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2021 Best Value Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections

445 Colleges
55,297 Bachelor's Degrees
$20,100 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections School for You

Best Value Colleges for Criminal Justice & CorrectionsCriminal Justice & Corrections is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 5th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 55,297 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections ranking looked at 445 colleges that offer a bachelor's in criminal justice. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those criminal justice schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Criminal Justice Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges for the Money.

Top 25 Best Value Criminal Justice Schools

#1

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value criminal justice and corrections schools. Ferris is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Big Rapids. Ferris excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections list.

At Ferris, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $15,909. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ferris be around $73,022. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, criminal justice majors at Ferris accumulate an average of around $20,544 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $208, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Mercer University

Macon, GA

Mercer University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Mercer is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Macon. In addition to its great value ranking, Mercer is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Mercer to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,614. This means that the average student pays around $84,144 to get a bachelor’s degree from Mercer. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Mercer take out while working on their bachelor's is $31,073. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $286.

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#3

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Truman State University. Located in the remote town of Kirksville, Truman State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Truman State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

At Truman State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $18,927. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Truman State be around $80,250. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, criminal justice graduates from Truman State take out $23,573 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $269.

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#4

Hilbert College

Hamburg, NY

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Hilbert College. Located in the large suburb of Hamburg, Hilbert College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Hilbert College also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections ranking.

At Hilbert College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,012. This means that the average student pays around $93,199 to get a bachelor’s degree from Hilbert College. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, criminal justice graduates from Hilbert College take out $26,746 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $274, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

Canisius College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Buffalo, Canisius is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Canisius to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $18,574. This means that the average student pays around $75,968 to get a bachelor’s degree from Canisius. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Canisius take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,576. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $258, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Western Illinois University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value criminal justice and corrections schools. Located in the remote town of Macomb, WIU is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average student at WIU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,615. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WIU is about $78,211. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, criminal justice graduates from WIU take out $23,513 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $241.

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Central Christian College of Kansas comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of McPherson, Central Christian College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population. Central Christian College also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

At Central Christian College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $18,067. This means that the average student pays around $79,133 to get a bachelor’s degree from Central Christian College. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

On average, criminal justice graduates from Central Christian College take out $19,382 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $186.

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#8

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, MI

Lake Superior State University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value criminal justice and corrections schools. Located in the town of Sault Ste Marie, Lake Superior State University is a public college with a small student population.

The average student at Lake Superior State University graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,475. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Lake Superior State University is $72,160. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, criminal justice majors at Lake Superior State University accumulate an average of around $21,761 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $240.

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Our rankings recognize Western Carolina University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Cullowhee, WCU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

At WCU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $15,387. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WCU is about $67,549. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, criminal justice graduates from WCU carry an average student debtload of $21,183. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $224, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Sam Houston State University. Located in the town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, SHSU is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections list.

The average student at SHSU graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,492. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SHSU is $101,889. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, criminal justice graduates from SHSU carry an average student debtload of $21,108. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $210.

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#11

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Our rankings recognize Florida State University as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Florida State is a very large public school located in the city of Tallahassee. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Florida State, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,233. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida State is $115,196. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, criminal justice graduates from Florida State carry an average student debtload of $20,902. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $212.

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Our rankings recognize North Dakota State University - Main Campus as the #12 school in this year's rankings. North Dakota State University is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Fargo. North Dakota State University excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at North Dakota State University is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,224. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University is about $96,145. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Criminal Justice majors at North Dakota State University take out an average of $21,041 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

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#13

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. U of Wyoming is a large public school located in the remote town of Laramie. In addition to its great value ranking, U of Wyoming is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections list.

The average student at U of Wyoming graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,323. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of Wyoming is $94,299. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Criminal Justice majors at U of Wyoming take out an average of $21,507 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $227.

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#14

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Bethel University landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value criminal justice and corrections schools. Located in the distant town of McKenzie, Bethel is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average student at Bethel graduates in less than 4.6 years, and it costs about $18,368 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Bethel is $84,493. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, criminal justice graduates from Bethel carry an average student debtload of $29,670. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $300.

