If you have the grades, test scores and other admissions requirements to get accepted into Ivy League schools to earn your math or science degree, you will want to apply to the best. “U.S. News and World Report” is a leading expert in ranking schools and degree programs. They take in a variety of factors that include quality of classes and teachers, graduation percentages, student satisfaction and tuition cost. By learning what the best Ivy League schools are for math and science, you can get a better perspective.

## Harvard University

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the outskirts of Boston, Harvard’s world-famous math department prepares students for a number of careers but places emphasis on research mathematics. Undergraduate programs prepare students for mastering basic math and challenges them to continue their education in graduate degree programs. Harvard’s Arts and Sciences Department is just as famous; they offer multiple degrees in a variety of fields that range from biology to forest science. Harvard offers Special Student Status to those who can prove mastery of a subject--allowing them to jump straight into graduate work. Ranked No. 1 by “U.S News and World Report”, aspiring Ivy Leaguers almost always apply to Harvard.

## Princeton University

Ranked No. 2 by “U.S. News and World Report”, a math degree from Princeton University is highly coveted by would-be Ivy Leaguers and admission to Princeton is very competitive. Once students master basic math concepts they have the option to enter research-orientated advanced math degree programs and attend seminars. Princeton’s Science and Tech Department is staffed with the world’s finest professors and researchers. Recent professor accolades include the 2013 Warren Alpert Prize for genome research and Blavatnik Honors.

## Yale University

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University ranks third with “U.S. News World and Report” and boasts an impressive mathematics department that offers a three-term sequence in a variety of math courses that includes calculus. All students wishing to enroll in calculus must take the university’s online placement exam. Renowned mathematician Andrew Casson heads the department’s undergraduate program. When taking math out of the equation and focusing purely on science, Yale’s science department is ranked No. 1 with outstanding achievements in biological science, chemistry and computer science.

## Columbia University

When it comes to science “U.S. News World and Report” ranks Yale as one of the best Ivy League schools. The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of General Studies prepares students to be at the top of their scientific fields. All enrolled students are guaranteed housing for all four years in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood in New York City. Columbia offers a full range of mathematics classes and degree programs in which first-year students learn about functions, limits, derivatives and are introduced to integrals. Depending on the course, students may be required to take a placement exam.

#### References

- U.S. News and World Report: National University Rankings
- Harvard University: Mathematics
- Harvard University: Programs of Study
- Princeton University: Mathematics
- Princeton University: Science and Tech
- Yale University: Mathematics
- U.S. News and World Report: Science
- Columbia University: Mathematics
- Columbia University: Bulletin

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