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2022 Best Colleges for Genetics

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666

Graduates Per Year

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$57K

Average Salary

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#250

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

666

89% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

26

86% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

249

Applied Physics

683

250

Genetics

666

251

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology

652

Cost

Median Cost

$31,174

2% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

184

Musical Theatre

$31,200

185

Genetics

$31,174

Salary

Average Salary

$34,601

10% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

201

Natural Resources and Conservation

$34,714

202

Genetics

$34,601

203

Environmental Science

$34,518

Professors

Very Bad

3.6/5

10% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

315

Industrial Engineering

316

Genetics

317

Operations Management and Supervision

Students

Average Diversity

3.7/5

0.63% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

216

Early Childhood Education and Teaching

217

Genetics

218

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SUMMARY

Choosing to study Genetics is not only a valuable choice, but frequently a necessary first step for undergrads intending to enter a career as a geneticist, a cytogenetic technologist, or a clinical geneticist. Interestingly, genetics is an uncommon degree coming in at the 250th most popular degree. In the last year, there were 666 genetics diplomas received. In-state tuition for genetics at private colleges is, on average, 3.7 times more spendy than their public equivalents.

With just 26 colleges having programs for genetics you could have limited options as to the institutions that will have an option for you. If you are hoping to surround yourself with other genetics students, consider looking at schools in Wisconsin which have the most undergrads admitted to genetics annually. More generally, the best region to get a degree in genetics is in the Great Lakes region with Michigan State University, Ohio State University-Main Campus, and University of Wisconsin-Madison best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the best conference to study genetics is the Big Ten Conference with Michigan State University, Ohio State University-Main Campus, and University of Wisconsin-Madison representing the conference. From our comprehensive list on the best colleges, our choice for the best school for genetics is University of California-Davis.

The objectively 'best' school does not mean it is the 'best' school for every student. There might be lots of perspectives to weigh when deciding on school. External stuff such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely modify your decision on where to go to college. At authority.org, we've weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which genetics college is home to the top college campus, the answer is Rutgers University-New Brunswick. If, for example, you are mostly interested in which school is home to the top campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more so we can compare every major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the colleges with the best student life and from that list, our choice of the college with the best student life for genetics is University of Wisconsin-Madison. Are you curious why? Continue reading to find out more about Authority's top choices. Some of our decisions just might surprise you.

If price is a significant deciding factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about Ohio Wesleyan University. Ohio Wesleyan University is our most expensive school for genetics, at least regarding out of state attendance. That being said, we have an entire list of the most expensive universities that might put the expense of Ohio Wesleyan University into perspective. You may also care to know that genetics is the 185th most expensive program in the nation, with an average bill of $31,200. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for genetics in the country is California with tuition and fees at the primary two colleges University of California-Davis and University of California-Irvine of $41,196 and $41,196 respectively. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region of the country for genetics is the Great Lakes region which is best demonstrated with Michigan State University with a cost of $40,384, Ohio Wesleyan University with a cost of $46,870, and University of Wisconsin-Madison with a cost of $36,333.

Our cheapest region for genetics is the Mid East region which is represented by Rutgers University-New Brunswick with a cost of $29,012 and SUNY at Fredonia with a cost of $16,980. More optimistically, the most affordable school for genetics is SUNY at Fredonia. Authority's comprehensive list of the most affordable schools can be found here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying about $12,000 for a degree in genetics. The cost grows significantly to an average of $32,000 for an out-of-state public-school student. Our choice for the college with the best value for genetics: University of California-Davis. On this page you will see our comprehensive list for the schools we believe to be the best value in general. That being said, this discussion is based on out-of-state tuition costs. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition is considered, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for genetics students vary widely, but two years after finishing the degree students will regularly make around $57,000. While there is a lot of variation in earnings; top positions can rake in up to $96,700. Even straight out of school, the minimum earning opportunities within the genetics space earn $34,000, which could be worse. The highest earning graduates from genetics attended Texas A & M University-College Station and if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of genetics sits subpar, arriving in the 45th percentile of all programs. The university with the highest composite diversity for genetics is University of California-Davis and here you can find our comprehensive list for the universities with the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Genetics major ranks only in the 76th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even further below average in the 41st percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest share at 65% of students majoring in genetics. Additionally, 63% of undergrads pursuing a genetics degree are women.

