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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. 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 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

Graduates Earn More After College

Mathematics & Statistics graduates from schools 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 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 the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for a Mathematics & Statistics degree. 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 great option for individuals interested in a Mathematics & Statistics degree. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh. A Best Colleges rank of 33 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great college overall.

There are roughly 291 mathematics and statistics undergrads enrolled in this program at Carnegie Mellon.

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Any student pursuing a degree in mathematics and statistics needs to look into Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT is a 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.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the most popular school to study mathematics and statistics in United States exceeding 260 graduations last year.

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#3

Brown University

Providence, RI

Every student who is interested in mathematics and statistics needs to take a look at Brown University. Located in the city Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 13 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Brown is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Brown 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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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University is one of the finest schools in the country for mathematics and statistics. Located in the midsize city Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great school overall.

There are roughly 345 mathematics and statistics undergrads studying this program at Harvard.

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#5

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

There are approximately 518 mathematics and statistics undergrads studying this degree at UChicago.

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#6

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Located in the city Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 20 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great school overall.

There are approximately 256 mathematics and statistics undergraduates studying this program at Johns Hopkins.

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Located in the city Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 69th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There are roughly 787 mathematics and statistics undergrads studying this program at UC Berkeley.

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#8

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

Located in the suburb Stony Brook, SUNY Stony Brook is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 222nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are roughly 626 mathematics and statistics undergraduates enrolled in this program at SUNY Stony Brook.

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Located in the large city Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 76th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

For those interested in something more advanced, Wisconsin 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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#10

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

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

Northwestern University is one of the most popular college to study mathematics and statistics in United States exceeding 200 graduations last year.

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#11

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Located in the suburb 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.

With 94 undergraduates, Amherst College is one of most popular schools to study mathematics and statistics in United States.

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UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the large city of Seattle. This school 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 city Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means USC is a great school overall.

A preferred choice for mathematics and statistics undergraduates, there are approximately 254 learners studying this program at USC.

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#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

Cornell University is one of the most popular college to study mathematics and statistics in United States with more than 193 graduations last year.

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

There are about 730 mathematics and statistics undergrads enrolled in this degree at UCLA.

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#16

New York University

New York, NY

Located in the city New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. This school ranks 130th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

For those interested in something more advanced, NYU 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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#17

Duke University

Durham, NC

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

For those interested in something more advanced, Duke 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 very large public school located in the large city of La Jolla. This school ranks 94th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

For those interested in something more advanced, UCSD 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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UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign. This college ranks 92nd out of 1,715 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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Pitt is a very large public school located in the large city of Pittsburgh. This school ranks 129th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

With 149 students enrolled, University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus is one of most popular schools to study mathematics and statistics in United States.

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UCONN is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Storrs. This school 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 small city West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 84th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There are about 321 mathematics and statistics undergrads enrolled in this degree at Purdue.

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Located in the midsize suburb Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 133rd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

With 425 undergrads, University of California - Santa Barbara is one of most popular schools to study mathematics and statistics in United States.

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

A popular choice for mathematics and statistics undergraduates, there are roughly 465 students enrolled in this degree at UC Davis.

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Located in the city Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of Michigan is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Michigan 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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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 30,684
Applied Mathematics 9,625
Statistics 8,953
Other Statistics 486

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 220,337
Engineering 200,684
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 162,961
Engineering Technologies 92,549
Physical Sciences 53,556

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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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