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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in Massachusetts

General Biology is a popular major and Massachusetts is the 7th most popular state for students studying this major. 3,210 of the 97,754 General Biology diplomas awarded last year were given by schools in Massachusetts. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in Massachusetts ranking analyzed 28 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 colleges for General Biology students in Massachusetts.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in Massachusetts 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 4% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 5%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 78 to 11 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A general biology degree from schools on this list typically translates into above average earnings following graduation. While the average general biology bachelors degree from Massachusetts schools results in an average starting salary of $34,145, graduates of colleges on this list average $37,550.

Starting Salary  ( 36110 to 38689 )
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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 schools for General Biology students in Massachusetts.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Massachusetts

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

Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in Massachusetts

#1

Tufts University

Medford, MA

It is hard to beat Tufts University if you want to study general biology. Tufts is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Medford. This school ranks 10th out of 68 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are approximately 276 general biology undergrads enrolled in this program at Tufts. Graduates of the biology program earn about $36,300 for their early career.

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Northeastern University is a great choice for individuals pursuing a General Biology degree. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. This college ranks 16th out of 68 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are roughly 149 general biology undergrads enrolled in this program at Northeastern. Graduates from the general biology degree program at Northeastern University get $3,564 above the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great option for individuals pursuing a General Biology major. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of 5 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

With 72 undergraduates, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of most popular schools to study biology in Massachusetts. General Biology majors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology get a earnings boost of approximately $2,164 over the typical earnings of general biology majors.

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#4

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

It is difficult to beat College of the Holy Cross if you wish to pursue general biology as a major. Located in the city Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 31 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Holy Cross is a great school overall.

With 60 undergrads, College of the Holy Cross is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Massachusetts. College of the Holy Cross general biology students make $4,564 more than the typical biology grad.

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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Located in the city Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 11th out of 68 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

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

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Williams College

Williamstown, MA

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

Williams College is a fairly popular college to study biology in Massachusetts with more than 53 graduations last year. Williams College general biology graduates receive $2,864 more than the average biology student.

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Located in the medium-sized city Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 9th out of 68 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

A popular choice for general biology undergraduates, there are about 34 students studying this program at WPI. Worcester Polytechnic Institute general biology students receive $2,864 more than the standard biology student.

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Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. This college ranks 8th out of 68 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are approximately 111 general biology undergrads studying this program at Boston U. Graduates of the biology program earn around $31,600 in the first couple years of their career.

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Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

Brandeis is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Waltham. This college ranks 15th out of 68 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are approximately 135 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at Brandeis. Graduates of the biology program earn around $34,900 for their early career.

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Located in the suburb Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 18th out of 68 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are roughly 308 general biology undergrads studying this degree at UMass Amherst. After getting their bachelor's degree, biology students usually earn an average of $34,000 in the first five years of their career.

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Best General Biology Colleges in the New England Region

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

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

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

Majors Similar to Biology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 681
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 681
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 557
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 358
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 287

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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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