Geography & Cartography

2022 Best Geography & Cartography Schools

268 Colleges in the United States
8,936 Geography Degrees Awarded
$36,126 Avg Early-Career Salary
Geography & Cartography is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #107 most popular degree program in the country. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 268 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Geography & Cartography Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 8,936 degrees in geography and cartography during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Geography & Cartography School

Best Geography & Cartography Schools Your choice of geography and cartography school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for geography and cartography schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

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

Geography & Cartography Rankings by 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 Geography & Cartography Schools list to help you make the college decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Geography & Cartography in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the geography degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Geography

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In PA

Any student who is interested in geography and cartography needs to take a look at University of Pennsylvania. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were about 27 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MD

Any student who is interested in geography and cartography has to take a look at Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins is a fairly 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 approximately 20 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available.

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#3

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NH

Any student who is interested in geography and cartography needs to look into Dartmouth College. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit college located in the remote town of Hanover. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were about 26 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent data year.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In IL

University of Chicago is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in geography and cartography. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 4 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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#5

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In VT

Located in the town of Middlebury, Middlebury is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #50 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Middlebury is a great college overall.

There were approximately 18 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at Middlebury in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In NY

Colgate is a small private not-for-profit university located in the town of Hamilton. A Best Schools rank of #30 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Colgate is a great university overall.

There were about 12 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
168 Geography Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #46 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

There were roughly 168 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the geography program earn about $33,000 in the first couple years of working.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
72 Geography Degrees Awarded

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the 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 about 72 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Those geography and cartography students who get their degree from University of Southern California earn $23,224 more than the average geography graduate.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In IL

Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 1 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
115 Geography Degrees Awarded

UMCP is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of College Park. This university ranks 2nd out of 39 schools for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There were about 115 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at UMCP in the most recent year we have data available. Geography & Cartography degree recipients from University of Maryland - College Park get an earnings boost of around $2,074 above the typical income of geography and cartography graduates.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In GA

Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #35 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Georgia Tech is a great school overall.

There were approximately 12 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at Georgia Tech in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC
50 Geography Degrees Awarded

GWU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. This university ranks 2nd out of 9 colleges for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were roughly 50 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
115 Geography Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 16th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 115 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at UCSB in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the geography program state that they receive average early career income of $33,200.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TX
70 Geography Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #52 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UT Austin is a great university overall.

There were approximately 70 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent year we have data available.

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#15

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In PA

Located in the 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 schools nationwide means Villanova is a great university overall.

There were roughly 10 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at Villanova in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In TX
100 Geography Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 100 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WA
154 Geography Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 58 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were roughly 154 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
54 Geography Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 54 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent data year.

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#19

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
59 Geography Degrees Awarded

JMU is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Harrisonburg. This university ranks 5th out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 59 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at JMU in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
124 Geography Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 52 schools for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were about 124 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NC
37 Geography Degrees Awarded

UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public university located in the small city of Chapel Hill. This university ranks 4th out of 113 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 37 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent data year.

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#22

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
16th Most Popular In NY

Vassar is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie. This college ranks 9th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 9 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at Vassar in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
47 Geography Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize suburb of Vestal, Binghamton University is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 21st out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 47 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at Binghamton University in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the geography program report average early career wages of $37,200.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
99 Geography Degrees Awarded

Ohio State is a fairly large public university located in the city of Columbus. This university ranks 6th out of 108 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There were approximately 99 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at Ohio State in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the geography program report average early career earnings of $36,700.

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#25

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In VA

URichmond is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of University of Richmond. This university ranks 6th out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 7 geography and cartography students who graduated with this degree at URichmond in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top Best Geography & Cartography Schools

#25

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#27

Macalester College

Saint Paul, MN
#28

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#29

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#30

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA

#32

Park University

Parkville, MO

#36

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN
#40

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Geography & Cartography students that almost earned our Best Geography & Cartography Schools award.

Rank College Location
41 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
42 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
43 Boston University Boston, MA
44 Clark University Worcester, MA
45 Towson University Towson, MD
46 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
47 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
48 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
49 East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA
50 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
51 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
52 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
53 University of Redlands Redlands, CA

Geography & Cartography 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 12 majors within the Social Sciences area of study, Geography & Cartography has other similar majors worth exploring.

Geography Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Geography 5,476
Geographic Information Science 3,098
Other Geography 362

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 48,831
Political Science & Government 48,597
Sociology 37,807
General Social Sciences 19,742
International Relations & National Security 14,762
Anthropology 12,008
Criminology 10,182
Other Social Sciences 2,491
Urban Studies 1,475
Sociology & Anthropology 498

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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 Couleur.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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