Best Colleges in America 2022

Best Colleges for STEM Majors

Degrees that fall within the umbrella of science, technology, engineering and math can lead to in-demand, high-paying careers. These are the 50 top colleges for STEM programs, based on the salaries of recent alumni, plus the number and share of recent graduates who studied in a STEM field.
Published on July 26, 2022. Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, Money/Witlytic calculations.
College Name
Overall Score
Acceptance rate
Est. full price 2022-23
Est. price with average grant
% of students who get any grants
Graduation rate
Early career earnings
Rank College Name Overall Score
1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

100.00
100 7% $74,500 $21,100 64% 94% $111,220
2

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

84.87
84.87 21% $30,600 $18,400 71% 87% $88,200
3

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

79.21
79.21 6% $79,900 $28,100 59% 92% $112,170
4

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

80.58
80.58 14% $81,800 $39,300 67% 92% $108,990
5

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

95.71
95.71 4% $80,400 $21,100 61% 94% $97,800
6

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

84.67
84.67 16% $42,700 $20,400 59% 92% $80,360
7

University of California, San Diego

La Jolla, CA

82.21
82.21 31% $36,300 $16,100 59% 86% $74,770
8

Texas A & M University-College Station

College Station, TX

79.45
79.45 58% $32,300 $21,000 62% 82% $66,570
9

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL

84.78
84.78 59% $32,000 $14,300 61% 84% $71,540
10

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

89.41
89.41 23% $32,400 $18,800 53% 92% $75,840
11

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, NJ

81.81
81.81 73% $39,700 $19,400 69% 65% $80,040
12

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

75.72
75.72 60% $23,400 $13,000 50% 81% $65,260
13

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO

75.68
75.68 53% $38,200 $29,200 76% 83% $90,060
14

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

98.46
98.46 6% $69,900 $19,700 61% 96% $95,690
15

University of California, Davis

Davis, CA

83.13
83.13 39% $38,700 $18,000 69% 86% $69,770
16

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla, MO

77.35
77.35 79% $24,600 $14,200 84% 62% $80,290
17

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

84.13
84.13 11% $81,200 $29,100 47% 94% $91,180
18

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

74.70
74.70 49% $74,300 $48,400 94% 87% $89,410
19

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

84.71
84.71 7% $77,200 $32,100 69% 94% $69,150
20

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

88.97
88.97 5% $78,000 $19,000 42% 98% $84,920
21

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

85.90
85.90 12% $37,800 $17,400 72% 91% $73,740
22

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

80.31
80.31 28% $29,700 $21,600 53% 82% $80,640
23

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, NJ

77.73
77.73 40% $76,500 $42,600 95% 87% $98,160
24

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

75.16
75.16 15% $78,900 $39,100 51% 89% $100,000
25

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

83.65
83.65 37% $22,000 $10,600 85% 88% $64,460
26

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA

79.77
79.77 52% $30,100 $10,200 48% 83% $68,930
27

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Terre Haute, IN

69.69
69.69 74% $73,700 $46,000 97% 81% $94,130
28

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA

80.97
80.97 70% $28,500 $21,400 57% 83% $73,160
29

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI

81.41
81.41 54% $27,900 $14,800 42% 87% $65,210
30

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

72.71
72.71 47% $77,900 $42,900 87% 86% $93,420
31

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, MI

75.64
75.64 74% $32,200 $18,300 94% 68% $73,540
32

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

78.00
78.00 92% $22,600 $17,000 97% 74% $57,350
33

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

74.28
74.28 45% $25,200 $15,400 56% 78% $61,350
34

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME

81.45
81.45 45% $29,500 $19,800 67% 73% $72,840
35

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA

86.07
86.07 91% $31,600 $18,600 43% 73% $91,670
36

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA

83.49
83.49 27% $37,100 $13,800 69% 83% $71,960
37

Duke University

Durham, NC

86.03
86.03 8% $79,200 $28,400 58% 96% $93,120
38

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

77.77
77.77 32% $29,700 $17,800 49% 83% $67,840
39

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

85.99
85.99 8% $83,400 $25,500 51% 95% $103,250
40

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

76.44
76.44 57% $29,600 $18,700 56% 80% $61,200
41

Yale University

New Haven, CT

90.03
90.03 6% $81,600 $18,500 56% 97% $88,660
42

Rice University

Houston, TX

83.01
83.01 9% $71,500 $20,300 64% 94% $77,680
43

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

73.59
73.59 75% $74,300 $32,000 96% 76% $81,360
44

University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MD

75.01
75.01 44% $28,600 $18,600 51% 85% $71,840
45

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

85.39
85.39 9% $83,600 $29,900 59% 95% $80,030
46

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee, WI

72.49
72.49 62% $58,500 $28,000 96% 73% $81,330
47

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL

70.72
70.72 60% $73,200 $29,700 95% 72% $77,680
48

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

81.10
81.10 32% $74,100 $30,700 52% 88% $95,030
49

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

85.26
85.26 16% $79,000 $31,700 61% 97% $88,960
50

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

82.42
82.42 5% $79,800 $23,400 59% 94% $89,870