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2022 Best Colleges for Systems Science and Theory

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441

Graduates Per Year

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$87K

Average Salary

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#291

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

441

93% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

19

90% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

290

Civil Engineering Technologies

453

291

Systems Science and Theory

441

292

Science Teacher Education

435

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$27,345

14% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

246

Systems Engineering

$27,436

247

Systems Science and Theory

$27,345

248

Selling Skills and Sales Operations

$27,074

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TOP

5

Salary

Very High Salary

$74,997

94% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

1

Mathematics and Computer Science

$122,038

2

Systems Science and Theory

$74,997

3

Computer Science

$73,966

Professors

Good

4.2/5

5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

111

International Business

112

Systems Science and Theory

113

Informatics

Students

Diverse

4.2/5

14.77% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

86

Civil Engineering

87

Systems Science and Theory

88

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SUMMARY

Majoring in Systems Science and Theory is not only a valuable choice, but typically an obligatory first step for undergrads trying to begin a career as a chemical systems implementer, a biological systems researcher, or a physical systems engineer. Interestingly, systems science and theory is a very rare degree coming in at the 291st most popular area of study. Last academic year, there were 441 systems science and theory degrees conferred. In-state tuition for systems science and theory at private schools is, on average, 4.3 times more pricey than their public equivalents.

With only 19 universities having programs for this degree you might have limited options as to the institutions which will have a degree program for you. If you are hoping to surround yourself with other systems science and theory majors, consider looking at colleges in Pennsylvania which have more students admitted to systems science and theory than any other state. More generally, the top region to get a degree in systems science and theory is in the Mid East region with California University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, and La Salle University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the top conference to major in systems science and theory is the University Athletic Association with Carnegie Mellon University representing the conference. On that topic, our selection for the best college for systems science and theory is Carnegie Mellon University, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The objectively 'best' school might not actually be the 'best' school for every student. There might be tons more facets to weigh when selecting ​university. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food could alter your decision on where to go to university. At authority.org, we examined the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are intrigued by which systems science and theory college has the top campus, the answer is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If, for example, you are mostly interested in which university is home to the best campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more so we can compare every major in the United States in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life and, from that list, our selection for the school with the best student life for systems science and theory is Rhode Island School of Design. Curious why? Continue scrolling to find out more about our top selections. Some of our picks just might surprise you.

If cost is a major deciding factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Claremont McKenna College. Claremont McKenna College appears to be the most expensive school for systems science and theory, at least regarding out of state attendance. We do have an entire list of the most expensive universities that might put the cost of Claremont McKenna College into perspective. For more context, you might care to know that systems science and theory is the 247th most expensive program in the United States, with an average associated cost of $27,300. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for systems science and theory in the nation is California with expenses at the primary school, Claremont McKenna College, of $56,190. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region for systems science and theory is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for systems science and theory is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by University of Wyoming with a cost of $13,392. More optimistically, the most affordable college for systems science and theory is California University of Pennsylvania. Authority's full list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.

In-state learners can expect to pay about $10,500 for a degree in systems science and theory. The price inflates substantially to a median of $22,900 for the out-of-state public-school student. Our selection for the school constituting the best value for systems science and theory: Carnegie Mellon University. Through this link you can see our comprehensive list for the schools we see as being the best value in general. That being said, this idea is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when it comes to in-state tuition, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for systems science and theory majors can differ, but two years after graduation students will typically make around $86,800. While there can be much variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can enjoy pay up to $156,600. Straight out of college, the lowest end positions within the systems science and theory field earn $48,000, which could be worse. The highest earning grads from systems science and theory studied at Carnegie Mellon University and if you are looking for schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The prevailing diversity of systems science and theory is pretty high, being within the 78th percentile of majors nationally. The school with the highest composite diversity for systems science and theory is Carnegie Mellon University and here you can find our general list for the colleges with the most diversity. The financial diversity of Systems Science and Theory stands only in the 52nd percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, in the 68th percentile. White students make up the largest share at 55% of those majoring in systems science and theory. Additionally, 58% of undergrads seeking a systems science and theory degree are men.

The median score of systems science and theory professors is 4.2 stars, a rating that is 5% better than the median score across every major; which is a good ranking. If you are searching for the most popular systems science and theory professor nationally, take a look at Charlie Rolsky from Arizona State University-Tempe. This may come as a surprise, but the top rated systems science and theory professors from student rankings come from University of California-Davis. As we including data beyond just rankings it becomes clear that the school possessing the overall best professors for systems science and theory is Carnegie Mellon University. You will find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the top professors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult university to get into for systems science and theory is Claremont McKenna College. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a detailed list of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, here at Authority we hope you understand that looking at the higher education world through a lens mainly derived from superlatives could cause problems. We encourage you to read our more focused pages on different colleges and explore a few of our informative background articles on beneficial things to look out for as your college search develops.

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Rhode Island School of Design

#1 Best Colleges for Systems Science and Theory

Rhode Island School of Design is a small private art school located in Providence, RI ranked 77th in the US. It has a total of 2,049 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 25.76% of applicants. Rhode Island School of Design offers 33 different majors and is best known for its Systems Science and Theory, Painting, and Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,800 per year, Rhode Island School of Design is exceptionally high-priced. 85% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn close to $51,100 per year, which is 23% over the national median.

