Mathematics is the 27th most popular degree in America, with 21,856 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #28 Natural Resources and Conservation, and narrowly lost to #26 Social Work.
The degree is offered at a total of 1,238 colleges across the nation, and is the 8th most widely offered degree. Given that mathematics is offered at 95% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.
It is also worth noting that roughly one in two colleges offering mathematics are public making it a pretty accessible field.
The mid east produces the most mathematics graduates, largely led by University of Maryland-College Park, while it’s the Big Ten Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from University of California-Irvine and University of California-Los Angeles.
All that being said, no individual school produces more mathematics graduates than University of South Alabama, which graduated 294 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study mathematics). More students studied mathematics as a percentage of total students at Amherst College than any other college.