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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in Pennsylvania

General Biology is a popular major and Pennsylvania is the 5th most popular state for students studying this major. 4,432 of the 97,754 General Biology degrees awarded last year were given by colleges in Pennsylvania. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in Pennsylvania 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 schools for General Biology students in Pennsylvania.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in Pennsylvania 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. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

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.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 22% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 18%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 302 to 12 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A general biology degree from schools on this list usually translates into above average earnings after graduation. While the average general biology bachelors degree from Pennsylvania schools results in an average starting salary of $29,737, graduates of colleges on this list average $35,317.

Starting Salary  ( 32411 to 40488 )
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$39,200

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 Pennsylvania.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Pennsylvania

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a General Biology degree.

Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in Pennsylvania

#1

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

It is hard to beat Drexel University if you wish to pursue general biology as a major. Located in the city Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 17th out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are about 178 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at Drexel. Graduates from the general biology program at Drexel University make $5,384 above the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania is one of the finest schools in the country for general biology. Located in the large city Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 9 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great school overall.

University of Pennsylvania is one of the most popular college to study biology in Pennsylvania exceeding 163 graduates last year. Graduates from the general biology program at University of Pennsylvania get $4,184 more than the standard graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#3

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

It's difficult to beat Temple University if you want to pursue general biology as a major. Located in the large city Philadelphia, Temple is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 28th out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are about 270 general biology undergrads enrolled in this program at Temple. Students from the general biology degree program at Temple University get $6,584 above the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

It's hard to beat Swarthmore College if you want to study general biology. Swarthmore is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Swarthmore. A Best Colleges rank of 21 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Swarthmore is a great school overall.

Swarthmore College is one of the most popular school to study biology in Pennsylvania exceeding 47 graduates last year. Students from the general biology program at Swarthmore College get $6,084 above the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Pitt is a very large public school located in the large city of Pittsburgh. A Best Colleges rank of 129 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Pitt is a great college overall.

There are about 275 general biology undergrads studying this degree at Pitt. Students who graduate from the biology program make about $27,600 in the first couple years of working.

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WCUPA is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of West Chester. This college ranks 32nd out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

With 146 undergrads, West Chester University of Pennsylvania is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Pennsylvania. Students from the general biology major at West Chester University of Pennsylvania make $8,484 above the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#7

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

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

A preferred choice for general biology undergrads, there are approximately 47 students studying this program at Lafayette. Lafayette College general biology students receive $2,284 more than the standard biology student.

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Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the city of University Park. A Best Colleges rank of 112 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Penn State University Park is a great college overall.

There are about 273 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at Penn State University Park. After graduating, biology students generally earn around $29,400 in their early careers.

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#9

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Located in the town Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 45 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Bucknell is a great school overall.

A popular choice for general biology undergrads, there are roughly 59 students enrolled in this degree at Bucknell. After graduation, biology students generally earn an average of $30,900 in the first five years of their career.

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#10

Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA

Located in the suburb Collegeville, Ursinus is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This college ranks 19th out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A preferred choice for general biology undergrads, there are about 51 individuals enrolled in this degree at Ursinus. Graduates of the biology program state that they receive average early career earnings of $31,400.

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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
New York 324 6,715
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.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 749
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 696
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 434
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 219
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 165

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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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