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2022 Best Urban Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools

74 Colleges in the United States
1,041 Bachelor's Degrees
Urban Studies isn't the most popular bachelor's program in the world, but it's not the least popular either. To be more precise it ranks #162 in popularity out of 338 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

College Factual reviewed 74 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for bachelor's degree seekers in the field of urban studies. Combined, these schools handed out 1,041 bachelor's degrees in urban studies to qualified students.

Jump to one of the following sections: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Urban Studies School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Urban Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools Your choice of urban studies for getting your bachelor's degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their bachelor's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. After all, your bachelor's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.

Other Factors We Consider

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

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to urban studies students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other urban studies students want to attend this school to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for urban studies to pay back their student loans after receiving their bachelor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized urban studies related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for urban studies students working on their bachelor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The urban studies school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Urban Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

Featured Urban Studies Programs

Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Urban Studies in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for urban studies students seeking a a bachelor's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

11 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Urban Studies

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
10 Annual Graduates

Stanford University is a wonderful option for individuals pursuing a bachelor's degree in urban studies. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford.More information about a bachelor’s in urban studies from Stanford University

34 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat University of California - Berkeley if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in urban studies. UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley.More information about a bachelor’s in urban studies from University of California - Berkeley

#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
35 Annual Graduates

University of Pennsylvania is a great decision for individuals interested in a bachelor's degree in urban studies. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in urban studies from University of Pennsylvania

17 Annual Graduates

Columbia University in the City of New York is a wonderful option for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in urban studies. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in urban studies from Columbia University in the City of New York

#5

Barnard College

New York, NY
41 Annual Graduates
$19,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of New York, Barnard is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Bachelor's graduates who receive their degree from the urban studies program make about $33,800 in the first couple years of working.

More information about a bachelor’s in urban studies from Barnard College

#6

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
19 Annual Graduates

Trinity Bantams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Hartford.More information about a bachelor’s in urban studies from Trinity College

2 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in urban studies from Washington University in St Louis

13 Annual Graduates

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles.More information about a bachelor’s in urban studies from University of Southern California

#9

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
13 Annual Graduates

Vassar is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie.More information about a bachelor’s in urban studies from Vassar College

#10

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN
13 Annual Graduates

Rhodes College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large city of Memphis.More information about a bachelor’s in urban studies from Rhodes College

#11

Brown University

Providence, RI
25 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.More information about a bachelor’s in urban studies from Brown University

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Urban Studies students that almost earned our Best Urban Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
12 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
13 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
14 New York University New York, NY
15 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
16 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
17 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
18 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL

Urban Studies by Region

View the Best Urban Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

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

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Urban Studies is one of 12 different types of Social Sciences programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Urban Studies

Related Major Annual Graduates
Political Science & Government 43,385
Economics 40,046
Sociology 29,491
International Relations & National Security 9,567
Anthropology 9,280
Criminology 8,860
General Social Sciences 6,589
Geography & Cartography 4,655
Other Social Sciences 1,772
Sociology & Anthropology 498

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 Andrew Bossi. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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