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2022 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

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2,120

Graduates Per Year

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$69K

Average Salary

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#147

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Popular

2,120

66% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

54

72% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

146

Organizational Behavior Studies

2,124

147

Cognitive Science

2,120

148

Women's Studies

2,111

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TOP

50

Cost

Very Expensive

$50,800

59% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

40

Cognitive Science

$50,800

41

Creative Writing

$50,636

Salary

Average Salary

$39,430

2% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

125

Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

$39,545

126

Cognitive Science

$39,430

127

Forestry

$38,971

Professors

Average

4.1/5

2.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

149

Entrepreneurship

150

Cognitive Science

151

Electromechanical Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies

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TOP

5

Students

Very Diverse

4.6/5

26.95% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

2

Chemical Physics

3

Cognitive Science

4

East Asian Studies

SUMMARY

Going to school for Cognitive Science is a valuable choice and usually a required first step for undergrads trying to enter a career as a learning science researcher, an user interaction designer, or a cognitive speech pathologist. In fact, nationally, cognitive science is an uncommon major ranking as the 147th most popular area of study. Last academic year, there were 2,120 cognitive science graduates. In-state tuition for cognitive science at private colleges is, on average, 4 times more spendy than their public peers.

With only 54 institutions offering cognitive science you may have a smaller selection of institutions you can choose from. If you're hoping to immerse yourself with other cognitive science undergrads, look at universities in California which have more undergrads admitted to cognitive science than any other state. Zooming out, the top region to pursue cognitive science is in the Far West region with University of California-Berkeley, University of California-San Diego, and University of California-Santa Cruz best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the best conference to major in cognitive science is the Pacific-12 Conference with University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, and Stanford University representing the conference. That said, our choice for the best university for cognitive science is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You may also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The best school might not actually be the 'best' school for every student. There are many more factors to consider when selecting institution. Things such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely modify one's inclinations on which college to attend. Here at authority.org, we've weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which cognitive science university boasts the top campus, the winner is Stanford University. If, for example, you are very interested in which school is home to the best campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, student reviews, professor reviews, and more to compare 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 our selection for the college with the best student life for cognitive science is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Curious why? Keep reading to learn more about Authority's top choices. Some of our conclusions will probably surprise you.

If cost is a primary deciding factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about Vassar College. Vassar College appears to be the most expensive school for cognitive science, at least for out of state attendance. We have a page for the most expensive universities that could put the expense of Vassar College into perspective. For more context, you may be interested to know that cognitive science is the 40th most expensive degree in the United States, with an average expense of $50,800. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for cognitive science in the nation is Rhode Island demonstrated by a cost of $57,112 at the main school in the state Brown University. To zoom out even further, the most costly region for cognitive science is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for cognitive science is the Southeast region which is represented by University of Georgia with a cost of $28,830 and Vanderbilt University with a cost of $50,800. In better news, the most affordable university for cognitive science is The University of Texas at Dallas. Our full list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state students can expect to pay around $13,400 for a degree in cognitive science. That cost balloons by a lot to an average of $39,200 for the out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our selection for the college constituting the best value for cognitive science: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On this page you will find our comprehensive list about the colleges we see as being the best value overall. That being said, this discussion 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 as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for cognitive science majors range widely, but within two-years of completing the major graduates will regularly make around $68,700. While there is much variation in pay; top earners can make up to $117,300. Straight out of university, the minimum earning jobs within the cognitive science field earn $40,900, which could be worse. The top earning graduates from cognitive science studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and if you are looking for schools with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The all-around diversity of cognitive science sits very highly, falling in the 99th percentile of majors nationally. The school with the most composite diversity for cognitive science is Massachusetts Institute of Technology and here you can find our general list for the universities with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Cognitive Science only sits in the 71st percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, ranking in the 99th percentile. Asian students compose 33% of those studying cognitive science. Additionally, 60% of undergraduates pursuing a cognitive science major are women.

The median score for cognitive science professors is 4.1 stars, a rating that is 2% greater than the median score for every major; this is a good score. If you are curious about the most popular cognitive science professor nationally, look no further than Mary Boyle at University of California-San Diego. It may come as a shock, but the best rated instructors of cognitive science according to students are at University of California-San Diego. As we including data other than basic rankings it becomes clear that the school possessing the overall best professors for cognitive science is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as many of the best examples of instructors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for cognitive science is Stanford University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have a general list for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we do hope you understand that considering the education process through a lens only derived from superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental problems. We at Authority hope you read our more focused pages on different topics and peruse a couple of our helpful background pages on beneficial details to think about as you progress with your school search.

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University of California-San Diego

#1 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

University of California-San Diego is a very large public university located in La Jolla, CA ranked 66th in America. It has a total of 31,840 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 31.48% acceptance rate. University of California-San Diego offers 228 different majors and is best known for its Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Global Studies, and Cognitive Science 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-San Diego is quite pricey. 78.44% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home about $59,900 per year, which is 44% above the national median.

