Top 15 Best Colleges for Economics Majors

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Economics majors examine economic models and theories and learn how things such as taxes, inflation, and interest can affect buying and selling. Students who major in economics tend to go into fields such as business, government, finance, law, and more.

 

In this post, you’ll find a ranked list of the best colleges for economics majors and what it takes to get into these colleges. See the complete list of top schools for economics majors.

 

Top 15 Best Colleges for Economics Majors

 

School Name Location Acceptance Rate (2019) Middle 50% SAT Scores Middle 50% ACT Scores
1. University of Chicago Chicago, IL 6.2% 1500-1560 33-35 
2. MIT Cambridge, MA 6.7% 1520-1580 34-36
3. Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4.5% 1460-1580 33-35
4. Stanford University Stanford, CA 4.3% 1440-1550 32-35
5. Princeton University Princeton, NJ 5.8% 1460-1570 33-35
6. Yale University New Haven, CT 6.1% 1470-1560 33-35
7. Caltech Pasadena, CA 6.4% 1530-1570 35-36
8. University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA 16.8% 1350-1540 30-35
9. Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 7.9% 1440-1560 32-35
10. Williams College Williamstown, MA 12.6% 1420-1540 32-25
11. Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA 8.9% 1380-1540 31-35
12. Brown University Providence, RI 7.1% 1440-1550 32-35
13. Georgetown University Washington, DC 14.5% 1370-1530 31-34
14. Duke University Durham, NC 7.8% 1500-1560 33-35
15. Pomona College Claremont, CA 7.4% 1410-1530 32-35

 

 

1. University of Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL

Acceptance Rate: 6.2%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,552

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1500-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Location: Cambridge, MA

Acceptance Rate: 6.7%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 4,602

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1520-1580 SAT, 34-36 ACT

 

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3. Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, MA

Acceptance Rate: 4.5%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,788

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1580 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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4. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, CA

Acceptance Rate: 4.3% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 7,087

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1440-1550 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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5. Princeton University

Location: Princeton, NJ

Acceptance Rate: 5.8%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 5,267

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1570 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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6. Yale University

Location: New Haven, CT

Acceptance Rate: 6.1% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 5,964

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1470-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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7. California Institute of Technology

Location: Pasadena, CA

Acceptance Rate: 6.4% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 948

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1530-1570 SAT, 35-36 ACT

 

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8. University of California-Berkeley

Location: Berkeley, CA

Acceptance Rate: 16.8% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 30,853

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1350-1540 SAT, 30-35 ACT

 

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9. Dartmouth College

Location: Hanover, NH

Acceptance Rate: 7.9%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 4,417

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1440-1560 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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10. Williams College

Location: Williamstown, MA

Acceptance Rate: 12.6%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 2,073

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1420-1540 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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11. Swarthmore College

Location: Swarthmore, PA

Acceptance Rate: 8.9%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 1,559

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1380-1540 SAT, 31-35 ACT

 

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12. Brown University

Location: Providence, RI

Acceptance Rate: 7.1%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 7,043

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1440-1550 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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13. Georgetown University

Location: Washington, DC

Acceptance Rate: 14.5%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 7,459

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1370-1530 SAT, 31-34 ACT

 

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14. Duke University

Location: Durham, NC

Acceptance Rate: 7.8%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 7,459

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1500-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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15. Pomona College

Location: Claremont, CA

Acceptance Rate: 7.4%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 1,679

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1410-1530 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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There are many more colleges great for studying econ. See the complete list of best schools for economics majors.

 

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