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2022 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences

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293

Graduates Per Year

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$59K

Average Salary

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#325

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Unpopular

293

95% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

84

56% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

325

Physical Sciences

293

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$25,251

21% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

288

Pre-Law Studies

$25,270

289

Physical Sciences

$25,251

290

Applied Psychology

$24,920

Salary

Average Salary

Physical Sciences

-

Professors

Very Bad

3.5/5

12.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

324

Actuarial Science

325

Physical Sciences

326

Business Statistics

Students

Diverse

4.2/5

14.99% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

83

Game and Interactive Media Design

84

Physical Sciences

85

Accounting and Business Management

SUMMARY

A degree in Physical Sciences is not only a valuable choice, but ordinarily a mandatory first step for pupils aspiring to begin a career as a geologist, a cyclotron specialist, or a physicist. In fact, nationally, physical sciences is a ​unique major being the 325th most popular area of study. Last academic year alone, there were 293 physical sciences diplomas received. In-state tuition for physical sciences at private universities is, on average, 5.2 times more spendy than their public rivals.

With just 84 schools offering this degree there could be a more finite list of the institutions you can choose from. If you're looking to surround yourself with other physical sciences students, consider colleges in New York which have more students admitted to physical sciences than any other state. More generally, the top region to major in physical sciences is in the Mid East region with CUNY Graduate School and University Center, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Villanova University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the top conference to major in physical sciences is the Pacific-12 Conference with Arizona State University-Tempe, University of Southern California, and Washington State University representing the conference. That being said, our choice for the best university for physical sciences is Emory University. You may also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The best school is not necessarily the best school for you. There are a bunch of facets to consider when choosing ​university. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would sway your feelings of where to go to college. At Authority, we've evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are interested in which physical sciences school is home to the best college campus, the answer is Arizona State University-Tempe. If you are very interested in which college has the best campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, student reviews, professor reviews, and more so we can compare each major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life and from that list, our pick for the university with the best student life for physical sciences is Wesleyan University. Are you curious why? Continue scrolling to discover more about our top selections. Many of our picks might surprise you.

If cost is a significant deciding factor in your decision on where to go to college, you might consider avoiding Wesleyan University. Wesleyan University is our most expensive school for physical sciences, at least regarding out of state attendance. We do have an entire list of the most expensive universities that could put the expense of Wesleyan University into perspective. You could also want to know that physical sciences is the 289th most expensive major in the US, with an average associated cost of $25,300. On a broader scale, the most costly state for physical sciences in the nation is Connecticut demonstrated by a cost of $56,704 at Wesleyan University. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region for physical sciences is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for physical sciences is the Plains region which is represented by Kansas State University with a cost of $25,251 and Chadron State College with a cost of $5,110. On the bright side, the most affordable university for physical sciences is Chadron State College. Authority.org's entire list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state attendees can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $10,300 for a degree in physical sciences. That cost increases substantially to a median of $22,700 for an out-of-state public-school student. Our pick for the school constituting the best value for physical sciences: Emory University. Through this link you can find our comprehensive list on the schools we believe to be the best value overall. Do know, this idea is predicated on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for physical sciences students can vary, but within two years leaving college graduates will typically make in the neighborhood of $58,800. There can be a lot of variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can bring in up to $104,100. Even right out of school, the lowest end positions within the physical sciences field earn $33,000, which is an alright wage. The highest earning grads from physical sciences attended Villanova University and if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The prevailing diversity of physical sciences ranks quite high, being in the 79th percentile of all majors. The university with the most composite diversity for physical sciences is Emory University and here you can find our general list for the colleges which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of Physical Sciences only ranks in the 54th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, in the 67th percentile. White collegians make up the largest share at 55% of scholars studying physical sciences. Additionally, 56% of undergrads pursuing a physical sciences major are men.

The median rating of physical sciences professors is 3.5 stars, a score which is 12% below the average for every major; this is a subpar ranking. If you are searching for the most popular physical sciences professor nationally, consider looking up Ishtyaq Qadri at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. It may be shocking, but the highest rated professors for physical sciences according to students are at Columbia College Chicago. As we consider information other than just rankings we find that the university with comprehensively the best professors for physical sciences is Emory University. One can find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the top instructors in the country.

Finally, the most difficult school to get into for physical sciences is United States Naval Academy. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have an extensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, here at Authority we do hope you believe that approaching college from context mainly informed by superlatives can create issues. We at Authority encourage you to read our more nuanced pages on different schools and explore a few of our insightful background pages on essential things to look out for as you continue your university search.

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CUNY Graduate School and University Center

#1 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences

CUNY Graduate School and University Center is a mid-sized public university located in New York, NY ranked 64th in New York. It has a total of 3,363 full-time undergraduate students. CUNY Graduate School and University Center offers 356 different majors and is best known for its Physical Sciences, Medical Records Administration, and Urban Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 8th, and 15th respectively). 41.32% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring in around $56,600 per year, which is 36% above the national median.

New York, NY

www.gc.cuny.edu

B

Rating

100%

Acceptance

9,887

Students

#459

Ranking

$14,880

Tuition

Arizona State University-Tempe

#2 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences

Arizona State University-Tempe is a very large public university located in Tempe, AZ ranked 1st in Arizona. It has a total of 46,314 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 86.47% of applicants. Arizona State University-Tempe offers 353 different majors and is best known for its Physical Sciences, Urban Planning, and Family and Consumer Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,710 for in-state students and $28,800 for those from out-of-state, Arizona State University-Tempe is reasonably pricey. 60.21% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to draw about $47,700 per year, which is 15% over the national median.

