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2024 Best Astronomy & Astrophysics Schools in the Southeast Region

7 Colleges in the Southeast Region
176 Astronomy Degrees Awarded
Astronomy & Astrophysics is about average in terms of popularity for degree programs. That is, it ranks #219 out of the 395 majors across the country that we analyze each year. As such, the degree program isn't offered at every college in the United States, but there are schools that do have a program in the field that are top-notch when it comes to quality.

College Factual looked at 7 colleges and universities when compiling its 2024 Best Astronomy & Astrophysics Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 176 degrees in astronomy & astrophysics to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Astronomy & Astrophysics School

Best Astronomy & Astrophysics Schools in the Southeast Region Your choice of astronomy & astrophysics school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Astronomy & Astrophysics School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

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

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Bachelor's Degrees in Astronomy
Master's Degrees in Astronomy
Doctor's Degrees in Astronomy

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Astronomy & Astrophysics Schools in the Southeast Region ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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Best Schools for Astronomy & Astrophysics in the Southeast Region

The schools below may not offer all types of astronomy degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer.

Top Southeast Region Schools in Astronomy

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
13.8% Growth in Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in astronomy & astrophysics needs to take a look at University of Virginia - Main Campus. University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Colleges rank of #33 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 29 astronomy & astrophysics students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In FL
35 Astronomy Degrees Awarded

University of Florida is a wonderful option for students pursuing a degree in astronomy & astrophysics. Located in the city of Gainesville, UF is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #58 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means UF is a great university overall.

There were roughly 35 astronomy & astrophysics students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In FL
50.0% Growth in Graduates

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in astronomy & astrophysics. Located in the city of Daytona Beach, Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 4th out of 77 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were about 20 astronomy & astrophysics students who graduated with this degree at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach in the most recent data year.

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Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In GA
40.0% Growth in Graduates

Emory University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in astronomy & astrophysics. Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #28 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Emory is a great university overall.

There were about 5 astronomy & astrophysics students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent data year.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In GA
11.1% Growth in Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Athens, UGA is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 68 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were about 9 astronomy & astrophysics students who graduated with this degree at UGA in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In GA

Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia State is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 12th out of 68 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were approximately 7 astronomy & astrophysics students who graduated with this degree at Georgia State in the most recent year we have data available.

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College of Charleston
Charleston, SC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In SC
44.4% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city of Charleston, C of C is a public college with a large student population. This college ranks 8th out of 44 colleges for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

There were approximately 9 astronomy & astrophysics students who graduated with this degree at C of C in the most recent data year.

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Best Astronomy & Astrophysics Colleges by State

Explore the best astronomy & astrophysics colleges for a specific state in the Southeast Region .

StateCollegesDegrees Awarded
Georgia28721
Florida28264
Virginia27427
Tennessee2692
South Carolina2485
Arkansas2342

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One of 8 majors within the Physical Sciences area of study, Astronomy & Astrophysics has other similar majors worth exploring.

Astronomy Focus Areas

MajorAnnual Graduates
Astronomy85
Other Astronomy & Astrophysics72
Astrophysics15
Planetary Astronomy & Science4

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Majors Similar to Astronomy

Related MajorAnnual Graduates
Chemistry4,991
Physics2,179
Geological & Earth Sciences1,611
General Physical Sciences221
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology210
Other Physical Science149
Materials Sciences48
Physics and Astronomy33

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