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2020 Best Colleges for Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology

Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology is a popular major and United States is the most popular state for students studying it. 1,188 of the 1,188 Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology diplomas earned last year were given by colleges in United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology ranking analyzed 26 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in atmospheric sciences and meteorology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 3 colleges for Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology students.

Choosing a Great Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology School

Best Colleges for Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology Your choice of atmospheric sciences and meteorology school matters. Important measures of a quality meteorology program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

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.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 12% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 12%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 173 to 4 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A atmospheric sciences and meteorology degree from colleges on this list typically results in higher than average earnings following graduation. Recent atmospheric sciences and meteorology graduates from U.S. schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $31,050 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 Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other atmospheric sciences and meteorology students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized atmospheric sciences and meteorology related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology students.

Best Schools to Study Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology in United States

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

Top 10 Best Meteorology Colleges

Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
$32,900 Median Starting Salary

Texas A&M University - College Station is a good decision for students interested in a Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology degree. Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the city of College Station. This school ranks 89th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

For those interested in something more advanced, Texas A&M also offers 2 different higher degree levels in atmospheric sciences and meteorology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students from the atmospheric sciences and meteorology major at Texas A&M University - College Station make $2,500 more than the standard graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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3rd Most Popular In CA

It is hard to beat University of California - Los Angeles if you wish to study atmospheric sciences and meteorology. Located in the large city Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 49 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UCLA is a great college overall.

With 12 undergraduates, University of California - Los Angeles is one of most popular schools to study meteorology in United States.

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1st Most Popular In OK

It's difficult to beat University of Oklahoma Norman Campus if you wish to study atmospheric sciences and meteorology. Located in the midsize suburb Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 211th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oklahoma.

There are approximately 62 atmospheric sciences and meteorology undergraduates enrolled in this program at University of Oklahoma.

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1st Most Popular In PA
$31,500 Median Starting Salary

It is hard to beat Pennsylvania State University - University Park if you wish to study atmospheric sciences and meteorology. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park. This school ranks 170th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are roughly 58 atmospheric sciences and meteorology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Penn State University Park. After graduating, meteorology students usually earn about $31,500 in their early careers.

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1st Most Popular In WA
25.5% Growth in Graduates

UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the large city of Seattle. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UW Seattle is a great school overall.

There are approximately 47 atmospheric sciences and meteorology undergrads studying this degree at UW Seattle.

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1st Most Popular In WI
20.0% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 80 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Wisconsin is a great college overall.

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

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1st Most Popular In IL
38.9% Growth in Graduates

UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign. A Best Colleges rank of 85 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UIUC is a great college overall.

There are roughly 36 atmospheric sciences and meteorology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UIUC.

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1st Most Popular In NJ

Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick. This school ranks 151st out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

For those interested in something more advanced, Rutgers New Brunswick also offers 2 different higher degree levels in atmospheric sciences and meteorology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In UT
7.7% Growth in Graduates

Located in the midsize city Salt Lake City, U of U is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 180th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Utah.

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

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University at Albany

Albany, NY
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
18.9% Growth in Graduates

UAlbany is a fairly large public school located in the city of Albany. This school ranks 310th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

For those interested in something more advanced, UAlbany also offers 2 different higher degree levels in atmospheric sciences and meteorology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).

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Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology by Region

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

Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology is one of 7 different types of Physical Sciences programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Chemistry 22,389
Physics 13,815
Geological & Earth Sciences 9,816
General Physical Sciences 4,387
Astronomy & Astrophysics 1,062

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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 Liam Gumley.

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