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Best colleges for 32 top majors

  • Best colleges for 32 top majors

    Choosing a college is hard enough, and it helps if students know which major they'd like to pursue. But even then, it's extremely difficult to narrow down the list of potential schools. The options for education keep expanding, while information about what makes each of them unique is scarcer than ever.

    The writers at Stacker remember the college search all too well. To help students decide where they'd like to spend their future, Stacker compiled data from Niche's 2019 College Rankings to create this list of the top three colleges for each major. The rankings are based on data from the U.S. Department of Education, college reviews, and survey responses.

    However, rankings are not enough. Stacker dug into how each college earned its ranking to give readers an idea of the school beyond the figures and pictures of students relaxing on campus lawns. Click through to discover the best colleges for the top 32 majors.

  • Accounting: University of Pennsylvania

    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    Acceptance rate: 9%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Overall Niche rank: #6
    Net price: $22,944
    SAT range: 1380-1570

    The Wharton Accounting Department at the University of Pennsylvania offers a Master's and Ph.D. program for those ready to go all the way. 97% of the faculty is employed full-time (in case you ever have real-life questions). Their research department (which includes Christina Zhu, who has written many studies on the effects of big data on our decisions) conducts studies on taxes, economics, and so much more.

    Runners up:

    #2 college for accounting: Georgetown University (Location: Washington, DC; Acceptance rate: 17%; Overall Niche rank: #22)
    #3 college for accounting: University of Notre Dame (Location: Notre Dame, IN; Acceptance rate: 19%; Overall Niche rank: #13)

  • Agricultural Sciences: Cornell University

    Location: Ithaca, NY
    Acceptance rate: 14.%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Overall Niche rank: #21
    Net price: $30,014
    SAT range: 1330-1530

    Cornell's Agricultural Sciences program prides itself on “purpose-driven science,” and you can put your lessons into practice at one of its several on-campus research farms. This specialized school includes the famous mycologist Vera Charles, as well as Nobel Laureate Barbara McClintock.

    Runners up:

    #2 college for agricultural sciences: University of Florida (Location: Gainesville, FL; Acceptance rate: 46%; Overall Niche rank: #62)
    #3 college for agricultural sciences: University of Georgia (Location: Athens, GA; Acceptance rate: 54%; Overall Niche rank: #67)

  • Anthropology: Harvard University

    Location: Cambridge, MA
    Acceptance rate: 5%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Overall Niche rank: #3
    Net price: $16,205
    SAT range: 1430-1600

    Harvard's anthropology department is far from being stuck in the dark ages, offering classes on modern topics like Anthropology of Urbanism, and Language and Politics. Professor Ieva Jusionyte was recently profiled in The Atlantic for her work with immigrants crossing the southern American border. Professor Davíd Carrasco was also recently featured in the PBS “Native America” series.

    Runners up:

    #2 college for anthropology: Yale University (Location: New Haven, CT; Acceptance rate: 6%; Overall Niche rank: #4)
    #3 college for anthropology: Columbia University (Location: New York, NY; Acceptance rate: 7%; Overall Niche rank: #7)

  • Architecture: Washington University in St. Louis

    Location: Saint Louis, MO
    Acceptance rate: 17%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Overall Niche rank: #11
    Net price: $28,824
    SAT range: 1400-1570

    Looking to learn architecture in a small program? The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University takes less than 400 students per year and works them hard. The curriculum is unusually multi-faceted, allowing students the opportunity to learn about environmental art and urban design. Alumni include Cheree Berry, an invitation designer frequently featured in Martha Stewart Weddings.

    Runners up:

    #2 college for architecture: Rice University (Location: Houston, TX; Acceptance rate: 15%; Overall Niche rank: #12)
    #3 college for architecture: Cornell University (Location: Ithaca, NY; Acceptance rate: 14.%; Overall Niche rank: #21)

  • Art: Rhode Island School of Design

    Location: Providence, RI
    Acceptance rate: 34%
    Overall Niche grade: A
    Overall Niche rank: #160
    Net price: $39,389
    SAT range: 1080-1340 

    The Rhode Island School of Design take student support above and beyond, building an Etsy-style marketplace that showcases work made only by RISD alumni. The school claims 10 MacArthur Genius Grant-winners as alumni, nearly all of whom are artists.

