Top Astronomy Schools

Following are the top schools and colleges for astronomy programs:

University of Texas at Austin
- The university offers Astronomy program to prepare undergraduate students for further education in graduate school and many career paths spanning education, research, computing, government and journalism.
- The Department of Astronomy at UT Austin is one of the top 10 astronomy research programs in the nation. The faculty members are among the worldwide leaders in cosmology, galaxies, stars, the interstellar medium, planets, the solar system and instrumentation.

University of California, Santa Cruz
- UCSC Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics offers an undergraduate minor in Astrophysics, and collaborates with the Physics department to offer an undergraduate major in Astrophysics.
- UC Santa Cruz is the top ranking university in the nation for the quality of its research in astronomy and astrophysics, according to a new analysis of papers published in scientific journals and how often those papers are cited by other scientists ("The Science Impact of Astronomy Ph.D. Granting Departments in the United States").

Michigan State University (MSU)
- The Department of Physics & Astronomy at MSU is regarded as one of the top Physics and Astronomy departments in the nation. The National Research Council (1995) listed the Department in the top 25% among U.S. graduate programs in Physics (32nd out of 147).
- It offers both the undergraduate and graduate program in Astronomy and Astrophysics. The undergraduate program is one of the largest in the country, and will lead to the Bachelor of Science degree in astrophysics.

University of Washington (UW)
- The 2001 National Doctoral Program Survey ranked the U.W. Astronomy Department No. 1 in the nation.
- The undergraduate program in astronomy prepare students for professional graduate programs and to challenge students to develop their interests, talents, and responsibilities to society. The Department's graduate program has a mix of observational, theoretical, and instrumental opportunities for students.

* Suggested Reading: Astrophysics/Astronomy Doctoral Ranking