2023 Best Undergraduate Business Schools in Pennsylvania 

2022-2023 Business Colleges of Distinction

Published: September 1, 2022

By: Colleges of Distinction Staff

Every school on this list has already gotten our stamp of approval for the way they enrich every students’ education through the Four Distinctions. And with the addition of the business badge, you can be sure that these institutions offer hands-on business programs that produce experienced, responsible leaders for the booming corporate world.

Jump to: Alvernia University | Bucknell University | Cabrini University | Carlow University | Chatham University | Commonwealth University of PA – Bloomsburg | Elizabethtown College | Geneva College | Grove City College | Gwynedd Mercy University | King’s College | La Roche University | Lehigh University | Marywood University | Mercyhurst University | Messiah University | Mount Aloysius College | Neumann University | PennWest University | Saint Francis University | Saint Joseph’s University | Seton Hill University | Slippery Rock University | University of Pittsburgh at Bradford | University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown | University of Scranton | Villanova University | Washington & Jefferson College | Waynesburg University | West Chester University of Pennsylvania | Westminster College | York College of Pennsylvania | Frequently Asked Questions

We have thoroughly researched the business programs at these Pennsylvania Colleges of Distinction and verified that they exhibit all of the following characteristics:

  • Multidisciplinary exposure across all aspects of business
  • Real-world experience through internships and other forms of engagement with actual firms
  • Industry connections that help students build their network and access to professional growth
  • Business ethics that emphasize how a firm’s obligations extend beyond its shareholders
  • Collaborative learning, in both business and general education courses, that stress the nuances of an efficient team
  • Dedicated advisors and counselors who have a clear understanding of students’ academic and post-graduate milestones

Student success is the primary focus of our Colleges of Distinction, and these business degree-granting CoDs are no exception. With different types of business degrees to help students pursue their desired industry, the 2022-2023 Pennsylvania Business Colleges of Distinction provide a stable foundation for entrepreneurial minds.


Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania

Alvernia University

Reading, SC ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

Alvernia offers a unique blend of rigorous liberal arts core education for development of the mind, strong technical training in many high demand majors, experiential learning through study abroad and internship experiences, and engagement with the community through a Franciscan-based community service model. The university calls this model of transformational education the Alvernia Advantage, a style of education that transforms students into ethical leaders with moral courage.

O’PAKE POWERS EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
The O’Pake Fellows Program provides elite undergraduate and graduate students with hands-on distinctive experiential learning opportunities. Students of high academic standing from diverse majors and backgrounds can work directly with regional entrepreneurs, small business owners, faculty researchers, and industry leaders.

While fellows can grow both personally and professionally, they are also put in an environment where they can think outside the box, experiment, fail, grow, and succeed. By creating this type of environment, students can transition into their desired professions while being creative and ethical leaders.

Acceptance rate 70%      •      Net price $27,129
Total Undergrad Population 2,045      •      Setting City: Small      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 61%      •      Retention rate 71%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 14:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 60

Business Majors Offered

Business/Commerce General
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance and Financial Management Services
Human Resources Management and Services
Marketing


Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA ‧ Private ‧ 4-year

Discover new opportunities at Bucknell University. Bucknell is a private institution in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania with more than 60 majors and 70 minors. The University’s Kenneth W. Freeman College of Management emphasizes hands-on learning through immersive experiences at real companies. Business students get a real feel for the New York Stock Exchange, Silicon Valley’s tech firms, and even the ins and outs of creating and running their own businesses.

Acceptance rate 38%      •      Net price $39,359      •      SAT Range 1250-1430      •      Students submitting SAT scores 54%
Total Undergrad Population 3,695      •      Setting Town      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 88%      •      Retention rate 92%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 9:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 124

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
International Business
Marketing


Cabrini University

Cabrini University is a nonprofit, co-educational school that offers more than 40 majors, six master’s degrees, and two doctoral degrees. Founded by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and named for St. Frances Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants, the university embraces learners of all faiths and fosters a supportive academic community.

From their first semester, students learn how to advocate for social change and explore where they stand in the fight for human rights and dignity. They work closely with caring faculty in small classes, participating in research projects, internships, and international service groups that provide crucial hands-on experience. This dedication to action is a great contributor to the outcome of 92 percent of the university’s graduates being employed or in graduate school within 10 months of graduating.

