70 Pennsylvania Colleges Make Money's 2020-21 'Best' List

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Pennsylvania was well-represented on a new list of the best values in higher education in the United States.

More than six months into the new coronavirus pandemic, colleges are struggling to resume in-person classes and, in some cases, reverting back to online courses only days into the new semester.

Such challenges raise a question: Is a college degree today worth the actual cost?

Enter Money magazine. The publication this week released its annual ranking of the best colleges for the money. The list includes 70 schools in Pennsylvania.

University of Pennsylvania is the state's top-ranking school on the list, coming in at No. 30 on the list of more than 700 colleges and universities. It is followed by Swarthmore (43), Lafayette College (97), Lehigh (110), Carnegie Mellon (117) and Franklin & Marshall (124).

For the 2020 list, colleges included in Money’s rankings had to meet certain criteria, such as having a graduation rate at or above the median and having at least 500 students. Colleges were then ranked based on 26 factors in three categories: quality of education, affordability and outcomes.

Each category is weighted equally in calculating the rankings.

See the full methodology used by Money.

The following colleges in Pennsylvania were included on this year’s list:

According to Money, the top 10 colleges for your money are:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  2. Stanford University, Stanford, California.

  3. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

  4. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

  5. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

  6. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

  7. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

  8. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

  9. University of California-San Diego

  10. University of California-Davis

See the full rankings and read more about Money’s list.

This article originally appeared on the Bensalem Patch

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