The cost of attending college or university seems to consistently trend upwards. And while it’s true that you have to be prepared to make a financial commitment to your post-secondary education, there are ways that you can reduce the overall cost. Plan ahead. Compare the costs and benefits of earning an associate degree versus a bachelor’s degree. Explore scholarship opportunities and financial aid. Become informed about available tax credits and deductions. And of course, investigate tuition fees at both public and private institutions. To help you get started, here are the typical costs for a geology degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,255 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

22% above average compared to other degrees

$ 25,127 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

25% above average compared to other degrees

$ 44,582 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

38% above average compared to other degrees

What do geology graduates earn?

Geology students make an average of $71,567 per year after graduation. This is 7% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

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

$ 71,567 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 70% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

1% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular geology schools in the US

There are 848 schools in the US that offer a geology degree. The geology schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in geology per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082

Top US schools for a geology degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
Pomona College8%$51,075
Brown University8%$53,419
Northwestern University9%$52,678

Cheapest US schools for a geology degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a geology 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
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Woodland Community College$1,124
Fullerton College$1,138
Cypress College$1,140
El Camino Community College District$1,142
Irvine Valley College$1,142
Santa Ana College$1,142


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