Physical Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Physical Sciences in the Middle Atlantic Region

23 Colleges
5,945 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,415 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Physical Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Physical Sciences in the Middle Atlantic RegionPhysical Sciences is the #17 most popular major in the country with 32,633 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 5,945 went to students in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Physical Sciences in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, we looked at 23 colleges that offer a bachelor's in physical sciences. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those physical sciences schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

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. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Physical Sciences Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Physical Sciences Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Physical Sciences Schools

#1

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

Our rankings recognize University at Buffalo as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Buffalo, University at Buffalo is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, University at Buffalo has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

At University at Buffalo, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,466. 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 University at Buffalo is $137,331. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#2

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Stony Brook University. SUNY Stony Brook is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Stony Brook. SUNY Stony Brook not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

The average student at SUNY Stony Brook graduates in less than 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 you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. SRU is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Slippery Rock.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SRU is 4.3 years, and it costs about $21,713 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SRU is $93,149. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a very large student population. Rutgers New Brunswick did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

The average student at Rutgers New Brunswick graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,258. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers New Brunswick be around $142,344. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Pennsylvania State University - University Park. Located in the small city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Penn State University Park has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

At Penn State University Park, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $43,829. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University Park is $185,835. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Located in the small city of Troy, RPI is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. RPI also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the Middle Atlantic Region rankings.

The average student at RPI graduates in less than 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $42,782. 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 RPI is $184,390. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#7

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY

CUNY Hunter College comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Hunter is a very large public school located in the large city of New York.

The average student at Hunter graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,445. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Hunter is about $99,290. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#8

Towson University

Towson, MD

Towson University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Towson, Towson is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Towson to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,897. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Towson be around $127,147. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Pitt is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Pittsburgh. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Pitt, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Pitt to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $34,417. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Pitt is about $145,584. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Edinboro University of Pennsylvania earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Edinboro is a small public school located in the fringe town of Edinboro.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Edinboro is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,451. 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 Edinboro is $95,886. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Physical Sciences Colleges by State

Explore the best physical sciences colleges for a specific state in the Middle Atlantic region.

State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 2,053
New York 2,538
New Jersey 575
Maryland 575
Delaware 108
District of Columbia 96

Physical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Chemistry 2,376
Physics 1,672
Geological & Earth Sciences 1,196
Other Physical Science 160
Materials Sciences 145

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 20,578
Computer & Information Sciences 20,565
Engineering 20,177
Mathematics & Statistics 6,007
Engineering Technologies 3,187

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 23 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NASA.

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