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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in New York

General Biology is a popular major and New York is the 3rd most popular state for students studying this major. 6,715 of the 97,754 General Biology degrees earned last year were given by colleges in New York. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in New York ranking analyzed 46 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 6 colleges for General Biology students in New York.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in New York Your choice of general biology school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 8%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 80 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A general biology degree from schools on this list typically results in above average income after graduation. While the average general biology bachelors degree from New York colleges results in an average starting salary of $26,335, graduates of colleges on this list average $31,833.

Starting Salary  ( 27219 to 37980 )
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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 colleges for General Biology students in New York.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in New York

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for general biology majors.

Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in New York

It's hard to beat Columbia University in the City of New York if you wish to pursue general biology as a major. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. A Best Colleges rank of 32 out of 1,715 colleges 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 New York. Students from the general biology program at Columbia University in the City of New York earn $11,324 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University is a good option for individuals pursuing a General Biology major. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great school overall.

There are roughly 297 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Cornell. General Biology graduates from Cornell University earn a boost of approximately $4,724 over the typical income of general biology majors.

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University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

University of Rochester is a good decision for individuals interested in a General Biology major. Located in the midsize city Rochester, University of Rochester is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 7th out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are about 210 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at University of Rochester. After getting their bachelor's degree, biology students generally earn about $26,400 in the first five years of their career.

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Union College New York

Schenectady, NY

Any student who is interested in general biology needs to take a look at Union College New York. Located in the city Schenectady, Union College Schenectady is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 6th out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

A preferred major for general biology undergrads, there are roughly 26 students studying this degree at Union College Schenectady. Union College New York general biology students earn $6,924 more than the average biology graduate.

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Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

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

With 48 undergraduates, Vassar College is one of most popular colleges to study biology in New York. General Biology graduates from Vassar College receive an earnings boost of about $4,324 above the typical earnings of general biology graduates.

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New York University

New York, NY

Located in the city New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. This college ranks 14th out of 132 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are about 209 general biology undergraduates studying this program at NYU. Graduates of the biology program earn around $25,000 in their early career salary.

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Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Located in the city Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. This college ranks 13th out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

Syracuse University is one of the most popular college to study biology in New York with over 110 graduations last year. After graduating, biology students typically make an average of $29,200 in the first five years of their career.

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Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Located in the midsize suburb Vestal, Binghamton University is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 19th out of 132 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are approximately 264 general biology undergrads studying this degree at Binghamton University. Graduates of the biology program make around $24,000 in their early career salary.

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University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo is a very large public school located in the suburb of Buffalo. This school ranks 22nd out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are approximately 326 general biology undergrads studying this degree at University at Buffalo. Soon after graduation, biology students usually earn around $23,900 at the beginning of their careers.

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Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham U is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Bronx. This school ranks 28th out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

With 90 undergraduates, Fordham University is one of most popular colleges to study biology in New York. Students from the general biology degree program at Fordham University get $2,324 more than the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Best General Biology Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best General Biology Schools in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

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

General Biology is one of 14 different types of Biological & Biomedical Sciences programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Biology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 834
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 769
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 568
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 403
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 369

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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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