Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for a biotechnology degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,723 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

16% above average compared to other degrees

$ 23,756 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

18% above average compared to other degrees

$ 20,862 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

35% below average compared to other degrees

What do biotechnology graduates earn?

Biotechnology students make an average of $70,579 per year after graduation. This is 6% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

8% of biotechnology graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 70,579 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 71% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

59% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular biotechnology schools in the US

There are 204 schools in the US that offer a biotechnology degree. The biotechnology schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Irvine, University of California-Davis and New York University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in biotechnology per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Northeastern University$49,497
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
California State University-Fullerton$6,850

Top US schools for a biotechnology degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering biotechnology 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
Brown University8%$53,419
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
Tufts University15%$54,318
Georgetown University16%$52,300
University of Southern California16%$54,259
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology22%$7,183

Cheapest US schools for a biotechnology degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a biotechnology degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Central New Mexico Community College$1,578
Pitt Community College$1,930
Alamance Community College$2,036
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez$2,083
Pima Community College$2,118
Guilford Technical Community College$2,167
Wilson Community College$2,268
Palm Beach State College$2,444
Hillsborough Community College$2,506
Cleveland Community College$2,526


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