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2022 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

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2,177

Graduates Per Year

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$37K

Average Salary

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#145

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Popular

2,177

65% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

146

24% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

144

Middle School Education and Teaching

2,184

145

Biological and Physical Sciences

2,177

146

Organizational Behavior Studies

2,124

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$26,111

18% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

269

Biological and Physical Sciences

$26,111

270

Natural Sciences

$25,918

Salary

Low Salary

$32,239

17% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

246

Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects

$32,347

247

Biological and Physical Sciences

$32,239

248

Clinical Nutrition Services

$32,077

Professors

Bad

4/5

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

247

Dental Hygiene

248

Biological and Physical Sciences

249

Earth Sciences

Students

Average Diversity

3.8/5

4.15% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

188

Industrial Management

189

Biological and Physical Sciences

190

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SUMMARY

A degree in Biological and Physical Sciences is a valuable choice and commonly an obligatory first step for undergraduates trying to enter a career as a biomedical engineering scientist, a biophysical scientist, or a biologist. In fact, biological and physical sciences is a very rare degree coming in at the 145th most popular degree. Last academic year alone, there were 2,177 biological and physical sciences graduates. In-state tuition for biological and physical sciences at private institutions is, on average, 3.9 times more pricey than their public fellows.

There are 146 colleges that offer biological and physical sciences. 146 universities is fairly average in terms of the number of institutions which offer each degree. If you're looking to surround yourself with other biological and physical sciences undergraduates, look at institutions in Pennsylvania which have the most undergrads admitted to biological and physical sciences annually. Zooming out, the best region to get a degree in biological and physical sciences is in the Mid East region with Thomas Edison State University, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, and University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the best conference to study biological and physical sciences is the Atlantic Coast Conference with University of Notre Dame representing the conference. From our extensive list on the best colleges, our belief is that the best college for biological and physical sciences is Georgetown University.

The overall 'best' school does not have to be the best school for every student. There might be a bunch of perspectives to weigh when deciding on school. Features like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might refashion your thoughts on where to go to school. Here at authority.org, we evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which biological and physical sciences college has the superior campus, the answer is University of Massachusetts-Amherst. If, for example, you are very interested in which university has the best campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, student reviews, professor reviews, and more in order to evaluate each major in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our well researched list for the colleges with the best student life here and from that list, our selection for the college with the best student life for biological and physical sciences is Georgetown University. Are you curious why? Continue scrolling to learn more about Authority's top selections. Some of our conclusions just might shock you.

If price is a significant factor in your choice of where you attend school, you might be cautious about Northwestern University. Northwestern University is the most expensive university for biological and physical sciences, at least regarding out of state attendance. That being said, we have an entire list of the most expensive schools that might put the expense of Northwestern University into perspective. You could also be interested to know that biological and physical sciences is the 269th most expensive major in the US, with an average cost of $26,100. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for biological and physical sciences in the nation is District of Columbia with expenses at the primary university, Georgetown University, of $55,440. To zoom out even further, the most costly region of the U.S. for biological and physical sciences is the New England region which is best demonstrated with University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a cost of $35,112, and Saint Anselm College with a cost of $40,500.

Our cheapest region for biological and physical sciences is the Southwest region which is represented by University of Houston-Downtown with a cost of $15,408 and The University of Texas at San Antonio with a cost of $17,511. In better news, the most affordable school for biological and physical sciences is CUNY Hunter College. Our comprehensive list of the most affordable colleges can be explored here.

In-state learners can expect to pay around $10,700 for a degree in biological and physical sciences. That price grows substantially to a median of $24,400 for an out-of-state public-school undergraduate. On that note, our pick for the college with the best value for biological and physical sciences: Georgetown University. Here you can find our comprehensive list about the colleges we see as being the best value overall. With that said, this idea is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for biological and physical sciences students differ widely, but within two years finishing the degree students will typically earn around $37,100. While there is a lot of variation in earnings; top earners can experience pay up to $78,500. Even right out of college, the lowest end jobs within the biological and physical sciences field make $16,900, which is an alright wage. The top earning graduates for biological and physical sciences graduated from Georgetown University and if you want to find the universities with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of biological and physical sciences ranks decent, being within the 52nd percentile of all programs. The university with the most composite diversity for biological and physical sciences is Georgetown University and here you can find our comprehensive list for the schools with the most diversity. The financial diversity of Biological and Physical Sciences only ranks in the 82nd percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is even less in the 47th percentile. White collegians make up the largest share, 63%, of scholars studying biological and physical sciences. Additionally, 64% of undergrads seeking a biological and physical sciences degree are women.

