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2021 Best Value Colleges for Physical Sciences in Massachusetts

5 Colleges
1,177 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,386 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Physical Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Physical Sciences in MassachusettsPhysical Sciences is the #16 most popular major in Massachusetts with 1,177 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 3.6% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Physical Sciences in Massachusetts ranking, we looked at 5 colleges that offer a bachelor's in physical sciences. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. For this ranking, we are identifying those physical sciences 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.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Physical Sciences Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Physical Sciences Schools in Massachusetts

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

Best Value Physical Sciences Schools in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value physical sciences schools. Located in the city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. MIT also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in Massachusetts rankings.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at MIT to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,340. This means that the average student pays around $116,477 to get a bachelor’s degree from MIT. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the suburb of Amherst. UMass Amherst also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in Massachusetts rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMass Amherst is 4.1 years, and it costs about $36,714 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst be around $151,996. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

Bridgewater State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Bridgewater, Bridgewater State is a public college with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Bridgewater State, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in Massachusetts ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Bridgewater State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,167. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State is $117,228. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to College of the Holy Cross. Located in the city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Holy Cross not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in Massachusetts list.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Holy Cross to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,952. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross be around $137,506. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the fringe town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Williams also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in Massachusetts rankings.

The average student at Williams graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,757. This means that the average student pays around $109,169 to get a bachelor’s degree from Williams. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Physical Sciences Colleges in the New England Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 108
Maine 135
Rhode Island 115
New Hampshire 183
Connecticut 402

Physical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Chemistry 509
Physics 445
Geological & Earth Sciences 136
Astronomy & Astrophysics 83
General Physical Sciences 3

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 4,807
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 4,566
Computer & Information Sciences 3,920
Mathematics & Statistics 1,779
Natural Resources & Conservation 806

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 5 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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