Geography is one of those underappreciated careers that fewer and fewer people are studying every year. It offers so many fascinating fields of work, such as cartography, environmental consulting, surveying, city planning and development, market researching, tourism, and international aid work.
If you plan on studying geography, here are the US universities you should attend:
1. University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley is ranked fifth in the world for Geography studies, and it is one of the top universities overall in the Unites States. Set overlooking the San Francisco Bay, it is a beautiful university where you can major in your chosen field for an affordable tuition.
2. University of California, Los Angeles
The University of California, Los Angeles is ranked 6 in the world for geography studies, and has a high ranking in many other fields of study. It is nearly 100 years old, and has an yearly enrollment of roughly 30,000 undergrads and 12,000 graduate students--making it one of the largest universities on the West Coast.
3. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ranked 18th in the world for geography studies, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (or UW) is a top-notch public research university in the city of Madison, Wisconsin. It is home to four historical landmarks, employs over 21,000 staff and faculty, and has one of the top-rated teams in the NCAA Division I collegiate sport championships.
4. University of Minnesota
Ranked 28th in the world for geography, the University of Minnesota is one of the top-rated schools in the North. Located in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, the university is known for having one of the largest campus bodies in the entire country. Over 51,000 students are enrolled every year.
5. University of Washington
The University of Washington ties with the University of Minnesota for 28th place in the world. It is one of the oldest colleges on the West Coast and is home to one of the top medical schools in the world. It is considered one of the "Public Ivies" – public schools with an education comparable to Ivy League education.
6. University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania is ranked 30th in the world for geography studies and is one of the nine original Colonial Colleges, as well as one of the 14 colleges that founded the Association of American Universities. It was founded by none other than Benjamin Franklin!
7. University of California, Santa Barbara
The University of California, Santa Barbara takes 39th place in the world for geography studies. It is the third-oldest general education campus in California, and is one of the "Public Ivies". It is ranked in 10th place among public universities in the country.
8. Ohio State University
The Ohio State University, or OSU, has been around since 1870, and is the third largest campus body in the entire country. It ranks 41st for geography studies in the world, and is one of the 14 universities in the US that plays Division I ice hockey and Division I FBS football.
9. Arizona State University
Ranked 43rd in the world for geography studies, ASU is the largest public university in the US (ranked by number of enrolled students). It is also considered one of the top public research universities in the country.
10. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The UNC-Chapel Hill takes the 46th spot in the world for geography studies, yet is one of only eight "Public Ivy" colleges in the country. It is home to UNC Health Care, a hospital that specializes in cancer care, treatment and research.
If you’re considering studying geography, these are the colleges you want to attend!