Providence, RI

www.risd.edu

A+

Rating

26%

Acceptance

2,542

Students

#77

Ranking

$51,800

Tuition

Carnegie Mellon University

#2 Best Colleges for Systems Science and Theory

Carnegie Mellon University is a large private university located in Pittsburgh, PA ranked 21st in the nation. It has a total of 7,068 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting hardly above 1/7 of applicants. Carnegie Mellon University offers 321 different majors and is best known for its Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Statistics, and Information Technology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $55,816 per year, Carnegie Mellon University is extremely high-priced. 78.26% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn around $83,600 per year, which is 101% over the national median.

Pittsburgh, PA

www.cmu.edu/

A+

Rating

15%

Acceptance

15,143

Students

#21

Ranking

$55,816

Tuition

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#3 Best Colleges for Systems Science and Theory

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a very large public university located in Champaign, IL ranked 117th in the US. It has a total of 35,883 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting nearly three out of every five applicants. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 372 different majors and is best known for its Civil Engineering, Food Science, and Architectural Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,036 for in-state students and $29,178 for those from out-of-state, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is reasonably costly. 80.23% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw about $61,500 per year, which is 48% greater than the national median.

Champaign, IL

www.illinois.edu/

A

Rating

59%

Acceptance

54,985

Students

#117

Ranking

$29,178

Tuition

Claremont McKenna College

#4 Best Colleges for Systems Science and Theory

Claremont McKenna College is a small private liberal arts college located in Claremont, CA ranked 55th in the nation. It has a total of 1,355 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting just about 10% of applicants. Claremont McKenna College offers 56 different majors and is best known for its Systems Science and Theory, Experimental Psychology, and Industrial Management programs (nationally ranked 4th, 9th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,190 per year, Claremont McKenna College is exceptionally costly. After graduation, alumni go on to take home more or less $72,900 per year, which is 76% over the national median.

Claremont, CA

www.cmc.edu

A+

Rating

10%

Acceptance

1,358

Students

#55

Ranking

$56,190

Tuition

James Madison University

#5 Best Colleges for Systems Science and Theory

James Madison University is a very large public college located in Harrisonburg, VA ranked 281st in the nation. It has a total of 21,829 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 76.75% of applicants. James Madison University offers 92 different majors and is best known for its Community Health Services, Speech-Language Pathology, and Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,250 for students from Virginia and $23,564 for those from out-of-state, James Madison University is reasonably pricey. 78.51% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw about $56,600 per year, which is 36% over the national median.

Harrisonburg, VA

www.jmu.edu/

A-

Rating

77%

Acceptance

24,152

Students

#281

Ranking

$23,564

Tuition

La Salle University

#7 Best Colleges for Systems Science and Theory

La Salle University is a small private college located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 38th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 4,378 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 77.71% acceptance rate. La Salle University offers 158 different majors and is best known for its Systems Science and Theory, Speech-Language Pathology, and Nutrition Sciences programs (nationally ranked 7th, 17th, and 40th respectively). With an annual tuition of $30,700 per year, La Salle University is somewhat moderately pricey. 60.46% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring home more or less $58,000 per year, which is 40% over the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.lasalle.edu

B

Rating

78%

Acceptance

7,168

Students

#507

Ranking

$30,700

Tuition

University of Wyoming

#8 Best Colleges for Systems Science and Theory

University of Wyoming is a large public university located in Laramie, WY ranked 1st in Wyoming. It has a total of 11,076 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 95.96% acceptance rate. University of Wyoming offers 211 different majors and is best known for its Systems Science and Theory, Physiology, and Petroleum Engineering programs (nationally ranked 8th, 10th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,170 for in-state students and $16,740 for those from out-of-state, University of Wyoming is reasonably priced. 50.74% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw roughly $47,300 per year, which is 14% over the national median.

Laramie, WY

www.uwyo.edu

C+

Rating

96%

Acceptance

13,926

Students

#707

Ranking

$16,740

Tuition

Grace College and Theological Seminary

#10 Best Colleges for Systems Science and Theory

Grace College and Theological Seminary is a small private institution located in Winona Lake, IN ranked 21st in Indiana. It has a total of 1,676 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 79.9% of applicants. Grace College and Theological Seminary offers 103 different majors and is best known for its Systems Science and Theory, Pastoral Counseling, and Applied Physics programs (nationally ranked 10th, 27th, and 28th respectively). With an annual tuition of $25,512 per year, Grace College and Theological Seminary is somewhat moderately costly. 68.6% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn about $34,900 per year, which is 16% below the national median.

Winona Lake, IN

www.grace.edu

C+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

2,196

Students

#909

Ranking

$25,512

Tuition

Marshall University

#11 Best Colleges for Systems Science and Theory

Marshall University is a large public college located in Huntington, WV ranked 13th in West Virginia. It has a total of 11,195 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 86.89% of applicants. Marshall University offers 166 different majors and is best known for its Systems Science and Theory, Quality Control and Safety Technologies, and Speech-Language Pathology programs (nationally ranked 11th, 21st, and 40th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,190 for students from West Virginia and $18,044 for those from out-of-state, Marshall University is reasonably priced. 42.82% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw roughly $35,600 per year, which is 14% less than the national median.

Huntington, WV

https://www.marshall.edu/

C-

Rating

87%

Acceptance

16,452

Students

#1957

Ranking

$18,044

Tuition