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2020 Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics

Mathematics & Statistics is a popular major and United States is the most popular state for students studying it. 47,138 of the 47,138 Mathematics & Statistics degrees earned last year were given by schools in United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics ranking analyzed 471 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in mathematics and statistics. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 25 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. 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 7% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 5%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 66 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

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

Best Schools to Study Mathematics & Statistics in United States

Explore 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. Of the 471 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best Mathematics & Statistics Colleges

#1

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University is a good choice for individuals interested in a Mathematics & Statistics major. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh. This college ranks 28th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

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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California Institute of Technology is a wonderful choice for students pursuing a Mathematics & Statistics degree. Located in the medium-sized city Pasadena, Caltech is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 31st out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

With 20 students enrolled, California Institute of Technology is one of most popular schools to study mathematics and statistics in United States.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University is one of the finest schools in the United States for mathematics and statistics. Located in the midsize city Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 5 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great school overall.

There are about 339 mathematics and statistics undergraduates enrolled in this program at Harvard.

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Every student who is interested in mathematics and statistics has to look into University of California - Berkeley. Located in the medium-sized city Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 65th out of 1,727 schools 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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Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. A Best Colleges rank of 26 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great school overall.

There are roughly 654 mathematics and statistics undergrads enrolled in this program at Columbia.

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#6

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

There are approximately 483 mathematics and statistics undergrads studying this program at UChicago.

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#7

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 10 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Northwestern U is a great school overall.

Northwestern University is a fairly popular college to study mathematics and statistics in United States exceeding 227 graduations last year.

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Located in the large city Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a very 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 2 different higher degree levels in mathematics and statistics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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#9

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Located in the city West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 100th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There are roughly 342 mathematics and statistics undergraduates enrolled in this program at Purdue.

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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 college overall.

With 249 undergraduates, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of most popular colleges to study mathematics and statistics in United States.

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#11

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

Cornell University is one of the most popular school to study mathematics and statistics in United States with over 190 graduations last year.

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#12

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Located in the large city Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,727 colleges 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 and statistics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Michigan also offers 3 different higher degree levels in mathematics and statistics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the city of Seattle. This college ranks 84th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are roughly 407 mathematics and statistics undergrads enrolled in this degree at UW Seattle.

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UC Davis is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Davis. This school ranks 74th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

With 395 undergrads, University of California - Davis is one of most popular colleges to study mathematics and statistics in United States.

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#16

Brown University

Providence, RI

Located in the medium-sized city Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 11 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great college overall.

There are approximately 181 mathematics and statistics undergraduates enrolled in this program at Brown.

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

There are about 463 mathematics and statistics undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UCONN.

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#18

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

Located in the suburb Claremont, Harvey Mudd College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly 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 preferred choice for mathematics and statistics undergrads, there are approximately 8 individuals enrolled in this degree at Harvey Mudd College.

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#19

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. This school ranks 79th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

For those interested in something more advanced, Virginia Tech 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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#20

Duke University

Durham, NC

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

With 146 undergrads, Duke University is one of most popular colleges to study mathematics and statistics in United States.

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#21

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Houston. A Best Colleges rank of 15 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Rice is a great college overall.

With 132 undergrads, Rice University is one of most popular colleges to study mathematics and statistics in United States.

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#22

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Located in the large 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.

Stanford University is a fairly popular college to study mathematics and statistics in United States with over 229 graduates last year.

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UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign. This college 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 and statistics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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UCSD is a fairly large public school located in the city of La Jolla. This college ranks 72nd out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

With 607 undergrads, University of California - San Diego is one of most popular schools to study mathematics and statistics in United States.

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Pitt is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Pittsburgh. This school ranks 124th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus is one of the most popular college to study mathematics and statistics in United States exceeding 163 graduations last year.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics

#26

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#28

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
#33

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#35

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
#37

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#38

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#41

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#42

New York University

New York, NY
#44

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
#45

Pomona College

Claremont, CA
#47

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#48

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#49

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 471 different United States mathematics and statistics schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
52 Yale University New Haven, CT
53 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
54 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
55 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
56 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
57 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
58 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
59 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
60 Carleton College Northfield, MN
61 Iowa State University Ames, IA
62 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
63 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
64 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
65 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
66 University of Georgia Athens, GA
67 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
68 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
69 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
70 Hamilton College Clinton, NY

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
71 University of Houston Houston, TX
72 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
73 Villanova University Villanova, PA
74 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
75 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
76 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
77 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
78 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
79 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
80 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
81 Tufts University Medford, MA
82 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
83 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
84 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
85 Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, IN
86 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
87 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
88 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
89 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
90 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
91 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
92 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
93 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
94 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL

Mathematics & Statistics by Region

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

Mathematics & Statistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mathematics 29,945
Applied Mathematics 8,560
Statistics 8,180
Other Statistics 453

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 209,723
Engineering 197,582
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 157,997
Engineering Technologies 92,253
Physical Sciences 53,768

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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).
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