Best Colleges for Astronomy

435

Graduates Per Year

$64K

Average Salary

#292

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

435

93% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

73

62% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

291

Systems Science and Theory

441

292

Astronomy

435

Cost

Somewhat Expensive

$35,140

10% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

134

Geography and Cartography

$35,154

135

Astronomy

$35,140

136

Pre-Dentistry Studies

$35,119

Salary

Low Salary

$31,390

19% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

278

Agricultural Production Operations

$31,450

279

Astronomy

$31,390

280

Astrophysics

$31,390

Professors

Very Bad

3.8/5

5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

278

Information Technology

279

Astronomy

280

Microbiological Sciences and Immunology

Students

Average Diversity

3.7/5

0.45% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

218

Sculpture

219

Astronomy

220

Environmental Science

SUMMARY

Choosing to study Astronomy is not only a valuable choice, but usually an obligatory first step for pupils wanting to begin a career as an astrological trends analyst, an observatory telescope technician, or a rocket scientist. Interestingly, astronomy is an uncommon degree coming in at the 292nd most popular major. Last academic year alone, there were 435 astronomy graduates. In-state tuition for astronomy at private universities is, on average, 4 times more costly than their public peers.

With only 73 institutions having programs for astronomy you may have a more finite list of the institutions you can choose from. If you're hoping to immerse yourself with other astronomy students, consider institutions in Colorado which have more undergraduates admitted to astronomy than any other state. More generally, the best region to pursue astronomy is in the Great Lakes region with University of Chicago, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Ohio State University-Main Campus best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the best conference to major in astronomy is the Pacific-12 Conference with University of Arizona, University of Colorado Boulder, and University of Washington-Seattle Campus representing the conference. From our list of the best colleges, our belief is that the best university for astronomy is University of Chicago.

The best school does not mean it is the 'best' school for every student. There are tons of angels to think about when deciding on college. External stuff such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely alter your choice on which college to attend. Here at Authority, we've evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which astronomy school has the top campus, the answer is Boston University. If, for example, you are mostly interested in which school boasts the finest campus, we have an entire list 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. You can find our well researched list for the universities with the best student life here and our selection of the school with the best student life for astronomy is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Curious why? Continue scrolling to learn more about our top recommendations. Many of our picks will probably shock you.

If expense is a primary factor in your decision on where to go to university, you might be cautious about Vassar College. Vassar College appears to be the most expensive school for astronomy, at least for out of state students. We do have an entire list of the most expensive schools that might put the price tag of Vassar College into perspective. Additionally, you may be interested to know that astronomy is the 135th most expensive program in the nation, with an average bill of $35,100. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for astronomy in the country is Michigan with tuition and fees at the primary college, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, of $52,669. Even more broadly, the most costly region of the country for astronomy is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Boston University with a cost of $54,720, University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a cost of $35,112, and Mount Holyoke College with a cost of $52,040.

Our cheapest region for astronomy is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by University of Colorado Boulder with a cost of $34,930 and Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790. In better news, the most affordable school for astronomy is Brigham Young University-Provo. Authority.org's entire list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.

In-state students can anticipate paying around $12,300 for a degree in astronomy. That cost inflates significantly to a median of $35,000 for the out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our pick for the college constituting the best value for astronomy: University of Chicago. Here you will see our comprehensive list of the colleges we believe to be the best value overall. Bear in mind, this section is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for astronomy students vary widely, but two-years after graduation graduates will regularly earn in the neighborhood of $64,200. There can be much variation in earnings potential; top positions can rake in up to $126,800. Straight out of college, the lowest earning opportunities within the astronomy field make $32,000, which isn't that bad. The highest earning graduates for astronomy studied at Villanova University and if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The general diversity of astronomy ranks below average, being in the 45th percentile of all majors. The college with the most composite diversity for astronomy is University of Chicago and here you can find our comprehensive list of the universities with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Astronomy sits only within the 17th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually greater, in the 37th percentile. White undergraduates compose the largest proportion at 65% of students majoring in astronomy. Additionally, 63% of students pursuing an astronomy major are men.

