Which Kansas College/University has the best math program?
I live really close to K-State, University of Kansas, and Washburn University. I'm also open to the idea of attending Wichita University. I would prefer to attend a public college/university over a private one.
In general going to your best in-state public university is a good option for undergraduate degree. This keeps cost down, and each state's flagship university offers a sound undergraduate degree.
However, you should investigate highly ranked out of state private schools for Expected Family contribution. While the full cost tuition may be high, the expected family contribution amount in some situations may be comparable to in-state tuition. This article has information on Expected Family Contribution - https://www.forbes.com/advisor/student-loans/expected-family-contribution/ . If this is a workable option you can consider some private schools with strong math programs that also have generous student aid.
Good luck with your plans.
Congrats for pursuing a STEM major! Very impressive.
I don’t know which schools would be the best for you, but I can offer you a few first steps when searching for schools.
1. Look for Math programs that offer BA/BS, MS and PhD degrees at the same school. More than likely, you’ll get a good mix of quality faculty who are teaching in this program and access to research.
2. Even if you are interested in Pure Math, also look for programs with multiple concentrations within the Math major or as a minor. This will give you options to prepare yourself for a job or graduate degrees. For example, look for preparation to with work with NASA or in Computer Science, robotics, architecture, engineering, etc.
3. Look for schools with funding for STEM majors. This may be a good indicator that the program is growing and will be cutting edge.
4. Think about your career goals or what you have a passion for doing, and when you visit these campuses (in-person or virtually) ask them how they will prepare you to meet such goals.
I hope this helps and all the best!