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2023 Astronomy Popularity

There are about 1,205 students enrolled in Astronomy in the USA.

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Astronomy is the 292nd most popular degree in America, with 435 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It narrowly lost to #291 Systems Science and Theory.

The degree is offered at a total of 73 colleges across the nation, and is the 219th most widely offered degree. Given that astronomy is offered at 27% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that 60% of colleges offering astronomy are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The great lakes produces the most astronomy graduates, largely led by University of Chicago, while it’s the Pacific-12 Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, Colorado ranks highest, with particular help from University of Colorado Boulder and University of California-Los Angeles, which graduated 62 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study astronomy). More students studied astronomy as a percentage of total students at Mount Holyoke College than any other college.

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