Top Physics Colleges

As a physics major, you’ll learn the laws that govern all within our universe, from planetary motion to the subatomic particles racing through the human body. Within the physics major, most universities offer numerous areas of concentration. For example, the University of Pennsylvania offers physics majors the option to focus on: Physical Theory and Experimental Technique, Astrophysics, Computer Techniques, Chemical Principals, or Business & Technology.

Earning a degree in physics will prepare students for careers for a plethora of career options in sectors such as: nuclear energy, transportation, satellites and aerospace, environmental work, video games/entertainment, and medical technology.

What do you need to make it in a Physics program?

Future animal scientists need to be extremely strong science students and should take advanced courses in this area while in high school. Chemistry and biology are the most relevant areas of study. An interest/willingness to engage in hands-on and sometimes physical work is essential for success in this field.

Your Physics College Checklist:

  • What independent project(s) or independent research are required as part of the degree?
  • Since many physicists hold advanced degrees, how do graduate schools view the undergraduate institutions you are considering?
  • How is your prospective college viewed by private and government employers in the various physics-related fields?
  • What is the professional background of the faculty? Do they have direct connections to industry?
  • What internship opportunities are available to undergraduates?
  • Do they have the most up-to-date computers and technology that help prepare students for the cutting edge aspects of the field?
  • Do undergraduate students have access to the premier laboratories or are they reserved for graduate/Ph.D. students?

The Top Physics Colleges & Universities

Physics-related jobs are 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: MIT, CalTech, and Harvey Mudd College. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Physics 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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