Best Microbiology Major Programs Comparison

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, either unicellular (single cell), multicellular (cell colony), or acellular (lacking cells). Microbiology encompasses numerous sub-disciplines including virology, mycology, parasitology, and bacteriology.(read more at wiki) Here we introduce best colleges in the field of microbiology where Harvard University is ranked top and Stanford University is positioned on second place.

We briefly compare those top colleges with various factors such as tuition, admission, graduation, enrolment, and more. The full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at microbiology colleges comparison page.

General Comparison

First, we compare the best microbiology schools with general characteristics.
Table. Best Microbiology College Overview
1 Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 28,147
2 Stanford University Stanford, California Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 18,519
3 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, California Public, Four or more years 35,893
4 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wisconsin Public, Four or more years 42,269

Admission and Acceptance Ratio Comparison

In this paragraph, we compare admission considerations between the best schools including applications fees, acceptance ratio, and application requirements.
Table. Best Microbiology College Admission Comparison
Open AdmissionApplication FeeAcceptance Ratio
Harvard University No $ 75 5.8%
Stanford University No $ 90 6.6%
University of California-Berkeley No $ 70 21.6%
University of Wisconsin-Madison No $ 44 68.6%

Tuition Costs Comparison

Next, we compare the tuition and other costs at best Microbiology colleges. Tuition is an amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit. In-state tuition rate applies to students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements and out-of-tuition rate is for students who do not meet the ins-state residency requirements.

Table. Best Microbiology Schools Tuition Comparison
Harvard University $ 37,576$ 3,290$ 37,576$ 3,290 $ 37,576$ 930$ 37,576$ 930
Stanford University $ 41,250$ 975$ 41,250$ 975 $ 41,250$ 537$ 41,250$ 537
University of California-Berkeley $ 11,220$ 1,654$ 34,098$ 1,654 $ 11,220$ 1,654$ 26,322$ 1,654
University of Wisconsin-Madison $ 9,273$ 1,105$ 25,523$ 1,105 $ 10,728$ 1,105$ 24,054$ 1,105

Grants, Scholarships, and Loans Comparison

This page contains comparison data on the number of full-time, first-time undergraduate students and all undergraduate students who receive different types of student financial aid, including grants and loans, from different sources at each best Microbiology school.

Full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. First-time student is a student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. For full-time and first-time students, the financial aid reports include federal grants, Pell grants, other federal grants, state/local grants, grants from the institution, federal and non-federal student loans.
Table. Best Microbiology Schools - Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduate Student Financial Aids Comparison Table
Grants or ScholarshipStudent Loan
Number ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage AmountNumber ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage Amount
Harvard University 1,02262%$ 41,555 17711%$ 5,118
Stanford University 93955%$ 38,522 18811%$ 6,589
University of California-Berkeley 2,36053%$ 16,141 1,29429%$ 5,787
University of Wisconsin-Madison 3,42759%$ 5,446 2,36841%$ 6,843

Enrollment Comparison

This paragraph compares the number of students enrolled in best Microbiologyschools. Next table counts total students headcount by school level and attendance status. Undergraduate full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. For graduate students, it includes students enrolled for 9 or more semester credits, or 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full time by the institution.

Undergraduate part-time student is a student enrolled for either less than 12 semester or quarter credits, or less than 24 contact hours a week each term. For graduate schools, students enrolled for less than 9 semester or quarter credits are included in this table.
Table. Best Microbiology Schools Enrollment Comparison by School Level/Attendance Status
TotalFull-timePart-time Full-timePart-time
Harvard University 28,1477,2333,331 13,1634,420
Stanford University 18,5197,00360 8,4742,982
University of California-Berkeley 35,89325,018756 9,381738
University of Wisconsin-Madison 42,26928,1672,134 9,8672,101

Graduation Rates Comparison

Next, we compare the graduation rate between best Microbiology schools. The graduation Rate is calculated as the total number of completers within 150% of normal time divided by the revised cohort minus any allowable exclusions. For example, 6 years rate is applied for 4 year schools. For detail information of your desired school, follow links on the school name.

Next table shows the graduation rate by gender. the numbers in parenthesis means completers over total cohort.
Table. Best Microbiology Schools Graduation Rates By Gender
Harvard University 96.96%
(1,628 / 1,679)
(769 / 801)
(859 / 878)
Stanford University 95.20%
(1,567 / 1,646)
(764 / 811)
(803 / 835)
University of California-Berkeley 90.68%
(3,777 / 4,165)
(1,696 / 1,895)
(2,081 / 2,270)
University of Wisconsin-Madison 81.80%
(4,608 / 5,633)
(2,075 / 2,600)
(2,533 / 3,033)

Student To Fauclty Ratio Comparison

Student-to-faculty ratio is defined as total students not in graduate or professional programs divided by total instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is applicable only to institutions with undergraduate students. Next two tables compare the student-to-faculty ratio between best schools. For detail information of each school, follow the link on the school name. The ratio is calculated by dividing total number of students by total numbers of faculty. (for example, the ratio is 11.9 % for 131 students and 11 faculty members)
Table. Student to Faculty Ratio
Harvard University 14.3%14.3% 14.3%14.3% 14.3%
Stanford University 20.0%10.0% 10.0%8.3% 8.3%
University of California-Berkeley 5.0%6.3% 6.3%5.9% 5.9%
University of Wisconsin-Madison 4.5%4.5% 4.5%4.5% 5.6%
Once again, we note that the full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at microbiology colleges comparison page.

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