The median score of genetics professors is 3.6 stars, a rating which is 10% lower than the average for every major; which is a subpar ranking. If you are interested in the most popular genetics instructor nationally, take a look at Ron Michaelis at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. This might be surprising, but the top ranked professors for genetics according to students come from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. As we including data beyond just rankings it becomes clear that the college possessing the overall best professors for genetics is University of California-Davis. One will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as some of the best examples of instructors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest university to get into for genetics is University of California-Irvine. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have an extensive page of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, here at Authority we hope you believe that considering the education process with a perspective primarily built on superlatives might cause problems. We at Authority encourage you to explore our other pages on individual topics and explore a couple of our helpful background articles on beneficial details to look out for as you continue your college search.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

#1 Best Colleges for Genetics

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

University of California-Davis

#2 Best Colleges for Genetics

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

Texas A & M University-College Station

#3 Best Colleges for Genetics

Texas A & M University-College Station is a very large public university located in College Station, TX ranked 124th in America. It has a total of 56,527 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting something like four sevenths of applicants. Texas A & M University-College Station offers 409 different majors and is best known for its Construction Engineering Technology, Fitness Administration, and Petroleum Engineering programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $8,532 for students from Texas and $34,981 for those from out-of-state, Texas A & M University-College Station is somewhat moderately pricey. 76.91% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in about $58,000 per year, which is 40% over the national median.

College Station, TX

https://www.tamu.edu

A

Rating

58%

Acceptance

73,267

Students

#124

Ranking

$34,981

Tuition

Iowa State University

#4 Best Colleges for Genetics

Iowa State University is a very large public university located in Ames, IA ranked 5th in Iowa. It has a total of 31,555 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 92.05% of applicants. Iowa State University offers 345 different majors and is best known for its Plant Sciences, Agronomy and Crop Science, and Agricultural Mechanization programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $8,042 for students from Iowa and $23,230 for those from out-of-state, Iowa State University is reasonably high-priced. 68.35% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $50,700 per year, which is 22% greater than the national median.

Ames, IA

www.iastate.edu

B+

Rating

92%

Acceptance

37,944

Students

#376

Ranking

$23,230

Tuition

Michigan State University

#5 Best Colleges for Genetics

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

Clemson University

#6 Best Colleges for Genetics

Clemson University is a very large public university located in Clemson, SC ranked 149th in the US. It has a total of 21,504 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.26% of applicants. Clemson University offers 249 different majors and is best known for its Science Teacher Education, Food Science, and Agricultural Production Operations programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 5th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $14,118 for in-state students and $37,110 for those from out-of-state, Clemson University is rather high-priced. 75.17% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn around $52,400 per year, which is 26% greater than the national median.

Clemson, SC

www.clemson.edu

A

Rating

51%

Acceptance

28,310

Students

#149

Ranking

$37,110

Tuition

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

#7 Best Colleges for Genetics

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

University of Georgia

#8 Best Colleges for Genetics

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

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

#9 Best Colleges for Genetics

North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a very large public university located in Raleigh, NC ranked 134th in the nation. It has a total of 28,147 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 45.13% of applicants. North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers 294 different majors and is best known for its Animal Sciences, Forestry, and Botany programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $6,535 for students from North Carolina and $26,654 for those from out-of-state, North Carolina State University at Raleigh is somewhat moderately high-priced. 73.33% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn near $52,500 per year, which is 26% over the national median.

Raleigh, NC

www.ncsu.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

39,822

Students

#134

Ranking

$26,654

Tuition

Ohio State University-Main Campus

#10 Best Colleges for Genetics

Ohio State University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Columbus, OH ranked 160th in the nation. It has a total of 50,053 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 53.74% of applicants. Ohio State University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Operations Management and Supervision, and Educational Administration and Supervision programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,197 for students from Ohio and $31,174 for those from out-of-state, Ohio State University-Main Campus is somewhat moderately high-priced. 59.09% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw close to $46,100 per year, which is 11% over the national median.