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#15

Waynesburg University

Waynesburg, PA

The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Waynesburg University. Located in the distant town of Waynesburg, Waynesburg is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

At Waynesburg, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,770. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg be around $97,695. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, criminal justice majors at Waynesburg accumulate an average of around $27,094 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. SIUE is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Edwardsville.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SIUE is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,498. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SIUE is $79,091. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, criminal justice graduates from SIUE take out $23,656 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $256, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Winona State University

Winona, MN

Winona State University landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value criminal justice and corrections schools. Located in the distant town of Winona, Winona State is a public school with a medium-sized student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Winona State also did well on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Winona State is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,880. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Winona State is about $98,022. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Criminal Justice majors at Winona State take out an average of $19,881 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $213, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public school with a medium-sized student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Westfield is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Westfield is 4.2 years, and it costs about $24,805 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Westfield is $103,933. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Westfield take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,421. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $236, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Grand Valley State University as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public school with a fairly large student population. GVSU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

It takes the average student at GVSU about 4.5 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,233. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from GVSU is $105,245. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, criminal justice graduates from GVSU carry an average student debtload of $26,266. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Vermillion, U of South Dakota is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of South Dakota is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,860. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of South Dakota is about $90,950. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Criminal Justice majors at U of South Dakota take out an average of $24,362 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $259.

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#21

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN

Bemidji State University earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Bemidji, Bemidji State University is a public college with a small student population.

The average student at Bemidji State University graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $15,793. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University is $69,489. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Bemidji State University take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,959. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $222, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#22

Monroe College

Bronx, NY

Our rankings recognize Monroe College as the #22 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Bronx, Monroe College is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Monroe College to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,343. This means that the average student pays around $75,940 to get a bachelor’s degree from Monroe College. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, criminal justice majors at Monroe College accumulate an average of around $27,372 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $279, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Appalachian State University comes in at #23 in this year's ranking. Appalachian State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Boone. Appalachian State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

It takes the average student at Appalachian State about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,137. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State is $95,410. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, criminal justice majors at Appalachian State accumulate an average of around $18,668 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $195, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize University of Nebraska at Kearney as the #24 school in this year's rankings. UNK is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Kearney.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UNK to complete their degree, and it costs about $20,217 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNK is about $91,987. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, criminal justice graduates from UNK carry an average student debtload of $21,293. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $234.

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Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Springfield as the #25 school in this year's rankings. UIS is a small public school located in the midsize city of Springfield.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UIS is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,739. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UIS is $91,044. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Criminal Justice majors at UIS take out an average of $20,760 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $197, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Value Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections

#26

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA
#27

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL
#28

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY
#29

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#32

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY
#35

St. Mary's University

San Antonio, TX
#38

SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY
#40

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA
#41

Midwestern State University

Wichita Falls, TX
#42

SUNY Fredonia

Fredonia, NY
#44

Simpson College

Indianola, IA
#45

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO
#46

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA
#47

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC
#48

The College at Brockport

Brockport, NY
#50

MacMurray College

Jacksonville, IL

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Value Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 445 different United States criminal justice and corrections schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 SUNY Potsdam Potsdam, NY
52 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
53 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
54 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
55 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
56 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
57 Peru State College Peru, NE
58 Wayne State College Wayne, NE
59 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
60 Howard University Washington, DC
61 Claflin University Orangeburg, SC
62 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
63 Columbia College Columbia, MO
64 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
65 Minot State University Minot, ND
66 The University of Tennessee - Martin Martin, TN

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Criminal Justice & Corrections students that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections award.

Rank College Location
67 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
68 Central Methodist University - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Fayette, MO
69 Radford University Radford, VA
70 Ball State University Muncie, IN
71 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
72 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
73 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, PA
74 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
75 Ashland University Ashland, OH
76 University of Georgia Athens, GA
77 Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC
78 Washington State University Pullman, WA
79 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
80 Bradley University Peoria, IL
81 Mercyhurst University Erie, PA
82 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
83 University of North Texas Denton, TX
84 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
85 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
86 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
87 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
88 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, NC
89 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX

Criminal Justice & Corrections by Region

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

One of 3 majors within the Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting area of study, Criminal Justice & Corrections has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security 2,452
Fire Protection 1,423
Other Homeland Security 913

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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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