The median rating for biological and physical sciences professors is 4 stars, a score that is exactly the median score across all majors; which is a fine. If you want to find the most popular biological and physical sciences professor in the nation, look no further than Elana Klein at CUNY Queensborough Community College. This may be surprising, but the highest rated instructors for biological and physical sciences from student rankings come from Lourdes University. As we incorporate data beyond simply rankings it becomes clear that the university with comprehensively the best professors for biological and physical sciences is Northwestern University. You can find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with many of the best professors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult school to get into for biological and physical sciences is Northwestern University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have a comprehensive list for the hardest colleges to get into. Although, we hope you understand that approaching academics from examples only shaped by superlatives might cause problems. We hope you look at some of our other pages on individual universities and peruse some of Authority's helpful background pages on important things to consider as your university search continues.

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New College of Florida

#1 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

New College of Florida is a very small public liberal arts college located in Sarasota, FL ranked 27th in Florida. It has a total of 836 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 73.08% of applicants. New College of Florida offers 6 different majors and is best known for its Biological and Physical Sciences and Foreign Languages and Literatures programs, which are respectively ranked 1st and 6th in the nation. With an annual tuition of $5,227 for students from Florida and $27,159 for those from out-of-state, New College of Florida is reasonably high-priced. 54.97% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working.

Sarasota, FL

www.ncf.edu

C+

Rating

73%

Acceptance

865

Students

#708

Ranking

$27,159

Tuition

University of Notre Dame

#2 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

University of Notre Dame is a large private university located in Notre Dame, IN ranked 16th in the United States. It has a total of 8,803 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 15.83% acceptance rate. University of Notre Dame offers 173 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Medical Studies, Theological and Ministerial Studies, and Italian Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $55,046 per year, University of Notre Dame is exceptionally expensive. 94.34% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn around $78,400 per year, which is 89% greater than the national median.

Notre Dame, IN

www.nd.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

13,221

Students

#16

Ranking

$55,046

Tuition

Georgetown University

#3 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

Georgetown University is a large private university located in Washington, DC ranked 13th in the United States. It has a total of 8,325 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 14.36% of applicants. Georgetown University offers 184 different majors and is best known for its Science, Technology and Society, International Economics, and Political Science and Government programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,440 per year, Georgetown University is very expensive. 87.04% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After college, alumni go on to take home roughly $93,500 per year, which is 125% above the national median.

Washington, DC

www.georgetown.edu

A+

Rating

14%

Acceptance

22,534

Students

#13

Ranking

$55,440

Tuition

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

#4 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus is a very large public university located in Pittsburgh, PA ranked 157th in the US. It has a total of 20,856 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting virtually 5 in every 9 applicants. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus offers 422 different majors and is best known for its Rhetoric and Composition, Bioinformatics, and Biological and Physical Sciences programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $18,628 for in-state students and $32,656 for those from out-of-state, University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus is reasonably high-priced. 67.18% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to take home about $53,900 per year, which is 30% over the national median.

Pittsburgh, PA

www.pitt.edu

A

Rating

57%

Acceptance

31,667

Students

#157

Ranking

$32,656

Tuition

Bard College

#5 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

Bard College is a small private liberal arts college located in Annandale-On-Hudson, NY ranked 296th in the nation. It has a total of 2,096 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 64.76% of applicants. Bard College offers 17 different majors and is best known for its Social Sciences, Biological and Physical Sciences, and Fine Art programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 5th, and 36th respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,566 per year, Bard College is exceptionally expensive. 69.35% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to generate near $39,700 per year, which is 4% under the national median.

Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

www.bard.edu

A-

Rating

65%

Acceptance

2,542

Students

#296

Ranking

$55,566

Tuition

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

#6 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

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

Northwestern University

#7 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

Northwestern University is a very large private university located in Evanston, IL ranked 18th in the US. It has a total of 9,906 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 9.05% of applicants. Northwestern University offers 406 different majors and is best known for its Manufacturing Engineering, Journalism, and Drama programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,232 per year, Northwestern University is exceptionally expensive. 76.5% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to generate roughly $69,000 per year, which is 66% above the national median.

Evanston, IL

www.northwestern.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

25,614

Students

#18

Ranking

$56,232

Tuition

University of Oregon

#8 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

University of Oregon is a very large public university located in Eugene, OR ranked 6th in Oregon. It has a total of 20,912 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 81.8% of applicants. University of Oregon offers 224 different majors and is best known for its Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Physiology, and Multimedia Art programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $10,440 for in-state students and $34,335 for those from out-of-state, University of Oregon is reasonably expensive. 65.06% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $44,800 per year, which is 8% over the national median.