La Jolla, CA

www.ucsd.edu

A+

Rating

31%

Acceptance

39,811

Students

#66

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Stanford University

#2 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

Stanford University is a large private university located in Stanford, CA ranked 2nd in the nation. It has a total of 8,290 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 4.34% of applicants. Stanford University offers 227 different majors and is best known for its Human Biology, Industrial Management, and Earth Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $52,857 per year, Stanford University is exceptionally pricey. 89.2% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make roughly $94,000 per year, which is 126% above the national median.

Stanford, CA

www.stanford.edu/

A+

Rating

4%

Acceptance

20,993

Students

#2

Ranking

$52,857

Tuition

University of California-Berkeley

#3 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

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

Rice University

#4 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

Rice University is a mid-sized private university located in Houston, TX ranked 22nd in the US. It has a total of 4,145 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 8.72% acceptance rate. Rice University offers 150 different majors and is best known for its Biochemistry, Fitness Administration, and Cognitive Science programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $48,330 per year, Rice University is exceptionally pricey. 85.71% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make near $65,400 per year, which is 57% over the national median.

Houston, TX

www.rice.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

7,542

Students

#22

Ranking

$48,330

Tuition

Johns Hopkins University

#5 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

Johns Hopkins University is a very large private university located in Baltimore, MD ranked 7th in the United States. It has a total of 8,185 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting more or less one in every ten applicants. Johns Hopkins University offers 362 different majors and is best known for its Public Health, Neuroscience, and Biophysics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $55,350 per year, Johns Hopkins University is very expensive. 83.58% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $73,200 per year, which is 76% over the national median.

Baltimore, MD

www.jhu.edu

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

33,543

Students

#7

Ranking

$55,350

Tuition

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#6 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a large private university located in Cambridge, MA ranked 1st in the US. It has a total of 4,698 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.7% of applicants. Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers 114 different majors and is best known for its Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $53,450 per year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is extremely expensive. 90% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate near $104,700 per year, which is 152% greater than the national median.

Cambridge, MA

web.mit.edu/

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

12,321

Students

#1

Ranking

$53,450

Tuition

University of Pennsylvania

#7 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

University of Pennsylvania is a very large private university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 8th in the US. It has a total of 14,000 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.66% acceptance rate. University of Pennsylvania offers 355 different majors and is best known for its Finance, Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, and Philosophy programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,156 per year, University of Pennsylvania is exceptionally pricey. 81.13% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $85,900 per year, which is 107% greater than the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.upenn.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

29,813

Students

#8

Ranking

$51,156

Tuition

Washington University in St Louis

#8 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

Washington University in St Louis is a large private university located in Saint Louis, MO ranked 15th in the nation. It has a total of 8,774 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 13.85% of applicants. Washington University in St Louis offers 291 different majors and is best known for its Anthropology, Design and Visual Communications, and Environmental Biology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,250 per year, Washington University in St Louis is exceptionally costly. 88.9% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in approximately $70,100 per year, which is 69% greater than the national median.

Saint Louis, MO

www.wustl.edu

A+

Rating

14%

Acceptance

17,794

Students

#15

Ranking

$54,250

Tuition

University of California-Merced

#9 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

University of California-Merced is a mid-sized public university located in Merced, CA ranked 45th in California. It has a total of 8,260 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 71.96% acceptance rate. University of California-Merced offers 62 different majors and is best known for its Computer Engineering, Cognitive Science, and Materials Engineering programs (nationally ranked 7th, 9th, and 43rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Merced is rather pricey. 62.66% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force.

Merced, CA

ucmerced.edu

B+

Rating

72%

Acceptance

8,939

Students

#400

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Yale University

#10 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

Yale University is a large private university located in New Haven, CT ranked 4th in the United States. It has a total of 6,748 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.08% of applicants. Yale University offers 297 different majors and is best known for its American Studies, Religious Studies, and History programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,500 per year, Yale University is very pricey. 89.63% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to generate about $83,200 per year, which is 100% greater than the national median.

New Haven, CT

https://www.yale.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

14,389

Students

#4

Ranking

$55,500

Tuition

Tufts University

#11 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

Tufts University is a large private university located in Medford, MA ranked 30th in the nation. It has a total of 6,134 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting just above one in seven applicants. Tufts University offers 220 different majors and is best known for its Biopsychology, Critical Theory and Analysis, and Child Development programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $57,324 per year, Tufts University is very pricey. 82.88% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $75,800 per year, which is 82% greater than the national median.

