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2021 Best Value Colleges for Chemistry

105 Colleges
15,395 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,615 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Chemistry School for You

Best Value Colleges for ChemistryChemistry is the #35 most popular major in the country with 15,395 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Chemistry ranking, we looked at 105 colleges that offer a bachelor's in chemistry. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those chemistry schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Chemistry Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value Chemistry Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for chemistry majors.

Top 15% Best Value Chemistry Schools

#1

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. U of H is a fairly large public school located in the city of Houston.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of H is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,217. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of H is about $116,503. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, chemistry majors at U of H accumulate an average of around $20,514 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $183.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value chemistry schools. USF Tampa is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Tampa.

At USF Tampa, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,095. This means that the average student pays around $99,308 to get a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, chemistry majors at USF Tampa accumulate an average of around $18,889 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $171.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value chemistry schools. Located in the small city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UW - La Crosse to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,185. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse is $85,373. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

On average, chemistry graduates from UW - La Crosse take out $21,051 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $221.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a fairly large student population. UMN Twin Cities also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Chemistry rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMN Twin Cities is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,989. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMN Twin Cities is about $143,094. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, chemistry graduates from UMN Twin Cities take out $20,622 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value chemistry schools. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a fairly large student population.

At SIUE, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $17,498 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from SIUE is $79,091. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that chemistry majors at SIUE take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,155. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $226.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNC Chapel Hill is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,820. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill be around $109,694. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that chemistry majors at UNC Chapel Hill take out while working on their bachelor's is $16,622. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $197.

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#7

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

Our rankings recognize Stony Brook University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. SUNY Stony Brook is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Stony Brook.

At SUNY Stony Brook, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,701. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook be around $132,321. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Chemistry majors at SUNY Stony Brook take out an average of $19,687 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $199.

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#8

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Our rankings recognize Florida State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,233. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Florida State is $115,196. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Chemistry majors at Florida State take out an average of $22,016 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $246, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign. In addition to being on our best value list, UIUC has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Chemistry ranking.

At UIUC, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,679. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UIUC is about $137,252. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that chemistry majors at UIUC take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,756. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $218.

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#10

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. U of F is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Gainesville.

At U of F, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,230. This means that the average student pays around $120,542 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of F. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

On average, chemistry graduates from U of F take out $17,224 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $171.

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#11

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value chemistry schools. Located in the large suburb of Buffalo, University at Buffalo is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, University at Buffalo is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Chemistry list.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at University at Buffalo to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,466. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo is $137,331. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, chemistry graduates from University at Buffalo carry an average student debtload of $21,910. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $218.

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#12

Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Our rankings recognize Xavier University of Louisiana as the #12 school in this year's rankings. XULA is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New Orleans.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at XULA is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,083. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from XULA be around $99,949. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, chemistry majors at XULA accumulate an average of around $29,196 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $298, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

St Olaf College landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value chemistry schools. St. Olaf is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Northfield.

The average student at St. Olaf graduates in less than 4.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,599. This means that the average student pays around $132,026 to get a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Chemistry majors at St. Olaf take out an average of $20,177 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value chemistry schools. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Columbus. In addition to its great value ranking, Ohio State is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Chemistry list.

It takes the average student at Ohio State about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $34,273. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State is $148,402. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, chemistry majors at Ohio State accumulate an average of around $20,066 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $205, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Minnesota - Duluth comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Duluth, UMN Duluth is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UMN Duluth to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,044. This means that the average student pays around $98,537 to get a bachelor’s degree from UMN Duluth. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Chemistry majors at UMN Duluth take out an average of $21,945 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $252.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Chemistry students that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for Chemistry award.

Rank College Location
16 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
17 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
18 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
19 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
20 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
21 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN

Chemistry by Region

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Related Major Annual Graduates
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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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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