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2021 Best General Biology Bachelor's Degree Schools

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Finding the Best General Biology Bachelor's Degree 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 Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 667 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best General Biology Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Biology

#1

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Our 2021 rankings named Dartmouth College the best school in the United States for general biology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Dartmouth is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Hanover.

On average, biology graduates from Dartmouth take out $9,856 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $78, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Williams College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at Williams take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $9,582. 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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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Out of the 667 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Harvard University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

On average, biology graduates from MIT take out $13,057 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. 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

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend College of the Holy Cross. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, biology graduates from Holy Cross carry an average student debtload of $23,012. 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

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University ranked #6 on this year’s Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, biology majors at Duke accumulate an average of around $10,368 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $78, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, biology majors at Stanford accumulate an average of around $13,024 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $127.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus ranked #8 on this year’s Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at North Dakota State University take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $17,533. 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 #9 on this year’s Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of Lexington, VMI is a public school with a small student population.

On average, biology graduates from VMI take out $20,533 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $241.

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

On average, biology graduates from UNH Manchester take out $24,627 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's 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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#11

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

DePauw University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general biology programs. DePauw is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Greencastle.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, biology majors at DePauw accumulate an average of around $23,399 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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#12

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

University of the Pacific did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general biology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the city of Stockton, Pacific is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

On average, biology graduates from Pacific take out $17,880 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. 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 landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general biology programs. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

On average, biology graduates from Cornell take out $12,902 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $136.

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#14

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University ranked #14 on this year’s Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Wake Forest University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Winston-Salem.

Biology majors at Wake Forest University take out an average of $16,965 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $182.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general biology programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, biology graduates from WPI carry an average student debtload of $25,527. 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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#16

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

With a ranking of #16, University of Pennsylvania did quite well on this year’s best schools for general biology students working on their bachelor’s degree. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, biology majors at UPenn accumulate an average of around $18,831 in student debt. 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 landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general biology programs. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

On average, biology graduates from Providence take out $22,951 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's 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 landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general biology programs. Grinnell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Grinnell.

Biology majors at Grinnell take out an average of $14,478 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. 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 ranked #19 on this year’s Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at Brown take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $14,270. 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 landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general biology programs. Union College Schenectady is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Schenectady.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at Union College Schenectady take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $22,532. 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 ranked #21 on this year’s Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Stonehill is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Easton.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at Stonehill take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $25,274. 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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#22

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general biology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, biology majors at Boston College accumulate an average of around $15,111 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $171.

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#23

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Swarthmore College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general biology programs. Located in the large suburb of Swarthmore, Swarthmore is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at Swarthmore take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $21,000.

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#24

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University ranked #24 on this year’s Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fairfield.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, biology graduates from Fairfield U carry an average student debtload of $23,109. 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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#25

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

With a ranking of #25, Georgetown University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general biology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

Biology majors at Georgetown take out an average of $13,560 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $161, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best General Biology Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
#27

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
#28

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#29

Wagner College

Staten Island, NY
#31

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
#33

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
#35

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#36

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#37

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#41

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#43

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#46

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#47

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#48

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#50

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best General Biology Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 667 different United States general biology schools we analyzed.

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

Honorable Mentions

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

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

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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