Ten Schools For The Aspiring STEM Student

Ten Schools For The Aspiring STEM Student


Cornell University

With its stellar medical school and excellent science and engineering programs, Cornell is perfect for STEM students who like to live in a more secluded environment. It was intended to be where “any person can find instruction in any study,” a code to which the university stays true to this day.

SAT Verbal: 690-760
SAT Math: 700-790
ACT Composite: 31-34
GPA: 4.04

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

One of the most competitive state schools in the country, UCLA is especially known for its strong mathematics and nanoscience programs. The presence of Terrence Tao, one of today’s math greats, draws the best math students the world to UCLA.

SAT Verbal: 640-730
SAT Math: 640-770
ACT Composite: 30-34
GPA: 4.13-4.31

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

As one of the nation’s best tech schools, RIT rigorously prepares its students for the real world of tech. It does this especially through one of the nation’s premier co-op programs, in which students get the opportunity to work in a tech firm for a semester or two. Before graduating, two out of three RIT students will have participated in a co-op.

SAT Composite: 1170-1390
ACT Composite: 26-32
GPA: 3.70

Stanford University

Stanford’s large, beautiful campus and excellent science and engineering programs bring it the country’s brightest STEM students every year. However, admission to this school is tough—its 5% acceptance rate means that only the field’s elite study there.

SAT Verbal: 690-760
SAT Math: 700-780
ACT Composite: 32-35
GPA: 4.18

Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd is one of the Claremont Colleges, a group of five colleges and two graduate schools that share facilities in Claremont, CA. It’s known as one of the top engineering schools in the nation, but with a unique undergraduate curriculum which places equal emphasis on the social impacts of science and engineering.

SAT Composite: 1450-1570
GPA: 4.11

Georgia Institute of Technology

With a wide variety of unique programs in fields ranging from Architecture to Science Fiction Studies, Georgia Tech offers over 130 majors and minors to its diverse student body. The institute also has co-op programs and extensive entrepreneurship education opportunities to help its students be the best they can be in today’s world.

SAT Composite: 1360-1490
ACT Composite: 30-34
GPA: 3.95

Dartmouth College

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth has always had a well-reputed biomedical and life sciences program. Since its inception, the school has always placed an emphasis on diversity and global learning. Studying abroad is just the beginning: Dartmouth students conduct research and collaborate with the world during their trips abroad.

SAT Verbal: 710-770
SAT Math: 720-790
ACT Composite: 30-34
GPA: 4.10

Johns Hopkins University

As one of the smallest research universities in terms of enrollment, undergrads at Johns Hopkins have unique access to world-class resources, equipment, and faculty. It also has the Peabody Conservatory (among the nation’s best music schools), where students from other divisions of the university can take classes.

SAT Composite: 1480-1560
ACT Composite: 32-35
GPA: 3.90

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Located in Cambridge, MA, MIT is on the cutting edge in nearly every STEM field, its primary goal being to unite students of all kinds in the quest for knowledge. Its dormitories are known for being eclectic and are oftentimes totally themed based on the interests of their residents.

SAT Verbal: 730-780
SAT Math: 770-800
ACT Composite: 34-35
GPA: 4.13

University of California, Berkeley   

Berkeley is both a flagship research school and a university with a renowned past full of social and political activism. Its STEM programs are creative, unique, and current; this is evidenced by its recent addition of an Operations Research major for advanced undergrads.

SAT Verbal: 640-730
SAT Math: 640-760
ACT Composite: 30-34
GPA: 4.15-4.30