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2021 Best Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology Schools

39 Colleges
$31,050 Avg Salary
$25,463 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology School for You

In 2018-2019, 1,072 people earned a degree or certificate in atmospheric sciences and meteorology, making the major the #248 most popular in the United States.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 39 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology Schools in the United States

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

Top 10 Best Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology Schools

#1

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Our analysis found Virginia Tech to be the best school for atmospheric sciences and meteorology students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great place for atmospheric sciences and meteorology students. Located in the city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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The excellent programs at Texas A&M University - College Station helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best atmospheric sciences and meteorology schools in the United States. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a very large student population.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Wisconsin - Madison is a great place for atmospheric sciences and meteorology students. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the large city of Madison.

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#5

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Out of the 39 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Cornell University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

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Indiana University - Bloomington ranked #6 on this year’s Best Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology Schools list. Located in the small city of Bloomington, IU Bloomington is a public school with a very large student population.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick ranked #7 on this year’s Best Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology Schools list. Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, meteorology graduates from Rutgers New Brunswick carry an average student debtload of $26,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $275.

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With a ranking of #8, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign did quite well on this year’s best schools for atmospheric sciences and meteorology students. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

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University of Missouri - Columbia landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best atmospheric sciences and meteorology programs. Mizzou is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia.

After completing their degree, meteorology graduates from Mizzou carry an average student debtload of $25,500. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $265, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for atmospheric sciences and meteorology students. It came in at #10 on the list. U of H is a fairly large public school located in the city of Houston.

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Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology is one of 7 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Meteorology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Chemistry 22,156
Physics 13,927
Geological & Earth Sciences 9,522
General Physical Sciences 4,527
Astronomy & Astrophysics 1,168

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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