The 10 Best Colleges For Math Whizzes


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For those students more inclined towards numbers, college can often be a mathematics Eden.


We teamed up with data website Find The Best to compile this list of the best colleges in the country for math whizzes. Specifically, we looked for schools that had a high average SAT math score and a large difference between their average math and critical reading scores.

Colleges were ranked by the difference between their math and critical reading scores for the middle 75% of students. Any ties were given in favor of the school with the higher math score.

Our top school - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - has an average SAT math score of 790, but incoming students only scored a 680 on critical reading, a difference of 110 points.

Here are the 10 best schools for math whizzes:


#10 Lehigh University - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

730 Math
670 Critical Reading
Difference: 60 Points

#9 CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College - New York, New York


690 Math
620 Critical Reading
Difference: 70 Points

#8 Polytechnic Institute of New York University - Brooklyn, New York

720 Math
650 Critical Reading
Difference: 70 Points

#7 University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin


740 Math
670 Critical Reading
Difference: 70 Points

#6 Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, Georgia

760 Math
690 Critical Reading
Difference: 70 Points


#5 Louisiana Tech University - Ruston, Louisiana

650 Math
570 Critical Reading
Difference: 80 Points

#4 Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago, Illinois


710 Math
630 Critical Reading
Difference: 80 Points

#3 Lebanon Valley College - Annville, Pennsylvania

630 Math
536 Critical Reading
Difference: 94 Points

#2 Michigan State University - East Lansing, Michigan


680 Math
580 Critical Reading
Difference: 100 Points

#1 University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

790 Math
680 Critical Reading
Difference: 110 Points