Tuition costs are a reality of post-secondary education, but it’s important not to be discouraged. If your top school is financially out of reach, your second or third choice may serve your future just as well. To help you find the program — and school — that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up typical tuition costs for geography degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,891 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

18% above average compared to other degrees

$ 23,653 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

18% above average compared to other degrees

$ 44,731 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

38% above average compared to other degrees

What do geography graduates earn?

Geography students make an average of $64,740 per year after graduation. This is 3% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

20% of geography graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 64,740 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 52% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

2% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular geography schools in the US

There are 542 schools in the US that offer a geography degree. The geography schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Santa Barbara. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in geography per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398

Top US schools for a geography degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering geography degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Northwestern University9%$52,678
United States Military Academy10%$null
Dartmouth College10%$53,368
United States Air Force Academy12%$null
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
University of Southern California16%$54,259
University of California-Los Angeles16%$13,261
Middlebury College17%$52,496
University of California-Berkeley17%$14,170

Cheapest US schools for a geography degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a geography degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Chabot College$1,138
Fullerton College$1,138
Las Positas College$1,138
Cypress College$1,140
Compton College$1,142
El Camino Community College District$1,142


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