Best Colleges for Physics

8,457

Graduates Per Year

$48K

Average Salary

#61

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Popular

8,457

37% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

786

309% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

60

Criminology

8,478

61

Physics

8,457

62

Philosophy

8,093

Most Widely Offered Degrees

26

/

405

Rare

Common

offeringnot offering94%94%

Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicprivate56%56%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Far West

1,688
University of California-Berkeley

By State

California

1,183
University of California-Berkeley

By Conference

Pacific-12 Conference

681
University of California-Berkeley

By School

Arizona Western College

176

POPULARITY

Physics is the 61st most popular degree in America, with 8,457 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #62 Philosophy, and narrowly lost to #60 Criminology.

The degree is offered at a total of 786 colleges across the nation, and is the 26th most widely offered degree. Given that physics is offered at 94% 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 56% of colleges offering physics are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The far west produces the most physics graduates, largely led by University of California-Berkeley, while it’s the Pacific-12 Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from University of California-Berkeley and University of California-San Diego.

All that being said, no individual school produces more physics graduates than Arizona Western College, which graduated 176 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 physics). More students studied physics as a percentage of total students at California Institute of Technology than any other college.