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 2015; 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 #3 among the nation's top MBA programs in 2015.

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

School Highlight: Ranked #2 (tied with UC-Berkeley) for undergraduate business programs.

MIT earned the rank of #2 for undergraduate business programs in 2015 according to U.S. News & World Report. The undergraduate major in management science is one of MIT's most popular majors. The curriculum combines quantitative methods in management with psychology, communication and organizational behavior.

3. University of California - Berkeley

School Highlight: Ranked #2 (tied with MIT) for undergraduate business programs.

UC Berkeley tied MIT for #2 on U.S. News & World Report's list of best undergraduate business programs in 2015. The Haas School of Business at UC - Berkeley integrates a liberal arts education with a business curriculum. Core undergraduate courses in accounting, marketing, organizational behavior and business communication are augmented with electives in areas such as leadership and corporate finance.

Top Undergraduate Business Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Indiana University - Bloomington The Kelley Living Learning Center is a residence hall welcoming first-year business students and offering specialized programs, networking lunches with CEOs and mentoring, among other benefits Bloomington, IN
New York University The B.S. in Business program offers 10 areas of concentration, seven tracks, and more than 50 minors New York, NY
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor School ranks #2 in research funding among public universities, per the National Science Foundation (2015) Ann Arbor, MI
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Business students can participate in student exchanges, international internships, global immersion electives and international summer programs Chapel Hill, NC
University of Texas at Austin Offers a BBA, joint BBA/Master of Professional Accounting, business honors program and business foundations for non-majors program Austin, TX

Top Liberal Arts Colleges

1. Williams College in Williamstown, MA

School Highlight: Ranked best liberal arts college..

In 2015, 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.

2. Amherst College in Amherst, MA

School Highlight: Ranked #2 best liberal arts college.

Amherst College ranked #2 on U.S. News & World Report's list of top national liberal arts colleges in 2015. Located in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, the town of Amherst is within proximity of three other liberal arts colleges and one university. Amherst College is one of the smallest in the group, with a student population under 2,000. Students may choose from 35 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts, including American studies, economics, religion and neuroscience. They also are encouraged to take classes at the other nearby schools.

3. Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA

School Highlight: Ranked #3 best liberal arts college.

Among national liberal arts colleges, Swarthmore was ranked #3 by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Swarthmore College, located outside Philadelphia, offers small seminars and a low student-faculty ratio for its student body of just over 1,500. Majors range from comparative literature and computer science to gender and sexuality studies, Islamic studies and biology.

Top Liberal Arts Colleges

School Name Distinction Location
Bowdoin College Student aid offered in the form of grants, not student loans Brunswick, ME
Carleton College All students have 100% of demonstrated financial need met Northfield, MN
Davidson College Competes at the NCAA Division I level in more than 20 sports Davidson, NC
Pomona College Student/faculty ratio is 8:1 Claremont, CA
Wellesley College This women's college is home to several special centers, including the Albright Institute, the Davis Museum, the Knapp Social Science Center, the Newhouse Center for the Humanities and the Wellesley Centers for Women Wellesley, MA

Top Undergraduate Engineering Schools

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: Ranked #1 (tied with Stanford) in undergraduate engineering programs.

This school was ranked #1 (tied with Stanford) among schools offering undergraduate engineering programs where the highest attainable degree was a doctoral degree; U.S. News & World Report announced this list in 2015. MIT engineering majors may choose from eight specialties, including civil and environmental engineering, mechanical engineering and biological engineering. They also can work with a faculty adviser to create a personalized degree program, combining multiple engineering disciplines, if desired.

2. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

School Highlight: Ranked #1 (tied with MIT) in undergraduate engineering programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked Stanford #1 tied with MIT on the 2015 list of schools with the best undergraduate engineering programs. Students entering Stanford University are encouraged to complete the first two years of their undergraduate study in departments other than engineering. Undergraduate students can work on research projects with faculty and may also apply through a student grant program to fund research for their honors theses.

3. University of California - Berkeley

School Highlight: Ranked #3 (behind MIT/Stanford tied for #1) in undergraduate engineering programs.

UC Berkeley ranked #3 on U.S. News & World Report's list of best undergrad engineering schools in 2015. The College of Engineering at UC - Berkeley is comprised of seven departments and an undergraduate interdisciplinary major in engineering science; there is also a department of chemical engineering in the College of Chemistry. The College of Engineering's high ranking attracts students and educators from around the world to work on projects ranging from breast cancer research to creation of green office products.

Top Undergraduate Engineering Schools

School Name Distinction Location
California Institute of Technology Student/faculty ratio is 3:1 Pasadena, CA
Carnegie Mellon University Seven of the College of Engineering's departments offer undergraduate research opportunities Pittsburgh, PA
Georgia Institute of Technology Offers 11 bachelor's degree programs in engineering Atlanta, GA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 17 of the College of Engineering's degree programs have a top five rank Urbana, IL
University of Texas at Austin Offers undergraduate degree programs in seven areas of engineering study Austin, TX

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