# 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## There are about 2,374 students enrolled in Mathematics and Computer Science in the USA.

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Below Average

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Diplomas received last year

1,134

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-93%

popularity Rank

#274

cost

Somewhat Expensive

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Median degree cost

$37K

Vs. National Avg.

54%

cost Rank

#48

salary

Above Average

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Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$49K

Vs. National Avg.

23%

salary Rank

#60

professors

Above Average

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Professor Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

14%

professors Rank

#114

students

Above Average

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Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

10%

students Rank

#74

### SUMMARY

Studying Mathematics and Computer Science is not only a valuable choice, but ordinarily a requisite first step for students intending to pursue a career as an actuarial mathematics analyst, an information technology technician, or a systems administrator. In fact, mathematics and computer science is a very rare degree ranking as the 220th most popular area of study. Last year, there were 911 mathematics and computer science diplomas received. In-state tuition for mathematics and computer science at private institutions is, on average, 3.9 times more expensive than their public rivals.

With only 71 institutions offering mathematics and computer science there could be limited options as to the institutions that will have an option for you. If you're looking to immerse yourself with other mathematics and computer science undergrads, consider schools in California which have more students admitted to mathematics and computer science than any other state. More generally, the best region to get a degree in mathematics and computer science is in the Far West region with University of California-San Diego, Harvey Mudd College, and Santa Clara University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the best conference to study mathematics and computer science is the California Collegiate Athletic Association with University of California-San Diego representing the conference. On that topic, our belief is that the best college for mathematics and computer science is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You may also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The objectively 'best' school is not necessarily the best school for every student. There can be a bunch of factors to weigh when selecting college. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might impact your inclinations on where to go to school. Here at authority.org, we have weighed the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are interested in which mathematics and computer science college has the top campus, the winner is Columbia University in the City of New York. If you are very interested in which university boasts the finest campus, then we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more so we can compare every major in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our comprehensive list for the universities with the best student life here and from that list, our choice of the university with the best student life for mathematics and computer science is Columbia University in the City of New York. Curious why? Continue scrolling to discover more about Authority's top choices. Some of our picks will probably shock you.

If cost is a primary deciding factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia University in the City of New York appears to be the most expensive school for mathematics and computer science, at least for out of state attendance. That being said, we have an entire page for the most expensive schools that could put the price tag at Columbia University in the City of New York into perspective. Additionally, you could be interested to know that mathematics and computer science is the 76th most expensive degree in the US, with an average cost of $41,200. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for mathematics and computer science on our list is New York with tuition and fees at the main institution, Columbia University in the City of New York, of $57,763. To zoom out even further, the most costly region for mathematics and computer science is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Yale University with a cost of $55,500, Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a cost of $53,450, and University of Vermont with a cost of $41,280.

Our cheapest region for mathematics and computer science is the Great Lakes region which is represented by University of Illinois at Chicago with a cost of $26,224, University of Akron Main Campus with a cost of $15,500, and Purdue University-Main Campus with a cost of $28,010. In better news, the most affordable college for mathematics and computer science is University of Akron Main Campus. Our entire list of the most affordable colleges can be explored here.

In-state attendees can anticipate paying around $13,500 for a degree in mathematics and computer science. That cost balloons substantially to a median of $33,200 for the out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our pick for the school with the best value for mathematics and computer science: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Through this link you can find our comprehensive list about the schools we see as being the best value in general. Bear in mind, this section 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 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 mathematics and computer science majors can differ, but within two-years of graduation graduates will typically earn around $59,900. While there can be much variation in salary; top positions can bring in up to $105,000. Right out of university, the minimum earning jobs within the mathematics and computer science field make $34,000, which could be worse. The top earning grads for mathematics and computer science studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The prevailing diversity of mathematics and computer science is near the very top, ranking within the 95th percentile of all majors. The university with the most composite diversity for mathematics and computer science is Massachusetts Institute of Technology and here you can find our general list of the schools with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Mathematics and Computer Science only sits within the 88th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, in the 97th percentile. Asian collegians make up the largest share at 34% of those studying mathematics and computer science. Additionally, 76% of undergraduates seeking a mathematics and computer science degree are men.

The median rating for mathematics and computer science's professors is 4 stars, a ranking that is actually the average score for all majors; this is a fine. If you are curious about the most popular mathematics and computer science professor in the nation, take a look at Sharon Sweet-Sexton at Florida State College at Jacksonville. This may come as a surprise, but the top rated mathematics and computer science instructors from student rankings are at Brigham Young University-Provo. If we including data other than basic rankings it becomes clear that the school possessing the overall best professors for mathematics and computer science is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One can find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the best professors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest university to get into for mathematics and computer science is Columbia University in the City of New York. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have a general page of the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, here at Authority we do hope you understand that looking at the education process from context primarily derived from superlatives might create issues. We encourage you to explore our other pages on different universities and peruse some of Authority's insightful background articles on beneficial things to look out for as your university search continues.

## Top 25 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

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#1 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Harvard University

Cambridge, MA | www.harvard.edu/

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#2 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA | web.mit.edu/

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#3 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Brown University

Providence, RI | www.brown.edu/

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#4 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA | www.cmu.edu/

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#6 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Yale University

New Haven, CT | https://www.yale.edu/

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#7 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Stanford University

Stanford, CA | www.stanford.edu/

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#8 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## University of Chicago

Chicago, IL | www.uchicago.edu/

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#9 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA | www.caltech.edu/

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#10 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA | https://www.hmc.edu/

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#11 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Rice University

Houston, TX | www.rice.edu/

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#12 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA | www.ucla.edu/

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#13 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH | www.dartmouth.edu/

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#14 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA | www.upenn.edu/

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#15 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD | www.jhu.edu/

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#16 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Princeton University

Princeton, NJ | www.princeton.edu/

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#17 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN | www.nd.edu/

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#18 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN | www.vanderbilt.edu/

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#19 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Cornell University

Ithaca, NY | www.cornell.edu/

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#20 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY | www.columbia.edu/

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#21 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Amherst College

Amherst, MA | www.amherst.edu/

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#22 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI | https://umich.edu/

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#23 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO | www.wustl.edu/

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#24 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CA | www.berkeley.edu/

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#25 2024 Best Colleges for Mathematics and Computer Science

## Pomona College

Claremont, CA | www.pomona.edu/