2022 Best General Biology Schools

983 Colleges in the United States
101,264 Biology Degrees Awarded
$28,233 Avg Early-Career Salary
Ranked #5 in popularity, general biology is one of the most sought-after degree programs in the nation. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

College Factual looked at 983 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best General Biology Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 101,264 degrees in general biology during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best General Biology Schools The biology program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for General Biology rankings. We derive our Best Overall General Biology School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

General Biology Rankings by Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best General Biology Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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Best Schools for General Biology in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the biology degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Biology

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
34th Most Popular In CA
102 Biology Degrees Awarded

Stanford University is a great decision for students pursuing a degree in general biology. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were about 102 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
80 Biology Degrees Awarded

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in general biology. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. A Best Schools rank of #2 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There were about 80 general biology students who graduated with this degree at MIT in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general biology degree program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology get $18,067 more than the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
17th Most Popular In MA
52 Biology Degrees Awarded

University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in general biology. UMass Medical School is a small public university located in the city of Worcester.

There were roughly 52 general biology students who graduated with this degree at UMass Medical School in the most recent year we have data available.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
171 Biology Degrees Awarded

University of Pennsylvania is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in general biology. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Philadelphia. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 171 general biology students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general biology program at University of Pennsylvania make $6,667 above the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
78th Most Popular In CA

UCSF is a small public university located in the city of San Francisco.

There were approximately 26 general biology students who graduated with this degree at UCSF in the most recent data year.

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#6

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In ME

Located in the town of Brunswick, Bowdoin is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 1st out of 23 schools for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were about 29 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Bowdoin in the most recent data year.

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#7

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
60 Biology Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were roughly 60 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent data year. General Biology degree recipients from Dartmouth College get an earnings boost of about $14,367 over the typical income of general biology graduates.

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#8

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In MA
86 Biology Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 86 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year.

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#9

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
148 Biology Degrees Awarded

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were about 148 general biology students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the general biology major at University of Chicago make $2,867 above the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#10

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
304 Biology Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were roughly 304 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Those general biology students who get their degree from Cornell University receive $4,567 more than the typical biology grad.

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#11

Scripps College

Claremont, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
96th Most Popular In CA

Scripps is a fairly small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Claremont. A Best Schools rank of #21 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Scripps is a great college overall.

There were roughly 11 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Scripps in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
44 Biology Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 11th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 44 general biology students who graduated with this degree at WPI in the most recent year we have data available. Those general biology students who get their degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute earn $9,167 more than the average biology grad.

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#13

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
218 Biology Degrees Awarded

Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 218 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. General Biology degree recipients from Duke University get an earnings boost of about $6,067 over the typical earnings of general biology majors.

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#14

Haverford College

Haverford, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
50th Most Popular In PA
33 Biology Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Haverford, Haverford is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 4th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 33 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Haverford in the most recent year we have data available.

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#15

Brown University

Providence, RI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
99 Biology Degrees Awarded

Brown is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Providence. This university ranks 1st out of 10 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were roughly 99 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general biology degree program at Brown University earn $2,267 more than the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#16

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MD
65 Biology Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #19 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were roughly 65 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available.

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#17

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
20th Most Popular In VA
38 Biology Degrees Awarded

VMI is a small public school located in the town of Lexington. This school ranks 8th out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 38 general biology students who graduated with this degree at VMI in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
114 Biology Degrees Awarded

Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 114 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Those general biology students who get their degree from Columbia University in the City of New York make $11,167 more than the average biology graduate.

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#19

University of the Sciences

Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
21st Most Popular In PA
70 Biology Degrees Awarded

USciences is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia.

There were roughly 70 general biology students who graduated with this degree at USciences in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
242 Biology Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 242 general biology students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available. General Biology degree recipients from University of California - Berkeley get an earnings boost of about $4,867 over the typical income of general biology graduates.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In WI
286 Biology Degrees Awarded

UW - La Crosse is a large public university located in the small city of La Crosse. This university ranks 2nd out of 52 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were about 286 general biology students who graduated with this degree at UW - La Crosse in the most recent data year.

