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2021 Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics

Approximately 49,070 mathematics and statistics degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics ranking analyzed 191 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in mathematics and statistics. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Mathematics & Statistics students.

Choosing a Great Mathematics & Statistics School

Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics The mathematics and statistics program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

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 13% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 7%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 119 to 10 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Mathematics & Statistics graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent mathematics and statistics graduates from U.S. schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $46,029 in 2017-2018.

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 & Statistics students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other mathematics and statistics students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized mathematics and statistics related accrediting body.

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

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Best Schools to Study Mathematics & Statistics in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for mathematics and statistics majors. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 25 Best Mathematics & Statistics Colleges

#1

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University is a wonderful decision for individuals interested in a Mathematics & Statistics degree. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 33 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

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

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Every student who is interested in mathematics and statistics has to take a look at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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.

With 260 students who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the most popular schools to study mathematics and statistics in the United States.

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#3

Brown University

Providence, RI

Any student pursuing a degree in mathematics and statistics needs to check out Brown University. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Providence. A Best Colleges rank of 13 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 230 mathematics and statistics individuals who graduated from this program at Brown in the most recent data year.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University is among your top options if you want to study mathematics and statistics. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were about 345 mathematics and statistics students who graduated from this program at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 19 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 518 mathematics and statistics individuals who graduated from this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Baltimore. A Best Colleges rank of 20 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

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

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Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 69th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

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

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#8

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

SUNY Stony Brook is a very large public university located in the large suburb of Stony Brook. This university ranks 222nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

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

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UW - Madison is a very large public university located in the city of Madison. This university ranks 76th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were about 472 mathematics and statistics individuals who graduated from this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

Northwestern University is one of the most popular universities to study mathematics and statistics in the United States with about 200 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#11

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Located in the suburb of Amherst, Amherst is a private not-for-profit college 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 colleges to study mathematics and statistics in the United States with approximately 94 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 97th out of 1,715 colleges 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 and statistics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

A popular choice for mathematics and statistics undergrads, there were approximately 254 students who graduated from this program at USC in the most recent data year.

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#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

With 193 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Cornell University is one of the most popular universities to study mathematics and statistics in the United States.

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

There were about 730 mathematics and statistics students who graduated from this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available.

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New York University

New York, NY

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. This university ranks 130th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

New York University is one of the most popular universities to study mathematics and statistics in the United States with about 548 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#17

Duke University

Durham, NC

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

With 156 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Duke University is one of the most popular universities to study mathematics and statistics in the United States.

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Located in the city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 94th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

A preferred major for mathematics and statistics undergraduates, there were about 683 individuals who completed this degree at UCSD in the most recent data year.

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Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 92nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were approximately 761 mathematics and statistics individuals who graduated from this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available.

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Pitt is a very large public university located in the large city of Pittsburgh. This university ranks 129th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus is a fairly popular university to study mathematics and statistics in the United States with roughly 149 graduates in the most recent data year.

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UCONN is a very large public university located in the large suburb of Storrs. This university ranks 104th out of 1,715 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 and statistics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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#22

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 84th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

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

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UCSB is a very large public university located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara. This university ranks 133rd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

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

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UC Davis is a very large public university located in the small suburb of Davis. This university ranks 83rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

University of California - Davis is one of the most popular universities to study mathematics and statistics in the United States with approximately 465 graduates in the most recent data year.

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U-M is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were about 398 mathematics and statistics individuals who graduated from this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics

#26

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#28

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

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 & Statistics award.

Rank College Location
29 Williams College Williamstown, MA
30 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
31 Bryant University Smithfield, RI
32 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
33 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
34 Hamilton College Clinton, NY
35 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
36 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
37 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
38 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME

Mathematics & Statistics by Region

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

Mathematics & Statistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mathematics 30,415
Applied Mathematics 9,521
Statistics 8,658
Other Statistics 477

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 196,678
Computer & Information Sciences 173,112
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 160,242
Physical Sciences 53,214
Engineering Technologies 52,780

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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 brewbooks. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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