Columbus, OH

www.osu.edu/

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

66,178

Students

#160

Ranking

$31,174

Tuition

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

#11 Best Colleges for Genetics

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus is a large public university located in Durham, NH ranked 3rd in New Hampshire. It has a total of 13,538 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting faintly over 83.3% of applicants. University of New Hampshire-Main Campus offers 207 different majors and is best known for its Occupational Therapy, Agricultural Production Operations, and Genetics programs (nationally ranked 8th, 10th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $15,520 for students from New Hampshire and $32,050 for those from out-of-state, University of New Hampshire-Main Campus is somewhat moderately expensive. 70.35% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to make near $51,400 per year, which is 24% greater than the national median.

Durham, NH

www.unh.edu

B+

Rating

84%

Acceptance

16,673

Students

#343

Ranking

$32,050

Tuition

Ohio Wesleyan University

#12 Best Colleges for Genetics

Ohio Wesleyan University is a small private liberal arts college located in Delaware, OH ranked 14th in Ohio. It has a total of 1,611 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 67.3% of applicants. Ohio Wesleyan University offers 80 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Law Studies, Accounting and Finance, and Genetics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 8th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $46,870 per year, Ohio Wesleyan University is very high-priced. 61.8% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make about $45,300 per year, which is 9% above the national median.

Delaware, OH

www.owu.edu/

B

Rating

67%

Acceptance

1,611

Students

#464

Ranking

$46,870

Tuition

Purdue University-Main Campus

#13 Best Colleges for Genetics

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 California-Irvine

#14 Best Colleges for Genetics

University of California-Irvine is a very large public university located in Irvine, CA ranked 116th in the nation. It has a total of 31,386 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 26.54% acceptance rate. University of California-Irvine offers 291 different majors and is best known for its Managerial Economics, Social Psychology, and Criminology 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-Irvine is rather high-priced. 46.45% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home near $58,400 per year, which is 41% above the national median.

Irvine, CA

www.uci.edu/

A

Rating

27%

Acceptance

38,105

Students

#116

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

University of Alabama at Birmingham

#15 Best Colleges for Genetics

University of Alabama at Birmingham is a very large public university located in Birmingham, AL ranked 3rd in Alabama. It has a total of 14,808 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 73.66% of applicants. University of Alabama at Birmingham offers 171 different majors and is best known for its Physical Education, Genetics, and Health Care Administration programs (nationally ranked 10th, 15th, and 17th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,568 for students from Alabama and $20,400 for those from out-of-state, University of Alabama at Birmingham is reasonably priced. 52.52% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw roughly $41,200 per year, which is 1% below the national median.

Birmingham, AL

https://www.uab.edu

B

Rating

74%

Acceptance

25,705

Students

#497

Ranking

$20,400

Tuition

University of New Haven

#16 Best Colleges for Genetics

University of New Haven is a mid-sized private institution located in West Haven, CT ranked 11th in Connecticut. It has a total of 5,376 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 82.99% acceptance rate. University of New Haven offers 159 different majors and is best known for its Fire Protection, Criminal Justice, and Drawing programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $39,000 per year, University of New Haven is quite pricey. 59.34% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make near $52,100 per year, which is 25% greater than the national median.

West Haven, CT

www.newhaven.edu

B

Rating

83%

Acceptance

7,634

Students

#479

Ranking

$39,000

Tuition

Washington State University

#17 Best Colleges for Genetics

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

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

#19 Best Colleges for Genetics

New Mexico State University-Main Campus is a large public university located in Las Cruces, NM ranked 6th in New Mexico. It has a total of 12,885 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting something like 5/9 of applicants. New Mexico State University-Main Campus offers 192 different majors and is best known for its Genetics, Botany, and Community Health Services programs (nationally ranked 19th, 21st, and 26th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,875 for in-state students and $21,864 for those from out-of-state, New Mexico State University-Main Campus is somewhat moderately high-priced. 31.6% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take home near $34,600 per year, which is 17% under the national median.

Las Cruces, NM

www.nmsu.edu/

C

Rating

55%

Acceptance

16,143

Students

#1373

Ranking

$21,864

Tuition