Real Estate is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #123 most popular associate degree program in the country. This means you won’t have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 30 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for real estate students pursuing a associate degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 429 associate degrees in real estate during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Choosing a Great Real Estate School for Your Associate Degree

Your choice of real estate for getting your associate degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To take this into account we consider a school’s overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Average Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of associate graduates during the early years of their career. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their associate degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

Major Focus – How much a school focuses on real estate students vs. other majors.

Major Demand – How many other real estate students want to attend this school to pursue a associate degree.

Educational Resources – How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.

Student Debt – How much debt real estate students go into to obtain their associate degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.

Accreditation – Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized real estate related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for real estate students working on their associate degree.

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we’ve developed the Best Real Estate Associate Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Associate Students to Study Real Estate in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for real estate students seeking a an associate degree.

The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.

Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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