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2022 Best Colleges for Astrophysics

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244

Graduates Per Year

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$64K

Average Salary

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#340

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Unpopular

244

96% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

43

78% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

339

Home Economics Teacher Education

246

340

Astrophysics

244

341

Native American Studies

241

Cost

Somewhat Expensive

$41,196

29% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

75

Communication and Media Studies

$41,498

76

Astrophysics

$41,196

Salary

Low Salary

$31,390

19% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

279

Astronomy

$31,390

280

Astrophysics

$31,390

281

Philosophy

$31,176

Professors

Bad

4/5

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

229

Community Organization and Advocacy

230

Astrophysics

231

Multicultural and Diversity Studies

Students

Diverse

4.1/5

12.88% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

110

Food Science

111

Astrophysics

112

American Studies

SUMMARY

Choosing to study Astrophysics is not only a valuable choice, but commonly an obligatory first step for pupils planning to pursue a career as an astrophysicist, a physics simulation software engineer, or a programmer analyst. Interestingly, astrophysics is an uncommon degree ranking as the 340th most popular degree. Last academic year alone, there were 244 astrophysics diplomas received. In-state tuition for astrophysics at private schools is, on average, 4.3 times more costly than their public equivalents.

With just 43 colleges having programs for this degree there could be a more finite list of the institutions that will have an option for you. If you're looking to immerse yourself with other astrophysics undergraduates, consider schools in California which have the most undergrads admitted to astrophysics annually. Zooming out, the top region to study astrophysics is in the Far West region with University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, and University of California-Santa Cruz best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the top conference to major in astrophysics is the Big Ten Conference with University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and University of Wisconsin-Madison representing the conference. That being said, our choice for the best university for astrophysics is Harvard University. You may also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The objectively best school might not actually be the best school for you. There can be tons of perspectives to weigh when deciding on school. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food could impact your feelings of which university to attend. At authority.org, we've examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which astrophysics college is home to the top college campus, the winner is Harvard University. If, for example, you are very interested in which school is home to the best campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more so we can evaluate every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life and from that list, our choice for the school with the best student life for astrophysics is Columbia University in the City of New York. Are you curious why? Keep reading to learn more about Authority's top choices. Some of our decisions will probably shock you.

If cost is a major deciding factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia University in the City of New York appears to be our most expensive school for astrophysics, at least for out of state students. We do have a page for the most expensive universities that could put the price tag of Columbia University in the City of New York into perspective. For more context, you could be interested to know that astrophysics is the 76th most expensive degree in the US, with an average associated cost of $41,200. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for astrophysics nationally is New York with expenses at the primary two universities Colgate University and Columbia University in the City of New York of $57,695 and $57,763 respectively. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region of the U.S. for astrophysics is the Mid East region which is best demonstrated with Rutgers University-New Brunswick with a cost of $29,012, Colgate University with a cost of $57,695, and Columbia University in the City of New York with a cost of $57,763.

Our cheapest region for astrophysics is the Southwest region which is represented by University of New Mexico-Main Campus with a cost of $21,716. More optimistically, the most affordable college for astrophysics is University of New Mexico-Main Campus. Authority.org's entire list of the most affordable colleges can be found here.

In-state students can expect to pay about $13,100 for a degree in astrophysics. The price swells substantially to an average of $37,100 for the out-of-state public-school student. Our choice for the college representing the best value for astrophysics: Harvard University. Here you can find our comprehensive list on the colleges we see as being the best value overall. Do know, this list is based on being an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for astrophysics majors can differ, but within two-years of finishing the degree students will regularly make in the neighborhood of $63,900. There is a lot of variation in earnings potential; top earners can enjoy pay up to $126,700. Straight out of school, the lowest end positions within the astrophysics field earn $32,000, which isn't that bad. The highest earning grads from astrophysics studied at Harvard University and if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of astrophysics ranks decent, coming in the 72nd percentile of all programs. The school with the highest composite diversity for astrophysics is Harvard University and here you can find our comprehensive list for the schools with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Astrophysics major only sits within the 46th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, in the 67th percentile. White undergraduates compose the largest share, 55%, of students majoring in astrophysics. Additionally, 65% of students seeking an astrophysics major are men.

