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2020 Best Colleges for Real Estate

Approximately 5,183 real estate degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Real Estate ranking analyzed 29 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in real estate. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 schools for Real Estate students.

Choosing a Great Real Estate School

Best Colleges for Real Estate The real estate program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 8% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 8%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 139 to 27 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Real Estate graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A real estate bachelors degree from a college in the United States helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $48,783 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Real Estate students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other real estate students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized real estate related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Real Estate students.

Best Schools to Study Real Estate in United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Real Estate degree.

Top 10 Best Real Estate Colleges

#1

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA
Master Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CA
14.5% Growth in Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in real estate needs to look into University of San Diego. Located in the city San Diego, U of San Diego is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 140th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, U of San Diego offers a Master's Degree in real estate.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Master Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In PA

University of Pennsylvania is among your best bets if you're planning on studying real estate. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UPenn also offers 2 different higher degree levels in real estate, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Master Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In TX
10.1% Growth in Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in real estate has to take a look at Southern Methodist University. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas. This school ranks 87th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

A preferred major for real estate undergraduates, there are about 69 learners enrolled in this program at SMU.

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Master Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
17.3% Growth in Graduates

University of Wisconsin - Madison is a great option for students interested in a Real Estate major. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of 80 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Wisconsin is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Wisconsin offers a Master's Degree in real estate. Students from the real estate major at University of Wisconsin - Madison earn $19,778 above the average college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#5

University of Denver

Denver, CO
Master Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CO
46.5% Growth in Graduates

U of Denver is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Denver. This college ranks 145th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, U of Denver offers a Master's Degree in real estate.

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#6

New York University

New York, NY
Master Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
6.8% Growth in Graduates

NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. This college ranks 129th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

For those interested in something more advanced, NYU also offers 2 different higher degree levels in real estate, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Master Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NY
25.4% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city New York, Baruch is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 306th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Baruch also offers a Master's Degree in real estate. Students who graduate from the real estate program make about $34,300 for their early career.

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#8

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
6th Most Popular In TX
12.5% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 115th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

With 48 undergrads, Texas Christian University is one of most popular colleges to study real estate in United States.

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Master Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MN
17.9% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city Saint Paul, UST MN is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 173rd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

For those interested in something more advanced, UST MN also offers 2 different higher degree levels in real estate, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the real estate program report average early career income of $47,800.

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#10

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
3rd Most Popular In WI
8.0% Growth in Graduates
$50,200 Median Starting Salary

Marquette is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Milwaukee. This college ranks 160th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

A preferred major for real estate undergraduates, there are approximately 25 individuals enrolled in this program at Marquette. Grads of the real estate program report average early career earnings of $50,200.

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New England
Rocky Mountains
The Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 21 majors within the Business, Management & Marketing area of study, Real Estate has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 399,810
Accounting 107,851
General Business/Commerce 58,413
Finance & Financial Management 56,960
Marketing 49,179

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Godrej Mamurdi Pune.

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