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2021 Best General Biology Colleges for Veterans in the United States

627 Colleges
82,869 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,045 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best General Biology Schools for Vets

Best General Biology Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesWith 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 General Biology Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 627 colleges that offer a bachelor's in biology. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great general biology programs and a strong support system for veterans and active service members.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the general biology program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran satisfaction. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Biology Schools for Veterans ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best General Biology Schools for Veterans in the United States

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Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly General Biology Schools

Columbia University in the City of New York earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Columbia, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Columbia supports 31,077 students, and 797 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 528 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $20,878. To help with additional expenses, 361 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#2

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Drexel is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list.

Among the 24,634 students enrolled at Drexel, 745 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 578 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,336. During this same period, 255 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Northeastern University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Northeastern not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list.

Among the 21,627 students enrolled at Northeastern, 700 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 515 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,457. In addition to receiving other benefits, 171 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a fairly large student population. UMN Twin Cities also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Among the 50,734 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities, 824 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 585 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,664. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Jose State University. San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Jose. San Jose State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

Among the 35,400 students enrolled at San Jose State, 658 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 403 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,381. San Jose State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Maryland - College Park as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population. UMCP excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list.

Of the 41,200 students enrolled at UMCP, 896 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 672 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,240. On top of their other funding sources, 7 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#7

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Purdue is a very large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Purdue also did well on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 44,474 students enrolled at Purdue, 761 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 556 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,363. On top of their other funding sources, 32 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the #8 school in this year's rankings. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public school located in the city of Chapel Hill. UNC Chapel Hill excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list.

Of the 30,011 students enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill, 641 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 419 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,668. In addition to receiving other benefits, 18 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. MIT not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, MIT supports 11,574 students, and 119 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 87 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $20,495. On top of their other funding sources, 43 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Our rankings recognize George Mason University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, GMU also did well on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 2,265 of the 37,316 students enrolled at GMU were GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,143. To help with additional expenses, 44 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. GMU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize Temple University as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Temple is a public college with a fairly large student population. Temple excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 918 of the 39,740 students enrolled at Temple were GI Bill® students, of which 637 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $17,331. During this same period, 12 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

University of the Pacific landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general biology schools. Located in the large city of Stockton, Pacific is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Pacific has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States ranking.

Of the 6,493 students enrolled at Pacific, 86 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 40 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,403. During this same period, 20 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Texas A&M University - College Station comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Texas A&M also did well on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, Texas A&M supports 68,679 students, and 2,040 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,388 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,525. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of West Chester, WCUPA is a public college with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, WCUPA also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States ranking.

Among the 17,527 students enrolled at WCUPA, 391 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 216 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,868. In addition to receiving other benefits, 11 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. WCUPA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of New Hampshire - Main Campus. U of NH is a large public school located in the small suburb of Durham. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, U of NH is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list.

Among the 15,298 students enrolled at U of NH, 457 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 314 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,532. In addition to receiving other benefits, 16 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. U of NH does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Arizona State University - Tempe earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. ASU - Tempe is a very large public school located in the city of Tempe. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, ASU - Tempe also did well on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, ASU - Tempe supports 51,585 students, and 7,047 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 6,145 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,977. In addition to receiving other benefits, 156 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. ASU - Tempe does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Auburn University

Auburn, AL

The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Auburn University. Located in the small city of Auburn, Auburn is a public college with a fairly large student population. Auburn also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 30,440 students enrolled at Auburn, 1,435 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 826 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,004. In addition to receiving other benefits, 42 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Massachusetts - Lowell as the #18 school in this year's rankings. UMass Lowell is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Lowell. UMass Lowell also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 649 of the 18,242 students enrolled at UMass Lowell were GI Bill® students, of which 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,152. During this same period, 46 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Detroit Mercy as the #19 school in this year's rankings. UDM is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Detroit. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UDM also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States ranking.

Among the 5,111 students enrolled at UDM, 69 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 40 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,447. During this same period, 12 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#20

Tufts University

Medford, MA

The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Tufts University. Located in the large suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. Tufts also made our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list, coming in at #2.

Our most recent data shows that 41 of the 11,586 students enrolled at Tufts were GI Bill® students, of which 28 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $24,339. During this same period, 19 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - East Bay as the #21 school in this year's rankings. California State University - East Bay is a large public school located in the suburb of Hayward.

Of the 15,628 students enrolled at California State University - East Bay, 370 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 203 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,139. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Rutgers University - New Brunswick as the #22 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public college with a fairly large student population. Rutgers New Brunswick excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Rutgers New Brunswick supports 50,254 students, and 442 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 256 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,136. To help with additional expenses, 4 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Rutgers New Brunswick does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College comes in at #23 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Boston College is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 164 of the 14,720 students enrolled at Boston College were GI Bill® students, of which 130 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $24,987. During this same period, 74 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus earned the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the large city of Columbus. Ohio State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for General Biology in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 1,851 of the 61,170 students enrolled at Ohio State were GI Bill® students, of which 1,158 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,438. Ohio State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

The #25 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida Atlantic University. FAU is a very large public school located in the city of Boca Raton.

Our most recent data shows that 722 of the 29,772 students enrolled at FAU were GI Bill® students, of which 506 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,787. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best General Biology Colleges for Veterans in the United States

#28

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
#29

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#30

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#32

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#33

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
#34

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL
#35

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
#37

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#41

Boston University

Boston, MA
#42

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS
#43

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ
#44

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA
#46

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#48

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best General Biology Colleges for Veterans in the United States badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 627 different United States general biology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Duke University Durham, NC
52 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
53 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
54 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
55 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
56 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
57 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
58 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
59 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
60 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
61 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
62 Winona State University Winona, MN
63 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
64 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
65 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
66 University of North Texas Denton, TX
67 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
68 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
69 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
70 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
71 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
72 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
73 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
74 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
75 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
76 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
77 Clemson University Clemson, SC
78 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
79 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
80 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
81 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
82 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
83 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
84 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
85 Illinois State University Normal, IL
86 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
87 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
88 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
89 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
90 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
91 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
92 Utah State University Logan, UT
93 Neumann University Aston, PA
94 University of Louisville Louisville, KY

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 General Biology Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
95 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
96 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
97 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
98 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
99 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
100 Portland State University Portland, OR
101 Washington State University Pullman, WA
102 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
103 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
104 Fordham University Bronx, NY
105 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
106 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
107 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
108 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
109 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
110 Gordon State College Barnesville, GA
111 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
112 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
113 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
114 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
115 Towson University Towson, MD
116 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
117 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
118 Murray State University Murray, KY
119 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
120 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
121 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN
122 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
123 Kean University Union, NJ
124 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
125 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA

General Biology by Region

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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

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

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