The median rating of astrophysics' professors is 4 stars, which is actually the median for every major; which is a fine. If you want the most popular astrophysics instructor in the nation, consider looking up Alex Acuna at Central New Mexico Community College. This might be shocking, but the best ranked instructors of astrophysics from student rankings come from Blinn College. If we incorporate data beyond simply rankings we find that the college possessing the overall best professors for astrophysics is California Institute of Technology. You can find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the top instructors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult university to get into for astrophysics is Harvard University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a comprehensive page of the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, here at Authority we hope you believe that considering academics from context only formed from superlatives might create problems. We encourage you to explore our other pages on different colleges and explore a couple of our informative background articles on useful details to think about as your university search continues.

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California Institute of Technology

#1 Best Colleges for Astrophysics

California Institute of Technology is a small private university located in Pasadena, CA ranked 19th in the United States. It has a total of 989 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting slightly north of 1 in 20 applicants. California Institute of Technology offers 93 different majors and is best known for its Computational Mathematics, Astrophysics, and Physics programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,506 per year, California Institute of Technology is very expensive. After college, alumni go on to take home near $85,900 per year, which is 107% over the national median.

Pasadena, CA

www.caltech.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

2,334

Students

#19

Ranking

$52,506

Tuition

University of California-Berkeley

#2 Best Colleges for Astrophysics

University of California-Berkeley is a very large public university located in Berkeley, CA ranked 68th in the United States. It has a total of 32,700 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 16.25% of applicants. University of California-Berkeley offers 315 different majors and is best known for its Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Natural Resources and Conservation, and Environmental Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Berkeley is rather costly. 58.68% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home roughly $64,700 per year, which is 56% above the national median.

Berkeley, CA

www.berkeley.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

45,183

Students

#68

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Harvard University

#3 Best Colleges for Astrophysics

Harvard University is a very large private university located in Cambridge, MA ranked 3rd in America. It has a total of 14,467 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 4.64% of applicants. Harvard University offers 375 different majors and is best known for its History, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $47,730 per year, Harvard University is very high-priced. 77.7% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make more or less $89,700 per year, which is 116% above the national median.

Cambridge, MA

www.harvard.edu

A+

Rating

5%

Acceptance

41,987

Students

#3

Ranking

$47,730

Tuition

Columbia University in the City of New York

#4 Best Colleges for Astrophysics

Columbia University in the City of New York is a very large private university located in New York, NY ranked 9th in the United States. It has a total of 8,628 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 5.45% acceptance rate. Columbia University in the City of New York offers 467 different majors and is best known for its Sustainability Studies, Art History, and Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $58,920 per year, Columbia University in the City of New York is exceptionally high-priced. 78.72% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to bring home around $83,300 per year, which is 101% greater than the national median.

New York, NY

www.columbia.edu

A+

Rating

5%

Acceptance

33,301

Students

#9

Ranking

$58,920

Tuition

University of California-Santa Cruz

#5 Best Colleges for Astrophysics

University of California-Santa Cruz is a large public university located in Santa Cruz, CA ranked 175th in the United States. It has a total of 18,774 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.31% of applicants. University of California-Santa Cruz offers 155 different majors and is best known for its Comparative Literature, Women's Studies, and Hispanic-American Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Santa Cruz is quite costly. 72.4% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in roughly $46,900 per year, which is 13% over the national median.

Santa Cruz, CA

www.ucsc.edu/

A

Rating

51%

Acceptance

20,839

Students

#175

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Colgate University

#6 Best Colleges for Astrophysics

Colgate University is a small private liberal arts college located in Hamilton, NY ranked 41st in the nation. It has a total of 3,096 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 22.58% acceptance rate. Colgate University offers 65 different majors and is best known for its Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Classical and Ancient Studies, and Education programs (nationally ranked 4th, 5th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $57,695 per year, Colgate University is very expensive. 89.73% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to draw close to $63,600 per year, which is 53% greater than the national median.

