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2021 Best Biotechnology Schools

109 Colleges
$50,092 Avg Salary
$32,815 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Biotechnology School for You

Biotechnology is the #168 most popular major in the country with 3,591 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Biotechnology Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 109 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Biotechnology Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Biotechnology Colleges.

Top 15% Best Biotechnology Schools

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Our analysis found Harvard University to be the best school for biotechnology students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#2

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Out of the 109 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Johns Hopkins University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore.

While working on their degree, biotech majors at Johns Hopkins accumulate an average of around $37,339 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $435.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means University of New Hampshire at Manchester is a great place for biotechnology students. Located in the midsize city of Manchester, UNH Manchester is a public school with a fairly small student population.

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#4

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Chicago. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Biotechnology Schools list. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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The excellent programs at North Dakota State University - Main Campus helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best biotechnology schools in the United States. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the city of Fargo.

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#6

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

With a ranking of #6, Purdue University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for biotechnology students. Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best biotechnology programs. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #8, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network did quite well on this year’s best schools for biotechnology students. Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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#9

Brown University

Providence, RI

With a ranking of #9, Brown University did quite well on this year’s best schools for biotechnology students. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

The average amount in student loans that biotech majors at Brown take out is $39,955. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $466.

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#10

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for biotechnology students. It came in at #10 on the list. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

The average amount in student loans that biotech majors at Northwestern U take out is $93,625. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,091.

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#11

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Biotechnology Schools ranking. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of California - Davis came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Biotechnology Schools ranking. Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, biotech majors at UC Davis accumulate an average of around $11,638 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $121.

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#13

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

University of Delaware did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for biotechnology students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the suburb of Newark, U of Delaware is a public school with a very large student population.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best biotechnology programs. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

After completing their degree, biotech graduates from Columbia carry an average student debtload of $55,500. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $647.

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#15

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Biotechnology Schools ranking. Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Medford.

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#16

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

Worcester State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for biotechnology students. It came in at #16 on the list. Worcester State is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Worcester.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Biotechnology Schools award.

Rank College Location
17 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX
18 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
19 Georgetown University Washington, DC
20 University of Maryland - University College Adelphi, MD
21 California State University - Channel Islands Camarillo, CA

Biotechnology by Region

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

One of 14 majors within the area of study, biotechnology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
General Biology 98,638
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 14,004
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 9,504
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 7,844
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 6,987

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

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