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2022 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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529

Graduates Per Year

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$44K

Average Salary

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#275

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

529

91% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

20

90% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

274

Electromechanical Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies

530

275

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

529

276

Horticultural Science

528

Cost

Expensive

$44,064

38% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

66

International Business

$44,082

67

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

$44,064

68

Financial Mathematics

$43,967

Salary

Low Salary

$26,307

32% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

354

Environmental Biology

$26,307

355

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

$26,307

356

Conservation Biology

$26,307

Professors

Very Good

4.4/5

10% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

51

Gerontology

52

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

53

East Asian Studies

Students

Average Diversity

3.8/5

5.76% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

172

Photography

173

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

174

Family and Community Services

SUMMARY

Choosing to study Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is not only a valuable choice, but usually a mandatory first step for undergraduates intending to begin a career as a wildlife biologist, an ecology veterinarian, or an evolutionary biologist. Interestingly, ecology and evolutionary biology is an uncommon degree coming in at the 275th most popular degree. In the last year, there were 529 ecology and evolutionary biology graduates. In-state tuition for ecology and evolutionary biology at private institutions is, on average, 3.5 times more expensive than their public equivalents.

With only 20 schools having programs for ecology and evolutionary biology you might have limited options as to the institutions you can choose from. If you are hoping to immerse yourself with other ecology and evolutionary biology undergraduates, consider looking at schools in Colorado which have the most undergrads admitted to ecology and evolutionary biology annually. More generally, the top region to major in ecology and evolutionary biology is in the Rocky Mountains region with University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado College, and Brigham Young University-Provo best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the top conference to major in ecology and evolutionary biology is the Pacific-12 Conference with University of Arizona representing the conference. From our comprehensive list on the best colleges, our belief is that the best university for ecology and evolutionary biology is Princeton University.

The overall best school does not have to be the 'best' school for you. There are many more facets to think about when deciding on college. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might definitely alter your decision on where to go to school. At Authority, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which ecology and evolutionary biology college has the superior college campus, the answer is Princeton University. If you are mostly interested in which school boasts the best campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, student reviews, government databases, and more so we can evaluate every major in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life here and from that list, our choice of the college with the best student life for ecology and evolutionary biology is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about our top choices. Some of our picks might shock you.

If cost is a significant factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about Colorado College. Colorado College is our most expensive college for ecology and evolutionary biology, at least for out of state students. We have a page for the most expensive schools that might put the cost at Colorado College into perspective. Additionally, you could care to know that ecology and evolutionary biology is the 67th most expensive program in America, with an average bill of $44,100. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for ecology and evolutionary biology in the country is Maine demonstrated with a cost of $54,870 at the main university in the state Colby College. Even more broadly, the most costly region for ecology and evolutionary biology is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for ecology and evolutionary biology is the Plains region which is represented by Minnesota State University Moorhead with a cost of $15,264. In better news, the most affordable school for ecology and evolutionary biology is Brigham Young University-Provo. Authority.org's entire list of the most affordable colleges can be explored here.

In-state attendees can expect to pay about $13,400 for a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology. That cost balloons dramatically to an average of $35,700 for the out-of-state public-school undergrad. On that note, our pick for the university with the best value for ecology and evolutionary biology: Princeton University. Here you will find our comprehensive list on the universities we believe to be the best value overall. Do know, this idea is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for ecology and evolutionary biology majors vary a lot, but two-years after leaving college students will often earn around $44,000. There is a lot of variation in earnings potential; top earners can rake in up to $79,800. Even straight out of college, the minimum earning jobs within the ecology and evolutionary biology field earn $23,900, which could be worse. The top earning grads from ecology and evolutionary biology come from Princeton University and if you want to find the universities with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The overall diversity of ecology and evolutionary biology is solid, coming in the 56th percentile of all majors. The university with the highest composite diversity for ecology and evolutionary biology is Princeton University and here you can find our comprehensive list of the colleges with the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major is only in the 75th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even further below average in the 44th percentile. White undergraduates compose the largest proportion, 64%, of scholars studying ecology and evolutionary biology. Additionally, 64% of undergraduates pursuing an ecology and evolutionary biology degree are women.

