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2021 Best Real Estate Schools

107 Colleges
$59,476 Avg Salary
$30,114 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Real Estate School for You

In 2018-2019, 5,700 people earned a degree or certificate in real estate, making the major the #143 most popular in the United States.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Real Estate Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 107 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Real Estate Schools in the United States

Check out the real estate programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best Real Estate Schools

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our 2021 rankings named University of Pennsylvania the best school in the United States for real estate students. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

After completing their degree, real estate graduates from UPenn carry an average student debtload of $97,986. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,142, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Cornell University is a great place for real estate students. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

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The excellent programs at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best real estate schools in the United States. Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a very large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Wisconsin - Madison. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Real Estate Schools list. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison.

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#5

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Villanova University is a great place for real estate students. Villanova is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Villanova.

On average, real estate graduates from Villanova take out $24,900 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $258, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

With a ranking of #6, Northwestern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for real estate students. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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University of Southern California landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best real estate programs. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#8

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Real Estate Schools ranking. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #9, The University of Texas at Austin did quite well on this year’s best schools for real estate students. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin.

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#10

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Real Estate Schools list. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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#11

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best real estate programs. Located in the large city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Southern Methodist University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Real Estate Schools list. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas.

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With a ranking of #13, Sinclair Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for real estate students. Sinclair Community College is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Dayton.

On average, real estate graduates from Sinclair Community College take out $4,492 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $47.

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#14

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Real Estate Schools list. Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#15

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Real Estate Schools list. Syracuse is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Syracuse.

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University of Connecticut landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best real estate programs. UCONN is a very large public school located in the suburb of Storrs.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Real Estate students that almost earned our Best Real Estate Schools award.

Rank College Location
17 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
18 University of Georgia Athens, GA
19 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
20 Georgetown University Washington, DC
21 Baylor University Waco, TX

Real Estate by Region

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

Real Estate is one of 21 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Real Estate

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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.

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