What's the best college for astronomy? (Intermediate)

I'm looking at colleges A, B, and C. [Names changed to protect the innocent.] What college has the best astronomy program?

Some might say it doesn't matter where you get your undergraduate degree, as long as you do research as an undergraduate. When you're shopping for colleges, try to look for one that offers an astronomy major (not just a minor) and ask about undergraduate opportunities for research.

You can get into an astronomy graduate program if you have a degree in physics, or geology, or even other related hard-sciences careers, but if you know that you want to do astronomy, it makes the most sense to find a school that offers that major! (If you're interested in studying planetary geology or other specific sub-fields, though, your mileage may vary on this advice).

This page was last updated on February 10, 2016



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Britt Scharringhausen

Britt studies the rings of Saturn. She got her PhD from Cornell in 2006 and is now a Professor at Beloit College in Wisconson.

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