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2021 Best Value Colleges for General Biology

617 Colleges
82,869 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,052 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value General Biology School for You

Best Value Colleges for General BiologyWith 82,869 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, general biology is the #4 most popular major in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for General Biology ranking looked at 617 colleges that offer a bachelor's in biology. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those biology schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value Biology Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value General Biology Schools in the United States

Check out the biology programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 25 Best Value Biology Schools

University of Detroit Mercy comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. UDM is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Detroit. UDM excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Biology list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UDM is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $15,117. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UDM is $63,794. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, biology graduates from UDM take out $20,353 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $197.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public school with a large student population. UW - La Crosse excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Biology list.

The average student at UW - La Crosse graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,185. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW - La Crosse is $85,373. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, biology graduates from UW - La Crosse carry an average student debtload of $22,036. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $239, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. USF Tampa is a very large public school located in the large city of Tampa. On top of its placing in our value rankings, USF Tampa also did well on our Best Colleges for General Biology list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average student at USF Tampa graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,095. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa be around $99,308. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

On average, biology graduates from USF Tampa take out $18,840 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $192, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Mercer University

Macon, GA

Mercer University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Macon, Mercer is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Mercer is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,614. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Mercer is $84,144. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, biology graduates from Mercer carry an average student debtload of $24,580. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $274.

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Winona State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Winona State is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Winona.

At Winona State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,880. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Winona State is about $98,022. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Biology majors at Winona State take out an average of $25,373 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $265, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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South Dakota State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Brookings.

The average student at South Dakota State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,370. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State be around $89,628. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Biology majors at South Dakota State take out an average of $22,665 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

Wartburg College earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Waverly, Wartburg is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Wartburg to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,205. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg is about $106,916. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, biology majors at Wartburg accumulate an average of around $25,476 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Truman State University. Truman State is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Kirksville.

At Truman State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs about $18,927 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Truman State be around $80,250. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, biology graduates from Truman State carry an average student debtload of $19,257. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $203.

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#9

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Florida State also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for General Biology ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,233. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida State is $115,196. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at Florida State take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,607. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $213.

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#10

Central College

Pella, IA

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Central College. Located in the distant town of Pella, Central is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average student at Central graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $27,752 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Central is $112,673. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, biology graduates from Central carry an average student debtload of $24,920. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. UND is a fairly large public school located in the city of Grand Forks. On top of its placing in our value rankings, UND also did well on our Best Colleges for General Biology list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average student at UND graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,788. This means that the average student pays around $109,187 to get a bachelor’s degree from UND. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, biology graduates from UND take out $21,790 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $235.

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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. SRU is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Slippery Rock.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SRU is 4.3 years, and it costs about $21,713 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SRU is $93,149. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at SRU take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,029. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

Saint Vincent College landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general biology schools. Located in the large suburb of Latrobe, Saint Vincent is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Saint Vincent is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,431. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Saint Vincent is $108,367. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at Saint Vincent take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,512. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

Ripon College

Ripon, WI

Our rankings recognize Ripon College as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Ripon, Ripon is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population. Ripon excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Biology list.

It takes the average student at Ripon about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,586. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Ripon is $117,488. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Biology majors at Ripon take out an average of $27,356 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Iowa State University comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Ames. Iowa State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for General Biology list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

It takes the average student at Iowa State about 4.4 years to graduate, and it costs about $26,749 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $118,231 to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, biology majors at Iowa State accumulate an average of around $22,957 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $244.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public school with a large student population.

It takes the average student at U of Wyoming about 4.6 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,323. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming be around $94,299. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, biology majors at U of Wyoming accumulate an average of around $18,443 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $194.

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Concordia College at Moorhead earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Moorhead. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Concordia College Moorhead also did well on our Best Colleges for General Biology list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average student at Concordia College Moorhead graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,026. This means that the average student pays around $122,206 to get a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College Moorhead. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at Concordia College Moorhead take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,702. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northern Illinois University comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at NIU is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,171. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the NIU is $92,181. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, biology graduates from NIU take out $24,174 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $243, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Illinois State University as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Illinois State is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Biology list.

The average student at Illinois State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,958. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State is about $108,817. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, biology majors at Illinois State accumulate an average of around $21,049 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $222.

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Appalachian State University earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Boone, Appalachian State is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Appalachian State is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,137. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State is about $95,410. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Biology majors at Appalachian State take out an average of $20,232 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $221.

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#21

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

The #21 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Augustana College. Located in the small city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Augustana to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $29,480. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Augustana be around $119,689. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at Augustana take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,988. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Our rankings recognize University of Northern Iowa as the #22 school in this year's rankings. UNI is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls.

The average student at UNI graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,198. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNI is about $107,439. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, biology graduates from UNI carry an average student debtload of $22,081. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $240.

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Grand Valley State University comes in at #23 in this year's ranking. GVSU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Allendale.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at GVSU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,233. This means that the average student pays around $105,245 to get a bachelor’s degree from GVSU. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at GVSU take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,146. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Minnesota - Morris earned the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Morris, UMN Morris is a public school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UMN Morris to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $14,646. This means that the average student pays around $62,099 to get a bachelor’s degree from UMN Morris. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, biology majors at UMN Morris accumulate an average of around $16,492 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $170.

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Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL

The #25 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois College. Located in the town of Jacksonville, Illinois College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes the average student at Illinois College about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $20,471 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois College is $83,317. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, biology majors at Illinois College accumulate an average of around $24,664 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Value Colleges for General Biology

#27

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
#28

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY
#30

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA
#31

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI
#32

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#33

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#35

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY
#36

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, VA
#38

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN
#39

Albion College

Albion, MI
#40

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL
#41

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
#45

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN
#46

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA
#47

Saint Norbert College

De Pere, WI
#48

Albright College

Reading, PA
#50

Carroll University

Waukesha, WI

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value Colleges for General Biology badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 617 different United States general biology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
52 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
53 Lycoming College Williamsport, PA
54 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
55 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
56 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
57 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
58 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
59 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
60 Drew University Madison, NJ
61 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
62 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
63 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
64 University of Houston Houston, TX
65 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
66 Ave Maria University Ave Maria, FL
67 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
68 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
69 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
70 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
71 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
72 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
73 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
74 Morningside College Sioux City, IA
75 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
76 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
77 Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
78 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
79 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
80 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
81 Howard University Washington, DC
82 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
83 Drury University Springfield, MO
84 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
85 Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS
86 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
87 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
88 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
89 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
90 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
91 Ursinus College Collegeville, PA
92 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for General Biology award.

Rank College Location
93 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
94 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
95 Utah State University Logan, UT
96 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
97 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
98 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
99 University of North Texas Denton, TX
100 St. Mary’s University San Antonio, TX
101 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
102 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
103 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
104 Luther College Decorah, IA
105 Berea College Berea, KY
106 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
107 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
108 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
109 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
110 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
111 Gordon College Wenham, MA
112 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
113 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
114 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
115 University of Georgia Athens, GA
116 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
117 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
118 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
119 Salem State University Salem, MA
120 Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
121 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
122 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
123 CUNY Hunter College New York, NY

General Biology by Region

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One of 14 majors within the Biological & Biomedical Sciences area of study, General Biology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 11,911
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 8,341
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 5,549
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 4,135
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 3,824

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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