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2021 Best Urban Studies Schools

75 Colleges
$37,971 Avg Salary
$24,376 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Urban Studies School for You

In 2018-2019, 1,647 people earned a degree or certificate in urban studies, making the major the #218 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. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Urban Studies Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 75 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Urban Studies Schools in the United States

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

Top 15% Best Urban Studies Schools

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our 2021 rankings named Stanford University the best school in the United States for urban studies students. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Pennsylvania. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Urban Studies Schools list. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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#3

Brown University

Providence, RI

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Brown University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Urban Studies Schools list. Located in the city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Columbia University in the City of New York. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Urban Studies Schools list. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#5

Trinity College

Hartford, CT

Out of the 75 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Trinity College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Hartford, Trinity Bantams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for urban studies students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the city of Mankato, Minnesota State University - Mankato is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Urban Studies majors at Minnesota State University - Mankato take out an average of $25,750 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $267, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Berkeley did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for urban studies students. It came in at #7 on the list. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley.

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#8

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Urban Studies Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

On average, urban studies graduates from Tufts take out $41,000 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $478.

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#9

Boston University

Boston, MA

With a ranking of #9, Boston University did quite well on this year’s best schools for urban studies students. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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#10

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best urban studies programs. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a very large student population.

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#11

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY

CUNY Hunter College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best urban studies programs. Hunter is a very large public school located in the large city of New York.

On average, urban studies graduates from Hunter take out $35,400 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $412.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Urban Studies Schools award.

Rank College Location
12 New York University New York, NY
13 University of Delaware Newark, DE
14 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
15 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX

Urban Studies by Region

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

Urban Studies is one of 13 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Urban Studies

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 Andrew Bossi.

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