Acceptance rate 62%      •      Net price $21,875      •      SAT Range 940-1125      •      Students submitting SAT scores 59%
Total Undergrad Population 1,551      •      Setting Suburb      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 55%      •      Retention rate 76%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 15:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 85

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Finance and Financial Management Services
Human Resources Management and Services
International Business
Management Information Systems and Services
Marketing


Carlow University

Pittsburgh, PA ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

Carlow emphasizes a well-rounded liberal arts education with a solid foundation in ethics and social justice. Its students carry with them the values that have defined Carlow University for nearly a hundred years. They go on to do good—and do well—in their chosen professions. According to a recent career outcomes report, 97 percent of Carlow alumni were employed or continuing their studies at Carlow or other universities within six months of graduation.

THE CARLOW COMPASS
The Carlow Compass, Carlow’s core curriculum, is rooted in liberal arts and the Catholic intellectual tradition. It is designed to navigate and explore a student’s educational pathway within a course of study, emphasizing career-readiness and ethical leadership.

Acceptance rate 94%      •      Net price $21,212      •      SAT Range 980-1140      •      Students submitting SAT scores 92%
Total Undergrad Population 1,277      •      Setting City: Large      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 58%      •      Retention rate 85%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 10:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 21

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Human Resources Management and Services


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Chatham University

Pittsburgh, PA ‧ Private ‧ 4-year

Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in four areas of excellence: sustainability; health & wellness; business & communications; and the arts & sciences. Chatham is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability.

ALUMNI MENTORS
Starting at first-year orientation, students are exposed to behind-the-scenes operations at a variety of organizations by alumni, who may also serve as formal and informal mentors, offer shadowing experiences and, in many cases, pave the way for internships and job opportunities.

Acceptance rate 66%      •      Net price $28,310
Total Undergrad Population 1,358      •      Setting City: Large      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 62%      •      Retention rate 76%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 10:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 24

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
International Business
Management Information Systems and Services
Marketing


Commonwealth University of PA – Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg, PA ‧ Public ‧ 4-year

Founded in 1839, Commonwealth University of PA – Bloomsburg is a public institution in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Students can immerse themselves in studies in nearly 60 undergraduate degree programs and more than 66 minors.

The Zeigler College of Business, with the help of The Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD), regularly gives students access to executive panels, seminars, and business conferences to help them develop professional skills and network with alumni.

Acceptance rate 89%      •      Net price $18,302
Total Undergrad Population 7,731      •      Setting City: Small      •      Public 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 58%      •      Retention rate 77%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 20:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 385

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
International Business
General Sales Merchandising and Related Marketing Operations


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Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA ‧ Private ‧ 4-year

The Elizabethtown College educational experience blends a high standard of scholarship with the commitment to educate its students in a relationship-centered learning community, foster international and cross-cultural perspectives, complement classroom instruction with experiential-learning opportunities, and prepare students for purposeful lives and meaningful work.

All Elizabethtown College students complete at least two Signature Learning Experiences (SLE) as part of their graduation requirements. Signature Learning Experiences are cataloged into five unique categories: supervised research; community-based learning; cross-cultural experiences; internships, field experiences or practicums; and capstone experiences. The Signature Learning Experiences challenge students to think beyond the classroom, traveling across borders and going behind the scenes.

MOMENTUM
Elizabethtown College offers the Momentum experience to first-generation college students whose families are unfamiliar with the transition to college. Momentum students arrive on campus a week prior to fall orientation, easing into the college lifestyle with plenty of time to adjust. Throughout this early week, the students attend workshops for academic and personal development and go on field trips that build camaraderie with their new peers.

Acceptance rate 86%      •      Net price $25,767      •      SAT Range 1080-1280      •      Students submitting SAT scores 85%
Total Undergrad Population 1,688      •      Setting Suburb      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 72%      •      Retention rate 89%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 12:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 114

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance and Financial Management Services
International Business
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing


Geneva College

Beaver Falls, PA ‧ Christian ‧ 4-year

Geneva College is a Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor.

PROFESSIONAL CLUBS
Professional development clubs, like the Geneva College Business Club and Geneva’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), are very active. These clubs bring speakers to campus, take participants on educational trips, and provide valuable networking opportunities.

AFFILIATED PROGRAMS
Geneva offers a number of affiliated programs, providing the advantages of an accredited education at Geneva in combination with specialized instruction at another institution. These include a Music Business partnership with the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, TN.

