100 Best Physics schools in the United States

Below is the list of best universities in the United States ranked based on their research performance in Physics. A graph of 77.4M citations received by 1.81M academic papers made by 721 universities in the United States was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

For Physics

#1 in the United States
#1 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1545
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$19,998

For Physics

#2 in the United States
#2 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$18,037

For Physics

#3 in the United States
#4 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Average SAT
1495
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$20,023

For Physics

#4 in the United States
#5 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1555
Average ACT
36
Net Price
$26,591

For Physics

#5 in the United States
#6 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Average SAT
1420
Average ACT
33
Receiving Aid
63%

For Physics

#6 in the United States
#8 in the World
Acceptance Rate
6%
Average SAT
1510
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$18,685

For Physics

#7 in the United States
#10 in the World
Acceptance Rate
26%
Average SAT
1430
Average ACT
33
Receiving Aid
66%

For Physics

#8 in the United States
#11 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average SAT
1330
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
70%

For Physics

#9 in the United States
#13 in the World
Acceptance Rate
32%
Average SAT
1340
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
66%

For Physics

#10 in the United States
#14 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Average SAT
1490
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$28,344

For Physics

#11 in the United States
#15 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Receiving Aid
73%
Average Aid
$15,461
Enrollment
44,589

For Physics

#12 in the United States
#17 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Receiving Aid
73%
Average Aid
$8,719
Enrollment
40,363

For Physics

#13 in the United States
#18 in the World
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average SAT
1327
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
56%

For Physics

#14 in the United States
#19 in the World
Acceptance Rate
21%
Average SAT
1450
Average ACT
33
Receiving Aid
73%

For Physics

#15 in the United States
#21 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Average SAT
1470
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$27,522

For Physics

#16 in the United States
#25 in the World
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average SAT
1345
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
60%

For Physics

#17 in the United States
#28 in the World
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average SAT
1295
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
61%

For Physics

#18 in the United States
#33 in the World
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average SAT
1350
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
80%

For Physics

#19 in the United States
#34 in the World
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average SAT
1360
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
58%

For Physics

#20 in the United States
#36 in the World
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average SAT
1375
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
60%

For Physics

#21 in the United States
#37 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Average SAT
1515
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$24,167

For Physics

#22 in the United States
#40 in the World
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average SAT
1375
Average ACT
32
Receiving Aid
67%

For Physics

#23 in the United States
#41 in the World
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average SAT
1320
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
84%

For Physics

#24 in the United States
#42 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average SAT
1220
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
95%

For Physics

#25 in the United States
#46 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1515
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$22,126

For Physics

#26 in the United States
#49 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$17,511

For Physics

#27 in the United States
#50 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average SAT
1270
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
81%

For Physics

#28 in the United States
#52 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1535
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$36,584

For Physics

#29 in the United States
#53 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Average SAT
1515
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$25,241

For Physics

#30 in the United States
#57 in the World
Acceptance Rate
31%
Average SAT
1375
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
91%

For Physics

#31 in the United States
#59 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
67%

For Physics

#32 in the United States
#61 in the World
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average SAT
1295
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
66%

For Physics

#33 in the United States
#63 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Average SAT
1420
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$36,254

For Physics

#34 in the United States
#64 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Average SAT
1515
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$19,215

For Physics

#35 in the United States
#70 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$26,932

For Physics

#36 in the United States
#72 in the World
Acceptance Rate
46%
Average SAT
1320
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
68%

For Physics

#37 in the United States
#78 in the World
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average SAT
1200
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
71%

For Physics

#38 in the United States
#81 in the World
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
87%

For Physics

#39 in the United States
#82 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Average SAT
1385
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
64%

For Physics

#40 in the United States
#86 in the World
Acceptance Rate
16%
Average SAT
1435
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$39,759

For Physics

#41 in the United States
#91 in the World
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average SAT
1210
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
94%

For Physics

#42 in the United States
#93 in the World
Acceptance Rate
46%
Average SAT
1280
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
74%

For Physics

#43 in the United States
#96 in the World
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average SAT
1160
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
93%

For Physics

#44 in the United States
#98 in the World
Acceptance Rate
30%
Average SAT
1330
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
74%

For Physics

#45 in the United States
#102 in the World
Acceptance Rate
30%
Average SAT
1430
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$36,002

For Physics

#46 in the United States
#112 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Average SAT
1510
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$36,983

For Physics

#47 in the United States
#117 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average SAT
1295
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
90%

For Physics

#48 in the United States
#120 in the World
Acceptance Rate
16%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$27,233

For Physics

#49 in the United States
#123 in the World
Acceptance Rate
64%
Average SAT
1332
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
78%

For Physics

#50 in the United States
#124 in the World
Acceptance Rate
23%
Average SAT
1415
Average ACT
32
Receiving Aid
60%

For Physics

#51 in the United States
#128 in the World
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average SAT
1270
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
66%

