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2021 Best Real Estate Schools

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

Finding the Best Real Estate School for You

Real Estate is the #20 most popular major in the country with 5,700 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

With all the business programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Business Degree Central has created the Best Real Estate Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 177 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for business 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 analysis found University of Pennsylvania to be the best school for real estate students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

On average, real estate graduates from UPenn take out $97,986 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,142.

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#2

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The excellent programs at Cornell University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best real estate schools in the United States. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a great place for real estate students. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Wisconsin - Madison. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Real Estate Schools list. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a very large student population.

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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. Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, real estate majors at Villanova accumulate an average of around $24,900 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $258.

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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. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

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With a ranking of #7, University of Southern California did quite well on this year’s best schools for real estate students. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

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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. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best real estate programs. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population.

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#10

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

With a ranking of #10, Harvard University did quite well on this year’s best schools for real estate students. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#11

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Real Estate Schools ranking. TCU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Fort Worth.

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Southern Methodist University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Real Estate Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Sinclair Community College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Real Estate Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Dayton, Sinclair Community College is a public college with a large student population.

While working on their degree, real estate majors at Sinclair Community College accumulate an average of around $4,492 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $47, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Real Estate Schools ranking. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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#15

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Real Estate Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Connecticut landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best real estate programs. Located in the suburb of Storrs, UCONN is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top 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 business programs to choose from.

Real Estate Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Real Estate 5,700

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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