Acceptance rate 73%      •      Net price $19,967
Total Undergrad Population 1,201      •      Setting Suburb      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 72%      •      Retention rate 78%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 12:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 66

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Finance and Financial Management Services
Human Resources Management and Services
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing


Grove City College

Grove City, PA ‧ Christian ‧ 4-year

Faculty and staff equip students to discover and pursue their unique callings through an academically excellent and Christ-centered learning and living experience. Students flourish at Grove City College because faith is the foundation of everything they do. From the classroom to the practice fields, from the dining halls to the dormitories, the entire College community seeks to understand how they might bring God’s glory into all daily activities. Such a campus-wide commitment encourages and supports students as they develop into leaders with these core values: faithfulness, excellence, community, stewardship, and independence.

CAREER SERVICES
Many people think that the reason to go to college is to get a good job. Grove City College believes that the purpose of an education is to discover how God has uniquely designed everyone for their individual vocation and purpose. The College’s approach to Career Services (ranked #8 nationally) is anything but a last-minute writing and interviewing class wedged into senior year. Rather, Career Services personnel invest in students, guiding them through a four-year process of development for lifelong success.

Acceptance rate 73%      •      Tuition $19,990      •      SAT Range 1137-1368
Total Undergrad Population 2,317      •      Christian 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 87%      •      Retention rate 89%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 13:1

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Business/Corporate Communications
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Finance and Financial Management Services
Human Resources Management and Services
International Business


Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, PA ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

As one of 16 Sisters of Mercy colleges and universities in the United States, GMercyU is shaped by its Catholic identity and Mercy heritage. It’s a place where values are valued, open dialogue is encouraged, and service is expected. Focusing on educating the whole person—intellectually, spiritually, socially, and morally—GMercyU offers professional education grounded in the liberal arts, so students are prepared to do more than just do. Distinctive Mercy Graduates are prepared to think critically, communicate clearly, and live productive and meaningful lives.

INTERNSHIPS, CLINICALS, PRACTICALS
100% of Gwynedd Mercy University’s full-time students participate in a real-world learning experience, including service, internships, or research. Many students also join professional associations, contribute to the University’s annual research conference, participate the Griffin Student Leadership Institute, and attend/present at industry conferences.

Acceptance rate 88%      •      Net price $25,219      •      SAT Range 950-1140      •      Students submitting SAT scores 90%
Total Undergrad Population 1,990      •      Setting Suburb      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 61%      •      Retention rate 78%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 11:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 63

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Human Resources Management and Services


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King’s College

Wilkes-Barre, PA ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

King’s College is a Catholic institution in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Explore your career options with over 40 undergraduate majors to choose from.

The William G. McGowan School of Business offers a range of business majors and concentrations that help students appreciate and navigate modern tools of management. Careers can range from such places as business enterprises, nonprofits, and a clear track to graduate school.

Acceptance rate 87%      •      Net price $27,561
Total Undergrad Population 2,059      •      Setting City: Small      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 59%      •      Retention rate 75%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 11:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 128

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Finance and Financial Management Services
Human Resources Management and Services
International Business
Marketing


La Roche University

Pittsburgh, PA ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

A small, private institution in Western Pennsylvania, La Roche University provides a skills-driven education to prepare students for success in today’s global economy.

THE LA ROCHE EXPERIENCE
One highlight of the University’s core curriculum is The La Roche Experience, a required sequence of courses for all traditional freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. This program introduces students to the principles of peace and justice, giving them the skills and perspective to make a positive impact in today’s society. Coursework includes service learning, value-based simulations, spiritual self-exploration, reflective journal exercises, and university-wide seminars that focus on global issues.

Acceptance rate 69%      •      Net price $23,932      •      SAT Range 890-1110      •      Students submitting SAT scores 78%
Total Undergrad Population 1,085      •      Setting Suburb      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 58%      •      Retention rate 65%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 12:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 83

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Finance and Financial Management Services
International Business
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing


Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA ‧ Private ‧ 4-year

Find unparalleled opportunities for learning at Lehigh University. Lehigh is a private institution in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The College of Business hosts a curriculum that is uniquely configured for our digitally and globally driven marketplace. Whether you choose one major or two, in business or across colleges, your opportunities to pursue your interests and build your base of knowledge are virtually unlimited.

Acceptance rate 50%      •      Net price $29,098      •      SAT Range 1260-1433      •      Students submitting SAT scores 70%
Total Undergrad Population 5,203      •      Setting City: Small      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 88%      •      Retention rate 91%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 9:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 407

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance and Financial Management Services
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing


Marywood University

Scranton, PA ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

Marywood University is a Catholic institution in Scranton, Pennsylvania founded in 1915. With a small student-to-faculty ratio, you’re sure to get personalized engagement with your professors.

