Never has the world been more ready for students with a knowledge of mathematics. If you or your child has a knack for numbers, it may be time to consider the best colleges for Math to prepare your student or yourself for a future bright with possibilities. The top five colleges or universities for Mathematics are:
- MIT or Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- University of California-Berkley
Keep in mind that according to the rankings used to determine these top Mathematical schools, the bottom four were all tied for 2nd place and placed in the list alphabetically. Additionally, they were only 1/10 of a point behind the expected leader, MIT.
For the average person, attending these schools may seem out of reach. After all, they're expensive for most Americans and require high SAT scores and almost perfect high school grades. So, what can you do to get into the Mathematical college of your choice? First of all, maintain those high school grades, making sure that all math classes receive A's. Apply early for scholarships, beginning early in your Junior year. In addition, start taking your SATs as early as your sophomore year to have plenty of time to improve your scores. Great SATs will attract the eye of the colleges you're most interested in and improve your chances at scholarships.
A future in Mathematics is one worth pursuing as it teaches you the process of analyzing a problem, pulling out the essential information, and investigating more to find an answer. This is a worthwhile and desireable trait in many careers including engineering, computer programming, software engineering, or actuaries. Students in these careers ultimately end up making more money per year than any other major and secure for themselves a niche few others can fill.
So, whether you choose MIT, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, or Berkley, the education you're going to receive is going to prepare you for a career that few others can top. However, if you cannot make one of the top five schools, don't give up on the mathematics quests. Degrees from other schools can still propel you to a rewarding career.
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