2018 Best Colleges for Chemistry Methodology

The 2018 Best Colleges for Chemistry ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Overall Niche Grade Overall Niche Grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding all aspects of the student experience, such as academics, value, professors, diversity, local area, campus quality, safety and student life. Niche 25.0%
Chemistry Student SAT/ACT Scores Composite SAT/ACT scores (normalized to the same scale) of students majoring in Chemistry at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 20.0%
Percent Majoring in Chemistry Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Chemistry. U.S. Dept. of Education 15.0%
Chemistry Program Demand A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Chemistry program compared to the size of the program. Self-reported by Niche users 7.5%
Chemistry Student Surveys Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Chemistry. Self-reported by Niche users 7.5%
Percent of U.S. Chemistry Graduates Percent of total annual Chemistry graduates nationally that come from this program. U.S. Dept. of Education 7.5%
Chemistry Program Demand Within School A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Chemistry program compared with other majors at the school, normalized by the size of each program. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%
Chemistry Research Expenditures per Student Total expenditures dedicated to chemistry research per full-time undergraduate student majoring in the field. National Science Foundation 5.0%
Chemistry Test Scores Compared to School’s Comparison of SAT/ACT scores of students majoring in Chemistry compared to all other majors at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%
Chemistry Research Expenditures Total expenditures dedicated to research in Chemistry. National Science Foundation 2.5%

To be included, the school must confer at least 20 bachelor’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 2.5% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by the school. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2015–2017, as self-reported by the colleges.

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