2022 Best Chemistry Schools

371 Colleges in the United States
21,951 Chemistry Degrees Awarded
$38,704 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you plan on majoring in chemistry, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #44 in the country in terms of popularity. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

College Factual looked at 371 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Chemistry Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 21,951 degrees in chemistry during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Chemistry School

Best Chemistry Schools The chemistry program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Chemistry rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for chemistry schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Chemistry Rankings by Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Chemistry Schools list to help you make the college decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Chemistry in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the chemistry degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Chemistry

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In CA
51 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Stanford University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in chemistry. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 51 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
65 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Northwestern University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in chemistry. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 65 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Those chemistry students who get their degree from Northwestern University make $50,696 more than the standard chemistry student.

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#3

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NH

Dartmouth College is a great choice for students pursuing a degree in chemistry. Located in the remote town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were about 26 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent year we have data available.

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#4

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL
149 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in chemistry has to check out University of Chicago. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 149 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
74 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. A Best Schools rank of #2 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There were roughly 74 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at MIT in the most recent data year. Chemistry degree recipients from Massachusetts Institute of Technology receive an earnings boost of approximately $27,996 over the typical income of chemistry graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In NY
68 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. This university ranks 2nd out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 68 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
40 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 5th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 40 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Holy Cross in the most recent data year. Those chemistry students who get their degree from College of the Holy Cross earn $7,096 more than the average chemistry grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
17th Most Popular In CA

Located in the medium-sized city of Pasadena, Caltech is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #17 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Caltech is a great school overall.

There were approximately 30 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Caltech in the most recent year we have data available.

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#9

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In PA
68 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Philadelphia. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 68 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year.

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#10

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In PA
49 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Pittsburgh. A Best Schools rank of #20 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

There were roughly 49 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
197 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 197 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent data year. Those chemistry students who get their degree from University of California - Berkeley receive $12,796 more than the typical chemistry graduate.

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#12

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NJ
70 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #12 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were roughly 70 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent data year.

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#13

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
114 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were about 114 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the chemistry program state that they receive average early career earnings of $31,000.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
131 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

UCLA is a fairly large public university located in the city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 11th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 131 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year. Those chemistry students who get their degree from University of California - Los Angeles receive $8,646 more than the average chemistry graduate.

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#15

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
58 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 10th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 58 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Northeastern in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the chemistry program at Northeastern University make $6,596 more than the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#16

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
73 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were roughly 73 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
168 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

UT Austin is a very large public university located in the city of Austin. This university ranks 2nd out of 136 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 168 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent data year.

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#18

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MD
59 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #19 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were approximately 59 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available.

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#19

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In VA
60 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

William & Mary is a medium-sized public school located in the small suburb of Williamsburg. This school ranks 4th out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 60 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at William & Mary in the most recent data year.

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#20

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In MA

Wellesley is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Wellesley. This college ranks 9th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 21 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Wellesley in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
206 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public university located in the city of Minneapolis. This university ranks 4th out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were roughly 206 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at UMN Twin Cities in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the chemistry program make about $38,800 in their early career salary.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In MO
37 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Rolla, Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were approximately 37 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at Missouri University of Science and Technology in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
235 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

UIUC is a very large public university located in the city of Champaign. This university ranks 3rd out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 235 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the chemistry program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign make $15,196 more than the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#24

St Olaf College

Northfield, MN
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
34 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

Located in the distant town of Northfield, St. Olaf is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were roughly 34 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at St. Olaf in the most recent data year. Soon after graduating, chemistry degree recipients usually earn about $37,400 in their early careers.

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#25

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In NY
61 Chemistry Degrees Awarded

University of Rochester is a large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Rochester. This university ranks 10th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 61 chemistry students who graduated with this degree at University of Rochester in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top Best Chemistry Schools

#25

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#28

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#29

Boston University

Boston, MA
#31

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

#35

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH
#36

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#37

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#38

Smith College

Northampton, MA
#40

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

#42

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#43

John Carroll University

University Heights, OH
#44

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
#48

Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Chemistry Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 371 different United States chemistry schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
51 Emory University Atlanta, GA
52 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
53 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
54 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
55 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Chemistry Schools award.

Rank College Location
56 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
57 New York University New York, NY
58 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
59 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
60 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
61 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
62 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
63 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
64 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
65 Brown University Providence, RI
66 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
67 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
68 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
69 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
70 Williams College Williamstown, MA
71 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
72 University of Houston Houston, TX
73 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
74 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN

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Region
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Chemistry Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Chemistry 20,841
Other Chemistry 651
Forensic Chemistry 230
Polymer Chemistry 81
Chemical Physics 55
Environmental Chemistry 34
Analytical Chemistry 26
Organic Chemistry 11
Theoretical Chemistry 9
Physical Chemistry 8

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Physics 14,123
Geological & Earth Sciences 8,918
General Physical Sciences 4,159
Astronomy & Astrophysics 1,268
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 1,167
Materials Sciences 689
Other Physical Science 549
Physics and Astronomy 55

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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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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