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2021 Best Chemistry Schools

157 Colleges
$38,704 Avg Salary
$22,279 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Chemistry School for You

Chemistry is the #53 most popular major in the country with 22,156 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Chemistry Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 157 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Chemistry Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Chemistry Colleges.

Top 15% Best Chemistry Schools

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Our analysis found Northwestern University to be the best school for chemistry students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, chemistry majors at Northwestern U accumulate an average of around $16,590 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 $172.

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#2

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend College of the Holy Cross. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Chemistry Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that chemistry majors at Holy Cross take out is $27,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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

Chemistry majors at Northeastern take out an average of $25,500 in student loans while working on their egree. 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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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a great place for chemistry students. Located in the city of Troy, RPI is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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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 #5 on this year’s Best Chemistry Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Chemistry Schools ranking. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse ranked #7 on this year’s Best Chemistry Schools list. Located in the city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public college with a large student population.

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#8

St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

St Olaf College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best chemistry programs. St. Olaf is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Northfield.

While working on their degree, chemistry majors at St. Olaf accumulate an average of around $21,500 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

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With a ranking of #9, Colorado School of Mines did quite well on this year’s best schools for chemistry students. Mines is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Golden.

After completing their degree, chemistry graduates from Mines carry an average student debtload of $22,750. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $236, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Texas A&M University - College Station came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Chemistry Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a very large student population.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for chemistry students. It came in at #11 on the list. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the city of Madison.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign ranked #12 on this year’s Best Chemistry Schools list. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign.

While working on their degree, chemistry majors at UIUC accumulate an average of around $21,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $218.

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University of Connecticut landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best chemistry programs. UCONN is a very large public school located in the suburb of Storrs.

The average amount in student loans that chemistry majors at UCONN take out is $23,497. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $244.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus ranked #14 on this year’s Best Chemistry Schools list. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbus.

Chemistry majors at Ohio State take out an average of $19,750 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $205.

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#15

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best chemistry programs. Located in the town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, chemistry graduates from Williams take out $8,250 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $86.

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#16

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for chemistry students. It came in at #16 on the list. U of H is a very large public school located in the large city of Houston.

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#17

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Chemistry Schools ranking. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca.

While working on their degree, chemistry majors at Cornell accumulate an average of around $15,000 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 $156.

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Eastern Washington University landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best chemistry programs. Located in the town of Cheney, EWU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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The University of Texas at Austin came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Chemistry Schools ranking. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin.

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#20

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for chemistry students. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

While working on their degree, chemistry majors at Carnegie Mellon accumulate an average of around $23,610 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $245.

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#21

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Chemistry Schools ranking. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, chemistry graduates from Michigan State take out $26,800 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $278, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Chemistry Schools ranking. Penn State Erie is a fairly small public school located in the midsize suburb of Erie.

While working on their degree, chemistry majors at Penn State Erie accumulate an average of around $26,250 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $272, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Chemistry Schools ranking. Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that chemistry majors at Rutgers New Brunswick take out is $21,500. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

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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 Chemistry Schools award.

Rank College Location
24 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
25 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
26 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
27 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
29 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
30 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
31 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA

Chemistry by Region

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

One of 7 majors within the area of study, chemistry has other similar majors worth exploring.

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