The median ranking for astronomy professors is 3.8 stars, which is 5% worse than the average across all majors; which is a subpar score. If you want the most popular astronomy professor nationally, look no further than Thomas Brueckner at University of Central Florida. It may come as a shock, but the highest rated astronomy instructors from student rankings are found at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus. If we incorporate information other than just rankings it becomes clear that the school with the overall best instructors for astronomy is University of Chicago. You can find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the top professors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult school to get into for astronomy is University of Chicago. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have an extensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. But, we do hope you understand that looking at higher education from examples primarily informed by superlatives can create issues. We at Authority hope you read our more focused pages on different colleges and read some of Authority's helpful background pages on useful details to look for as your college search develops.

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University of Colorado Boulder

#1 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Colorado Boulder is a very large public university located in Boulder, CO ranked 269th in the nation. It has a total of 33,059 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a smidgeon greater than 7 out of 9 applicants. University of Colorado Boulder offers 214 different majors and is best known for its Physiology, Environmental Design, and Astronomy programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $10,728 for in-state students and $36,546 for those from out-of-state, University of Colorado Boulder is rather expensive. 60.59% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make near $50,800 per year, which is 22% greater than the national median.

Boulder, CO

www.colorado.edu

A-

Rating

78%

Acceptance

40,353

Students

#269

Ranking

$36,546

Tuition

The University of Texas at Austin

#2 Best Colleges for Astronomy

The University of Texas at Austin is a very large public university located in Austin, TX ranked 81st in America. It has a total of 43,132 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting barely below 1 out of every 3 applicants. The University of Texas at Austin offers 339 different majors and is best known for its Communication Sciences and Disorders, Writing, and Accounting programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,824 for students from Texas and $38,326 for those from out-of-state, The University of Texas at Austin is quite expensive. 77.77% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn more or less $58,200 per year, which is 40% above the national median.

Austin, TX

www.utexas.edu

A+

Rating

32%

Acceptance

55,128

Students

#81

Ranking

$38,326

Tuition

University of Virginia-Main Campus

#3 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Virginia-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Charlottesville, VA ranked 45th in the nation. It has a total of 18,983 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 23.94% acceptance rate. University of Virginia-Main Campus offers 210 different majors and is best known for its Systems Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $14,836 for in-state students and $47,257 for those from out-of-state, University of Virginia-Main Campus is very high-priced. 88.79% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make more or less $61,200 per year, which is 47% over the national median.

Charlottesville, VA

https://www.virginia.edu

A+

Rating

24%

Acceptance

28,593

Students

#45

Ranking

$47,257

Tuition

University of Chicago

#4 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Chicago is a large private university located in Chicago, IL ranked 10th in the nation. It has a total of 7,674 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.17% of applicants. University of Chicago offers 218 different majors and is best known for its Econometrics and Quantitative Economics, Economics, and Counseling Psychology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,642 per year, University of Chicago is exceptionally expensive. 79.52% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $68,100 per year, which is 64% over the national median.

Chicago, IL

WWW.UCHICAGO.EDU

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

19,659

Students

#10

Ranking

$57,642

Tuition

Mount Holyoke College

#5 Best Colleges for Astronomy

Mount Holyoke College is a small private liberal arts college located in South Hadley, MA ranked 101st in the United States. It has a total of 2,370 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 38.15% acceptance rate. Mount Holyoke College offers 53 different majors and is best known for its Astronomy, Experimental Psychology, and East Asian Studies programs (nationally ranked 5th, 16th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,040 per year, Mount Holyoke College is exceptionally expensive. 80.54% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn more or less $48,600 per year, which is 17% over the national median.