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#22

Mission College

Santa Clara, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
47th Most Popular In CA
86 Biology Degrees Awarded

Mission College is a medium-sized public college located in the medium-sized city of Santa Clara. This college ranks 28th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 86 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Mission College in the most recent data year.

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#23

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
218 Biology Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 8th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 218 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available. Those general biology students who get their degree from Boston College make $6,467 more than the standard biology grad.

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#24

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
53 Biology Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 5th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 53 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Holy Cross in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the general biology degree program at College of the Holy Cross earn $10,867 above the standard graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TX
629 Biology Degrees Awarded

UT Austin is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Austin. This university ranks 2nd out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were roughly 629 general biology students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best General Biology Schools

#26

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#27

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#28

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH
#29

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
#30

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#31

Tufts University

Medford, MA

#32

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

#33

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#34

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
#35

Boston University

Boston, MA
#38

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA
#39

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

#42

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA
#43

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#44

Providence College

Providence, RI
#45

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#46

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY
#47

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#48

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best General Biology Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 983 different United States general biology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
51 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
52 Elon University Elon, NC
53 Stonehill College Easton, MA
54 Amherst College Amherst, MA
55 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
56 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
57 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
58 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
59 Colby College Waterville, ME
60 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
61 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
62 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
63 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
64 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
65 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
66 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
67 Carleton College Northfield, MN
68 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
69 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
70 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
71 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
72 Denison University Granville, OH
73 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
74 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
75 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
76 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
77 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
78 Colgate University Hamilton, NY
79 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
80 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
81 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
82 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
83 Ursinus College Collegeville, PA
84 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
85 Emory University Atlanta, GA
86 Winona State University Winona, MN
87 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
88 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
89 Emmanuel College Massachusetts Boston, MA
90 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
91 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
92 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
93 Lafayette College Easton, PA
94 Connecticut College New London, CT
95 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
96 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
97 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
98 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
99 Assumption University Worcester, MA
100 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
101 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
102 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
103 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
104 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
105 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
106 University of California - Merced Merced, CA
107 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
108 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
109 Auburn University Auburn, AL
110 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
111 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
112 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
113 University of Delaware Newark, DE
114 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
115 Juniata College Huntingdon, PA
116 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
117 University of New Haven West Haven, CT
118 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
119 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
120 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
121 New York University New York, NY
122 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
123 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
124 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
125 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
126 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
127 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
128 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
129 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
130 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
131 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
132 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
133 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
134 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
135 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
136 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
137 George Washington University Washington, DC
138 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
139 Bates College Lewiston, ME
140 Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, CT
141 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
142 Towson University Towson, MD
143 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
144 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
145 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
146 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
147 University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for General Biology students that almost earned our Best General Biology Schools award.

Rank College Location
148 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
149 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX
150 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
151 Clark University Worcester, MA
152 Clemson University Clemson, SC
153 Hampton University Hampton, VA
154 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
155 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
156 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
157 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
158 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
159 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
160 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
161 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
162 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
163 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
164 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
165 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
166 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
167 University of Georgia Athens, GA
168 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
169 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
170 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
171 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
172 Smith College Northampton, MA
173 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
174 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
175 Villanova University Villanova, PA
176 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
177 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
178 American University Washington, DC
179 Presbyterian College Clinton, SC
180 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
181 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
182 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
183 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
184 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
185 Illinois State University Normal, IL
186 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
187 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
188 Drake University Des Moines, IA
189 University of New England Biddeford, ME
190 Barnard College New York, NY
191 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
192 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
193 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
194 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
195 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
196 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT

General Biology by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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

Biology Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Biology Studies 91,588
General Biomedical Sciences 9,676

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Majors Similar to Biology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 14,088
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 10,406
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 8,339
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 7,057
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 5,966
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 4,501
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 3,470
Zoology 3,130
Biotechnology 2,649
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 2,633

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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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