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2021 Best Colleges for Zoology

Approximately 2,967 zoology degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Zoology ranking analyzed 31 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in zoology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Zoology students.

Choosing a Great Zoology School

Best Colleges for Zoology Your choice of zoology school matters. Important measures of a quality zoology 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 include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host 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 14% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 12%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 177 to 31 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Zoology graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average zoology bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $22,985, graduates of colleges on this list average $25,300.

Starting Salary  ( 23437 to 27062 )
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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 Zoology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other zoology students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized zoology related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Zoology students.

Best Schools to Study Zoology in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for zoology majors.

Top 10 Best Zoology Colleges

Texas A&M University - College Station is a great decision for individuals interested in a Zoology degree. Located in the midsize city College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 102 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Texas A&M is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Texas A&M also offers 2 different higher degree levels in zoology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Texas A&M University - College Station zoology graduates make $4,420 more than the average zoology grad.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison is one of the finest schools in the United States for zoology. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Wisconsin is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Wisconsin also offers 2 different higher degree levels in zoology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Students from the zoology program at University of Wisconsin - Madison earn $2,720 above the average graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Colorado State University - Fort Collins is a great option for individuals interested in a Zoology major. Colorado State is a very large public school located in the city of Fort Collins. This college ranks 239th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

For those interested in something more advanced, Colorado State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in zoology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career earnings of $24,700.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Every student pursuing a degree in zoology has to look into Michigan State University. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. This school ranks 107th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are approximately 132 zoology undergraduates enrolled in this program at Michigan State. Graduates of the zoology program earn an average of $23,200 for their early career.

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Located in the medium-sized city Syracuse, SUNY - ESF is a public school with a small student population. This school ranks 226th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

A favorite choice for zoology undergraduates, there are about 38 learners studying this program at SUNY - ESF. After graduation, zoology students generally make about $20,500 in their early careers.

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Ohio U is a very large public school located in the distant town of Athens. This college ranks 476th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

For those interested in something more advanced, Ohio U also offers 2 different higher degree levels in zoology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Ohio University - Main Campus zoology graduates earn $4,620 more than the typical zoology grad.

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Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbus. This school ranks 175th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

A favorite major for zoology undergrads, there are about 127 individuals studying this program at Ohio State. Students who complete this degree report average early career income of $23,400.

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Located in the suburb Storrs, UCONN is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 104 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UCONN is a great college overall.

There are approximately 109 zoology undergrads studying this degree at UCONN. Students from the zoology degree program at University of Connecticut make $4,720 above the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Unity College

Unity, ME

Located in the remote area Unity, Unity is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 1021st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maine.

With 20 undergraduates, Unity College is one of most popular schools to study zoology in United States. Grads of the zoology program report average early career income of $20,900.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Located in the city Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 85 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U of F is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of F also offers 2 different higher degree levels in zoology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career income of $20,000.

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Zoology by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
General Biology 98,638
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 14,004
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 9,504
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 7,844
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 6,987

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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). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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