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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in the Middle Atlantic Region

Approximately 97,754 general biology degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking analyzed 128 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 19 colleges for General Biology students in the Middle Atlantic Region.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in the Middle Atlantic Region The biology program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality biology program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 12% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 22%.

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Lowest Ranked Overall
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Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

General Biology graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average general biology bachelors degree from Middle Atlantic schools results in an average starting salary of $28,086, graduates of colleges on this list average $32,663.

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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on General Biology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other general biology students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized general biology related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for General Biology students in the Middle Atlantic Region.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Middle Atlantic

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for general biology majors. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 128 schools analyzed, only 19 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 19 Best Biology Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Every student pursuing a degree in general biology has to take a look at Columbia University in the City of New York. Located in the city New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 32 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great college overall.

With 103 undergraduates, Columbia University in the City of New York is one of most popular schools to study biology in Middle Atlantic. General Biology majors from Columbia University in the City of New York get a earnings boost of approximately $7,692 above the typical income of general biology graduates.

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Every student pursuing a degree in general biology has to check out Drexel University. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. This college ranks 50th out of 328 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are approximately 178 general biology undergrads studying this program at Drexel. General Biology graduates from Drexel University get a earnings boost of around $4,392 above the average earnings of general biology majors.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University is one of the best schools in the United States for general biology. Located in the small city Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great school overall.

There are approximately 297 general biology undergrads enrolled in this degree at Cornell. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career wages of $32,800.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

It's hard to beat University of Pennsylvania if you want to study general biology. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of 9 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great school overall.

With 163 undergrads, University of Pennsylvania is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Middle Atlantic. General Biology graduates from University of Pennsylvania get a earnings boost of approximately $3,192 above the typical earnings of general biology majors.

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Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple is a very large public school located in the large city of Philadelphia. This school ranks 74th out of 328 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are about 270 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this program at Temple. Graduates from the general biology degree program at Temple University earn $5,592 more than the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Located in the suburb Swarthmore, Swarthmore is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 21 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Swarthmore is a great college overall.

With 47 students enrolled, Swarthmore College is one of most popular schools to study biology in Middle Atlantic. General Biology majors from Swarthmore College receive an earnings boost of about $5,092 over the average earnings of general biology majors.

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Located in the large suburb Newark, U of Delaware is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 24th out of 328 colleges for overall quality in the state of Delaware.

There are roughly 166 general biology undergrads studying this program at U of Delaware. Grads of the biology program state that they receive average early career earnings of $33,600.

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Located in the suburb College Park, UMCP is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 31st out of 328 schools for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There are approximately 542 general biology undergrads studying this degree at UMCP. Soon after graduating, biology students typically make about $28,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Located in the large city Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 55 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great college overall.

There are approximately 61 general biology undergrads enrolled in this program at Georgetown. General Biology majors from Georgetown University earn a boost of approximately $5,292 over the typical income of general biology majors.

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Located in the city New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 49th out of 328 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There are roughly 704 general biology undergrads enrolled in this program at Rutgers New Brunswick. Students who graduate from the biology program make an average of $25,800 in their early career salary.

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University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

University of Rochester is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Rochester. A Best Colleges rank of 56 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means University of Rochester is a great school overall.

A preferred major for general biology undergraduates, there are roughly 210 students studying this degree at University of Rochester. After graduating, biology students generally earn around $26,400 at the beginning of their careers.

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George Washington University

Washington, DC

GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. This school ranks 29th out of 328 colleges for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There are approximately 135 general biology undergrads enrolled in this degree at GWU. Soon after graduation, biology students generally make around $30,200 in the first five years of their career.

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Union College New York

Schenectady, NY

Union College Schenectady is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Schenectady. A Best Colleges rank of 43 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Union College Schenectady is a great school overall.

Union College New York is one of the most popular college to study biology in Middle Atlantic with more than 26 graduations last year. Union College New York general biology students earn $3,292 more than the standard biology grad.

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Located in the city Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 33rd out of 328 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are roughly 275 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this program at Pitt. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, biology students typically make an average of $27,600 in their early careers.

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Located in the suburb West Chester, WCUPA is a public school with a large student population. This college ranks 90th out of 328 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a fairly popular college to study biology in Middle Atlantic with more than 146 graduations last year. West Chester University of Pennsylvania general biology majors make $7,492 more than the average biology student.

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Lafayette College

Easton, PA

Lafayette is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Easton. A Best Colleges rank of 53 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Lafayette is a great school overall.

Lafayette College is a fairly popular college to study biology in Middle Atlantic with over 47 graduates last year. Students who graduate from the biology program earn an average of $33,000 for their early career.

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Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie. A Best Colleges rank of 39 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Vassar is a great college overall.

With 48 students enrolled, Vassar College is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Middle Atlantic. Students who graduate from the biology program earn about $32,400 in the first couple years of working.

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New York University

New York, NY

NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. This college ranks 34th out of 328 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

A popular major for general biology undergraduates, there are approximately 209 students enrolled in this program at NYU. Students who graduate from the biology program make around $25,000 for their early career.

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Located in the city University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 28th out of 328 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are roughly 273 general biology undergrads studying this program at Penn State University Park. Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career earnings of $29,400.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for in the Middle Atlantic Region Biology students that almost earned our Best Colleges for General Biology in the Middle Atlantic Region award.

Rank College Location
20 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
21 Ursinus College Collegeville, PA
22 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
23 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
24 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
25 Washington College Chestertown, MD

Best General Biology Colleges by State

Explore the best general biology colleges for a specific state in this the Middle Atlantic region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
New York 324 6,715
Pennsylvania 318 4,432
Maryland 275 1,827
New Jersey 264 2,830
District of Columbia 183 429
Delaware 163 228

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

Majors Similar to Biology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 2,465
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 1,913
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 1,310
Biotechnology 1,013
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 891

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Janderk. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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