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 urban studies degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,440 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

36% above average compared to other degrees

$ 27,581 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

37% above average compared to other degrees

$ 49,815 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

54% above average compared to other degrees

What do urban studies graduates earn?

Urban studies students make an average of $60,294 per year after graduation. This is 10% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 60,294 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 37% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular urban studies schools in the US

There are 200 schools in the US that offer a urban studies degree. The urban studies schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-San Diego, University of California-Irvine and University of California-Berkeley. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in urban studies per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
New York University$50,464
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082
University of Southern California$54,259
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Fordham University$50,986
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974

Top US schools for an urban studies degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Brown University8%$53,419
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Tufts University15%$54,318
Barnard College15%$52,662
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533
University of California-Berkeley17%$14,170

Cheapest US schools for an urban studies degree

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

School NameTuition
Monroe Community College$5,139
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College$5,194
Harris-Stowe State University$5,340
Savannah State University$5,743
University of the District of Columbia$5,756
California State University-Northridge$6,875
CUNY City College$6,940
CUNY Hunter College$6,982
CUNY Brooklyn College$7,040
CUNY Queens College$7,138


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