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Bachelor’s Degrees in Astronomy & Astrophysics

740 Yearly Graduations
$27,700 Median Salary
$22,354 Median Debt
A bachelor's degree in astronomy is offered at 106 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 7.6% of astronomy graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Astronomy Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 740 students earned their bachelor's degree in astronomy. This makes it the 179th most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in astronomy at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 740
Master’s Degree 225
Doctor’s Degree 185
Associate’s Degree 16
Undergraduate Certificate 1
Basic Certificate 1

Earnings of Astronomy Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in astronomy is $27,700. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $27,700 to a high of $27,700.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in astronomy is $22,354. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $25,348 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $18,352.

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The median monthly payment of a astronomy graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $232.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue bachelor's degrees in astronomy. About 62.6% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 463
Women 277
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Astronomy

The racial-ethnic distribution of astronomy bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 57
Black or African American 16
Hispanic or Latino 82
White 466
International Students 56
Other Races/Ethnicities 63
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Astronomy Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 106 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in astronomy. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
62 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Colorado Boulder tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for astronomy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,728 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,826 per year.

The astronomy program at University of Colorado Boulder awarded 62 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 32% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
36 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Berkeley comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in astronomy. Roughly 43,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 bachelor's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at UC Berkeley. Around 56% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

33 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in astronomy. Roughly 51,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 people received their bachelor's degree in astronomy from UT Austin. Of these students, 45% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
27 Yearly Graduations
19% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Santa Cruz comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in astronomy. Each year, around 19,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 bachelor's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at UC Santa Cruz. About 19% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

25 Yearly Graduations
28% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in astronomy. Roughly 47,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 bachelor's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at UW Seattle. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 28% were women.

#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
21 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harvard University comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in astronomy. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

The astronomy program at Harvard University awarded 21 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 43% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
20 Yearly Graduations
15% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - University Park comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in astronomy. Each year, around 91,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,416 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,960 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 bachelor's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at Penn State University Park. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 15% were women.

#7

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
20 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - College Park comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in astronomy. Each year, around 40,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 people received their bachelor's degree in astronomy from UMCP. Of these students, 50% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
19 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Each year, around 51,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 people received their bachelor's degree in astronomy from UMN Twin Cities. Of these students, 26% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
19 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Massachusetts Amherst is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in astronomy. Roughly 31,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,791 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,014 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 people received their bachelor's degree in astronomy from UMass Amherst. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

17 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio State University - Main Campus is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in astronomy. Roughly 61,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their bachelor's degree in astronomy from Ohio State. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 47% were women.

#11

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
17 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in astronomy. Each year, around 44,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 bachelor's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at UW - Madison. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 35% were women.

#13

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
16 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arizona is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in astronomy. Roughly 44,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 people received their bachelor's degree in astronomy from University of Arizona. About 38% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
15 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in astronomy. Roughly 50,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

The astronomy program at Rutgers University - New Brunswick awarded 15 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 40% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
14 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Virginia - Main Campus. Each year, around 25,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,970 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,578 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 bachelor's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at University of Virginia. Of these students, 43% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida
14 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Florida Institute of Technology. Roughly 6,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,338 per year.

The astronomy program at Florida Institute of Technology awarded 14 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 43% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
14 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Michigan State University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in astronomy. Each year, around 49,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,555 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,858 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 people received their bachelor's degree in astronomy from Michigan State. About 29% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
14 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Boston University. Roughly 33,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 people received their bachelor's degree in astronomy from Boston U. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 29% were women.

13 Yearly Graduations
15% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Columbia University in the City of New York. Roughly 31,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

The astronomy program at Columbia University in the City of New York awarded 13 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 15% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

12 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach. Each year, around 7,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $35,424 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,712 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 people received their bachelor's degree in astronomy from Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to astronomy that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Chemistry 15,395
Physics 8,457
Geological & Earth Sciences 6,574
Atmospheric Sciences 652
Other Physical Science 297

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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