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2021 Best Colleges for Mental & Social Health Services

Approximately 20,691 mental and social health services degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Mental & Social Health Services ranking analyzed 29 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in mental and social health services. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 schools for Mental & Social Health Services students.

Choosing a Great Mental & Social Health Services School

Best Colleges for Mental & Social Health Services Your choice of mental and social health services 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:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 37% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 584 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A mental and social health services degree from colleges on this list typically results in higher than average salaries following graduation. While the average mental and social health services bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $31,146, graduates of colleges on this list average $35,875.

Starting Salary  ( 24193 to 41606 )
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$48,500

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Mental & Social Health Services students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other mental and social health services students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized mental and social health services related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Mental & Social Health Services students.

Best Schools to Study Mental & Social Health Services in United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for mental and social health services majors.

Top 10 Best Mental Health Services Colleges

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania is one of the best schools in the United States for mental and social health services. Located in the city Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 9 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great college overall.

There are roughly 93 mental and social health services undergrads studying this program at UPenn. University of Pennsylvania mental and social health services graduates make $15,820 more than the average mental health services graduate.

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#2

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

It's hard to beat James Madison University if you want to study mental and social health services. Located in the small city Harrisonburg, JMU is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 194 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means JMU is a great school overall.

There are roughly 467 mental and social health services undergrads enrolled in this program at JMU. Students who graduate from the mental health services program make about $29,200 in the first couple years of working.

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#3

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

Every student pursuing a degree in mental and social health services needs to check out University of Arizona. Arizona is a very large public school located in the large city of Tucson. This school ranks 353rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

There are about 191 mental and social health services undergraduates studying this degree at Arizona. Graduates of the mental health services program make about $31,200 in the first couple years of working.

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#4

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

Worcester State University is one of the finest schools in the United States for mental and social health services. Worcester State is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Worcester. This school ranks 740th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

With 79 undergrads, Worcester State University is one of most popular schools to study mental health services in United States. Graduates of the mental health services program earn an average of $34,600 in their early career salary.

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#5

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

Located in the distant town Vermillion, U of South Dakota is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 610th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, U of South Dakota offers a Master's Degree in mental and social health services. Graduates of the mental health services program earn about $31,400 for their early career.

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Located in the remote town Las Vegas, New Mexico Highlands University is a public school with a small student population. This college ranks 1557th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New Mexico.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, New Mexico Highlands University offers a Master's Degree in mental and social health services. After getting their bachelor's degree, mental health services students generally earn an average of $32,300 in their early careers.

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#7

Alvernia University

Reading, PA

Located in the small city Reading, Alvernia is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 994th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are approximately 46 mental and social health services undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Alvernia. Graduates from the mental and social health services degree program at Alvernia University earn $3,320 above the standard graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#8

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

St. Cloud State University is a large public school located in the city of Saint Cloud. This school ranks 854th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

With 24 undergraduates, Saint Cloud State University is one of most popular colleges to study mental health services in United States. Mental & Social Health Services graduates from Saint Cloud State University receive an earnings boost of about $11,220 over the typical earnings of mental and social health services majors.

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Located in the city Mankato, Minnesota State University - Mankato is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 749th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

With 53 undergraduates, Minnesota State University - Mankato is one of most popular schools to study mental health services in United States. Mental & Social Health Services majors from Minnesota State University - Mankato receive an earnings boost of about $4,920 above the average earnings of mental and social health services graduates.

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#10

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Mount Pleasant. This college ranks 533rd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Central Michigan offers a Master's Degree in mental and social health services. Graduates of the mental health services program earn about $32,700 in the first couple years of working.

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Mental & Social Health Services by Region

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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
The Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Mental & Social Health Services is one of 34 different types of Health Professions programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868

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Notes and References

  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Staff Sgt. Katie Spencer. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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