South Hadley, MA

https://www.mtholyoke.edu

A

Rating

38%

Acceptance

2,610

Students

#101

Ranking

$52,040

Tuition

University of Maryland-College Park

#6 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Maryland-College Park is a very large public university located in College Park, MD ranked 100th in America. It has a total of 33,022 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 44.18% of applicants. University of Maryland-College Park offers 432 different majors and is best known for its Criminology, Preschool Education and Teaching, and Family and Community Services programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,824 for students from Maryland and $34,936 for those from out-of-state, University of Maryland-College Park is somewhat moderately pricey. 75.08% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to make around $62,900 per year, which is 51% greater than the national median.

College Park, MD

www.umd.edu

A

Rating

44%

Acceptance

44,486

Students

#100

Ranking

$34,936

Tuition

Boston University

#7 Best Colleges for Astronomy

Boston University is a very large private university located in Boston, MA ranked 35th in the US. It has a total of 23,235 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting about one in five applicants. Boston University offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology, Athletic Training, and Archeology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,720 per year, Boston University is extremely high-priced. 77.85% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw about $65,300 per year, which is 57% above the national median.

Boston, MA

www.bu.edu

A+

Rating

19%

Acceptance

42,779

Students

#35

Ranking

$54,720

Tuition

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

#8 Best Colleges for Astronomy

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in University Park, PA ranked 230th in the US. It has a total of 42,805 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 75.94% of applicants. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus offers 481 different majors and is best known for its Architectural Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, and Foreign Language Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $17,416 for students from Pennsylvania and $34,480 for those from out-of-state, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is reasonably expensive. 60.08% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $50,100 per year, which is 21% above the national median.

University Park, PA

www.psu.edu/

A-

Rating

76%

Acceptance

49,935

Students

#230

Ranking

$34,480

Tuition

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

#9 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Washington-Seattle Campus is a very large public university located in Seattle, WA ranked 110th in the US. It has a total of 39,443 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 51.76% acceptance rate. University of Washington-Seattle Campus offers 687 different majors and is best known for its Informatics, Environmental Science, and Physician Assistant Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $10,370 for in-state students and $37,071 for those from out-of-state, University of Washington-Seattle Campus is quite costly. 77.21% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make more or less $57,700 per year, which is 39% greater than the national median.

Seattle, WA

www.washington.edu

A

Rating

52%

Acceptance

56,315

Students

#110

Ranking

$37,071

Tuition

Vassar College

#10 Best Colleges for Astronomy

Vassar College is a small private liberal arts college located in Poughkeepsie, NY ranked 60th in the United States. It has a total of 2,603 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 23.74% acceptance rate. Vassar College offers 49 different majors and is best known for its Italian Language and Literature, Russian Language and Literature, and Urban Studies programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $57,910 per year, Vassar College is exceptionally high-priced. 91.07% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to earn more or less $54,600 per year, which is 31% over the national median.

Poughkeepsie, NY

www.vassar.edu

A+

Rating

24%

Acceptance

2,603

Students

#60

Ranking

$57,910

Tuition

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#11 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is a very large public university located in Ann Arbor, MI ranked 37th in the nation. It has a total of 31,206 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting more or less 2 in 9 applicants. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Experimental Psychology, Data Modeling and Database Administration, and German Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $15,230 for students from Michigan and $50,872 for those from out-of-state, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is exceptionally pricey. 86.28% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home more or less $63,400 per year, which is 53% greater than the national median.

Ann Arbor, MI

https://umich.edu/

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

48,218

Students

#37

Ranking

$50,872

Tuition

Case Western Reserve University

#12 Best Colleges for Astronomy

Case Western Reserve University is a large private university located in Cleveland, OH ranked 46th in the nation. It has a total of 5,420 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 27.36% of applicants. Case Western Reserve University offers 247 different majors and is best known for its Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Biochemistry, and Applied Physics programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,450 per year, Case Western Reserve University is extremely costly. 80.67% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to make close to $74,600 per year, which is 80% greater than the national median.

