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2021 Best General Biology Schools

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Finding the Best General Biology School for You

General Biology is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 10th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 98,638 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best General Biology Schools ranking. This report analyzed 675 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best General Biology Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for biology majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Top Schools in Biology

#1

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Our analysis found Dartmouth College to be the best school for general biology students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hanover.

While working on their degree, biology majors at Dartmouth accumulate an average of around $7,547 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $78, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Harvard University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best General Biology Schools list. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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#3

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Williams College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best General Biology Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Biology majors at Williams take out an average of $9,257 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $96.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great place for general biology students. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

After completing their degree, biology graduates from MIT carry an average student debtload of $14,482. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $150.

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#5

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

The excellent programs at College of the Holy Cross helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best general biology schools in the United States. Located in the city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Biology majors at Holy Cross take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#6

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best General Biology Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best General Biology Schools ranking. Located in the city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a large student population.

After completing their degree, biology graduates from North Dakota State University carry an average student debtload of $17,409. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $181, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Virginia Military Institute ranked #8 on this year’s Best General Biology Schools list. Located in the town of Lexington, VMI is a public college with a small student population.

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#9

Duke University

Durham, NC

With a ranking of #9, Duke University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general biology students. Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham.

On average, biology graduates from Duke take out $33,150 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $382.

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University of New Hampshire at Manchester did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general biology students. It came in at #10 on the list. UNH Manchester is a fairly small public school located in the city of Manchester.

While working on their degree, biology majors at UNH Manchester accumulate an average of around $27,000 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#11

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

DePauw University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general biology students. It came in at #11 on the list. DePauw is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Greencastle.

On average, biology graduates from DePauw take out $27,000 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#12

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

University of the Pacific landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general biology programs. Located in the large city of Stockton, Pacific is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Biology majors at Pacific take out an average of $19,500 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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#13

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general biology students. It came in at #13 on the list. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca.

While working on their degree, biology majors at Cornell accumulate an average of around $13,150 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $136.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general biology programs. Located in the midsize city of Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their degree, biology graduates from WPI carry an average student debtload of $27,000. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#15

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general biology programs. Wake Forest University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Winston-Salem.

After completing their degree, biology graduates from Wake Forest University carry an average student debtload of $29,599. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $334.

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#16

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general biology programs. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

On average, biology graduates from UPenn take out $19,425 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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#17

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general biology students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the city of Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, biology graduates from Providence take out $27,000 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#18

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

Grinnell College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general biology students. It came in at #18 on the list. Grinnell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Grinnell.

While working on their degree, biology majors at Grinnell accumulate an average of around $12,556 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $130.

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#19

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general biology students. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, biology graduates from Brown carry an average student debtload of $13,500. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $140, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Union College New York

Schenectady, NY

Union College New York came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best General Biology Schools ranking. Union College Schenectady is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Schenectady.

After completing their degree, biology graduates from Union College Schenectady carry an average student debtload of $26,138. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $271.

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#21

Stonehill College

Easton, MA

Stonehill College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best General Biology Schools ranking. Stonehill is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Easton.

While working on their degree, biology majors at Stonehill accumulate an average of around $27,000 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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With a ranking of #22, College of Western Idaho did quite well on this year’s best schools for general biology students. CWI is a fairly large public school located in the rural area of Nampa.

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#23

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College ranked #23 on this year’s Best General Biology Schools list. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

After completing their degree, biology graduates from Boston College carry an average student debtload of $16,500. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $171.

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#24

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

With a ranking of #24, Swarthmore College did quite well on this year’s best schools for general biology students. Located in the suburb of Swarthmore, Swarthmore is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#25

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University ranked #25 on this year’s Best General Biology Schools list. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Fairfield.

On average, biology graduates from Fairfield U take out $27,000 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best General Biology Schools

#26

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
#27

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
#28

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
#29

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#30

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#31

Wagner College

Staten Island, NY
#33

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
#36

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#38

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#41

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#43

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#44

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#47

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#48

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#49

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best General Biology Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 675 different United States general biology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
52 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
53 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
54 Assumption University Worcester, MA
55 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX
56 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
57 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
58 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
59 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
60 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
61 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
62 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
63 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
64 Salem State University Salem, MA
65 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
66 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN
67 Denison University Granville, OH
68 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
69 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
70 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
71 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
72 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
73 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
74 Mott Community College Flint, MI
75 Elon University Elon, NC
76 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
77 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
78 Washington State University Pullman, WA
79 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
80 Wartburg College Waverly, IA
81 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
82 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
83 Washington College Chestertown, MD
84 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
85 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
86 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
87 Drake University Des Moines, IA
88 Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA
89 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
90 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
91 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
92 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
93 Ursinus College Collegeville, PA
94 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
95 Iowa State University Ames, IA
96 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
97 Colgate University Hamilton, NY
98 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
99 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
100 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
101 Augustana College Rock Island, IL

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for General Biology students that almost earned our Best General Biology Schools award.

Rank College Location
102 Boston University Boston, MA
103 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
104 Tufts University Medford, MA
105 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
106 Morningside College Sioux City, IA
107 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
108 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
109 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
110 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
111 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
112 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
113 Augusta University Augusta, GA
114 George Washington University Washington, DC
115 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
116 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
117 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
118 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
119 University of New England Biddeford, ME
120 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
121 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
122 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
123 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
124 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
125 Carleton College Northfield, MN
126 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
127 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
128 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
129 Neumann University Aston, PA
130 Central College Pella, IA
131 Rhode Island College Providence, RI
132 Auburn University Auburn, AL
133 Siena College Loudonville, NY
134 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
135 University of California - Merced Merced, CA

General Biology by Region

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

General Biology is one of 14 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 14,004
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 9,504
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 7,844
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 6,987
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 5,671

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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).

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