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2021 Best Physical Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United States

141 Colleges
32,633 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,318 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Physical Sciences Schools for Vets

Best Physical Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesPhysical Sciences is the #17 most popular major in the country with 32,633 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

For this year's Best Physical Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking, we looked at 141 colleges that offer a bachelor's in physical sciences. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality physical sciences programs as well as strong veteran support.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the physical sciences program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

More Ways to Rank Physical Sciences Schools

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

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2021 Best Physical Sciences Schools for Veterans in the United States

Check out the physical sciences programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for vets.

Top 15% Best Physical Sciences Schools for Veterans

Our rankings recognize Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the #1 school in this year's rankings. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. MIT also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States rankings.

Of the 11,574 students enrolled at MIT, 119 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 87 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $20,495. To help with additional expenses, 43 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value physical sciences schools. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park. Penn State University Park not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,039 of the 46,810 students enrolled at Penn State University Park were GI Bill® students, of which 836 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,714. Penn State University Park does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas A&M University - College Station. Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the city of College Station. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Texas A&M has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Texas A&M supports 68,679 students, and 2,040 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,388 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,525. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of California - Berkeley landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value physical sciences schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a fairly large student population. UC Berkeley also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 557 of the 42,501 students enrolled at UC Berkeley were GI Bill® students, of which 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,465. On top of their other funding sources, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Colorado Boulder comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. CU - Boulder is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Boulder. CU - Boulder also made our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list, coming in at #9.

Our most recent data shows that 1,325 of the 36,681 students enrolled at CU - Boulder were GI Bill® students, of which 1,066 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,873. To help with additional expenses, 55 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Madison. Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a fairly large student population. Wisconsin not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Wisconsin supports 43,463 students, and 554 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 346 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,489. During this same period, 21 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value physical sciences schools. Arizona is a very large public school located in the large city of Tucson. Arizona also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 44,097 students enrolled at Arizona, 1,914 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,561 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,490. On top of their other funding sources, 37 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value physical sciences schools. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the city of Seattle. UW Seattle not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, UW Seattle supports 47,400 students, and 1,278 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 780 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,461. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the city of New Brunswick. Rutgers New Brunswick also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, Rutgers New Brunswick supports 50,254 students, and 442 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 256 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,136. To help with additional expenses, 4 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a very large student population. Ohio State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,851 of the 61,170 students enrolled at Ohio State were GI Bill® students, of which 1,158 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,438. Ohio State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Indiana University - Bloomington comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the city of Bloomington. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, IU Bloomington is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list.

Among the 43,503 students enrolled at IU Bloomington, 626 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 389 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,606. During this same period, 23 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. IU Bloomington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value physical sciences schools. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UMN Twin Cities also did well on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 824 of the 50,734 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities were GI Bill® students, of which 585 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,664. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value physical sciences schools. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a very large student population. UT Austin excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list.

Among the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin, 1,201 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,949. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Houston

Houston, TX

Our rankings recognize University of Houston as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Houston, U of H is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Among the 46,324 students enrolled at U of H, 1,380 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 935 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,578. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of California - Los Angeles earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a fairly large student population. UCLA did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list.

Among the 44,537 students enrolled at UCLA, 623 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 444 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,825.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. Northeastern also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, Northeastern supports 21,627 students, and 700 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 515 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,457. To help with additional expenses, 171 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. RPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Troy. RPI not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 101 of the 7,895 students enrolled at RPI were GI Bill® students, of which 52 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,716. During this same period, 53 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

The #18 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Virginia Tech also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States ranking.

Of the 34,683 students enrolled at Virginia Tech, 1,159 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 809 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,824. During this same period, 14 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Missouri - Columbia earned the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a fairly large student population. Mizzou excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list.

Among the 29,843 students enrolled at Mizzou, 635 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 394 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,075. On top of their other funding sources, 14 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value physical sciences schools. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UIUC also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, UIUC supports 49,702 students, and 500 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 247 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,702. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. University at Buffalo is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Buffalo. University at Buffalo also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, University at Buffalo supports 31,503 students, and 364 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 214 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,066. University at Buffalo does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Physical Sciences that almost earned our Best Physical Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
22 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
23 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
24 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
25 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
26 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
27 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
28 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY

Physical Sciences by Region

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Middle Atlantic
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Southwest
Great Lakes

Physical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Chemistry 15,395
Physics 8,457
Geological & Earth Sciences 6,574
Astronomy & Astrophysics 740
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 652

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 128,724
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 126,493
Computer & Information Sciences 92,596
Mathematics & Statistics 30,991
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 21,156

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NASA.

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