Marywood’s School of Business and Global Innovation offers experiential learning that emphasizes entrepreneurial solutions to business problems, while fostering strong leadership qualities of integrity, accountability, and a disciplined work ethic in service to others. Whether students want to pursue a more traditional path to a business career, or strike out on their own as an entrepreneur, Marywod’s Business and Management programs provide them with a strategic edge and equip them with the tools they need to succeed.

Acceptance rate 82%      •      Net price $21,657      •      SAT Range 1000-1180      •      Students submitting SAT scores 96%
Total Undergrad Population 1,808      •      Setting City: Small      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 71%      •      Retention rate 83%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 11:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 35

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Finance and Financial Management Services
Hospitality Administration/Management
International Business
Marketing


Mercyhurst University

Erie, PA ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

Mercyhurst University, founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy, is a fully accredited, four-year, Catholic comprehensive institution for men and women in Erie, Pennsylvania. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, nine graduate programs, and a variety of post-baccalaureate and advanced certificates. 

Mercyhurst’s motto—Carpe Diem, Latin for “Seize the Day”—is at the heart of everything the university does. At Mercyhurst, students find a community that celebrates experiences both inside and outside the classroom, experiences that challenge them to write more, practice harder, dig deeper, and see the world from an unconventional perspective. College isn’t about reveling in what you’ve done in the past; it’s about uncovering who you are and who you want to become.

ON-TIME GRADUATION
Graduating on time is the best way to avoid any unnecessary tuition costs in one’s college education, so Mercyhurst makes earning a degree within four years a priority. In fact, the university’s four-year graduation rate is the highest in Erie County and one of the highest in the region. Mercyhurst’s 15-to-Finish program encourages students to take 15 credits every semester, helping them make wise decisions with their academic advisors as they schedule their courses.

Acceptance rate 88%      •      Net price $26,942
Total Undergrad Population 2,370      •      Setting City: Small      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 70%      •      Retention rate 80%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 15:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 156

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance and Financial Management Services
Hospitality Administration/Management
Human Resources Management and Services
International Business
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing
Insurance
Specialized Sales Merchandising and Marketing Operations
Business Management Marketing and Related Support Services


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Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA ‧ Christian ‧ 4-year

Messiah University is nationally recognized for bringing together top-tier academics and Christian faith. The University’s motto, “Christ Preeminent,” shapes every experience its students have at school. Lifelong friendships. Support from faculty mentors. Outstanding preparation for life and career. Championship athletics. Celebrated arts programs. Transformational service and ministry. Eye-opening study abroad. At Messiah, one’s life, faith, world, and possibilities open up. Students come to see anew.

COLLABORATIVE ASSIGNMENTS AND PROJECTS
One of the best examples of Messiah University’s collaborative assignments is the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research. It is a center for service, scholarship, and project-based learning, all of which enables participants to apply academic knowledge while living out their Christian faith through hands-on problem solving with non-profit organizations, governments, and business partners in both the local region and around the world.

Acceptance rate 78%      •      Net price $27,641      •      SAT Range 1080-1310      •      Students submitting SAT scores 92%
Total Undergrad Population 2,614      •      Setting Suburb      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 79%      •      Retention rate 86%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 13:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 67

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Finance and Financial Management Services
International Business
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing
Business Management Marketing and Related Support Services


Mount Aloysius College

Cresson, PA ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

Established in 1853, Mount Aloysius is a liberal arts and science-based institution with a commitment to career-directed study. Rooted in Catholic tradition, Mount Aloysius is one of the nation’s 17 Mercy-sponsored colleges. MAC began as an Academy and has since evolved into a comprehensive college that provides undergraduate and graduate education.

MARKET DRIVEN; CAREER FOCUSED
Mount Aloysius College continually researches employment trends and market demands, adding to or changing programs to address the world’s emerging needs.

A WELL-ESTABLISHED FOUNDATION
MAC’s core curriculum helps students become analytical and reflective with considerable emphasis placed on writing. Students learn to approach their work within the context of the larger world beyond MAC’s borders. It’s a “classic” college curriculum, reinvented for today’s career-centric students.

Acceptance rate 95%      •      Net price $22,082
Total Undergrad Population 2,770      •      Setting Town      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 40%      •      Retention rate 76%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 11:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 41

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services


Neumann University, a Franciscan Catholic university in Aston, Pennsylvania

Neumann University

Aston, PA ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

Founded in 1965, Neumann University is a private, Catholic institution in the Franciscan tradition. With an emphasis on respect for individuals, concern for the environment, and social responsibility, Neumann excels throughout its bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs as well as its numerous student activities and 24 Division III sports teams.

