The 2020 Best Colleges for Economics ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. Learn where our data comes from.
|Overall Niche Grade||Overall Niche Grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding all aspects of the student experience, such as academics, value, professors, diversity, local area, campus quality, safety and student life.||Multiple Sources||30.0%|
|Economics Student SAT/ACT Scores||Composite SAT/ACT scores (normalized to the same scale) of students majoring in Economics at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com.||Self-reported by Niche users||20.0%|
|Percent Majoring in Economics||Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Economics.||U.S. Dept. of Education||15.0%|
|Economics Program Demand||A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Economics program compared to the size of the program.||Self-reported by Niche users||10.0%|
|Economics Student Surveys||Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Economics.||Self-reported by Niche users||7.5%|
|Economics Research Expenditures per Student||Total expenditures dedicated to Economics research per full-time undergraduate student majoring in the field.||National Science Foundation||5.0%|
|Economics Test Scores Compared to School’s||Comparison of SAT/ACT scores of students majoring in Economics compared to all other majors at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com.||Self-reported by Niche users||5.0%|
|Percent of U.S. Economics Graduates||Percent of total annual Economics graduates nationally that come from this program.||U.S. Dept. of Education||5.0%|
|Economics Research Expenditures||Total expenditures dedicated to research in Economics.||National Science Foundation||2.5%|
To be included, the school must confer at least 20 bachelor’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 2.5% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by the school. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the colleges.