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2021 Best Geography & Cartography Schools

247 Colleges
$36,126 Avg Salary
$23,577 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Geography & Cartography School for You

Geography & Cartography is the #115 most popular major in the country with 8,673 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Geography & Cartography Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 247 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Geography & Cartography Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for geography majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Top Schools in Geography

#1

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Our 2021 rankings named Dartmouth College the best school in the United States for geography and cartography students. Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Out of the 247 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Pennsylvania landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Pennsylvania State University - World Campus. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Geography & Cartography Schools list. Penn State World Campus is a small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

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#4

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Colgate University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Geography & Cartography Schools list. Located in the town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#5

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Out of the 247 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Johns Hopkins University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

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#6

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Geography & Cartography Schools list. Middlebury is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Middlebury.

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#7

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

With a ranking of #7, Northwestern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for geography and cartography students. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

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#8

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Geography & Cartography Schools ranking. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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#9

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

With a ranking of #9, James Madison University did quite well on this year’s best schools for geography and cartography students. Located in the city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a very large student population.

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Texas A&M University - College Station came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Geography & Cartography Schools ranking. Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the city of College Station.

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#11

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Geography & Cartography Schools list. Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Medford.

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The University of Texas at Austin ranked #12 on this year’s Best Geography & Cartography Schools list. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Maryland - College Park did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for geography and cartography students. It came in at #13 on the list. UMCP is a very large public school located in the large suburb of College Park.

On average, geography graduates from UMCP take out $21,500 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $223, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

With a ranking of #14, Michigan State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for geography and cartography students. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

While working on their degree, geography majors at Michigan State accumulate an average of around $27,000 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#15

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA

With a ranking of #15, Kennesaw State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for geography and cartography students. Located in the suburb of Kennesaw, KSU Georgia is a public school with a very large student population.

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#16

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Rowan University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for geography and cartography students. It came in at #16 on the list. Rowan is a large public school located in the suburb of Glassboro.

While working on their degree, geography majors at Rowan accumulate an average of around $22,395 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $232.

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Arizona State University - Skysong came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Geography & Cartography Schools ranking. Located in the city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public school with a very large student population.

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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania ranked #18 on this year’s Best Geography & Cartography Schools list. Ship is a moderately-sized public school located in the fringe town of Shippensburg.

While working on their degree, geography majors at Ship accumulate an average of around $26,500 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $275.

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#19

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

University of Richmond came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Geography & Cartography Schools ranking. U of Richmond is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of University of Richmond.

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#20

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Geography & Cartography Schools ranking. Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Lewisburg.

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#21

University of Florida-Online

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida-Online came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Geography & Cartography Schools ranking. University of Florida-Online is a small public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville.

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#22

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

With a ranking of #22, Binghamton University did quite well on this year’s best schools for geography and cartography students. Binghamton University is a large public school located in the midsize suburb of Vestal.

Geography majors at Binghamton University take out an average of $19,500 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #23, University of California - Los Angeles did quite well on this year’s best schools for geography and cartography students. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a very large student population.

Geography majors at UCLA take out an average of $16,500 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $171, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Geography & Cartography Schools list. Located in the suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#25

Towson University

Towson, MD

Towson University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Geography & Cartography Schools list. Towson is a very large public school located in the small city of Towson.

After completing their degree, geography graduates from Towson carry an average student debtload of $18,750. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $195.

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Rest of the Top Best Geography & Cartography Schools

#26

Front Range Community College

Westminster, CO
#29

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#35

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#36

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
#37

Boston University

Boston, MA

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
38 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
39 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
40 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
41 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
42 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
43 University of North Texas Denton, TX
44 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
45 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
46 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
47 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
48 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
49 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI

Geography & Cartography by Region

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

One of 13 majors within the area of study, geography and cartography has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 48,297
Political Science & Government 47,035
Sociology 37,611
General Social Sciences 19,694
International Relations & National Security 15,207

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 Couleur.

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