2022 Best Urban Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools
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.
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Choosing a Great Urban Studies School for Your Bachelor's Degree
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
|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
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Urban Studies Related Rankings by Major
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|
|International Relations & National Security||9,567|
|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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