands intense study from its 1100 or so students. Under Haverford's Honor Code, "all examinations are self-scheduled and unproctored" and 'Ford students participate in most academic committees and have ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Carnegie Mellon University

      Carnegie Mellon University Save

      5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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      "School, friends, food, sleep: Choose three. That's Carnegie Mellon," according to the "incredibly intelligent engineer types" and "flamboyant drama majors" at this "rigorous" school. Excellent programs include engineering, computer science, business, architecture, and a well-respected School of Drama with several ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Bucknell University

      Bucknell University Save

      One Dent Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837
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      "Although it's isolated from "any form of civilization," Bucknell University is the ultimate college experience, according to its students. Here in the "hidden valley," you can have the multiplicity of majors and research opportunities offered by a huge, impersonal state ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Lehigh University

      Lehigh University Save

      27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015
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      Set on a slope so steep that a graduate invented the escalator after one too many hikes from his classes and dining hall back up to his dorm room, Lehigh University offers strong programs not only in engineering, but also ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Franklin and Marshall College

      Franklin and Marshall College Save

      College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17604
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      "Professors are very knowledgeable" and "the deans and administration are awesome" at Franklin & Marshall College, an outstanding liberal arts college about an hour from Philadelphia. Be prepared if you come here, though: the demanding workload is, in the words ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Lafayette College

      Lafayette College Save

      High St, Easton, PA 18042
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      On a hill above Easton, Pennsylvania, 75 miles from New York City, Lafayette College combines the personal-attention virtues of the liberal arts with a professional engineering program and the campus spirit of Division I athletics. Competing with nearby Lehigh in ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Bryn Mawr College

      Bryn Mawr College Save

      101 N Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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      Feisty actress Katharine Hepburn attended Bryn Mawr many years ago, and something about her brainy contrarian independence seems appropriate to this original member of the Seven Sisters of women's colleges. When Vassar and Skidmore decided to admit men, Bryn Mawr ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Gettysburg College

      Gettysburg College Save

      300 N Washington St, Gettysburg, PA 17325
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      Gettysburg College is college with 2524 students located in Gettysburg, PA. learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Villanova University

      Villanova University Save

      800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085
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      "A very strong honors program, great colleges of engineering and business, and an all-around "excellent academic experience" lead students at Villanova University to proudly declare their school "the best school in the Northeast." Well-attended daily Masses and somewhat strict dorm ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Alternative, Master's University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Dickinson College

      Dickinson College Save

      College and Louther Streets, Carlisle, PA 17013
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      "This small liberal arts enclave known for its picturesque location, an "extremely strong" overseas education program, and the loving attention it lavishes on its undergraduates is a "great college." The administration here "works for the students, not vice versa" and ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees

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