Medford, MA

https://www.tufts.edu

A+

Rating

15%

Acceptance

12,781

Students

#30

Ranking

$57,324

Tuition

Brown University

#12 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

Brown University is a large private university located in Providence, RI ranked 12th in the US. It has a total of 7,428 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 7.07% of applicants. Brown University offers 265 different majors and is best known for its Entrepreneurship, African Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,112 per year, Brown University is very high-priced. 87.69% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn about $67,500 per year, which is 63% greater than the national median.

Providence, RI

www.brown.edu

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

10,760

Students

#12

Ranking

$57,112

Tuition

Case Western Reserve University

#13 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

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

Pomona College

#14 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

Pomona College is a small private liberal arts college located in Claremont, CA ranked 20th in the United States. It has a total of 1,680 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.4% acceptance rate. Pomona College offers 52 different majors and is best known for its Molecular Biology, Public Policy Analysis, and Environmental Science programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,380 per year, Pomona College is very high-priced. 89.39% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn roughly $58,100 per year, which is 40% above the national median.

Claremont, CA

www.pomona.edu

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

1,680

Students

#20

Ranking

$54,380

Tuition

Vanderbilt University

#15 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

Vanderbilt University is a large private university located in Nashville, TN ranked 17th in America. It has a total of 6,974 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 9.12% acceptance rate. Vanderbilt University offers 245 different majors and is best known for its Teacher Education and Professional Development, Secondary Education and Teaching, and Social Sciences programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,800 per year, Vanderbilt University is exceptionally high-priced. 86.73% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $69,000 per year, which is 66% greater than the national median.

Nashville, TN

www.vanderbilt.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

13,634

Students

#17

Ranking

$50,800

Tuition

Dartmouth College

#16 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

Dartmouth College is a mid-sized private university located in Hanover, NH ranked 14th in the US. It has a total of 4,797 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.93% acceptance rate. Dartmouth College offers 113 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Science, Latin American Studies, and Native American Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,605 per year, Dartmouth College is extremely expensive. 90.38% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home more or less $75,500 per year, which is 82% greater than the national median.

Hanover, NH

www.dartmouth.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

7,081

Students

#14

Ranking

$55,605

Tuition

Carnegie Mellon University

#17 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

Carnegie Mellon University is a large private university located in Pittsburgh, PA ranked 21st in the nation. It has a total of 7,068 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting hardly above 1/7 of applicants. Carnegie Mellon University offers 321 different majors and is best known for its Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Statistics, and Information Technology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $55,816 per year, Carnegie Mellon University is extremely high-priced. 78.26% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn around $83,600 per year, which is 101% over the national median.

Pittsburgh, PA

www.cmu.edu/

A+

Rating

15%

Acceptance

15,143

Students

#21

Ranking

$55,816

Tuition

University of California-Los Angeles

#18 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

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

Occidental College

#19 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

Occidental College is a small private liberal arts college located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 90th in the nation. It has a total of 2,109 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 36.69% of applicants. Occidental College offers 37 different majors and is best known for its Critical Theory and Analysis, Comparative Literature, and Cognitive Science programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 15th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,980 per year, Occidental College is exceptionally costly. 79.62% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $50,600 per year, which is 22% above the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

https://www.oxy.edu

A+

Rating

37%

Acceptance

2,110

Students

#90

Ranking

$55,980

Tuition

Vassar College

#20 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

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 Southern California

#21 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

University of Southern California is a very large private university located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 24th in the United States. It has a total of 21,909 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 11.42% of applicants. University of Southern California offers 527 different majors and is best known for its Communication and Media Studies, Film, and Gerontology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,256 per year, University of Southern California is very high-priced. 87.78% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take home around $74,000 per year, which is 78% over the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

www.usc.edu/

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

53,186

Students

#24

Ranking

$57,256

Tuition

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#22 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

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

University of California-Davis

#23 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

University of California-Davis is a very large public university located in Davis, CA ranked 86th in the nation. It has a total of 32,863 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 38.87% acceptance rate. University of California-Davis offers 311 different majors and is best known for its Design and Visual Communications, Nutrition Sciences, and Biotechnology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for in-state students and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Davis is rather costly. 80.59% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw more or less $58,200 per year, which is 40% over the national median.

Davis, CA

ucdavis.edu

A+

Rating

39%

Acceptance

40,623

Students

#86

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

The University of Texas at Dallas

#24 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

The University of Texas at Dallas is a very large public university located in Richardson, TX ranked 231st in the nation. It has a total of 21,317 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 78.59% acceptance rate. The University of Texas at Dallas offers 140 different majors and is best known for its Game and Interactive Media Design, Management Science, and Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $13,442 for students from Texas and $38,168 for those from out-of-state, The University of Texas at Dallas is quite pricey. 64.75% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home roughly $53,100 per year, which is 28% over the national median.

Richardson, TX

www.utdallas.edu

A-

Rating

79%

Acceptance

31,419

Students

#231

Ranking

$38,168

Tuition

University of California-Santa Cruz

#25 Best Colleges for Cognitive Science

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