Best Colleges By Major

Read on to to learn about some of the top-ranked colleges according to popular majors. See why these schools stand out, and learn about program options so that you can decide if one of them might be right for you.

School Overviews

U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges and universities by several undergraduate majors. Below are the top three schools in three popular subjects as ranked by the publication in recent years. These schools are notable for a variety of reasons, such as the number of concentrations available in a given field to the availability of customized degree plans.

1. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

School Highlight: Business school ranked #1 for undergraduate business programs.

U.S. News & World Report ranked this school #1 for undergraduate business programs in 2016; the finance, marketing, international business and real estate programs are also highly ranked. The University of Pennsylvania offers concentrations in more than 20 areas, such as actuarial science and retailing, through its Wharton School of Business. This Ivy League college's business school also was ranked #4 among the nation's top MBA programs in 2016.

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: Ranked #1 for undergraduate engineering programs.

MIT was ranked as the top undergraduate engineering program in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. The electrical engineering and computer science program is MIT's most popular undergraduate major and features a flexible curriculum with copious amounts of hands-on coursework to help students gain valuable experience.

3. Williams College in Williamstown, MA

School Highlight: Ranked the #1 liberal arts college.

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Williams College as #1 on its list of best national liberal arts colleges. Williams College is a small, private, liberal arts school, serving just over 2,000 students. The college's three academic divisions of humanities, sciences and social sciences comprise 33 diverse majors, including psychology, music, anthropology, theater and Chinese.

Top Colleges by Major

School Name Major Distinction Location
University of California - Berkeley Business - #2; Engineering - #3 Business curriculum is integrated with liberal arts to produce well-rounded graduates; BeeHive program helps undergraduate engineering students find research opportunities Berkeley, CA
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Business - #4 Research expenditures exceed $1 billion Ann Arbor, MI
New York University Business - #5 The B.S. in Business program offers 11 areas of concentration New York, NY
Stanford University Engineering - #1 (tied with MIT) University features bountiful opportunities to participate in research projects Stanford, CA
California Institute of Technology Engineering - #4 Student/faculty ratio is 3:1 Pasadena, CA
Amherst College Liberal Arts - #2 Amherst's membership in the Five Colleges consortium allows students to take courses at nearby universities Amherst, MA
Swarthmore College Liberal Arts - #3 Students can opt to take courses at neighboring Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College due to Swarthmore's role in the Tri-College Consortium Swarthmore, PA
Bowdoin College Liberal Arts - #4 The college hosts the Peucinian Society, one of the country's longest-standing literary and intellectual societies Brunswick, ME

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