2022 Best Mathematics Schools

430 Colleges in the United States
30,668 Math Degrees Awarded
$44,066 Avg Early-Career Salary
Ranked #32 in popularity, mathematics is one of the most sought-after degree programs in the nation. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 430 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for mathematics students pursuing a degree. Combined, these schools handed out 30,668 degrees in mathematics to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Mathematics School

Best Mathematics Schools Your choice of mathematics school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for mathematics schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Mathematics Degree Level

The math school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Mathematics Schools. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Mathematics in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the math degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Math

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
139 Math Degrees Awarded

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great choice for students interested in a degree in mathematics. Located in the city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #2 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There were roughly 139 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at MIT in the most recent year we have data available. Those mathematics students who get their degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology make $76,234 more than the average math graduate.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
31st Most Popular In CA
62 Math Degrees Awarded

Stanford University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in mathematics. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were about 62 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year.

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#3

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
201 Math Degrees Awarded

University of Chicago is a great choice for students pursuing a degree in mathematics. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 201 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the mathematics program at University of Chicago earn $26,634 more than the typical college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
153 Math Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat Johns Hopkins University if you wish to pursue a degree in mathematics. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Baltimore. This university ranks 1st out of 39 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There were approximately 153 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available. Mathematics degree recipients from Johns Hopkins University get an earnings boost of about $34,534 over the typical income of mathematics majors.

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#5

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NH
57 Math Degrees Awarded

Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit college located in the remote town of Hanover. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were about 57 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
101 Math Degrees Awarded

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were roughly 101 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Mathematics degree recipients from Cornell University get an earnings boost of around $32,234 above the typical income of mathematics majors.

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#7

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
65 Math Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 65 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Those mathematics students who get their degree from Duke University earn $30,634 more than the typical math grad.

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#8

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TN
127 Math Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Nashville. This university ranks 1st out of 50 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were roughly 127 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year.

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#9

Rice University

Houston, TX
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
18th Most Popular In TX
41 Math Degrees Awarded

Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Houston. This university ranks 1st out of 136 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were roughly 41 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Rice in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In MA
74 Math Degrees Awarded

Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Cambridge. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were roughly 74 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In PA
35 Math Degrees Awarded

Swarthmore is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Swarthmore. This college ranks 3rd out of 134 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 35 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Swarthmore in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In PA
63 Math Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 63 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year.

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#13

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In RI

Located in the city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 1st out of 10 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were roughly 23 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year.

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#14

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
70 Math Degrees Awarded

Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 70 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Those mathematics students who get their degree from Northwestern University make $26,934 more than the average math grad.

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#15

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IN
63 Math Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were roughly 63 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MO
103 Math Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were approximately 103 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In IN

Located in the small city of Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were approximately 28 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
258 Math Degrees Awarded

U-M is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. This university ranks 1st out of 67 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were about 258 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the mathematics major at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor make $17,834 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#19

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
139th Most Popular In CA

Harvey Mudd College is a fairly small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Claremont. A Best Schools rank of #1 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Harvey Mudd College is a great college overall.

There were about 7 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Harvey Mudd College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#20

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
68 Math Degrees Awarded

Amherst is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Amherst. This college ranks 4th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 68 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Amherst in the most recent year we have data available. Mathematics degree recipients from Amherst College receive an earnings boost of about $16,934 over the typical earnings of mathematics graduates.

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#21

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
38 Math Degrees Awarded

Hamilton is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Clinton. This college ranks 5th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 38 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Hamilton in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the mathematics major at Hamilton College make $15,134 above the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#22

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC
65 Math Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were about 65 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#23

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In PA
39 Math Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 39 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent data year.

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#24

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In MA
56 Math Degrees Awarded

Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Medford. This university ranks 6th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 56 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent data year.

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#25

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In VA
80 Math Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 4th out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 80 mathematics students who graduated with this degree at William & Mary in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Mathematics Schools

#25

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#26

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#28

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#29

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#31

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

#32

New York University

New York, NY

#33

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
#35

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
#37

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#40

Boston University

Boston, MA

#41

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

#42

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
#44

Macalester College

Saint Paul, MN
#46

Denison University

Granville, OH

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Mathematics Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 430 different United States mathematics schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
51 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
52 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
53 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
54 Carleton College Northfield, MN
55 Reed College Portland, OR
56 Villanova University Villanova, PA
57 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
58 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
59 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
60 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
61 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
62 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
63 Emory University Atlanta, GA
64 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL

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 Mathematics Schools award.

Rank College Location
65 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
66 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
67 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
68 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
69 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
70 George Washington University Washington, DC
71 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
72 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
73 University of Delaware Newark, DE
74 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
75 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
76 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
77 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
78 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
79 Clemson University Clemson, SC
80 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
81 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
82 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
83 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
84 Providence College Providence, RI
85 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
86 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA

Mathematics by Region

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

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One of 4 majors within the Mathematics & Statistics area of study, Mathematics has other similar majors worth exploring.

Math Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Mathematics 30,225
Other Mathematics 435
Analysis & Functional Analysis 4
Topology & Foundations 3
Algebra & Number Theory 1

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Majors Similar to Math

Related Major Annual Graduates
Applied Mathematics 10,350
Statistics 9,304
Other Statistics 560
Applied Statistics 174

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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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