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 physical science degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,261 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

22% above average compared to other degrees

$ 23,930 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

19% above average compared to other degrees

$ 44,817 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

39% above average compared to other degrees

What do physical science graduates earn?

Physical science students make an average of $87,021 per year after graduation. This is 30% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

13% of physical science graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 87,021 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 88% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

33% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular physical science schools in the US

There are 166 schools in the US that offer a physical science degree. The physical science schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Berkeley, San Diego State University and University of Southern California. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in physical science per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
San Diego State University$7,460
University of Southern California$54,259
Michigan State University$14,460
San Francisco State University$7,254
University of Maryland-College Park$10,399
University of Chicago$56,034
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus$19,080
St John's University-New York$40,520
Arizona State University-Tempe$10,792

Top US schools for a physical science degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
United States Naval Academy8%$null
University of Chicago9%$56,034
United States Military Academy10%$null
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Wesleyan University16%$52,804
University of California-Berkeley17%$14,170
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology22%$7,183
Carnegie Mellon University22%$53,910
Colgate University28%$53,980
Richard Bland College33%$7,823

Cheapest US schools for a physical science degree

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

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Compton College$1,142
El Camino Community College District$1,142
Imperial Valley College$1,142
Irvine Valley College$1,142
Merced College$1,150
MiraCosta College$1,152
Columbia College - Sonora$1,162
Modesto Junior College$1,162


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