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2021 Best Value Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

9 Colleges
$41,269 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$40,984 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Physical Sciences School for You

Physical Sciences is the #15 most popular major in the country with 13,573 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Grad Degree Search has developed this Best Value Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This report analyzed 9 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which ones offered the best value programs for physical sciences students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Physical Sciences Colleges.

Best Great Lakes Region Schools for Affordable Quality in Physical Sciences

Our 2021 rankings named University of Wisconsin - Madison the best value school in the Great Lakes Region for physical sciences students. Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a very large student population.

UW - Madison undergraduate students pay an average of $37,785 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, UW - Madison is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region list.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Indiana University - Bloomington is a great value for physical sciences students. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the city of Bloomington.

IU Bloomington undergraduate students pay an average of $36,512 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, IU Bloomington also did well on our Best Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northwestern University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Northwestern undergraduate students pay an average of $56,691 in tuition and fees each year.

Northwestern not only placed well in our value ranking, but it is also #2 on our Best Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region list.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UIUC are $36,213 a year.

UIUC also claimed a spot on our Best Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Michigan State University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Michigan State are $40,384 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Michigan State also did well on our Best Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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With a ranking of #6, Ohio State University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for physical sciences students. Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Ohio State are $32,061 a year.

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$19,478 Average Tuition & Fees

Kent State University at Kent ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Kent State is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Kent.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Kent State are $19,478 a year.

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With a ranking of #8, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well on this year’s best value schools for physical sciences students. Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at U-M are $52,997 a year.

U-M also took the #5 spot in our Best Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UChicago are $59,298 per year.

UChicago did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Physical Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region list.

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Best Physical Sciences Colleges by State

Explore the best physical sciences colleges for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Indiana 255
Illinois 621
Wisconsin 182
Michigan 473
Ohio 571

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Physical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Chemistry 5,443
Physics 3,882
Geological & Earth Sciences 2,756
Materials Sciences 447
Astronomy & Astrophysics 410
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 394
Other Physical Science 139
General Physical Sciences 102

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 63,808
Computer & Information Sciences 51,096
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 27,505
Mathematics & Statistics 13,820
Architecture & Related Services 7,816

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 schools only.

  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NASA.

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