Penn Slips in New Colleges Rankings from U.S. News & World Report

Meanwhile, local liberal arts school dominate.

It’s that time of year again — when college students go back to school, see old friends and probably hit the year’s first party. It’s also the time of year when U.S. News & World Report publishes its annual ranking of colleges.

The University of Pennsylvania is always a top contender, but this year had a slip in the rankings. In fact, it was the only school from last year’s top 10 to shift at all, dropping from a tie at No. 8 to No. 9. 

Others that made U.S. News & World Report‘s top 200? Temple, Drexel, Widener and (wait for it…) Immaculata University. Yes, the Mighty Macs of Immaculata made the list despite being a small Roman Catholic university with an undergrad enrollment of just 2,138.

The methodology for the list took into account first-year student retention, graduation rates and the strength of faculty.

Philly Colleges Ranked:

RankCollegeTuition and FeesUndergrad EnrollmentAcceptance Rate
9University of Pennsylvania$49,5369,74610.4%
99 (tied)Drexel University$48,791 14,503 76.0%
115 (tied)Temple University$15,096 (in-state)
$25,122 (out-of-state)
161 (tied)Immaculata University$33,2802,13875.9%
187 (tied)Widener University$41,224 3,43765.0%

U.S. News & World Report also ranked liberal arts colleges — and Philly-area schools ranked particularly well. Swarthmore College and Haverford College ranked in the top 12.

Philly Liberal Arts Colleges Ranked:

RankCollegeTuition and FeesTotal EnrollmentFall 2014 Acceptance Rate
3Swarthmore College$47,442 1,54217.0%
12 (tie)Haverford College$49,098 1,194 24.7%
25 (tie)Bryn Mawr College$47,140 1,70940.5%
93 (tie)Ursinus College$47,700 1,68183.2%