REAL-WORLD LEARNING
Professional readiness is a given through a Neumann education. All students, regardless of major, are challenged to put their skills to the test through a culminating Capstone course in their senior year. This is the perfect opportunity for them to reflect on all that they will have learned throughout their four years as they dive into an intensive project. Capstone projects are excellent additions to any résumé!

Business students, for instance, complete two full internships with the encouragement to do more. It is all a testament to NU’s goal to graduate career-ready professionals.

Acceptance rate 80%      •      Net price $29,471      •      SAT Range 900-1080      •      Students submitting SAT scores 87%
Total Undergrad Population 1,942      •      Setting Suburb      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 51%      •      Retention rate 77%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 14:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 38

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Marketing


PennWest University

xxx, PA ‧ Public ‧ 4-year

Formerly known as California University of Pennsylvania, PennWest California has grown to a mid-size public university that offers over 100 undergraduate and more than 95 graduate programs of study in education, human services, the liberal arts, business, science, and technology. 

The University focuses on applied learning, which positions students of all ages and backgrounds for career success, whether they choose to study on campus or online.

FOUR-YEAR GRADUATION PLAN
There are a lot of benefits to graduating in four years, including a smaller investment of time and money and an earlier start to a career. Because of this, PennWest works actively to help students earn a degree in four years (rather than the national average of six). 

PennWest California’s Four-Year Graduation Plan combines advising, priority registration, and individual attention to help students reach their academic goals on time. Of course, this plan is a partnership: eligible first-year students sign an agreement that defines the role they and the University play in making this plan a reality.

Acceptance rate 94%      •      Net price $19,116      •      SAT Range 920-1120      •      Students submitting SAT scores 79%
Total Undergrad Population 4,785      •      Setting Suburb      •      Public 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 50%      •      Retention rate 70%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 19:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 116

Business Majors Offered

Business/Commerce General
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Finance and Financial Management Services
Human Resources Management and Services
Marketing


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Saint Francis University

Loretto, PA ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

Saint Francis University offers academic study within the Franciscan tradition of using one’s talents to serve others. The more than 60 offerings include highly targeted, career-focused majors grounded in the liberal arts tradition of inquiry and self-discovery. The values of respect, faith, generosity, and joy run deep in the University culture and help to prepare ethical, knowledgeable professionals with a passion to shape the world. This holistic approach to career preparation is supported by respected faculty who work closely with students in small settings to meet individual goals.

INTERNSHIPS AND CAREER SERVICES
The University’s Career Services office has a dedicated staff member who assists academic departments in procuring internship opportunities for students by building relationships with businesses and organizations. Saint Francis students have interned with The Cleveland Clinic, the National Aquarium (Washington DC), British House of Commons, Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and many more outstanding organizations.

Acceptance rate 59%      •      Net price $29,393      •      SAT Range 1010-1220      •      Students submitting SAT scores 89%
Total Undergrad Population 2,279      •      Setting Town      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 63%      •      Retention rate 96%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 14:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 76

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance and Financial Management Services
Human Resources Management and Services
International Business
Management Information Systems and Services
Marketing


Saint Joseph’s University

Philadelphia, PA ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

Saint Joseph’s University is a nationally recognized, Catholic, Jesuit university that has advanced the professional and personal ambitions of men and women by providing a rigorous education.

First Year Business Residential Learning Communities: There are two Business RLC options, one for freshman and one for upperclassmen. Acceptance into the upper class community is largely based on participation in the first year community. The Business RLC is a collaborative learning experience that brings together coursework and extracurricular activities. Students attend events like resume building workshops, business site visits, and etiquette dinner.

Acceptance rate 80%      •      Net price $35,780      •      SAT Range 1100-1290      •      Students submitting SAT scores 64%
Total Undergrad Population 4,299      •      Setting City: Large      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 81%      •      Retention rate 89%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 11:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 675

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Finance and Financial Management Services
Human Resources Management and Services
International Business
Management Information Systems and Services
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing
Insurance
Specialized Sales Merchandising and Marketing Operations


Seton Hill University

Greensburg, PA ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

Since its founding by the Sisters of Charity in 1918, Seton Hill University has been a pioneering force of innovative higher education. It has flourished from its beginnings as an institution for young women and now brings unique opportunities for both male and female students of all ages. And thanks to its small size and years of educational expertise, the University excels in providing a personally fulfilling experience that teaches students to think and act critically, creatively, and ethically as productive members of society.

