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Geospatial Institutions

A compilation of geospatial colleges and universities in North America with a focus on Canada and the United States.

Other colleges and universities outside of North America are welcome, too! The ultimate goal of this project is to include all geospatial programs available to students around the globe!

Check out the interactive map and help make it a 'living map' with us!

About the Project

Two lists originated as part of the URISA Vanguard Outreach Committee and we hope to reach out to a larger community to provide a list that will serve throughout the geospatial community! The two lists are:

  1. URISA's Colleges and Universities, URISA website
  2. URISA Vanguard Cabinet Compiled List, Google spreadsheet

Pull requests welcome! We would like to keep this list updated with the latest information. If a new geospatial program has started, a contact has changed, or any other addition/change, please submit a pull request! New to Github? No worries, check out the guide below or contact us to get started. :-)

2016 Rankings

Based on a list compiled annually by Justin Holman. In 2016, Mr. Holman focused on online programs, his rankings are as follows:

  1. University of Southern California
  2. Pennsylvania State University
  3. John Hopkins University (Washington, D.C.)
  4. North Carolina State University
  5. University of Kentucky
  6. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  7. University of Washington-Seattle
  8. University of Arizona
  9. Kent State (Kent, Ohio)
  10. Northern Arizona University

How to Add/Edit an Institution

  1. Fork this project to your Guthub account:
    If you don't have a Github account, definitely get one. We promise you won't regret it! Once you get one, or if you're already set up, fork this project. :-)

  2. Update the file, if needed:
    • Retain the same overall structure seen in the file (feel free to copy/paste and edit, where needed). If you are unsure on how to do so, contact us. :-)
    • Add in the location, listed in alphabetical order (ie: US-Alabama), if needed.
    • If you know of any resources to the location under the header, please add them in for future reference (check out US-Minnesota for an example).
    • Add the institution, listed in alphabetical order underneath the location title.

  3. Add/edit the institution in the institutions.geojson file:
    • Add in the name of the institution and the latitude and longitude. We recommend this awesome site for getting the latitude/longitude and going four decimal points deep and try and add in as much supporting information as you can/know.
    • If the school offers a program, the marker-symbol should be set to college and red (e.g. "marker-symbol": "college", "marker-color": "#ef8a62") and if the school offers a certificate, the marker-symbol should be set to library and blue (e.g. "marker-symbol": "library", "marker-color": "#5ab4ac").

  4. Update the final numbers in the
    For both the location (i.e. US-Alabama (xx)) and the overall number (i.e. Full List (xx)).

  5. Verify your edits:
    Ensure the edits you made are accurate, both of the data you are entering and free of any typos. This makes things much easier down the road.

  6. Submit a Pull Request (PR):
    Need help? Here's a Windows guide on how to submit a request, or contact us!

  7. Pat yourself on the back for being all-around awesome :-P

Full List (148)

CAN-British Columbia (1)

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

US-Alabama (9)

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Auburn University
  • Jacksonville State University
  • Lawson State Community College
  • Samford University
  • Troy University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of North Alabama
  • University of South Alabama

US-Alaska (3)

  • University of Alaska-Anchorage
  • University of Alaska-Fairbanks
  • University of Alaska Southeast

US-Arizona (4)

  • Arizona State University
  • Mesa Community College
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of Arizona

US-Arkansas (4)

  • Arkansas State University-Jonesboro
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
  • University of Central Arkansas

US-California (4)

  • San Diego State University
  • University of California-Santa Barbara
  • University of Redlands
  • University of Southern California

US-Colorado (7)

  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Emily Griffith Technical College
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Front Range Community College
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Colorado-Denver
  • University of Denver

US-Florida (7)

  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Miami
  • University of South Florida
  • University of West Florida

US-Georgia (6)

  • Central Georgia Technical College
  • Georgia State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Ogeechee Technical College
  • University of Georgia
  • University of North Georgia

US-Illinois (22)

  • Augustana College
  • Chicago State University
  • DePaul University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Elmhurst College
  • Harold Washington College
  • Illinois State University
  • Judson University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Waubonsee Community College
  • Western Illinois University
  • Wheaton College

US-Indiana (1)

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

US-Iowa (3)

  • Kirkwood Community College
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Northern Iowa

US-Kansas (2)

  • Kansas State University
  • University of Kansas

US-Kentucky (9)

  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Hazard Community and Technical College
  • Morehead State University
  • Murray State University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • Western Kentucky University

US-Maine (1)

  • University of Maine

US-Maryland (1)

  • University of Maryland-College Park

US-Massachusetts (2)

  • Boston University
  • Clark University

US-Michigan (4)

  • Ferris State University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Western Michigan University

US-Minnesota (15)

  • Bemidji State University
  • Carlton College
  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Itasca Community College
  • Macalaster College
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead
  • Saint Cloud State University
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • South Central Community College
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Saint Thomas

US-Missouri (3)

  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Park University
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City

US-Montana (2)

  • Carroll College
  • University of Montana

US-Nebraska (0)

US-New York (1)

  • State University of New York at Buffalo

US-Ohio (2)

  • Kent State
  • Ohio State University

US-Oregon (2)

  • Oregon State University
  • University of Oregon

US-North Carolina (2)

  • North Carolina State University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

US-North Dakota (2)

  • Bismark State College
  • University of North Dakota

US-Pennsylvania (8)

  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Harrisburg University
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Shippensburg University
  • University of Pennsylvania

US-South Carolina (1)

  • University of South Carolina-Columbia

US-South Dakota (1)

  • South Dakota State University

US-Texas (1)

  • University of Texas at Dallas

US-Virginia (1)

  • George Mason University

US-Washington (13)

  • Bellingham Technical College
  • Central Washington University
  • Centralia College
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Everett Community College
  • Evergreen State College
  • Green River Community College
  • Olympic College
  • Skagit Valley College
  • University of Washington-Seattle
  • University of Washington-Tacoma
  • Washington State University
  • Western Washington University

US-Washington D.C. (1)

  • John Hopkins University

US-Wisconsin (3)

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls

US-Wyoming (0)


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