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2020 Best Colleges for Geography & Cartography in the Southeast Region

Approximately 8,717 geography and cartography degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Geography & Cartography in the Southeast Region ranking analyzed 30 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in geography and cartography. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 colleges for Geography & Cartography students in the Southeast Region.

Choosing a Great Geography & Cartography School

Best Colleges for Geography & Cartography in the Southeast Region The geography program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality geography program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

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 college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 23% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 19%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 289 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

A geography and cartography degree from colleges on this list usually results in above average salaries after graduation. A geography and cartography bachelors degree from a school in Southeast helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $33,255 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 Geography & Cartography students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other geography and cartography students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized geography and cartography related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Geography & Cartography students in the Southeast Region.

Best Schools to Study Geography & Cartography in Southeast

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Top 10 Best Geography Colleges in the Southeast Region

#1

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

University of Mary Washington is a good decision for students pursuing a Geography & Cartography major. Located in the midsize suburb Fredericksburg, UMW is a public school with a small student population. This college ranks 60th out of 436 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

UMW offers geography and cartography degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Master's.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the finest schools in the country for geography and cartography. UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public school located in the city of Chapel Hill. A Best Colleges rank of 50 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great school overall.

There are roughly 50 geography and cartography undergraduates studying this degree at UNC Chapel Hill.

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#3

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Every student pursuing a degree in geography and cartography needs to take a look at Virginia Tech. Located in the small city Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 79 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great college overall.

There are approximately 68 geography and cartography undergraduates studying this degree at Virginia Tech. Graduates of the geography program earn an average of $30,100 in their early career salary.

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#4

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University is among your best bets if you want to study geography and cartography. JMU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Harrisonburg. This school ranks 26th out of 436 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

A favorite choice for geography and cartography undergrads, there are roughly 58 learners studying this degree at JMU. James Madison University geography and cartography graduates receive $5,140 more than the average geography graduate.

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#5

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Located in the midsize city Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 30th out of 436 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

A popular major for geography and cartography undergrads, there are approximately 70 individuals enrolled in this program at Florida State. Graduates of the geography program make about $26,400 for their early career.

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#6

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

GMU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax. This school ranks 31st out of 436 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

George Mason University is one of the most popular college to study geography in Southeast with over 51 graduations last year. Grads of the geography program report average early career wages of $32,500.

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#7

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Located in the city Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 73 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means U of F is a great school overall.

A popular major for geography and cartography undergraduates, there are approximately 40 individuals enrolled in this degree at U of F.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Located in the city Athens, UGA is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 20th out of 436 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There are roughly 60 geography and cartography undergrads enrolled in this program at UGA.

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Located in the large city Charlotte, UNC Charlotte is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 83rd out of 436 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

With 47 undergraduates, University of North Carolina at Charlotte is one of most popular colleges to study geography in Southeast. Graduates from the geography and cartography major at University of North Carolina at Charlotte make $6,740 more than the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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UT Knoxville is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Knoxville. This school ranks 33rd out of 436 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

For those interested in something more advanced, UT Knoxville also offers 2 different higher degree levels in geography and cartography, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Best Geography & Cartography Colleges by State

Explore the best geography and cartography colleges for a specific state in this the Southeast region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 167
Florida 291 252
Virginia 289 305
North Carolina 286 202
Tennessee 266 60
Kentucky 257 140
South Carolina 254 28
Louisiana 254 48
Alabama 250 145
Arkansas 249 49
Mississippi 239 22
West Virginia 222 46

One of 13 majors within the Social Sciences area of study, Geography & Cartography has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 47,528
Political Science & Government 44,651
Sociology 37,615
General Social Sciences 19,123
International Relations & National Security 14,908

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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.

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