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2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

There are about 17,235 students enrolled in Neuroscience in the USA.

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popularity

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

9,904

Vs. National Avg.

-37%

popularity Rank

#95

cost

Very Expensive

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$40K

Vs. National Avg.

65%

cost Rank

#25

salary

High Paying

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$51K

Vs. National Avg.

28%

salary Rank

#38

professors

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

20%

professors Rank

#83

students

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

10%

students Rank

#75

SUMMARY

Choosing to study Neuroscience is a valuable choice and generally an obligatory first step for students coveting to begin a career as a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, or a mri technologist. Interestingly, neuroscience is a fairly common choice ranking as the 65th most popular major. Last year, there were 7,395 neuroscience degrees conferred. In-state tuition for neuroscience at private schools is, on average, 3.9 times more costly than their public rivals.

There are 234 colleges that offer neuroscience. This number of universities is fairly average in terms of the number of institutions which offer each degree. If you are looking to immerse yourself with other neuroscience majors, consider looking at schools in Pennsylvania which have the most undergrads admitted to neuroscience annually. More generally, the top region to get a degree in neuroscience is in the Great Lakes region with University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan State University, and Ohio State University-Main Campus best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the top conference to major in neuroscience is the Big Ten Conference with University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan State University, and Ohio State University-Main Campus representing the conference. That said, our choice for the best college for neuroscience is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You might also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The objectively best school does not mean it is the best school for you. There might be tons more factors to weigh when selecting school. Features like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would sway one's inclinations of where to go to college. Here at Authority, we've weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which neuroscience university is home to the top college campus, the answer is Northeastern University. If, for example, you are very interested in which university is home to the finest campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, student reviews, professor reviews, and more in order to compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life&nbsphere and, from that list, our selection for the university with the best student life for neuroscience is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about Authority's top recommendations. Many of our picks might surprise you.

If cost is a major factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia University in the City of New York&nbspappears to be the most expensive school for neuroscience, at least regarding out of state attendance. We have a list of the most expensive&nbspschools that could put the price tag at Columbia University in the City of New York&nbspinto perspective. Additionally, you may be interested to know that neuroscience is the 13th most expensive degree in the United States, with an average associated cost of $54,300. On a broader scale, the most costly state for neuroscience on our list is Oregon demonstrated by a tuition of $58,130 at the main university in Oregon Reed College. To zoom out even further, the most costly region for neuroscience is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Connecticut College with a cost of $56,540, Amherst College with a cost of $57,640, and Brown University with a cost of $57,112.

Our cheapest region for neuroscience is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Colorado State University-Fort Collins with a cost of $28,147, The University of Montana with a cost of $24,144, and Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790. On the bright side, the most affordable university for neuroscience is Binghamton University. Authority's full list of the most affordable schools can be found here.

In-state attendees can expect to pay around $12,500 for a degree in neuroscience. The cost increases by a lot to a median of $30,700 for the out-of-state public-school student. Our pick for the college with the best value for neuroscience: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On this page you will see our comprehensive list on the schools we see as being the best value&nbspoverall. That being said, this section is predicated on out-of-state tuition costs. The value proposition 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 neuroscience students can cover a wide range, but two years after leaving college students will typically earn around $46,100. There is much variation in pay; top positions can experience pay up to $80,700. Even right out of school, the minimum earning positions within the neuroscience field earn $26,100, which could be worse. The top earning grads from neuroscience graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology&nbspand if you are looking for colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The prevailing diversity of neuroscience sits quite high, being within the 85th percentile of all majors. The school with the most composite diversity for neuroscience is Massachusetts Institute of Technology&nbspand here you can find our general list of the colleges which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Neuroscience major only is in the 14th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, ranking in the 77th percentile. White students make up the largest proportion at 53% of those studying neuroscience. Additionally, 64% of scholars pursuing a neuroscience degree are women.

The median rating for neuroscience professors is 3.5 stars, which is 12% below the average across all majors; this is a subpar ranking. If you are looking for the most popular neuroscience professor in the country, take a look at Bradley Cooke from Georgia State University. This might come as a shock, but the best ranked neuroscience instructors according to students are at Georgia State University. As we consider data beyond just rankings it becomes clear that the college possessing the best professors for neuroscience is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You can find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as some of the top instructors in the country.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for neuroscience is Columbia University in the City of New York. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have a detailed page for the hardest colleges to get into. Although, here at Authority we hope you understand that approaching university through a lens only shaped by superlatives can cause problems. We encourage you to explore our more nuanced pages on individual topics and explore some of our insightful background pages on important details to think about as you continue your university search.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

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Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA | www.harvard.edu/

5%

Acceptance

41,024

Students

#3

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Rice University

Houston, TX | www.rice.edu/

11%

Acceptance

8,005

Students

#22

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA | web.mit.edu/

7%

Acceptance

12,195

Students

#1

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Yale University

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

7%

Acceptance

14,910

Students

#8

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ | www.princeton.edu/

6%

Acceptance

8,532

Students

#5

Ranking

$49K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Brown University

Providence, RI | www.brown.edu/

8%

Acceptance

10,807

Students

#13

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH | www.dartmouth.edu/

9%

Acceptance

7,171

Students

#15

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN | www.vanderbilt.edu/

12%

Acceptance

13,918

Students

#17

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | www.northwestern.edu/

9%

Acceptance

25,870

Students

#12

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA | www.caltech.edu/

7%

Acceptance

2,319

Students

#9

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA | www.upenn.edu/

9%

Acceptance

30,688

Students

#7

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Duke University

Durham, NC | www.duke.edu/

8%

Acceptance

17,855

Students

#6

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO | www.wustl.edu/

16%

Acceptance

17,893

Students

#18

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY | www.columbia.edu/

7%

Acceptance

33,882

Students

#10

Ranking

$62K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL | www.uchicago.edu/

7%

Acceptance

20,413

Students

#11

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Georgetown University

Washington, DC | www.georgetown.edu/

17%

Acceptance

22,720

Students

#19

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN | www.nd.edu/

19%

Acceptance

13,268

Students

#16

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD | www.jhu.edu/

11%

Acceptance

34,250

Students

#4

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

Atlanta, GA | www.gatech.edu/

21%

Acceptance

43,217

Students

#42

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA | www.cmc.edu/

13%

Acceptance

1,361

Students

#26

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Pomona College

Claremont, CA | www.pomona.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,733

Students

#40

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA | www.ucla.edu/

14%

Acceptance

46,947

Students

#50

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA | www.cmu.edu/

17%

Acceptance

15,567

Students

#21

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Neuroscience

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

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