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25 Great Colleges for Good Science Students

Feb 08, 2016

Everybody knows that techies who go to MIT or Stanford have a great leg up in the job market. But what if you love math but didn't get a 5 on AP Calculus?

MONEY has scoured the data to find 25 great, accessible colleges for aspiring scientists and engineers. All of these schools accept more than two-thirds of their applicants and have good graduation rates. And, according to PayScale.com, recent alumni who majored in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) earn, on average, more than $50,000 a year.

CollegePayScale.com early-career median salary for STEM majorsAdmissions rateMoney ranking
Maine Maritime Academy$70,70079%8
Texas A&M University–
College Station
$62,00071%20
University of Washington–
Bothell Campus
$64,10079%36
Manhattan College$60,90067%41
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University$61,90073%48
Fairfield University$56,70072%56
James Madison University$57,00066%59
University of Delaware$58,00068%65
Citadel Military College of South Carolina$57,40076%67
Bryant University$63,20075%68
Grove City College$55,60088%89
John Carroll University$52,00083%93
Washington State University$55,80082%96
Michigan State University$57,10066%109
Gonzaga University$58,20068%109
University of New Hampshire–Main Campus$51,70080%116
University of Mary Washington$51,10077%119
CUNY College of Staten Island$69,10094%123
George Mason University$58,60067%127
University of Utah$59,10081%127
Michigan Technological University$62,80076%127
Wheaton College$50,80069%134
Missouri University of Science and Technology$62,10086%134
Lawrence University$51,50073%141
University of Arizona$60,20075%147

Sources: PayScale.com and U.S. Department of Education

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