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2021 Best Colleges for Mathematics

Approximately 30,414 mathematics degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Mathematics ranking analyzed 176 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in mathematics. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 25 colleges for Mathematics students.

Choosing a Great Mathematics School

Best Colleges for Mathematics Your choice of mathematics school matters. Important measures of a quality math program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

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 11% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 6%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 88 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

A mathematics degree from colleges on this list typically translates into higher than average earnings after graduation. While the average mathematics bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $44,028, graduates of colleges on this list average $63,456.

Starting Salary  ( 45368 to 76031 )
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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 Mathematics students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other mathematics students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized mathematics related accrediting body.

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

Best Schools to Study Mathematics in United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study mathematics. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 176 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best Math Colleges

It's difficult to beat Massachusetts Institute of Technology if you wish to study mathematics. 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 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There are roughly 138 mathematics undergraduates studying this program at MIT. Massachusetts Institute of Technology mathematics graduates receive $56,844 more than the typical math student.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago is a wonderful decision for individuals interested in a Mathematics degree. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of 19 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great college overall.

There are roughly 212 mathematics undergraduates studying this degree at UChicago. Mathematics majors from University of Chicago get a earnings boost of around $7,244 above the average earnings of mathematics graduates.

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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University is one of the finest schools in the country for mathematics. Located in the large city Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 20 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great school overall.

There are approximately 155 mathematics undergraduates enrolled in this program at Johns Hopkins. Students from the mathematics degree program at Johns Hopkins University make $15,144 more than the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Any student pursuing a degree in mathematics has to take a look at Vanderbilt University. Located in the city Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 24 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Vanderbilt also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Vanderbilt University mathematics students make $12,044 more than the average math student.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Cornell also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Cornell University mathematics majors earn $12,844 more than the average math graduate.

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Duke University

Durham, NC

Located in the city Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 2 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Duke is a great college overall.

Duke University is one of the most popular college to study math in United States with more than 68 graduations last year. Mathematics majors from Duke University receive an earnings boost of about $11,244 over the average earnings of mathematics graduates.

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Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Located in the suburb Amherst, Amherst is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 16 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Amherst is a great college overall.

Amherst College is one of the most popular college to study math in United States with more than 74 graduates last year. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, math students usually earn around $61,000 in their early careers.

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Located in the midsize city Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of Michigan is a great school overall.

There are roughly 195 mathematics undergrads studying this program at U of Michigan. Graduates of the math program earn an average of $61,900 for their early career.

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Located in the city Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 76th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

For those interested in something more advanced, Wisconsin also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, math students generally make about $52,000 in their early careers.

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Located in the small city Troy, RPI is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 58th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

A popular choice for mathematics undergrads, there are approximately 48 students enrolled in this program at RPI. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute mathematics students make $7,044 more than the standard math student.

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Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

Hamilton is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Clinton. A Best Colleges rank of 22 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Hamilton is a great school overall.

Hamilton College is one of the most popular school to study math in United States with over 54 graduations last year. Grads of the math program report average early career earnings of $59,200.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

Located in the small suburb Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 42nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There are roughly 136 mathematics undergraduates enrolled in this program at University of Virginia. After getting their bachelor's degree, math students typically earn an average of $60,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Northwestern U is a great school overall.

A preferred major for mathematics undergraduates, there are roughly 64 individuals studying this degree at Northwestern U. Northwestern University mathematics graduates make $7,544 more than the standard math graduate.

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Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Located in the town Brunswick, Bowdoin is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 30 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Bowdoin is a great school overall.

There are approximately 54 mathematics undergraduates studying this program at Bowdoin. Students who graduate from this program report average early career income of $59,400.

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UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. This school ranks 124th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMN Twin Cities also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career wages of $54,100.

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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Located in the small city Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 61st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

With 87 undergrads, Boston College is one of most popular colleges to study math in United States. Boston College mathematics students make $2,244 more than the standard math graduate.

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UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign. This college ranks 92nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are about 230 mathematics undergrads studying this degree at UIUC. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, math students generally earn about $44,900 in the first five years of their career.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. This school ranks 81st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

With 100 undergraduates, Northeastern University is one of most popular schools to study math in United States. Students who graduate from the math program make an average of $63,700 for their early career.

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Located in the city Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 65th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

A preferred choice for mathematics undergraduates, there are roughly 191 learners enrolled in this program at UCLA. After getting their bachelor's degree, math students usually make about $51,000 in the first five years of their career.

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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 130th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

For those interested in something more advanced, NYU also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career wages of $53,400.

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Located in the city Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 91st out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

For those interested in something more advanced, UT Austin also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). After graduating, math students usually make an average of $50,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Macalester College

Saint Paul, MN

Located in the large city Saint Paul, Macalester is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 72nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

Macalester College is a fairly popular college to study math in United States with more than 52 graduations last year. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, math students generally earn an average of $57,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the city of New Brunswick. This school ranks 183rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

For those interested in something more advanced, Rutgers New Brunswick also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Grads of the math program report average early career wages of $55,300.

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Williams College

Williamstown, MA

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

With 45 undergrads, Williams College is one of most popular colleges to study math in United States. Students who graduate from the math program earn about $53,700 in their early career salary.

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UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the city of Seattle. This school ranks 97th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

For those interested in something more advanced, UW Seattle also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Grads of the math program state that they receive average early career earnings of $44,800.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for Mathematics

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Colleges for Mathematics award.

Rank College Location
27 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
28 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
29 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
30 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
31 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
32 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
33 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
34 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
35 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA

Mathematics by Region

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

Mathematics is one of 3 different types of Mathematics & Statistics programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Applied Mathematics 9,625
Statistics 8,953
Other Statistics 486

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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 Wallpoper. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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