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2020 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in Minnesota

Approximately 53,768 physical sciences degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. 1,035 of these diplomas were given by schools in Minnesota alone, making it the 17th most popular state for physical sciences students. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in Minnesota ranking analyzed 15 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in physical sciences. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 2 colleges for Physical Sciences students in Minnesota.

Choosing a Great Physical Sciences School

Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in Minnesota The physical sciences program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality physical sciences program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A physical sciences degree from schools on this list typically results in higher than average salaries following graduation. Recent physical sciences graduates from Minnesota colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $37,575 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Physical Sciences students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other physical sciences students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized physical sciences related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Physical Sciences students in Minnesota.

Best Schools to Study Physical Sciences in Minnesota

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study physical sciences.

Top 10 Best Physical Sciences Colleges in Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is one of the finest schools in the United States for physical sciences. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the city of Minneapolis.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMN Twin Cities also offers 2 different higher degree levels in physical sciences, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).

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Carleton College

Northfield, MN

Carleton College is a great decision for students interested in a Physical Sciences degree. Carleton is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Northfield.More…

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Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Every student who is interested in physical sciences needs to look into Gustavus Adolphus College. Located in the town Saint Peter, Gustavus Adolphus is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.More…

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St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

St Olaf College is among your best bets if you're planning on studying physical sciences. Located in the town Northfield, St. Olaf is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.More…

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Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

Located in the suburb Saint Paul, Bethel University Minnesota is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.More…

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UMN Duluth is a fairly large public school located in the city of Duluth.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, UMN Duluth also offers a Master's Degree in physical sciences.

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Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Moorhead.More…

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UST MN is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul.More…

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St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN

St. Kate's is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul.More…

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Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

Located in the large city Saint Paul, Hamline is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More…

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Best Physical Sciences Colleges in the The Plains States Region

Explore all the Best Physical Sciences Schools in the The Plains States Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Kansas 38 387
South Dakota 38 109
Missouri 38 933
Iowa 37 453
Nebraska 36 230
North Dakota 35 129

Physical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Chemistry 22,389
Physics 13,815
Geological & Earth Sciences 9,816
General Physical Sciences 4,387
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 1,188

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Majors Similar to Physical Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 209,723
Engineering 197,582
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 157,997
Engineering Technologies 92,253
Mathematics & Statistics 47,138

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NASA.

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