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2021 Best Physical Sciences Colleges for Veterans

141 Colleges
32,457 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,318 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Physical Sciences Schools for Vets

Best Physical Sciences Colleges for VeteransPhysical Sciences is the #17 most popular major in the country with 32,457 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2019-2020.

This year's Best Physical Sciences Colleges for Veterans ranking analyzed 141 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in physical sciences. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality physical sciences programs as well as strong veteran support.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as veteran satisfaction, veteran affordability, and overall quality of the physical sciences program at the school. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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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 midsize city of Cambridge. In addition to being on our best for vets list, MIT has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences ranking.

Of the 11,254 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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,495. In addition to receiving other benefits, 43 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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Pennsylvania State University - University Park landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value physical sciences schools. Located in the city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a student population. Penn State University Park did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences list.

The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,714. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas A&M University - College Station. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of College Station. Texas A&M College Station not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences list.

According to our most recent data, Texas A&M College Station supports 70,418 students, and 2,040 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,388 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,525. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UC Berkeley, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences ranking.

Of the 42,327 students enrolled at UC Berkeley, 557 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,465. In addition to receiving other benefits, 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 city of Boulder. CU - Boulder also made our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences list, coming in at #9.

Among the 37,437 students enrolled at CU - Boulder, 1,325 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,066 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,873. During this same period, 55 students received scholarships 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 city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, UW - Madison has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences ranking.

According to our most recent data, UW - Madison supports 44,640 students, and 554 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 346 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,489. During this same period, 21 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#7

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

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

According to our most recent data, University of Arizona supports 45,601 students, and 1,914 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,561 are 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. University of Arizona does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 fairly large public school located in the large city of Seattle. In addition to being on our best for vets list, UW Seattle has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences ranking.

Among the 48,149 students enrolled at UW Seattle, 1,278 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 780 were 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 fairly large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Rutgers New Brunswick also did well on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 442 of the 50,411 students enrolled at Rutgers New Brunswick were GI Bill® students, of which 256 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,136. To help with additional expenses, 4 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the 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 list.

According to our most recent data, Ohio State supports 61,369 students, and 1,851 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,158 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,438. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 small city of Bloomington. IU Bloomington excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences list.

Among the 43,064 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,606. To help with additional expenses, 23 students received funds 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 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMN Twin Cities also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences ranking.

Of the 52,017 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities, 824 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 585 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,664. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UT Austin is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences list.

Among the 50,476 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. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#14

University of Houston

Houston, TX

Our rankings recognize University of Houston as the #14 school in this year's rankings. UH is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Houston.

According to our most recent data, UH supports 47,090 students, and 1,380 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 935 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,578. UH does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 very large student population. UCLA did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences list.

Of the 44,589 students enrolled at UCLA, 623 were 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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#16

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 city of Boston. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Northeastern also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences ranking.

Among the 22,905 students enrolled at Northeastern, 700 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 515 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,457. On top of their other funding sources, 171 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. RPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Troy. As a testament to the quality of education offered at RPI, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences ranking.

Of the 7,501 students enrolled at RPI, 101 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 52 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $21,716. In addition to receiving other benefits, 53 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#18

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 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 ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 1,159 of the 37,024 students enrolled at Virginia Tech were GI Bill® students, of which 809 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients 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 midsize city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Mizzou also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 635 of the 31,089 students enrolled at Mizzou were GI Bill® students, of which 394 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,075. In addition to receiving other benefits, 14 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 Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value physical sciences schools. Located in the small 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 ranking.

According to our most recent data, UIUC supports 52,679 students, and 500 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 247 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,702. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#21

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 large suburb of Buffalo. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, University at Buffalo also did well on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 32,347 students enrolled at University at Buffalo, 364 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 214 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,066. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for vets studying Physical Sciences that almost earned our Best Physical Sciences Colleges for Veterans 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

View the best for vets Physical Sciences colleges in a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Physical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Chemistry 15,411
Physics 8,542
Geological & Earth Sciences 6,087
Astronomy & Astrophysics 874
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 739

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 132,166
Engineering 130,534
Computer & Information Sciences 101,570
Mathematics & Statistics 32,075
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 21,995

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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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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