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2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

There are about 1,266 students enrolled in Applied Economics in the USA.

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popularity

Not Very Popular

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

668

Vs. National Avg.

-96%

popularity Rank

#320

cost

Somewhat Expensive

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$34K

Vs. National Avg.

39%

cost Rank

#86

salary

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$49K

Vs. National Avg.

24%

salary Rank

#59

professors

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

21%

professors Rank

#75

students

Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

5%

students Rank

#138

SUMMARY

Majoring in Applied Economics is not only a valuable choice, but naturally a necessary first step for pupils planning to enter a career as a policy analyst, a credit analyst, or an economic insurance underwriter. In fact, applied economics is a ​unique major ranking as the 312th most popular major. Last year alone, there were 333 applied economics graduates. In-state tuition for applied economics at private universities is, on average, 4.3 times more pricey than their public peers.

With only 24 schools having programs for applied economics you may have a more finite list of the institutions you can choose from. If you are looking to immerse yourself with other applied economics majors, consider looking at institutions in New York which have the most undergraduates admitted to applied economics annually. More generally, the top region to study applied economics is in the Mid East region with Farmingdale State College, Binghamton University, and Ursinus College best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the top conference to study applied economics is the America East with Binghamton University representing the conference. That being said, our choice for the best university for applied economics is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. You might also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The overall best school might not actually be the best school for you. There are a bunch of perspectives to think about when choosing school. Things such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food might change one's choice of which school to attend. At Authority, we've examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which applied economics university boasts the best campus, the answer is Binghamton University. If, for example, you are mostly interested in which school has the finest campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more in order to compare every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our well researched list for the schools with the best student life&nbspand from that list, our pick for the school with the best student life for applied economics is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Curious why? Keep reading to learn more about our top choices. Some of our decisions will probably shock you.

If cost is a significant factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Ursinus College. Ursinus College&nbspis the most expensive college for applied economics, at least for out of state attendance. That being said, we have a page for the most expensive&nbspschools that might put the expense at Ursinus College&nbspinto perspective. You may also care to know that applied economics is the 197th most expensive degree in the US, with an average associated cost of $30,000. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for applied economics in the nation is Pennsylvania demonstrated with a cost of $53,610 at the main school in the state Ursinus College. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region for applied economics is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for applied economics is the Great Lakes region which is represented by Bowling Green State University-Main Campus with a cost of $17,267. On the bright side, the most affordable college for applied economics is Farmingdale State College. Authority.org's comprehensive list of the most affordable schools can be found here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $11,500 for a degree in applied economics. That price inflates intensely to an average of $27,100 for the out-of-state public-school undergraduate. On that note, our selection for the college with the best value for applied economics: Bryant University. On this page you can see our comprehensive list on the schools we see as being the best value&nbspoverall. Do know, this discussion is based on being an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for applied economics students range widely, but two years after graduation graduates will typically earn around $57,100. There can be much variation in pay; top positions can enjoy pay up to $117,700. Even straight out of school, the lowest earning jobs within the applied economics field earn $28,100, which could be worse. The top earning grads for applied economics have come from Bryant University&nbspand if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The prevailing diversity of applied economics is decent, falling in the 51st percentile of majors nationally. The school with the most composite diversity for applied economics is University of Arizona&nbspand here you can find our comprehensive list of the colleges with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Applied Economics major is only within the 24th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, ranking in the 46th percentile. White students compose the largest proportion at 62% of students studying applied economics. Additionally, 68% of undergrads seeking an applied economics major are men.

The median ranking of applied economics professors is 3.7 stars, a score that is 7% less than the median for every major; which is a subpar score. If you are interested in the most popular applied economics professor nationally, consider looking up Samuel Sarri at College of Southern Nevada. It might be surprising, but the top rated instructors for applied economics by student are at Palomar College. As we including data other than just rankings we find that the school possessing comprehensively the best professors for applied economics is Bryant University. You can find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the top professors nationwide.

Finally, the most difficult school to get into for applied economics is Binghamton University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have a general list for the hardest colleges to get into. Although, we hope you believe that approaching academics with a perspective only built on superlatives might cause issues. We at Authority hope you explore our other pages on individual colleges and read some of our helpful background articles on important details to look out for as you progress with your college search.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

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Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

The University of Tampa

Tampa, FL | https://www.ut.edu/

56%

Acceptance

10,771

Students

#358

Ranking

$31K

Tuition

B

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID | www.uidaho.edu/

74%

Acceptance

13,852

Students

#945

Ranking

$28K

Tuition

D−

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

University of New Mexico-Main Campus

Albuquerque, NM | www.unm.edu/

96%

Acceptance

25,420

Students

#2228

Ranking

$24K

Tuition

B

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Alma College

Alma, MI | alma.edu/

67%

Acceptance

1,518

Students

#888

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA | www.messiah.edu/

78%

Acceptance

3,764

Students

#410

Ranking

$37K

Tuition

B

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, FL | https://www.ju.edu/index.php

78%

Acceptance

5,580

Students

#771

Ranking

$40K

Tuition

A

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY | www.adelphi.edu/

75%

Acceptance

9,074

Students

#377

Ranking

$41K

Tuition

B

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL | https://www.unf.edu/

80%

Acceptance

20,515

Students

#808

Ranking

$21K

Tuition

D−

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Hardin-Simmons University

Abilene, TX | https://www.hsutx.edu/

91%

Acceptance

2,487

Students

#2229

Ranking

$31K

Tuition

C

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, VA | www.lynchburg.edu/

97%

Acceptance

3,595

Students

#1378

Ranking

$42K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

CUNY City College

New York, NY | www.ccny.cuny.edu/

51%

Acceptance

18,546

Students

#462

Ranking

$15K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Randolph-Macon College

Ashland, VA | www.rmc.edu/

71%

Acceptance

1,598

Students

#484

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Pace University

New York, NY | www.pace.edu/

83%

Acceptance

15,486

Students

#485

Ranking

$48K

Tuition

B

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV | www.wvu.edu/

84%

Acceptance

30,045

Students

#895

Ranking

$25K

Tuition

B−

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO | https://www.ucmo.edu/

64%

Acceptance

15,315

Students

#1107

Ranking

$15K

Tuition

B−

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Otterbein University

Westerville, OH | https://www.otterbein.edu/

76%

Acceptance

3,298

Students

#1066

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

C+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

California State University-San Marcos

San Marcos, CA | www.csusm.edu/

79%

Acceptance

16,959

Students

#1259

Ranking

$20K

Tuition

A

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Baton Rouge, LA | www.lsu.edu/

73%

Acceptance

34,811

Students

#359

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

D+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Guilford College

Greensboro, NC | https://www.guilford.edu/

78%

Acceptance

1,674

Students

#1829

Ranking

$40K

Tuition

B

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS | www.k-state.edu/

94%

Acceptance

23,353

Students

#803

Ranking

$26K

Tuition

C+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

Bowling Green, OH | www.bgsu.edu/

75%

Acceptance

20,945

Students

#1245

Ranking

$20K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA | cnu.edu/

76%

Acceptance

5,058

Students

#607

Ranking

$28K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Providence College

Providence, RI | www.providence.edu/

54%

Acceptance

5,254

Students

#124

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC | www.appstate.edu/

80%

Acceptance

20,799

Students

#653

Ranking

$22K

Tuition

C+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Applied Economics

American International College

Springfield, MA | www.aic.edu/

69%

Acceptance

3,226

Students

#1250

Ranking

$38K

Tuition

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