We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for an astronomy degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,780 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

40% above average compared to other degrees

$ 33,399 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

66% above average compared to other degrees

$ 44,050 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

36% above average compared to other degrees

What do astronomy graduates earn?

Astronomy students make an average of $90,053 per year after graduation. This is 35% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 90,053 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 90% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular astronomy schools in the US

There are 132 schools in the US that offer a astronomy degree. The astronomy schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Berkeley and San Diego State University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in astronomy per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
University of California-Santa Cruz$14,020
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592

Top US schools for an astronomy degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering astronomy degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Harvard University5%$48,949
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Brown University8%$53,419
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Dartmouth College10%$53,368
Swarthmore College11%$50,822
Cornell University13%$52,853
Amherst College13%$54,310
Williams College15%$53,550

Cheapest US schools for an astronomy degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an astronomy degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Fullerton College$1,138
El Camino Community College District$1,142
San Diego City College$1,142
Crafton Hills College$1,143
MiraCosta College$1,152
Ohlone College$1,162
Monterey Peninsula College$1,176
Orange Coast College$1,186
San Bernardino Valley College$1,238
Cabrillo College$1,268


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