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2021 Best Astronomy & Astrophysics Schools

41 Colleges
$27,700 Avg Salary
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Finding the Best Astronomy & Astrophysics School for You

In 2018-2019, 1,168 people earned a degree or certificate in astronomy and astrophysics, making the major the #244 most popular in the United States.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right 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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Astronomy & Astrophysics Schools ranking. This report analyzed 41 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Astronomy & Astrophysics Schools in the United States

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

Top 10 Best Astronomy & Astrophysics Schools

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Our 2021 rankings named Northwestern University the best school in the United States for astronomy and astrophysics students. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

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Out of the 41 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the # 2 spot on the list. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

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The excellent programs at University of Virginia - Main Campus helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best astronomy and astrophysics schools in the United States. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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Out of the 41 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Texas A&M University - College Station landed the # 4 spot on the list. Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the city of College Station.

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The excellent programs at University of Wisconsin - Madison helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best astronomy and astrophysics schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a very large student population.

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Indiana University - Bloomington landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best astronomy and astrophysics programs. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Bloomington.

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#7

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best astronomy and astrophysics programs. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best astronomy and astrophysics programs. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for astronomy and astrophysics students. It came in at #9 on the list. Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick.

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#10

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best astronomy and astrophysics programs. Williams is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Williamstown.

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Astronomy & Astrophysics is one of 7 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Astronomy

Related Major Annual Graduates
Chemistry 22,156
Physics 13,927
Geological & Earth Sciences 9,522
General Physical Sciences 4,527
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 1,072

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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