Hamilton, NY

www.colgate.edu

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

3,110

Students

#41

Ranking

$57,695

Tuition

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

#7 Best Colleges for Astrophysics

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a very large public university located in Minneapolis, MN ranked 137th in the United States. It has a total of 43,828 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 56.74% of applicants. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers 520 different majors and is best known for its Computer Systems Analysis, Developmental and Child Psychology, and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $13,318 for students from Minnesota and $31,616 for those from out-of-state, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is reasonably costly. 73.11% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home close to $51,900 per year, which is 25% above the national median.

Minneapolis, MN

https://twin-cities.umn.edu

A

Rating

57%

Acceptance

61,787

Students

#137

Ranking

$31,616

Tuition

University of California-Los Angeles

#8 Best Colleges for Astrophysics

University of California-Los Angeles is a very large public university located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 33rd in America. It has a total of 33,703 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 12.32% of applicants. University of California-Los Angeles offers 333 different majors and is best known for its Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science and Government programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Los Angeles is quite expensive. 80.62% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn more or less $60,700 per year, which is 46% above the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

www.ucla.edu/

A+

Rating

12%

Acceptance

47,103

Students

#33

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

University of Wisconsin-Madison

#9 Best Colleges for Astrophysics

University of Wisconsin-Madison is a very large public university located in Madison, WI ranked 106th in the nation. It has a total of 34,640 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 54.41% of applicants. University of Wisconsin-Madison offers 492 different majors and is best known for its Spanish Language and Literature, Genetics, and French Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,273 for in-state students and $36,333 for those from out-of-state, University of Wisconsin-Madison is rather pricey. 81.28% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $56,200 per year, which is 35% greater than the national median.

Madison, WI

www.wisc.edu

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

47,392

Students

#106

Ranking

$36,333

Tuition

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

#10 Best Colleges for Astrophysics

Rutgers University-New Brunswick is a very large public university located in New Brunswick, NJ ranked 144th in the US. It has a total of 40,836 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 61.22% of applicants. Rutgers University-New Brunswick offers 374 different majors and is best known for its Human Resources, Social Work, and Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,230 for in-state students and $29,012 for those from out-of-state, Rutgers University-New Brunswick is somewhat moderately expensive. 72.03% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in more or less $57,900 per year, which is 39% greater than the national median.

New Brunswick, NJ

https://newbrunswick.rutgers.edu

A

Rating

61%

Acceptance

57,162

Students

#144

Ranking

$29,012

Tuition

Michigan State University

#12 Best Colleges for Astrophysics

Michigan State University is a very large public university located in East Lansing, MI ranked 163rd in the nation. It has a total of 42,492 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 71.12% of applicants. Michigan State University offers 384 different majors and is best known for its Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, Pre-Law Studies, and Soil Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $14,460 for in-state students and $39,766 for those from out-of-state, Michigan State University is quite expensive. 76.24% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to make roughly $53,600 per year, which is 29% above the national median.

East Lansing, MI

https://www.msu.edu

A

Rating

71%

Acceptance

55,332

Students

#163

Ranking

$39,766

Tuition

University of New Mexico-Main Campus

#13 Best Colleges for Astrophysics

University of New Mexico-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Albuquerque, NM ranked 9th in New Mexico. It has a total of 20,473 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 94.28% acceptance rate. University of New Mexico-Main Campus offers 241 different majors and is best known for its Emergency Medical Technology, Native American Studies, and Health Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 10th, 12th, and 13th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,299 for in-state students and $21,716 for those from out-of-state, University of New Mexico-Main Campus is somewhat moderately high-priced. 35.05% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn roughly $36,400 per year, which is 12% under the national median.

Albuquerque, NM

www.unm.edu

C

Rating

94%

Acceptance

28,080

Students

#1896

Ranking

$21,716

Tuition