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 nutrition science degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 12,225 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

46% above average compared to other degrees

$ 30,865 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

54% above average compared to other degrees

$ 40,169 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

24% above average compared to other degrees

What do nutrition science graduates earn?

Nutrition science students make an average of $48,655 per year after graduation. This is 27% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

24% of nutrition science graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 48,655 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 15% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

17% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular nutrition science schools in the US

There are 150 schools in the US that offer a nutrition science degree. The nutrition science schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Davis and New York University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in nutrition science per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
Cornell University$52,853

Top US schools for a nutrition science degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering nutrition science 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
Cornell University13%$52,853
Tufts University15%$54,318
University of California-Berkeley17%$14,170
Tulane University of Louisiana21%$52,960
Emory University22%$49,392
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill24%$9,005
Boston University25%$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor27%$14,826

Cheapest US schools for a nutrition science degree

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

School NameTuition
Itawamba Community College$2,840
Casper College$3,024
Tulsa Community College$3,221
United Tribes Technical College$4,252
Brigham Young University-Provo$5,460
University of the District of Columbia$5,756
Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Gurabo Campus$5,820
Huntington University of Health Sciences$6,155
University of Florida$6,381
University of Central Oklahoma$7,100


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