Cleveland, OH

www.case.edu

A+

Rating

27%

Acceptance

12,755

Students

#46

Ranking

$50,450

Tuition

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#13 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a very large public university located in Champaign, IL ranked 117th in the US. It has a total of 35,883 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting nearly three out of every five applicants. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 372 different majors and is best known for its Civil Engineering, Food Science, and Architectural Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,036 for in-state students and $29,178 for those from out-of-state, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is reasonably costly. 80.23% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw about $61,500 per year, which is 48% greater than the national median.

Champaign, IL

www.illinois.edu/

A

Rating

59%

Acceptance

54,985

Students

#117

Ranking

$29,178

Tuition

Ohio State University-Main Campus

#14 Best Colleges for Astronomy

Ohio State University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Columbus, OH ranked 160th in the nation. It has a total of 50,053 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 53.74% of applicants. Ohio State University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Operations Management and Supervision, and Educational Administration and Supervision programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,197 for students from Ohio and $31,174 for those from out-of-state, Ohio State University-Main Campus is somewhat moderately high-priced. 59.09% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw close to $46,100 per year, which is 11% over the national median.

Columbus, OH

www.osu.edu/

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

66,178

Students

#160

Ranking

$31,174

Tuition

University of Florida

#15 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Florida is a very large public university located in Gainesville, FL ranked 78th in America. It has a total of 38,645 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting just under 3 in every 8 applicants. University of Florida offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Exercise Physiology, Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, and Family and Community Services programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $4,477 for in-state students and $25,694 for those from out-of-state, University of Florida is somewhat moderately pricey. 85.38% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $56,000 per year, which is 35% above the national median.

Gainesville, FL

www.ufl.edu/

A+

Rating

37%

Acceptance

58,749

Students

#78

Ranking

$25,694

Tuition

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

#16 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Massachusetts-Amherst is a very large public university located in Amherst, MA ranked 30th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 26,700 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 63.8% of applicants. University of Massachusetts-Amherst offers 304 different majors and is best known for its Veterinary Technology, Pre-Veterinary Studies, and Exercise Physiology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $15,791 for students from Massachusetts and $35,112 for those from out-of-state, University of Massachusetts-Amherst is reasonably expensive. 35.25% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn near $51,400 per year, which is 24% greater than the national median.

Amherst, MA

www.umass.edu

B+

Rating

64%

Acceptance

35,116

Students

#322

Ranking

$35,112

Tuition

University of Arizona

#17 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Arizona is a very large public university located in Tucson, AZ ranked 2nd in Arizona. It has a total of 37,332 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 84.59% acceptance rate. University of Arizona offers 494 different majors and is best known for its Homeland Security, Physiology, and Pre-Veterinary Studies programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,299 for students from Arizona and $35,326 for those from out-of-state, University of Arizona is reasonably costly. 57.09% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take in about $47,300 per year, which is 14% over the national median.

Tucson, AZ

https://www.arizona.edu

B+

Rating

85%

Acceptance

48,653

Students

#359

Ranking

$35,326

Tuition

Villanova University

#18 Best Colleges for Astronomy

Villanova University is a large private institution located in Villanova, PA ranked 91st in the nation. It has a total of 7,676 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 28.24% of applicants. Villanova University offers 167 different majors and is best known for its Physical Sciences, Management Science, and Organizational Leadership programs (nationally ranked 4th, 6th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,550 per year, Villanova University is exceptionally high-priced. 60.52% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate close to $77,900 per year, which is 88% over the national median.

Villanova, PA

www.villanova.edu

A+

Rating

28%

Acceptance

12,719

Students

#91

Ranking

$54,550

Tuition

Indiana University-Bloomington

#19 Best Colleges for Astronomy

Indiana University-Bloomington is a very large public university located in Bloomington, IN ranked 280th in the US. It has a total of 34,843 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 77.91% acceptance rate. Indiana University-Bloomington offers 336 different majors and is best known for its Business, Public Administration, and Informatics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,575 for students from Indiana and $35,140 for those from out-of-state, Indiana University-Bloomington is somewhat moderately pricey. 60.07% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home around $47,700 per year, which is 15% above the national median.