Tempe, AZ

www.asu.edu/

A-

Rating

86%

Acceptance

56,567

Students

#313

Ranking

$28,800

Tuition

Wesleyan University

#3 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences

Wesleyan University is a small private liberal arts college located in Middletown, CT ranked 48th in America. It has a total of 3,261 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 16.48% acceptance rate. Wesleyan University offers 85 different majors and is best known for its Italian Studies, American Studies, and Physiological Psychology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,704 per year, Wesleyan University is exceptionally expensive. 89.47% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home close to $54,700 per year, which is 32% above the national median.

Middletown, CT

www.wesleyan.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

3,524

Students

#48

Ranking

$56,704

Tuition

Villanova University

#4 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences

Villanova University is a large private institution located in Villanova, PA ranked 91st in the nation. It has a total of 7,676 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 28.24% of applicants. Villanova University offers 167 different majors and is best known for its Physical Sciences, Management Science, and Organizational Leadership programs (nationally ranked 4th, 6th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,550 per year, Villanova University is exceptionally high-priced. 60.52% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate close to $77,900 per year, which is 88% over the national median.

Villanova, PA

www.villanova.edu

A+

Rating

28%

Acceptance

12,719

Students

#91

Ranking

$54,550

Tuition

Emory University

#5 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences

Emory University is a large private university located in Atlanta, GA ranked 23rd in the United States. It has a total of 8,026 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 15.6% acceptance rate. Emory University offers 205 different majors and is best known for its Biology, French Studies, and Radiation Therapy programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $53,070 per year, Emory University is exceptionally costly. 88.39% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $66,000 per year, which is 59% greater than the national median.

Atlanta, GA

www.emory.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

16,024

Students

#23

Ranking

$53,070

Tuition

Rochester Institute of Technology

#6 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences

Rochester Institute of Technology is a large private institution located in Rochester, NY ranked 190th in the US. It has a total of 15,118 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting close to 7 in every 10 applicants. Rochester Institute of Technology offers 201 different majors and is best known for its Mechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technologies, and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $45,244 per year, Rochester Institute of Technology is exceptionally costly. 62.58% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home near $62,400 per year, which is 50% above the national median.

Rochester, NY

www.rit.edu/

A

Rating

71%

Acceptance

18,660

Students

#190

Ranking

$45,244

Tuition

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

#9 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus is a very large public university located in Pittsburgh, PA ranked 157th in the US. It has a total of 20,856 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting virtually 5 in every 9 applicants. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus offers 422 different majors and is best known for its Rhetoric and Composition, Bioinformatics, and Biological and Physical Sciences programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $18,628 for in-state students and $32,656 for those from out-of-state, University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus is reasonably high-priced. 67.18% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to take home about $53,900 per year, which is 30% over the national median.

Pittsburgh, PA

www.pitt.edu

A

Rating

57%

Acceptance

31,667

Students

#157

Ranking

$32,656

Tuition

Washington State University

#10 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences

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

California State University-Fresno

#11 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences

California State University-Fresno is a very large public institution located in Fresno, CA ranked 64th in California. It has a total of 23,304 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 57.94% of applicants. California State University-Fresno offers 123 different majors and is best known for its Criminology, Agricultural Teacher Education, and Food Science programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 6th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for in-state students and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California State University-Fresno is reasonably priced. 58.58% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make about $44,700 per year, which is 8% greater than the national median.

Fresno, CA

www.fresnostate.edu/

C+

Rating

58%

Acceptance

26,765

Students

#656

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

Kansas State University

#12 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences

Kansas State University is a very large public university located in Manhattan, KS ranked 7th in Kansas. It has a total of 19,196 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 95.37% of applicants. Kansas State University offers 283 different majors and is best known for its Secondary Education and Teaching, Horticultural Science, and Natural Sciences programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,375 for in-state students and $25,251 for those from out-of-state, Kansas State University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 55.95% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make approximately $45,600 per year, which is 10% over the national median.

Manhattan, KS

www.k-state.edu

C+

Rating

95%

Acceptance

24,546

Students

#731

Ranking

$25,251

Tuition

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

#13 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is a small public university located in Socorro, NM ranked 4th in New Mexico. It has a total of 1,482 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 79.79% of applicants. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology offers 57 different majors and is best known for its Physical Sciences, Petroleum Engineering, and Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing programs (nationally ranked 13th, 17th, and 26th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,826 for students from New Mexico and $22,194 for those from out-of-state, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is reasonably expensive. 36.99% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn about $50,000 per year, which is 20% over the national median.

Socorro, NM

www.nmt.edu

C+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

2,099

Students

#940

Ranking

$22,194

Tuition

Chadron State College

#14 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences

Chadron State College is a small public institution located in Chadron, NE ranked 19th in Nebraska. It has a total of 2,365 full-time undergraduate students. Chadron State College offers 49 different majors and is best known for its Physical Sciences, Plant Sciences, and Human Sciences programs (nationally ranked 14th, 47th, and 47th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,576 for students from Nebraska and $5,606 for those from out-of-state, Chadron State College is quite cheap. 38.48% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in more or less $38,200 per year, which is 8% below the national median.

Chadron, NE

www.csc.edu

C

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,152

Students

#1516

Ranking

$5,606

Tuition