SENIOR INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR
Senior Integrative Seminar, a capstone, cross-disciplinary experience is a required experience in which students examine their personal value systems and relate their ethics to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Students evaluate the strengths and limitations of their educational experience and develop an understanding of how they might integrate their gifts into their personal and professional lives.

Acceptance rate 79%      •      Net price $23,008
Total Undergrad Population 1,635      •      Setting Suburb      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 66%      •      Retention rate 81%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 14:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 59

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Hospitality Administration/Management
Human Resources Management and Services
International Business
Management Information Systems and Services
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing


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Slippery Rock University

Slippery Rock, PA ‧ Public ‧ 4-year

Founded in 1889, Slippery Rock University is a Carnegie Master-L, four-year, public, coeducational, comprehensive University offering a broad array of undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 8,800 students.

The University, a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, provides students with a superior learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with applied learning opportunities that will help them succeed in an increasingly complex world.

A DEGREE OF DIFFERENCE
The focus of a Slippery Rock University education goes beyond its diplomas. Its aim is to develop people capable of making positive differences in the lives of others. SRU challenges its graduates to understand the problems of the global society and address them throughout their lives with the confidence and skills gained at the University.

Academic and cocurricular activities are intentionally designed to help students mature into competent, civil and caring citizens who make their communities and the surrounding world a better place for all people to live and work.

Acceptance rate 74%      •      Net price $18,117      •      SAT Range 980-1150      •      Students submitting SAT scores 89%
Total Undergrad Population 7,399      •      Setting Town      •      Public 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 69%      •      Retention rate 83%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 21:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 208

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Finance and Financial Management Services
Hospitality Administration/Management
Marketing


University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Bradford, PA ‧ Public ‧ 4-year

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is a supportive, friendly institution for students who want to earn a world-renowned degree in a personalized environment. Pitt-Bradford’s 1,500 students enjoy the close-knit campus community, which means they receive personalized attention from their professors as well as administrators and staff on campus. Since Pitt-Bradford is a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh, students receive the University of Pittsburgh degree, which is recognized and respected all over the world.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP
Since Pitt-Bradford is a smaller campus, students can take on leadership roles, sometimes as underclassmen. They can serve in a leadership role in Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, or Greek life. After their training, they can work as peer tutors in the Academic Coaching and Tutoring Center. What’s more, they can interact with prospective students and their parents as Student Ambassadors, or work closely with donors and others as a member of the Blue and Gold Society.

Acceptance rate 79%      •      Net price $15,519      •      SAT Range 950-1145      •      Students submitting SAT scores 88%
Total Undergrad Population 1,305      •      Setting Town      •      Public 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 44%      •      Retention rate 73%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 17:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 41

Business Majors Offered

Business/Commerce General
Accounting and Related Services
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Hospitality Administration/Management


University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Johnstown, PA ‧ Public ‧ 4-year

The first regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh system—and one of the first regional campuses of a leading university in the United States—University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown supports inquisitive minds across 70 programs of study. Its founding in 1927 sparked an impressive development in higher education, providing the world-class University of Pittsburgh education to a comfortable residential campus within the lush Laurel Highlands.

Pitt-Johnstown is proud to support its community of Mountain Cats with a curriculum that is up to date with the world’s demands. No matter the discipline, the University has continually evolved its programs to ensure that every student gets the most out of their education. This kind of responsive educational framework creates leaders who are prepared for careers in nursing, engineering, the humanities, and more.

REAL-WORLD ADVANTAGE
Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cats are not just students; they are active, leading citizens who learn and work with purpose. The University’s Real-World Readiness initiative encourages and enables everyone in the community to utilize their skills in service to others. Understanding that education does not exist in a vacuum, the University incorporates co-curricular experiences that propel students out into the professional world, immersing them in professional environments that stretch their abilities.

One way in which Pitt-Johnstown enables whatever projects or initiatives students wish to pursue is a robust offering of Real-World Action Scholarships. These awards supplement the University’s already expansive career-building resources by providing exemplary students extra funds to support their work. Nothing should stand in the way of a Mountain Cat’s ability and compassion to help others.