Eugene, OR

https://www.uoregon.edu

B+

Rating

82%

Acceptance

25,203

Students

#354

Ranking

$34,335

Tuition

University of Georgia

#9 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

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

Fordham University

#10 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

Fordham University is a large private university located in Bronx, NY ranked 108th in the nation. It has a total of 10,447 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 45.88% acceptance rate. Fordham University offers 207 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Finance, Digital Arts, and Social Work programs (nationally ranked 4th, 6th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,980 per year, Fordham University is very pricey. 75.94% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make close to $59,200 per year, which is 43% over the national median.

Bronx, NY

www.fordham.edu

A

Rating

46%

Acceptance

18,774

Students

#108

Ranking

$52,980

Tuition

Whitworth University

#11 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

Whitworth University is a small private institution located in Spokane, WA ranked 12th in Washington. It has a total of 2,411 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 91.38% acceptance rate. Whitworth University offers 69 different majors and is best known for its Christian Studies, Secondary Education and Teaching, and Biological and Physical Sciences programs (nationally ranked 4th, 8th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $43,800 per year, Whitworth University is rather pricey. 66.37% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $42,100 per year, which is 1% greater than the national median.

Spokane, WA

www.whitworth.edu

B

Rating

91%

Acceptance

2,984

Students

#503

Ranking

$43,800

Tuition

CUNY Hunter College

#12 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

CUNY Hunter College is a very large public college located in New York, NY ranked 45th in New York. It has a total of 20,712 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 35.17% of applicants. CUNY Hunter College offers 255 different majors and is best known for its Human Biology, Drama and Dance Teacher Education, and Chinese Language and Literature programs (nationally ranked 4th, 4th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,930 for students from New York and $14,880 for those from out-of-state, CUNY Hunter College is moderately priced. 47.93% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw approximately $47,200 per year, which is 14% over the national median.

New York, NY

www.hunter.cuny.edu

B+

Rating

35%

Acceptance

28,082

Students

#323

Ranking

$14,880

Tuition

Virginia Commonwealth University

#13 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

Virginia Commonwealth University is a very large public university located in Richmond, VA ranked 18th in Virginia. It has a total of 25,706 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 87.14% of applicants. Virginia Commonwealth University offers 227 different majors and is best known for its Health Teacher Education, Sculpture, and Painting programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,094 for in-state students and $32,742 for those from out-of-state, Virginia Commonwealth University is reasonably costly. 60.91% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make approximately $44,000 per year, which is 6% above the national median.

Richmond, VA

https://www.vcu.edu/

B-

Rating

87%

Acceptance

33,462

Students

#580

Ranking

$32,742

Tuition

Purdue University-Main Campus

#14 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

Purdue University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in West Lafayette, IN ranked 133rd in America. It has a total of 35,481 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 59.83% acceptance rate. Purdue University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Technologies, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Computer Graphics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,208 for students from Indiana and $28,010 for those from out-of-state, Purdue University-Main Campus is reasonably expensive. 69.04% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in more or less $55,100 per year, which is 33% greater than the national median.

West Lafayette, IN

https://www.purdue.edu

A

Rating

60%

Acceptance

47,412

Students

#133

Ranking

$28,010

Tuition

University of Denver

#15 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

University of Denver is a large private university located in Denver, CO ranked 164th in America. It has a total of 6,203 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting more or less 3/5ths of applicants. University of Denver offers 230 different majors and is best known for its Business Statistics, Computer Systems Analysis, and Molecular Biology programs (nationally ranked 4th, 4th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $51,336 per year, University of Denver is very pricey. 67.77% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home near $56,500 per year, which is 36% greater than the national median.

Denver, CO

www.du.edu

A

Rating

59%

Acceptance

14,429

Students

#164

Ranking

$51,336

Tuition

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington

#16 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington is a small public university located in Abington, PA ranked 51st in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 4,375 full-time undergraduate students. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington offers 45 different majors and is best known for its Social Psychology, Biological and Physical Sciences, and Information Science programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 16th, and 21st respectively). With an annual tuition of $13,540 for students from Pennsylvania and $22,728 for those from out-of-state, Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington is reasonably expensive. 60.08% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the workforce. After college, alumni go on to make around $50,100 per year, which is 21% over the national median.

