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2024 Best General Physics Schools

212 Colleges in the United States
12,551 General Physics Degrees Awarded
General Physics is of the hottest degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #60 most popular major in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

For its 2024 ranking, College Factual looked at 212 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for general physics students pursuing a degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 12,551 degrees in general physics during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Choosing a Great General Physics School

Best General Physics Schools The general physics program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for General Physics rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for general physics schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

General Physics Rankings by Degree Level

Bachelor's Degrees in General Physics
Master's Degrees in General Physics
Doctor's Degrees in General Physics

The general physics school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best General Physics Schools. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for General Physics in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the general physics degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in General Physics

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In CA
69 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Stanford University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in general physics. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Stanford. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were about 69 general physics students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL
124 General Physics Degrees Awarded

University of Chicago is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in general physics. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #2 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 124 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IL

Northwestern University is a wonderful option for students interested in a degree in general physics. Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 24 general physics students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MI
105 General Physics Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat University of Michigan - Ann Arbor if you wish to pursue a degree in general physics. U-M is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of #29 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were about 105 general physics students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In AZ
38 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Tucson, University of Arizona is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 26 colleges for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

There were about 38 general physics students who graduated with this degree at University of Arizona in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NY
109 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of #22 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were about 109 general physics students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CA
119 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #26 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

There were about 119 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA
194 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 10th out of 168 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 194 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UCSB in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
152 General Physics Degrees Awarded

UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the city of Berkeley. A Best Colleges rank of #18 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were about 152 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MN
65 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 52 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were approximately 65 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UMN Twin Cities in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
98 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #30 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were about 98 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MD
40 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Baltimore. A Best Colleges rank of #23 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were about 40 general physics students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available.

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13
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
93 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #34 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 93 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IN
66 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #20 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were approximately 66 general physics students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available.

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15
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In CA
46 General Physics Degrees Awarded

UCSD is a fairly large public university located in the city of La Jolla. This university ranks 8th out of 168 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 46 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UCSD in the most recent year we have data available.

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16
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MD
117 General Physics Degrees Awarded

UMCP is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of College Park. This university ranks 2nd out of 36 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There were approximately 117 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UMCP in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MA
70 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 70 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UMass Amherst in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In OH
129 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Ohio State is a fairly large public university located in the city of Columbus. This university ranks 2nd out of 96 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There were roughly 129 general physics students who graduated with this degree at Ohio State in the most recent data year.

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19
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NY
57 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Rochester, University of Rochester is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 142 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 57 general physics students who graduated with this degree at University of Rochester in the most recent year we have data available.

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20
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In CA
81 General Physics Degrees Awarded

UC Irvine is a very large public university located in the large city of Irvine. This university ranks 15th out of 168 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 81 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UC Irvine in the most recent data year.

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21
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
130 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #36 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means UT Austin is a great university overall.

There were approximately 130 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent data year.

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22
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WA
209 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 51 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were about 209 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent data year.

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23
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MA
46 General Physics Degrees Awarded

Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston. This university ranks 7th out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 46 general physics students who graduated with this degree at Northeastern in the most recent year we have data available.

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24
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NC
59 General Physics Degrees Awarded

UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public university located in the city of Chapel Hill. This university ranks 2nd out of 93 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 59 general physics students who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent year we have data available.

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25
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In NY
40 General Physics Degrees Awarded

RIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Rochester. This school ranks 22nd out of 142 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 40 general physics students who graduated with this degree at RIT in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top Best General Physics Schools

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for General Physics students that almost earned our Best General Physics Schools award.

RankCollegeLocation
32Georgia Institute of Technology - Main CampusAtlanta, GA
33Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MI
34University of California - DavisDavis, CA
35Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicago, IL
36University of Colorado BoulderBoulder, CO
37University of DelawareNewark, DE
38Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia, PA
39Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroy, NY
40Virginia TechBlacksburg, VA
41William & MaryWilliamsburg, VA
42Brigham Young University - ProvoProvo, UT

General Physics by Region

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General Physics is one of 9 different types of Physics programs to choose from.

Related MajorAnnual Graduates
Other Physics502
Optics/Optical Sciences220
Acoustics121
Theoretical & Mathematical Physics33
Atomic/Molecular Physics7
Condensed Matter & Materials Physics6
Elementary Particle Physics5
Nuclear Physics2

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