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 mathematics degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,487 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

25% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,178 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

30% above average compared to other degrees

$ 42,789 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

32% above average compared to other degrees

What do mathematics graduates earn?

Mathematics students make an average of $79,496 per year after graduation. This is 19% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

19% of mathematics graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 79,496 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 80% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

7% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular mathematics schools in the US

There are 2452 schools in the US that offer a mathematics degree. The mathematics schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in mathematics per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082

Top US schools for a mathematics degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
Pomona College8%$51,075
United States Naval Academy8%$null
Brown University8%$53,419

Cheapest US schools for a mathematics degree

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

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Folsom Lake College$1,104
Copper Mountain Community College$1,112
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Yuba College$1,124
Woodland Community College$1,124
Victor Valley College$1,126


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