Top Economics Colleges

As an economics major, you’ll learn the economics principles, theories, models, and systems that drive the world’s economic engine. At many schools, you may choose from among a host of specialty areas within the economics major. For example at the University of Virginia students can concentrate in Financial Economics, Industrial Organization, International Organization, or Public Policy. In contrast, the University of Delaware offers only two tracks—Economic Theory or Applied Economics.

Earning a degree in economics will prepare students for a plethora of career options in positions such as: credit analyst, actuary, management consultant, sales executive, lawyer (with further schooling), or university professor (with continued study in the field).

What do you need to make it in an Economics program?

Economics majors need to possess an analytical, logical mind that excels in problem-solving and critical thinking will lead to success within this major. It is recommended that you take a full load of advanced math courses in high school Statistics prior to beginning college coursework. Of course, if you are able to take AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics you will enter college with a great deal of relevant knowledge.

Your Economics College Checklist:

  • Are higher level math classes offered every semester?
  • Is the degree a B.A. or B.S.? This will dictate the focus of the coursework.
  • Is there an independent project(s) or independent research are required as part of the degree?
  • Since a large number of economists hold advanced degrees, how do graduate schools view the undergraduate institutions you are considering?
  • How is your prospective college viewed by employers in the various economics-related fields?
  • What internship opportunities are available to undergraduates?
  • Does your school accept AP credits or dual-enrollment credits that will satisfy intro-level coursework?

The Top Economics Colleges & Universities

Economics-related jobs can be competitive and finding the right college and program is often key to landing a good position. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include: Yale, Vanderbilt, and the University of Chicago. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Economic Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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