    Runners up:

    #2 college for art: Harvard University (Location: Cambridge, MA; Acceptance rate: 5%; Overall Niche rank: #3)
    #3 college for art: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (Location: New York, NY; Acceptance rate: 15%; Overall Niche rank: #77)

  • Biology: Harvard University

    Location: Cambridge, MA
    Acceptance rate: 5%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Overall Niche rank: #3
    Net price: $16,205
    SAT range: 1430-1600

    Attention science buffs: Harvard offers separate tracks in molecular and cellular, systems, organismic and evolutionary, chemical, human evolutionary, integrative, and human developmental and regenerative biology. There have been plenty of successful alumni in each branch, but the renowned mentoring workshops are open to all biology students.

    Runners up:

    #2 college for biology: Stanford University (Location: Stanford, CA; Acceptance rate: 5%; Overall Niche rank: #2)
    #3 college for biology: Yale University (Location: New Haven, CT; Acceptance rate: 6%; Overall Niche rank: #4)

  • Business: University of Pennsylvania

    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    Acceptance rate: 9%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Overall Niche rank: #6
    Net price: $22,944
    SAT range: 1380-1570

    Chances are you've heard of The Wharton School of Business. Professors Maisy Wong and Nancy Rothbard are two Wharton faculty members frequently called upon by news outlets to discuss management, real estate, and other specialized business topics.

    Runners up:

    #2 college for business: University of Southern California (Location: Los Angeles, CA; Acceptance rate: 17%; Overall Niche rank: #20)
    #3 college for business: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Location: Ann Arbor, MI; Acceptance rate: 29.%; Overall Niche rank: #23)

  • Chemistry: Harvard University

    Location: Cambridge, MA
    Acceptance rate: 5%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Overall Niche rank: #3
    Net price: $16,205
    SAT range: 1430-1600

    Harvard's chemistry program offers three separate focuses as well as the option to earn a double degree. The program boasts Dr. Kang-Kuen Ni (the professor who produced ground-breaking work on ultra-cold molecules) and revolutionary chemist George M. Whitesides.

    Runners up:

    #2 college for chemistry: California Institute of Technology (Location: Pasadena, CA; Acceptance rate: 8%; Overall Niche rank: #10)
    #3 college for chemistry: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Location: Cambridge, MA; Acceptance rate: 8%; Overall Niche rank: #1)

  • Communications: Northwestern University

    Location: Evanston, IL
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Overall Niche rank: #14
    Net price: $29,326
    SAT range: 1400-1560

    Northwestern's School of Communication is multifaceted, and offers many choices in major. Students can study strategic and organizational communications, or delve into how children communicate. If alumni David Schwimmer and Kristen Schaal are any indication, this school cultivates people who have something to say.

    Runners up:

    #2 college for communications: University of Southern California (Location: Los Angeles, CA; Acceptance rate: 17%; Overall Niche rank: #20)
    #3 college for communications: University of Pennsylvania (Location: Philadelphia, PA; Acceptance rate: 9%; Overall Niche rank: #6)

  • Computer Science: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Location: Cambridge, MA
    Acceptance rate: 8%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Overall Niche rank: #1
    Net price: $21,576
    SAT range: 1460-1590

    Boasting an average starting salary of $100,000 for graduates, MIT's computer science program is designed to provide a particular kind of challenge to promising students. Degree paths are flexible, and can be molded to fit a student's aspirations. Alumni include the former CEO of Integrated Device Technology, and a National Science Foundation-award winner.

    Runners up:

    #2 college for computer-science: Stanford University (Location: Stanford, CA; Acceptance rate: 5%; Overall Niche rank: #2)
    #3 college for computer-science: Carnegie Mellon University (Location: Pittsburgh, PA; Acceptance rate: 22%; Overall Niche rank: #33)

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