Acceptance rate 87%      •      Net price $17,574      •      SAT Range 1010-1190      •      Students submitting SAT scores 93%
Total Undergrad Population 2,356      •      Setting Suburb      •      Public 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 54%      •      Retention rate 78%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 17:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 79

Business Majors Offered

Business/Commerce General
Accounting and Related Services
Finance and Financial Management Services
Marketing


University of Scranton

Scranton, PA ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

Situated in the heart of Scranton, Pennsylvania, the University of Scranton offers students the opportunity to stand out. The University of Scranton is a private Catholic university that prepares students to make an impact in the classroom and beyond. The Jesuit educational tradition is based on the principle that students must be prepared to lead in their faith as well as their academic careers, and it’s with these roots that the University of Scranton gives students the chance to change world for the better.

WEAVING A T.A.P.E.S.T.R.Y.
Students in the Kanuska College of Professional Development go a step beyond their curriculum in the T.A.P.E.S.T.R.Y. Program, a four-year series of co-curricular events geared toward helping Scranton students become leaders in their workplace and beyond. Following in the Jesuit educational tradition, T.A.P.E.S.T.R.Y. engages students in major-specific activities designed to prepare them for what’s next—with their “head, heart, and hands.”

Acceptance rate 79%      •      Net price $36,093      •      SAT Range 1100-1280      •      Students submitting SAT scores 79%
Total Undergrad Population 3,658      •      Setting City: Small      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 82%      •      Retention rate 89%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 12:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 212

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Finance and Financial Management Services
Human Resources Management and Services
International Business
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing


Villanova University

Villanova, PA ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

Villanova University was founded in 1842 by the Order of St. Augustine. To this day, Villanova’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition is the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges.

PHILADELPHIA
Villanova is just a stone’s throw away from Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the U.S.. Philadelphia is a hub for higher education, with over 90 colleges and universities. The city also offers an array of cultural events and recreational activities. Villanova students are highly encouraged to explore the city and take advantage of all its amenities. Philadelphia is also a great career resource, with many students securing internships and full- time jobs in the city.

Acceptance rate 31%      •      Net price $38,303      •      SAT Range 1320-1460      •      Students submitting SAT scores 60%
Total Undergrad Population 7,037      •      Setting Suburb      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 92%      •      Retention rate 96%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 11:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 433

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance and Financial Management Services
International Business
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing


Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, PA ‧ Private ‧ 4-year

Washington & Jefferson College is a private institution in Washington, Pennsylvania, that has been creating leaders for over 200 years. Students engage with each other and the community—with mover 20,000 hours of community service last year.

Acceptance rate 90%      •      Net price $27,477
Total Undergrad Population 1,165      •      Setting Suburb      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 65%      •      Retention rate 85%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 10:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 72

Business Majors Offered

Business/Commerce General
Accounting and Related Services
International Business


Waynesburg University

Waynesburg, PA ‧ Christian ‧ 4-year

What makes Waynesburg truly special, though, is that its academics are not just about class. They’re the foundation for a culture of growth, championed through academic excellence and personalized guidance that nurtures mind, spirit, and future. Waynesburg programs accelerate student growth through hands-on learning, research, internships, leadership work, service trips, and career planning.

Waynesburg University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

CAPSTONE COURSE AND PROJECTS
A broad variety of Waynesburg University majors require students to complete a capstone project (also sometimes referred to as a senior project or research project). While the work involved can be intensive, it’s a satisfying and appropriate way to complete a college career. Waynesburg faculty advisors encourage their students to begin thinking about these capstone projects as early as their freshman year, ensuring portfolios and collections of work are robust and compelling when the time comes to bring it all together.

Acceptance rate 90%      •      Net price $20,029      •      SAT Range 980-1170      •      Students submitting SAT scores 76%
Total Undergrad Population 1,257      •      Setting Town      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 65%      •      Retention rate 79%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 11:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 56

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Finance and Financial Management Services
International Business
Marketing


West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, PA ‧ Public ‧ 4-year

Located just 25 miles from Philadelphia, West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCUPA) is a public, regional, comprehensive institution committed to providing high-quality undergraduate education as well as a vibrant on-campus community.

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Leadership experience, especially at the collegiate level, is a valuable asset to employers and grad schools. Students who can demonstrate experience as leaders show that they are capable handling advanced roles in challenging situations. Considering that leadership is a powerful skill, West Chester provides it students numerous opportunities to gain experience.

