2022 Best Real Estate Schools

109 Colleges in the United States
5,658 Real Estate Degrees Awarded
$59,476 Avg Early-Career Salary
Real Estate is about average in terms of popularity for degree programs. That is, it ranks #163 out of the 368 majors across the country that we analyze each year. So, it might take a little more work to find colleges and universities that offer the degree program.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 109 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for real estate students pursuing a degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 5,658 degrees in real estate during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Real Estate School

Best Real Estate Schools Your choice of real estate school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. For our Best Overall Real Estate School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Real Estate Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Real Estate Schools list to help you make the college decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

Best Schools for Real Estate in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of real estate degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

16 Top Schools in Real Estate

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
75 Real Estate Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in real estate has to check out University of Pennsylvania. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 75 real estate students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the real estate program at University of Pennsylvania earn $98,524 more than the average college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CA
34 Real Estate Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in real estate has to check out University of Southern California. USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 34 real estate students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year.

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#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
157 Real Estate Degrees Awarded

Georgetown University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in real estate. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 157 real estate students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the real estate degree program at Georgetown University make $28,924 more than the average college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#4

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NY

Cornell University is a good choice for students interested in a degree in real estate. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Ithaca. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were about 27 real estate students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent data year.

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#5

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
40 Real Estate Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #62 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Villanova is a great university overall.

There were about 40 real estate students who graduated with this degree at Villanova in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the real estate degree program at Villanova University make $7,624 above the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
175 Real Estate Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #69 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were about 175 real estate students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

New York University

New York, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
315 Real Estate Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #53 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

There were approximately 315 real estate students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available. Those real estate students who get their degree from New York University receive $39,824 more than the average real estate graduate.

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#8

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
87 Real Estate Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #73 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

There were approximately 87 real estate students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent data year.

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#9

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
94 Real Estate Degrees Awarded

Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 94 real estate students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
$41,000 Median Student Debt

Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Baltimore. A Best Schools rank of #19 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were about 28 real estate students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the real estate degree program at Johns Hopkins University make $15,124 more than the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Graduate Certificate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In DC

GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. A Best Schools rank of #86 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means GWU is a great university overall.

There were about 25 real estate students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
129 Real Estate Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Athens, UGA is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 80 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were approximately 129 real estate students who graduated with this degree at UGA in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the real estate program earn about $49,500 in the first couple years of working.

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#13

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NY
34 Real Estate Degrees Awarded

Syracuse is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse. This university ranks 15th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 34 real estate students who graduated with this degree at Syracuse in the most recent data year.

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#14

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In TX
46 Real Estate Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 4th out of 136 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 46 real estate students who graduated with this degree at TCU in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CT

Located in the large suburb of Storrs, UCONN is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 32 schools for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were about 19 real estate students who graduated with this degree at UCONN in the most recent data year.

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#16

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA
78 Real Estate Degrees Awarded

USD is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of San Diego. This university ranks 33rd out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 78 real estate students who graduated with this degree at USD in the most recent data year.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Real Estate Schools award.

Rank College Location
17 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
18 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
19 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
20 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
21 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
22 Fordham University Bronx, NY
23 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
24 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
25 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH

Real Estate by Region

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

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

Majors Similar to Real Estate

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 404,734
Accounting 101,094
Finance & Financial Management 57,893
General Business/Commerce 55,749
Marketing 52,262
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 36,038
Human Resource Management 26,616
Hospitality Management 17,830
Business Support & Assistant Services 17,755
Management Information Systems 14,198

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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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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