Presbyterian Colleges in Pennsylvania

Whether interested in theology or a STEM major, Pennsylvania students looking for a Presbyterian college have several offerings. This article will take a look at some of these diverse schools.

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Pennsylvania has some excellent Presbyterian-affliated schools that provide spiritual growth, athletic options, and a diverse array of academic programs, such as nursing, sports management, and Africana studies. Several schools also have high national rankings.

School Comparison

The following table will help you to break down the cost for a year of attendance at a Presbyterian-affliated school in Pennsylvania. You can also compare the enrolled student population.

School Name Institution Type Population (2016)* Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Arcadia University 4-year, private not-for-profit 3,785 Glenside, PA $42,330
Lafayette College 4-year, private not-for-profit 2,550 Easton, PA $51,600
Waynesburg University 4-year, private not-for-profit 1,805 Waynesburg, PA $24,010
Westminster College 4-year, private not-for-profit 1,258 New Wilmington, PA $36,276
Wilson College 4-year, private not-for-profit 1,097 Chambersburg, PA $24,452
Geneva College 4-year, private not-for-profit 1,666 Beaver Falls, PA $26,070

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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School Summaries

Presbyterian schools in Pennsylvania offer some of the best values in the nation. Two of the following colleges are within the top five best values schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for 2018.

Arcadia University

Taking into account the quality of the education and the cost of tuition, U.S. News and World Report ranked Arcadia University as the 26th best value school in the country. Arcadia also has a strong study abroad program, where students can spend a year, semester, or just a few weeks at an international institution. In fact, Arcadia has an entire college dedicated for this - the College of Global Studies - where 140 programs can be studied in 15 countries. So along with ministry opportunities on campus, students who study abroad have the chance to attend services in some of the most famous churches in Europe.

Lafayette College

Lafayette College has 51+ areas of study, including culturally-based programs such as Asian studies, Africana studies, Russian & Eastern European studies, and more. Lafayette also recognizes how important it is to nurture the world as well as its students. Along with worship and ministry opportunities, students can put their service to use with one of the many sustainability projects Lafayette supports, such as helping at the school farm, helping to find ways to save birds, or taking part in the trash to fashion runway show. The graduation rate at Lafayette College is 89%, for students who began their studies in 2010. Given the student to teacher ration of 10:1, the personal attention each student receives in class may be a reason for the high graduation rate.

Waynesburg University

Waynesburg University has 15 undergraduate departments and five graduate degree programs, providing students with roughly 70 academic offerings. The nursing program in particular has a 100% pass rate for the last seven straight years. Waynesburg also provides two international and two domestic mission trip options for students each school break. Along with these missions trip opportunities, students can attend any of the worship services, Bible studies, or guest speaker events on campus. While there are some exceptions, all students are expected to live on campus during their matriculation.

Westminster College

Westminster College keeps classes engaging and intimate with a small student to teacher ratio of 11:1. Westminster offers 41 majors and ten pre-professional programs. Some of the areas of study include computer information systems, international business, fine art, neuroscience, sports management, and molecular biology. This school also offers ten sports teams each for men and women interested in athletic opportunities. For those interested in medicine, pre-med students have had the chance to go to the Dominican Republic for a medical mission trip the past three years. Here, students are able to put their faith and education into practice, by helping medical professionals as they tend to the community.

Wilson College

According to U.S. News and World Report, Wilson College has ranked high in several categories. It was named the 5th best value school, the 11th best regional college in the North, and the 6th best college for veterans. Wilson offers 35 majors and 43 minors for its undergraduate students. Choices include veterinary medicine, applied ethics, equine studies, environmental sustainability, nursing, and studio art. Wilson also offers ten graduate degrees as well. Wilson has ten NCAA Division III sports teams, including soccer, field hockey, and volleyball. Along with meditation and morning prayer, Wilson encourages spiritual well-being with worship and counseling meetings with the college chaplain. There are also many activities held both on and off campus to get involved in, such as Habitat for Humanity, Bible study, and Fiber Fellowship, which is a crafting group.

Geneva College

Geneva College offers the best value of all the schools listed as it was named third best value school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The offerings at this school are diverse, with an aviation program, a biopsychology major, a writing major, and a Biblical studies and ministry program. To foster spiritual growth, Geneva College requires students to attend at least 11 of the chapel services held each semester. Students are also strongly urged to have daily reflection, as the school stresses that daily reflection is part of growing spiritually and maintaining a strong relationship with God. Students are also encouraged to create a weekly spiritual challenge for themselves.

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