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2020 Best Colleges for Mathematics

Approximately 29,945 mathematics degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Mathematics ranking analyzed 475 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in mathematics. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 25 schools 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 6% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 3%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 45 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

A mathematics degree from schools on this list usually results in above 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 $66,350.

Starting Salary  ( 45003 to 87596 )
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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 475 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best Math Colleges

Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MA
9.0% Growth in Graduates

It is difficult to beat Massachusetts Institute of Technology if you wish to pursue mathematics as a major. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of 2 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There are approximately 144 mathematics undergrads enrolled in this degree at MIT. Mathematics students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology get a earnings boost of approximately $53,950 above the typical income of mathematics graduates.

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Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA
140th Most Popular In CA

Every student who is interested in mathematics needs to take a look at Harvey Mudd College. Located in the suburb Claremont, Harvey Mudd College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 6 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Harvey Mudd College is a great school overall.

A favorite choice for mathematics undergraduates, there are approximately 8 individuals studying this degree at Harvey Mudd College.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
107th Most Popular In CA

California Institute of Technology is a good option for students interested in a Mathematics major. Located in the medium-sized city Pasadena, Caltech is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 31st out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

A preferred major for mathematics undergraduates, there are approximately 18 individuals studying this program at Caltech.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NY
$76,300 Median Starting Salary

Cornell University is one of the best schools in the country for mathematics. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great school 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 Master's Degree. Mathematics students from Cornell University earn a boost of about $9,950 above the typical earnings of mathematics majors.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL
$70,700 Median Starting Salary

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of 8 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UChicago also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. University of Chicago mathematics students make $4,350 more than the typical math graduate.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CA
$51,000 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large city Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 49th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

For those interested in something more advanced, UCLA also offers 3 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). After graduating, math students usually earn about $51,000 in the first five years of their career.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In IL
$71,000 Median Starting Salary

Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston. A Best Colleges rank of 10 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Northwestern U is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Northwestern U also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Northwestern University mathematics majors make $4,650 more than the standard math student.

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NJ
21.7% Growth in Graduates

Located in the suburb Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 20th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

For those interested in something more advanced, Princeton also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In NY

Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. This school ranks 26th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

With 82 undergraduates, Columbia University in the City of New York is one of most popular schools to study math in United States.

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Pomona College

Claremont, CA
24th Most Popular In CA
37.3% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large suburb Claremont, Pomona is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 17th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

Pomona College is a fairly popular college to study math in United States with over 59 graduations last year.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MI
$61,900 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 35th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are roughly 226 mathematics undergraduates studying this degree at U of Michigan. Students who graduate from the math program earn about $61,900 in their early career salary.

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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MD
26.5% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 16 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Johns Hopkins also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Mathematics students from Johns Hopkins University earn a boost of about $12,250 over the typical income of mathematics graduates.

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Williams College

Williamstown, MA
7th Most Popular In MA
6.7% Growth in Graduates
$53,700 Median Starting Salary

Located in the fringe town Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 14 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Williams is a great school overall.

Williams College is a fairly popular college to study math in United States exceeding 75 graduations last year. Graduates of the math program earn about $53,700 in the first couple years of their career.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
17th Most Popular In MA

Located in the midsize city Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 46th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

For those interested in something more advanced, WPI also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IN

Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Colleges rank of 13 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Notre Dame also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MO
0.9% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large suburb Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. This college ranks 19th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

For those interested in something more advanced, WUSTL also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
31.1% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 80th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There are about 322 mathematics undergraduates studying this program at Wisconsin. After graduation, math students typically earn about $52,000 in their early careers.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
14.6% Growth in Graduates

UC Irvine is a very large public school located in the large city of Irvine. This college ranks 81st out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

For those interested in something more advanced, UC Irvine also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After graduating, math students typically make an average of $41,100 in the first five years of their career.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In PA

Located in the city Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UPenn also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
26th Most Popular In CA
3.5% Growth in Graduates

Located in the suburb Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 7 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great college overall.

With 57 undergrads, Stanford University is one of most popular colleges to study math in United States.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CT

UCONN is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Storrs. This school ranks 97th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

For those interested in something more advanced, UCONN also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
$44,900 Median Starting Salary

UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign. This school ranks 85th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIUC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). After graduation, math students generally make about $44,900 in their early careers.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In MA
33.0% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 5 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great school overall.

A preferred choice for mathematics undergrads, there are about 97 individuals studying this program at Harvard.

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Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NC
$74,700 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large city Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 1 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Duke is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Duke also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Students from the mathematics major at Duke University get $8,350 more than the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In PA
26.5% Growth in Graduates

Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh. This college ranks 28th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A popular major for mathematics undergrads, there are approximately 49 learners studying this degree at Carnegie Mellon.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for Mathematics

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Colleges for Mathematics badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 475 different United States mathematics schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
52 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
53 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
54 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
55 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
56 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
57 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
58 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
59 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
60 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
61 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
62 Northeastern University Boston, MA
63 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
64 George Washington University Washington, DC
65 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
66 Emory University Atlanta, GA
67 Georgetown University Washington, DC
68 Davidson College Davidson, NC
69 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
70 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
71 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT

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
72 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
73 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
74 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
75 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
76 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
77 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
78 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
79 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
80 Boston University Boston, MA
81 Clemson University Clemson, SC
82 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
83 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
84 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
85 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
86 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
87 University of Houston Houston, TX
88 Bentley University Waltham, MA
89 Carleton College Northfield, MN
90 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
91 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
92 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
93 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
94 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME
95 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC

Mathematics by Region

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Region
Southeast
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 8,560
Statistics 8,180
Other Statistics 453

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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.

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