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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in the New England Region

Approximately 97,754 general biology degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in the New England Region ranking analyzed 53 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 7 colleges for General Biology students in the New England Region.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in the New England 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 good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a college'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.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 4%.

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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 New England schools results in an average starting salary of $33,124, graduates of colleges on this list average $37,843.

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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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for General Biology students in the New England Region.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in New England

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Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in the New England Region

#1

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Every student who is interested in general biology has to look into Dartmouth College. Located in the remote town Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 15 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great school overall.

There are approximately 74 general biology undergrads enrolled in this program at Dartmouth. Students from the general biology degree program at Dartmouth College get $7,204 more than the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#2

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University is one of the best schools in the United States for general biology. Located in the large suburb Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. This school ranks 18th out of 135 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are about 276 general biology undergrads studying this program at Tufts. Students who graduate from the biology program earn about $36,300 in the first couple years of working.

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Every student who is interested in general biology has to look into Northeastern University. Located in the city Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. This school ranks 25th out of 135 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are roughly 149 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this program at Northeastern. General Biology majors from Northeastern University earn a boost of approximately $2,704 above the average income of general biology majors.

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Every student pursuing a degree in general biology has to take a look at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Located in the midsize city Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 5 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great college overall.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a fairly popular college to study biology in New England with over 72 graduates last year. After graduation, biology students typically earn about $36,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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#5

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Worcester. This school ranks 10th out of 135 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

With 60 undergrads, College of the Holy Cross is one of most popular colleges to study biology in New England. General Biology students from College of the Holy Cross receive an earnings boost of about $3,704 over the typical earnings of general biology graduates.

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#6

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. This college ranks 19th out of 135 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are approximately 213 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Boston College. Graduates of the biology program report average early career wages of $34,700.

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#7

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Williamstown. A Best Colleges rank of 7 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Williams is a great school overall.

Williams College is one of the most popular college to study biology in New England with over 53 graduations last year. Williams College general biology majors receive $2,004 more than the standard biology graduate.

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WPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Worcester. This college ranks 17th out of 135 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

A preferred major for general biology undergraduates, there are roughly 34 students studying this degree at WPI. Graduates from the general biology program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute make $2,004 above the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Located in the suburb Durham, U of NH is a public college with a large student population. This school ranks 37th out of 135 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Hampshire.

There are roughly 196 general biology undergrads studying this degree at U of NH. General Biology majors from University of New Hampshire - Main Campus earn a boost of around $2,604 above the typical earnings of general biology graduates.

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Boston University

Boston, MA

Located in the large city Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 16th out of 135 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

With 111 students enrolled, Boston University is one of most popular colleges to study biology in New England. Students who graduate from the biology program earn an average of $31,600 for their early career.

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Best General Biology Colleges by State

Explore the best general biology colleges for a specific state in this the New England region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Massachusetts 286 3,210
Connecticut 228 936
New Hampshire 205 425
Maine 197 342
Rhode Island 191 471
Vermont 186 218

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
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 1,189
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1,127
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 889
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 593
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 448

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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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