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2021 Most Popular Real Estate Schools

228 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.

The Most Popular Real Estate Schools ranking is one of many tools that Business Degree Central has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 228 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for business students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Real Estate program at each school on the list.

Check out the real estate programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

New York University

New York, NY

Our 2021 rankings named New York University the most popular school in the United States for real estate students. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, real estate graduates from NYU carry an average student debt load of $83,001. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $967, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Sinclair Community College is a great place for real estate students. Located in the midsize city of Dayton, Sinclair Community College is a public school with a fairly 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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#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Georgetown University is a great place for real estate students. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, real estate graduates from Georgetown carry an average student debt load of $34,912. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $407, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Florida State University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Real Estate Schools list. Florida State is a very large public school located in the city of Tallahassee.

On average, real estate graduates from Florida State take out $18,750 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $195.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Columbus State Community College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Most Popular Real Estate Schools list. Columbus State is a very large public school located in the city of Columbus.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Real Estate Schools list. Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public school with a very large student population.

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San Jacinto Community College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular real estate programs. San Jacinto College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Pasadena.

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#8

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

Saddleback College ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Real Estate Schools list. Saddleback College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Mission Viejo.

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#9

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Real Estate Schools ranking. UGA is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Athens.

On average, real estate graduates from UGA take out $19,000 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $197.

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#10

Cedar Valley College

Lancaster, TX

With a ranking of #10, Cedar Valley College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for real estate students. Cedar Valley College is a medium-sized public school located in the rural area of Lancaster.

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#11

Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, CA

Mt. San Antonio College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Real Estate Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Walnut, Mt. SAC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#12

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL

Palm Beach State College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular real estate programs. Located in the suburb of Lake Worth, Palm Beach State College is a public school with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #13, Florida International University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for real estate students. FIU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Miami.

The average amount in student loans that real estate majors at FIU take out is $44,205. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $515, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Milwaukee Area Technical College landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular real estate programs. Located in the city of Milwaukee, MATC is a public college with a large student population.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular Real Estate Schools list. Located in the city of Jacksonville, FSCJ is a public school with a very large student population.

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#16

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular real estate programs. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Real Estate majors at UPenn take out an average of $97,986 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,142.

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Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for real estate students. It came in at #17 on the list. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station.

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With a ranking of #17, University of Central Florida did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for real estate students. UCF is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Orlando.

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#19

University of Denver

Denver, CO

University of Denver came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Real Estate Schools ranking. DU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Denver.

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#19

Modesto Junior College

Modesto, CA

With a ranking of #19, Modesto Junior College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for real estate students. Located in the midsize city of Modesto, MJC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#21

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

With a ranking of #21, Virginia Tech did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for real estate students. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Blacksburg.

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Ogden-Weber Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for real estate students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Ogden, Ogden-Weber Tech College is a public school with a small student population.

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#23

Baruch College

New York, NY

With a ranking of #23, Baruch College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for real estate students. Baruch is a fairly large public school located in the city of New York.

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Southern Methodist University ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Real Estate Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#25

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

University of San Diego landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular real estate programs. Located in the large city of San Diego, USD is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their degree, real estate majors at USD accumulate an average of around $23,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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#26

Glendale Community College

Glendale, CA
#27

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, CA
#28

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove, IL
#30

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for Real Estate students that almost earned our Most Popular Real Estate Schools award.

Rank College Location
35 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
35 Irvine Valley College Irvine, CA
37 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
38 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
39 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
40 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
40 Norco College Norco, CA
40 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
40 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
44 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
45 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA

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.

  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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