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2021 Best Applied Mathematics Schools

98 Colleges
$55,528 Avg Salary
$22,646 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Applied Mathematics School for You

Applied Mathematics is the #105 most popular major in the country with 9,625 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. 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 Applied Mathematics Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 98 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Applied Mathematics Schools in the United States

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

Top 15% Best Applied Mathematics Schools

#1

Brown University

Providence, RI

Our analysis found Brown University to be the best school for applied mathematics students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence.

After completing their degree, applied math graduates from Brown carry an average student debtload of $13,750. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $143.

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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 #2 on this year’s Best Applied Mathematics Schools list. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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#3

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The excellent programs at Cornell University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best applied mathematics schools in the United States. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#4

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Out of the 98 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Chicago landed the # 4 spot on the list. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

On average, applied math graduates from UChicago take out $48,367 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $564, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Johns Hopkins University is a great place for applied mathematics students. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore.

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#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best applied mathematics programs. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#7

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best applied mathematics programs. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

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#8

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Applied Mathematics Schools ranking. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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With a ranking of #9, Columbia University in the City of New York did quite well on this year’s best schools for applied mathematics students. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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New York University

New York, NY

New York University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Applied Mathematics Schools ranking. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#11

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for applied mathematics students. It came in at #11 on the list. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

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With a ranking of #12, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute did quite well on this year’s best schools for applied mathematics students. RPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Troy.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked #13 on this year’s Best Applied Mathematics Schools list. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Applied Math majors at UNC Chapel Hill take out an average of $14,350 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $149.

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Southern Methodist University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for applied mathematics students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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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 Applied Mathematics Schools award.

Rank College Location
15 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
16 Northeastern University Boston, MA
17 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
18 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
19 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA

Applied Mathematics by Region

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

Applied Mathematics is one of 3 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mathematics 30,684
Statistics 8,953
Other Statistics 486

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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Steven G. Johnson.

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