Cartography Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Cartographers make geographical maps using photographs and surveys of the earth's surface. Many schools across the United States offer studies in cartography. Some schools' combine cartography with their geography program.

How to Select a Cartography School

Cartography commonly links inside geography degree programs, so students might want to consider widening their search from a strictly cartographic standpoint. Other permissible majors include surveying, engineering and forestry. Students should firstly look for programs that include the study of maps, since the field requires cartographers to interpret geographical map data. These studies include the principles of map design, interpretation of geographic imagery and computer mapping.

Other considerations:

  • Look for a school that engages students with mapping software and how to use it.
  • Find a program that familiarizes students with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and other graphics software through design courses or other means.
  • It is imperative that a school have top-of-the-line computer labs and technology facilities.

Schools with the Largest Overall Student Enrollment

College/University Institution Type
Texas A & M University 4-year, Public
University of Wisconsin-Madison 4-year, Public
Arizona State University 4-year, Public
Ohio State University 4-year, Public
Virginia Commonwealth University 4-year, Public
Texas State University-San Marcos 4-year, Public
Portland State University 4-year, Public
University of Indiana-Bloomington 4-year, Public
Brigham Young University 4-year, Private
University of Oklahoma 4-year, Public

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