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2021 Best Colleges for Mathematics in the The Plains States Region

Approximately 30,414 mathematics degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Mathematics in the The Plains States Region ranking analyzed 11 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in mathematics. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 schools for Mathematics students in the The Plains States Region.

Choosing a Great Mathematics School

Best Colleges for Mathematics in the The Plains States Region 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.

Graduates Earn More After College

A mathematics degree from colleges on this list typically results in above average income following graduation. A mathematics bachelors degree from a college in The Plains States helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $44,164 a couple years later.

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 in the The Plains States Region.

Best Schools to Study Mathematics in The Plains States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study mathematics.

Top 10 Best Math Colleges in the The Plains States Region

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is among your top options if you're planning on studying mathematics. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the city of Minneapolis.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities mathematics students receive $9,936 more than the typical math grad.

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Macalester College

Saint Paul, MN

Macalester College is one of the finest schools in the United States for mathematics. Located in the large city Saint Paul, Macalester is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Macalester College mathematics graduates make $13,136 more than the average math student.

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University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Every student pursuing a degree in mathematics has to check out University of Iowa. Iowa is a fairly large public school located in the city of Iowa City.

Soon after graduation, math students usually earn about $43,500 at the beginning of their careers.

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St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

Every student who is interested in mathematics needs to take a look at St Olaf College. Located in the town Northfield, St. Olaf is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Students who graduate from the math program earn about $43,600 in the first couple years of working.

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UNL is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lincoln.

Soon after graduation, math students usually earn around $37,400 at the beginning of their careers.

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Located in the city Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a very large student population.

After graduation, math students usually earn about $42,200 in the first five years of their career.

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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO

Located in the large city Saint Louis, SLU is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Graduates of the math program earn an average of $39,400 in their early career salary.

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Luther College

Decorah, IA

Located in the town Decorah, Luther is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Graduates of the math program earn around $39,400 in the first couple years of their career.

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UMN Duluth is a large public school located in the city of Duluth.

Graduates from the mathematics degree program at University of Minnesota - Duluth make $3,436 more than the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

UNI is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls.

Students who complete this program report average early career income of $39,700.

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Best Mathematics Colleges by State

Explore the best mathematics schools for a specific state in this the The Plains States region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Minnesota 275 654
Missouri 272 475
Kansas 258 245
Iowa 254 392
Nebraska 227 215
North Dakota 200 63
South Dakota 199 65

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Statistics 607
Applied Mathematics 252
Other Statistics 31

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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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