The cost of attending college or university seems to consistently trend upwards. And while it’s true that you have to be prepared to make a financial commitment to your post-secondary education, there are ways that you can reduce the overall cost. Plan ahead. Compare the costs and benefits of earning an associate degree versus a bachelor’s degree. Explore scholarship opportunities and financial aid. Become informed about available tax credits and deductions. And of course, investigate tuition fees at both public and private institutions. To help you get started, here are the typical costs for a microbiology degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,948 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

30% above average compared to other degrees

$ 28,706 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

43% above average compared to other degrees

$ 10,437 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

68% below average compared to other degrees

What do microbiology graduates earn?

Microbiology students make an average of $66,392 per year after graduation. This is 1% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

22% of microbiology graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 66,392 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 43% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

8% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular microbiology schools in the US

There are 168 schools in the US that offer a microbiology degree. The microbiology schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-San Diego, University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Santa Barbara. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in microbiology per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-San Diego$14,018
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
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398

Top US schools for a microbiology degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Vanderbilt University11%$47,664
Cornell University13%$52,853
University of California-Berkeley17%$14,170
Boston University25%$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor27%$14,826
New York University28%$50,464
California State University-Long Beach28%$6,730
University of California-Santa Barbara33%$14,451

Cheapest US schools for a microbiology degree

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

School NameTuition
Fullerton College$1,138
Cerritos College$1,346
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez$2,083
East Mississippi Community College$3,240
Snow College$3,692
North Idaho College$4,728
Humacao Community College$5,002
University of Wyoming$5,217
Brigham Young University-Provo$5,460
Weber State University$5,712


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