Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for an oceanography degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,078 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

20% above average compared to other degrees

$ 28,641 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

43% above average compared to other degrees

$ 42,395 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

31% above average compared to other degrees

What do oceanography graduates earn?

Oceanography students make an average of $72,011 per year after graduation. This is 8% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 72,011 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 70% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular oceanography schools in the US

There are 38 schools in the US that offer a oceanography degree. The oceanography schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-San Diego, University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Santa Cruz. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in oceanography per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Cruz$14,020
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$9,005
Rutgers University-New Brunswick$14,638
Texas A & M University-College Station$11,234
University of Wisconsin-Madison$10,533
Florida State University$5,656
Stony Brook University$9,257

Top US schools for an oceanography degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
United States Naval Academy8%$null
University of California-Berkeley17%$14,170
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill24%$9,005
University of California-San Diego34%$14,018
University of Miami36%$48,484
Stony Brook University42%$9,257
University of South Florida-Main Campus45%$6,410
CUNY City College46%$6,940
University of Washington-Seattle Campus46%$10,974

Cheapest US schools for an oceanography degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an oceanography degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Monterey Peninsula College$1,176
Shasta College$1,185
Saddleback College$1,328
Cape Fear Community College$2,748
Elizabeth City State University$4,986
Florida State University$5,656
University of Alaska Fairbanks$6,262
The University of West Florida$6,360
University of South Florida-Main Campus$6,410
CUNY City College$6,940


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