The median rating of ecology and evolutionary biology professors is 4.4 stars, a score which is 10% above the median for all majors; which is a fairly good score. If you are searching for the most popular ecology and evolutionary biology instructor nationally, consider looking up Hidetoshi Urakawa at Florida Gulf Coast University. It may come as a shock, but the top ranked instructors for ecology and evolutionary biology by student are found at Florida Gulf Coast University. If we consider data other than simply rankings it becomes clear that the college possessing comprehensively the best professors for ecology and evolutionary biology is Princeton University. One will find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as some of the top professors in the country.

Finally, the hardest college to get into for ecology and evolutionary biology is Princeton University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a general list of the hardest colleges to get into. Although, we do hope you understand that approaching higher education through a lens primarily shaped by superlatives might cause issues. We hope you explore our more nuanced pages on individual colleges and explore a couple of Authority's helpful background articles on essential details to look out for as your college search develops.

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Princeton University

#1 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Princeton University is a mid-sized private university located in Princeton, NJ ranked 5th in the nation. It has a total of 5,535 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 5.78% of applicants. Princeton University offers 125 different majors and is best known for its Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, and Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,870 per year, Princeton University is extremely costly. 88.56% 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 $74,700 per year, which is 80% greater than the national median.

Princeton, NJ

www.princeton.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

8,720

Students

#5

Ranking

$51,870

Tuition

University of Colorado Boulder

#2 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#3 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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

Colorado College

#4 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Colorado College is a small private liberal arts college located in Colorado Springs, CO ranked 94th in the nation. It has a total of 2,268 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 13.5% acceptance rate. Colorado College offers 50 different majors and is best known for its International Economics, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Ethnic Studies programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $57,612 per year, Colorado College is very high-priced. 81.52% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to earn around $45,400 per year, which is 9% over the national median.

Colorado Springs, CO

www.coloradocollege.edu

A+

Rating

14%

Acceptance

2,313

Students

#94

Ranking

$57,612

Tuition

Rice University

#5 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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

Vanderbilt University

#6 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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

Colby College

#7 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Colby College is a small private liberal arts college located in Waterville, ME ranked 32nd in the United States. It has a total of 2,150 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 9.67% acceptance rate. Colby College offers 45 different majors and is best known for its Latin American Studies, Global Studies, and Physiological Psychology programs (nationally ranked 4th, 5th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,870 per year, Colby College is exceptionally expensive. 89.63% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home about $58,100 per year, which is 40% above the national median.

Waterville, ME

www.colby.edu

A+

Rating

10%

Acceptance

2,150

Students

#32

Ranking

$54,870

Tuition

Trinity University

#8 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Trinity University is a small private college located in San Antonio, TX ranked 105th in the US. It has a total of 2,540 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 28.76% of applicants. Trinity University offers 65 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Financial Mathematics programs (nationally ranked 4th, 8th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,064 per year, Trinity University is quite high-priced. 78.04% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home approximately $54,900 per year, which is 32% over the national median.

San Antonio, TX

https://new.trinity.edu/

A

Rating

29%

Acceptance

2,774

Students

#105

Ranking

$44,064

Tuition

University of California-Davis

#9 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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

Beloit College

#10 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Beloit College is a small private liberal arts college located in Beloit, WI ranked 234th in America. It has a total of 1,379 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 62.05% acceptance rate. Beloit College offers 61 different majors and is best known for its Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Science, Technology and Society, and Anthropology programs (nationally ranked 10th, 15th, and 25th respectively). With an annual tuition of $51,050 per year, Beloit College is exceptionally pricey. 80.6% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn approximately $42,400 per year, which is 2% over the national median.

Beloit, WI

www.beloit.edu

A-

Rating

62%

Acceptance

1,379

Students

#234

Ranking

$51,050

Tuition

University of Arizona

#11 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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

Purdue University-Main Campus

#12 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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 Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

#13 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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

Brigham Young University-Provo

#14 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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

Minnesota State University Moorhead

#15 Best Colleges for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Minnesota State University Moorhead is a mid-sized public college located in Moorhead, MN ranked 29th in Minnesota. It has a total of 5,989 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a smidgeon below 2 out of every 3 applicants. Minnesota State University Moorhead offers 136 different majors and is best known for its Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Health Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 15th, 19th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,632 for in-state students and $15,264 for those from out-of-state, Minnesota State University Moorhead is reasonably priced. 47.79% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make close to $40,600 per year, which is 2% below the national median.

Moorhead, MN

https://www.mnstate.edu/

C+

Rating

65%

Acceptance

7,534

Students

#1195

Ranking

$15,264

Tuition