Going to school for Molecular Biology is not only a valuable choice, but commonly a required first step for undergraduates hoping to enter a career as a molecular chemist, a molecular scientist, or an analytical molecular chemist. In fact, molecular biology is a very rare degree being the 221st most popular major. Last year alone, there were 903 molecular biology diplomas received. In-state tuition for molecular biology at private colleges is, on average, 3.4 times more spendy than their public rivals.
With only 61 institutions offering molecular biology you may have limited options as to the institutions which will have a degree program for you. If you are hoping to immerse yourself with other molecular biology undergrads, consider looking at universities in Michigan which have more students admitted to molecular biology than any other state. Zooming out, the top region to major in molecular biology is in the Great Lakes region with University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and University of Wisconsin-Madison best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to study molecular biology is the Big Ten Conference with University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and University of Wisconsin-Madison representing the conference. On that topic, our choice for the best college for molecular biology is Princeton University. You may also want to check out our list of the best colleges.
The best school does not have to be the best school for every student. There can be tons of factors to consider when selecting college. Features like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely change your thoughts on where to go to university. At Authority, we've evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are interested in which molecular biology university has the top college campus, the answer is Rutgers University-New Brunswick. If, for example, you are very interested in which school is home to the top campus, then we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more in order to compare every major in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our well researched list for the schools with the best student life here and, from that list, our choice for the university with the best student life for molecular biology is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about Authority's top recommendations. Many of our picks will probably shock you.
If expense is a major influence in your decision on where to go to university, you might be cautious about Colgate University. Colgate University appears to be our most expensive university for molecular biology, at least regarding out of state students. We have an entire page for the most expensive universities that could put the cost at Colgate University into perspective. Additionally, you may want to know that molecular biology is the 157th most expensive degree in the nation, with an average expense of $33,100. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for molecular biology in the nation is New York with tuition and fees at the main institution, Colgate University, of $57,695. Even more broadly, the most expensive region of the country for molecular biology is the Far West region which is best demonstrated with University of California-San Diego with a cost of $41,196, and Pomona College with a cost of $54,380.
Our cheapest region for molecular biology is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by University of Denver with a cost of $51,336, Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790, and University of Wyoming with a cost of $13,392. In better news, the most affordable university for molecular biology is Brigham Young University-Provo. Authority.org's entire list of the most affordable colleges can be found here.
In-state attendees can anticipate paying around $12,400 for a degree in molecular biology. The price grows significantly to a median of $29,800 for the out-of-state public-school undergraduate. On that note, our choice for the school representing the best value for molecular biology: Princeton University. Through this link you can see our comprehensive list for the universities we believe to be the best value in general. Do know, this discussion is predicated on being an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).
Earnings for molecular biology students vary widely, but within two years completing the major students will often make around $46,800. While there is a lot of variation in earnings; top earners can enjoy pay up to $83,800. Even straight out of college, the minimum earning jobs within the molecular biology field earn $25,900, which could be worse. The top earning graduates from molecular biology have come from MCPHS University and if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.
The overall diversity of molecular biology ranks pretty high, coming in the 84th percentile of majors nationally. The school with the highest composite diversity for molecular biology is Pomona College and here you can find our comprehensive list for the colleges with the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Molecular Biology major only stands in the 54th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, ranking in the 74th percentile. White students compose the largest proportion at 54% of those studying molecular biology. Additionally, 58% of undergrads pursuing a molecular biology major are women.
We have insufficient professors data for molecular biology to make the conclusions we normally would have made in this sentence. If we including data beyond simply rankings it becomes clear that the school possessing the overall best professors for molecular biology is Princeton University. One will find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the finest instructors nationwide.
Finally, the hardest school to get into for molecular biology is Princeton University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have an extensive page of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you understand that looking at the higher education world from context mainly formed from superlatives might cause problems. We at Authority encourage you to look at some of our more focused pages on individual topics and read a couple of our background articles on useful things to consider as your college search continues.