Bloomington, IN

www.indiana.edu/

A-

Rating

78%

Acceptance

46,423

Students

#280

Ranking

$35,140

Tuition

University of Georgia

#20 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Georgia is a very large public university located in Athens, GA ranked 127th in the United States. It has a total of 32,548 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 45.3% acceptance rate. University of Georgia offers 419 different majors and is best known for its Insurance, Landscape Architecture, and Mathematics Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,790 for students from Georgia and $28,830 for those from out-of-state, University of Georgia is reasonably costly. 74.72% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home about $50,500 per year, which is 22% above the national median.

Athens, GA

www.uga.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

42,708

Students

#127

Ranking

$28,830

Tuition

Stony Brook University

#21 Best Colleges for Astronomy

Stony Brook University is a very large public university located in Stony Brook, NY ranked 151st in the US. It has a total of 20,506 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 44.15% of applicants. Stony Brook University offers 263 different majors and is best known for its Applied Mathematics, Respiratory Care Therapy, and Pharmacology and Toxicology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,070 for in-state students and $24,740 for those from out-of-state, Stony Brook University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 67.59% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, joining the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to earn near $57,600 per year, which is 39% over the national median.

Stony Brook, NY

https://www.stonybrook.edu

A

Rating

44%

Acceptance

30,458

Students

#151

Ranking

$24,740

Tuition

Brigham Young University-Provo

#22 Best Colleges for Astronomy

Brigham Young University-Provo is a very large private university located in Provo, UT ranked 233rd in the nation. It has a total of 35,951 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 67.49% acceptance rate. Brigham Young University-Provo offers 310 different majors and is best known for its Family Systems, Portuguese Language and Literature, and Spanish Language Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $5,790 per year, Brigham Young University-Provo is very inexpensive. 66.32% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $59,700 per year, which is 44% over the national median.

Provo, UT

www.byu.edu

A-

Rating

67%

Acceptance

39,233

Students

#233

Ranking

$5,790

Tuition

University of Iowa

#23 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Iowa is a very large public university located in Iowa City, IA ranked 4th in Iowa. It has a total of 26,596 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 82.55% of applicants. University of Iowa offers 430 different majors and is best known for its Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Organizational Leadership, and Informatics programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,073 for students from Iowa and $30,036 for those from out-of-state, University of Iowa is reasonably expensive. 65.58% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to earn about $51,900 per year, which is 25% greater than the national median.

Iowa City, IA

www.uiowa.edu

A-

Rating

83%

Acceptance

35,339

Students

#302

Ranking

$30,036

Tuition

University of Kansas

#24 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Kansas is a very large public university located in Lawrence, KS ranked 3rd in Kansas. It has a total of 21,107 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 93.1% of applicants. University of Kansas offers 369 different majors and is best known for its German Studies, Physical Education, and Behavioral Sciences programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,092 for students from Kansas and $26,960 for those from out-of-state, University of Kansas is reasonably high-priced. 55.48% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take home around $48,800 per year, which is 17% over the national median.

Lawrence, KS

https://ku.edu

B-

Rating

93%

Acceptance

31,088

Students

#563

Ranking

$26,960

Tuition

University of Hawaii at Hilo

#25 Best Colleges for Astronomy

University of Hawaii at Hilo is a small public liberal arts college located in Hilo, HI ranked 3rd in Hawaii. It has a total of 3,327 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.62% of applicants. University of Hawaii at Hilo offers 46 different majors and is best known for its Japanese Studies, Native American Studies, and Astronomy programs (nationally ranked 4th, 11th, and 25th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,344 for students from Hawaii and $20,304 for those from out-of-state, University of Hawaii at Hilo is reasonably priced. 43.79% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $37,900 per year, which is 9% less than the national median.

Hilo, HI

https://hilo.hawaii.edu/

C+

Rating

52%

Acceptance

3,983

Students

#876

Ranking

$20,304

Tuition