Abington, PA

abington.psu.edu/

B-

Rating

76%

Acceptance

4,379

Students

#636

Ranking

$22,728

Tuition

University of Puget Sound

#17 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

University of Puget Sound is a small private liberal arts college located in Tacoma, WA ranked 277th in America. It has a total of 2,408 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting around 5 in every 6 applicants. University of Puget Sound offers 56 different majors and is best known for its Painting, Biological and Physical Sciences, and German Language and Literature programs (nationally ranked 15th, 17th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $51,470 per year, University of Puget Sound is very high-priced. 74.01% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After college, alumni go on to bring home close to $52,700 per year, which is 27% greater than the national median.

Tacoma, WA

www.pugetsound.edu

A-

Rating

84%

Acceptance

2,719

Students

#277

Ranking

$51,470

Tuition

Stony Brook University

#18 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

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

Washington State University

#19 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

Washington State University is a very large public university located in Pullman, WA ranked 9th in Washington. It has a total of 28,966 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a touch north of 75% of applicants. Washington State University offers 407 different majors and is best known for its Social Sciences, Operations Management and Supervision, and Agronomy and Crop Science programs (nationally ranked 7th, 8th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,953 for students from Washington and $24,531 for those from out-of-state, Washington State University is somewhat moderately costly. 60.38% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to draw approximately $50,600 per year, which is 22% above the national median.

Pullman, WA

wsu.edu/

B+

Rating

76%

Acceptance

35,149

Students

#414

Ranking

$24,531

Tuition

University of South Florida-Main Campus

#20 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

University of South Florida-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Tampa, FL ranked 216th in the United States. It has a total of 37,780 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 47.63% of applicants. University of South Florida-Main Campus offers 238 different majors and is best known for its Audiology, Social Science Teacher Education, and Criminology programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,559 for students from Florida and $15,473 for those from out-of-state, University of South Florida-Main Campus is moderately priced. 65.22% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to bring in close to $43,500 per year, which is 5% over the national median.

Tampa, FL

www.usf.edu

A

Rating

48%

Acceptance

51,808

Students

#216

Ranking

$15,473

Tuition

Saint Anselm College

#21 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

Saint Anselm College is a small private liberal arts college located in Manchester, NH ranked 2nd in New Hampshire. It has a total of 2,034 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 75.16% of applicants. Saint Anselm College offers 43 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Chemistry, Criminology, and Biological and Physical Sciences programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 18th, and 21st respectively). With an annual tuition of $40,500 per year, Saint Anselm College is quite costly. 78.98% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn near $58,300 per year, which is 40% greater than the national median.

Manchester, NH

www.anselm.edu

B+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

2,034

Students

#334

Ranking

$40,500

Tuition

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks

#22 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks is a small public university located in Reading, PA ranked 60th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 2,863 full-time undergraduate students. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks offers 48 different majors and is best known for its Electromechanical Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies, Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing, and Biological and Physical Sciences programs (nationally ranked 4th, 16th, and 22nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $14,214 for in-state students and $23,924 for those from out-of-state, Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks is reasonably pricey. 60.08% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in close to $50,100 per year, which is 21% above the national median.

Reading, PA

berks.psu.edu/

C+

Rating

76%

Acceptance

2,900

Students

#702

Ranking

$23,924

Tuition

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

#23 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

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

Adelphi University

#24 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

Adelphi University is a mid-sized private university located in Garden City, NY ranked 50th in New York. It has a total of 5,937 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.3% of applicants. Adelphi University offers 134 different majors and is best known for its Audiology, Physical Education, and Biological and Physical Sciences programs (nationally ranked 11th, 21st, and 24th respectively). With an annual tuition of $38,560 per year, Adelphi University is quite high-priced. 65.63% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to make roughly $58,500 per year, which is 41% over the national median.

Garden City, NY

www.adelphi.edu/

B+

Rating

74%

Acceptance

9,191

Students

#366

Ranking

$38,560

Tuition

Western Washington University

#25 Best Colleges for Biological and Physical Sciences

Western Washington University is a large public college located in Bellingham, WA ranked 13th in Washington. It has a total of 16,762 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 90.38% of applicants. Western Washington University offers 132 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Physical Therapy Studies, Science Teacher Education, and Biology Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,215 for students from Washington and $23,562 for those from out-of-state, Western Washington University is somewhat moderately costly. 67.06% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $45,800 per year, which is 10% above the national median.

Bellingham, WA

www.wwu.edu

B-

Rating

90%

Acceptance

17,966

Students

#617

Ranking

$23,562

Tuition