Acceptance rate 86%      •      Net price $19,336      •      SAT Range 1010-1180      •      Students submitting SAT scores 90%
Total Undergrad Population 14,712      •      Setting Suburb      •      Public 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 75%      •      Retention rate 85%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 20:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 736

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance and Financial Management Services
International Business
General Sales Merchandising and Related Marketing Operations


Westminster College

New Wilmington, PA ‧ Private ‧ 4-year

Nestled within the charming town of New Wilmington, just one hour north of Pittsburgh, the Westminster College community studies hard, priding itself in strong academics, outstanding faculty, and individualized attention with an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. It expands horizons with opportunities to study abroad and make connections with a strong alumni base. It encourages participation, sponsoring 22 varsity sports, 18 honor societies, and more than 80 clubs. It’s a platform for spiritual freedom, providing the independence for students to think and participate in what’s most important to them. It’s a place to call home to nearly 1,200 students each year. 

LIBERAL STUDIES: WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATION FOR ALL
From a curricular perspective, Westminster’s vision of a liberally educated person is achieved from a four-year integrated course of study involving general education, prescribed graduation requirements, a major, and electives. At the center of the curriculum is the common core, Liberal Studies, a course of study spanning all four years of the undergraduate experience.

Throughout the entire curriculum, the applied use of sophisticated information technologies is emphasized in order to enhance teaching and learning, and to provide students with knowledge acquisition skills necessary for a lifetime of learning. Finally, the process of liberally educating students is completed by combining general education with in-depth course work in a major and with electives.

Acceptance rate 97%      •      Net price $24,994      •      SAT Range 1030-1260      •      Students submitting SAT scores 7%
Total Undergrad Population 1,149      •      Setting Town      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 60%      •      Retention rate 73%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 10:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 48

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Human Resources Management and Services
International Business
Marketing


York College in York, PA

York College of Pennsylvania

York, PA ‧ Private ‧ 4-year

Students come to York College of Pennsylvania because they want to take action. They want internships and paid cooperative learning. They want to conduct research with faculty and meet with their professors one-on-one. They want to get engaged right away, joining the school’s award-winning radio station or entering in the Elevator Pitch Competition. And, most of all, they want to pay half of what other top private colleges are asking without sacrificing a solid education. From day one, York College does all that and more.

GENERATION NEXT
The First-Year Seminar course is part of a broader Gen Next curriculum, the college’s general education framework. Generation Next creates a system of courses that allow students to explore their personal interests and strengthen the skills that are most valued by employers.

PROFESSIONAL FACULTY
York College students are taught not by graduate assistants, but by subject-matter experts, 84% of whom hold the highest degree possible. York places a premium on hiring professors with real-world experience, such as music and art faculty who hold showcases of their own work throughout the year. Professors are also frequently cited as experts in national publications.

Acceptance rate 71%      •      Net price $22,876      •      SAT Range 990-1190      •      Students submitting SAT scores 92%
Total Undergrad Population 3,748      •      Setting Suburb      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 65%      •      Retention rate 77%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 14:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 160

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Finance and Financial Management Services
Hospitality Administration/Management
International Business
Management Information Systems and Services
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing
Business Management Marketing and Related Support Services

What it’s like to attend business schools in Pennsylvania and other FAQ:

What are average tuition costs in Pennsylvania?

The average tuition & fees of Pennsylvania colleges is $11,694 for Pennsylvania residents and $18,884 for students from other states.

What are average salaries for business majors in Pennsylvania?

As of May 13, 2022, the average annual pay for the Business Degree jobs category in Pennsylvania is $42,832 a year.

What are the fastest growing job markets for Business majors in Pennsylvania?

– Computer Information Systems Management
– Financial Advising
– Management Analytics
-Construction Management

See more: Fastest Growing Job Markets for MBA Grads

Top Business Employers in Pennsylvania

-Aramark 
-Comcast 
-Communications Construction Group, LLC 
-Universal Health Services 
-Genesis HealthCare 
-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 
-Rite Aid
-The PNC Financial Services Group
-First Commonwealth Bank

Most popular business degree programs in Pennsylvania

Business Administration, Management and Operations – 4,273 degrees awarded in 2020
Finance and Financial Management Services – 3,043 graduates
Accounting and Related Services – 2,779 graduates
Marketing – 2,238 graduates
Business/Commerce  General – 1,002 graduates

Cheapest business degree program in Pennsylvania

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has an average net price of $15,519 making it the least expensive business degree program in Pennsylvania that made our list.

Easiest business degree program to get into in Pennsylvania

Mount Aloysius College has an acceptance rate of 95%, making it the least exclusive college on our list of best undergraduate business schools.

Business degree program with lowest student debt in Pennsylvania

Chatham University has a median total debt after graduation of $22,250. This is the typical debt for a student who completed their undergraduate degree.

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