For Physics

#52 in the United States
#137 in the World
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average SAT
1400
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$40,661

For Physics

#53 in the United States
#150 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Average SAT
1500
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$27,659

For Physics

#54 in the United States
#152 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Average SAT
1405
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$29,154

For Physics

#55 in the United States
#156 in the World
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average SAT
1335
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
76%

For Physics

#56 in the United States
#157 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Average SAT
1250
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
94%

For Physics

#57 in the United States
#162 in the World
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
89%

For Physics

#58 in the United States
#170 in the World
Acceptance Rate
21%
Average SAT
1455
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$45,417

For Physics

#59 in the United States
#172 in the World
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average SAT
1280
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
77%

For Physics

#60 in the United States
#181 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average SAT
1260
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
67%

For Physics

#61 in the United States
#187 in the World
Acceptance Rate
19%
Average SAT
1475
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$29,981

For Physics

#62 in the United States
#189 in the World
Acceptance Rate
18%
Enrollment
3,201
Male:Female
36:64
Founded
1864

For Physics

#63 in the United States
#191 in the World
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average SAT
1222
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
91%

For Physics

#64 in the United States
#193 in the World
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average SAT
1110
Average ACT
22
Receiving Aid
95%

For Physics

#65 in the United States
#198 in the World
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average SAT
1180
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
91%

For Physics

#66 in the United States
#201 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Average SAT
1475
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$37,738

For Physics

#67 in the United States
#204 in the World
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average SAT
1280
Average ACT
28
Net Price
$39,463

For Physics

#68 in the United States
#206 in the World
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average SAT
1235
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
80%

For Physics

#69 in the United States
#212 in the World
Acceptance Rate
96%
Average SAT
1140
Average ACT
21
Receiving Aid
96%

For Physics

#70 in the United States
#222 in the World
Acceptance Rate
96%
Average SAT
1175
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
95%

For Physics

#71 in the United States
#225 in the World
Acceptance Rate
12%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$25,804

For Physics

#72 in the United States
#228 in the World
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average SAT
1300
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
89%

For Physics

#73 in the United States
#233 in the World
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
94%

For Physics

#74 in the United States
#238 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Average SAT
1420
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$47,413

For Physics

#75 in the United States
#240 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average SAT
1215
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
94%

For Physics

#76 in the United States
#248 in the World
Acceptance Rate
32%
Average SAT
1285
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
96%

For Physics

#77 in the United States
#249 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1210
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
87%

For Physics

#78 in the United States
#252 in the World
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average SAT
1215
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
93%

For Physics

#79 in the United States
#254 in the World
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average SAT
1140
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
85%

For Physics

#80 in the United States
#258 in the World
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average SAT
1225
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
93%

For Physics

#81 in the United States
#259 in the World
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average SAT
1195
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
98%

For Physics

#82 in the United States
#274 in the World
Acceptance Rate
16%
Average SAT
1455
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$32,720

For Physics

#83 in the United States
#277 in the World
Acceptance Rate
50%
Average SAT
1347
Average ACT
31
Net Price
$29,098

For Physics

#84 in the United States
#288 in the World
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average SAT
1225
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
86%

For Physics

#85 in the United States
#290 in the World
Acceptance Rate
82%
Average SAT
1215
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
93%

For Physics

#86 in the United States
#293 in the World
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average SAT
1115
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
92%

For Physics

#87 in the United States
#306 in the World
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average SAT
1314
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
99%

For Physics

#88 in the United States
#313 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1175
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
81%

For Physics

#89 in the United States
#327 in the World
Acceptance Rate
69%
Net Price
$47,177
Receiving Aid
88%
Average Aid
$25,864

For Physics

#90 in the United States
#341 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Average SAT
1500
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$24,525

For Physics

#91 in the United States
#349 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Average SAT
1355
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
90%

For Physics

#92 in the United States
#350 in the World
Acceptance Rate
94%
Receiving Aid
88%
Average Aid
$8,453
Enrollment
20,854

For Physics

#93 in the United States
#355 in the World
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average SAT
1335
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
82%

For Physics

#94 in the United States
#356 in the World
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average SAT
1100
Average ACT
24
Receiving Aid
98%

For Physics

#95 in the United States
#357 in the World
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average SAT
1200
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
85%

For Physics

#96 in the United States
#358 in the World
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average SAT
1200
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
95%

For Physics

#97 in the United States
#365 in the World
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average SAT
1195
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
85%

For Physics

#98 in the United States
#374 in the World
Acceptance Rate
31%
Net Price
$12,497
Receiving Aid
69%
Average Aid
$1,500

For Physics

#99 in the United States
#380 in the World
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
92%

For Physics

#100 in the United States
#382 in the World
Acceptance Rate
19%
Average SAT
1455
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$25,672

The best cities to study Physics in the United States based on the number of universities and their ranks are Cambridge, Stanford, Pasadena, and Berkeley.