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2021 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges for Veterans in the United States

511 Colleges
55,297 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,570 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools for Vets

Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesCriminal 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.

For this year's Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking, we looked at 511 colleges that offer a bachelor's in criminal justice. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great criminal justice and corrections programs and a strong support system for veterans and active service members.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the criminal justice and corrections program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Criminal Justice Schools for Veterans ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools for Veterans in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for vets studying criminal justice.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools

Union Institute & University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Union is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Cincinnati. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Union has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States ranking.

Of the 925 students enrolled at Union, 35 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 28 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,826. On top of their other funding sources, 1 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. John Jay is a large public school located in the large city of New York. John Jay also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 528 of the 15,394 students enrolled at John Jay were GI Bill® students, of which 409 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,776. John Jay does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value criminal justice and corrections schools. GMU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax. GMU did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, GMU supports 37,316 students, and 2,265 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,143. In addition to receiving other benefits, 44 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Sam Houston State University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public school with a fairly large student population. SHSU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 1,026 of the 21,213 students enrolled at SHSU were GI Bill® students, of which 648 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,792. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Central Christian College of Kansas landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value criminal justice and corrections schools. Located in the town of McPherson, Central Christian College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Central Christian College also did well on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, Central Christian College supports 726 students, and 60 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 56 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,285. On top of their other funding sources, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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American Public University System landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value criminal justice and corrections schools. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

Our most recent data shows that 17,648 of the 46,088 students enrolled at American Military University were GI Bill® students, of which 15,614 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $3,733. To help with additional expenses, 10 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#7

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

Our rankings recognize Saint Leo University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small suburb of Saint Leo, St. Leo University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. St. Leo University excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 756 of the 11,808 students enrolled at St. Leo University were GI Bill® students, of which 593 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,438. To help with additional expenses, 16 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. St. Leo University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value criminal justice and corrections schools. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Of the 50,360 students enrolled at Walden University, 2,657 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,791 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,191. In addition to receiving other benefits, 17 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Maryland - University College as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Adelphi, University of Maryland - University College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 60,603 students enrolled at University of Maryland - University College, 13,366 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 12,647 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,330. During this same period, 3361 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Our rankings recognize Florida State University as the #10 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 in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 986 of the 41,005 students enrolled at Florida State were GI Bill® students, of which 582 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,897. On top of their other funding sources, 20 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#11

University of New Haven

West Haven, CT

University of New Haven landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value criminal justice and corrections schools. Located in the suburb of West Haven, U of New Haven is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, U of New Haven also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 341 of the 6,867 students enrolled at U of New Haven were GI Bill® students, of which 246 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $18,346. In addition to receiving other benefits, 95 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#12

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

According to our most recent data, Excelsior College supports 30,008 students, and 2,826 of those are GI Bill® students. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,792. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Bethel University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of McKenzie, Bethel is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

According to our most recent data, Bethel supports 5,407 students, and 374 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 318 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,727. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Southern New Hampshire University earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester.

Among the 104,068 students enrolled at SNHU, 10,271 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 8,328 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,316. On top of their other funding sources, 14 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Lowell, UMass Lowell is a public college with a fairly large student population. UMass Lowell also made our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States list, coming in at #5.

Of the 18,242 students enrolled at UMass Lowell, 649 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,152. During this same period, 46 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. UMass Lowell does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Cincinnati - Main Campus as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Cincinnati is a public school with a fairly large student population. Cincinnati not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Cincinnati supports 37,886 students, and 984 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 559 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,066. On top of their other funding sources, 18 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#17

Hilbert College

Hamburg, NY

Hilbert College comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Hamburg, Hilbert College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Hilbert College also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, Hilbert College supports 764 students, and 45 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 26 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $20,833. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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National University

La Jolla, CA

Our rankings recognize National University as the #18 school in this year's rankings. National University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of La Jolla.

Among the 16,930 students enrolled at National University, 4,555 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 4,032 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,141. During this same period, 19 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Rutgers University - Newark earned the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings. Rutgers Newark is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Newark. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Rutgers Newark, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 236 of the 13,451 students enrolled at Rutgers Newark were GI Bill® students, of which 127 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,872. In addition to receiving other benefits, 6 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#20

University of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

University of Baltimore earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. U of Baltimore is a small public school located in the large city of Baltimore.

Of the 5,041 students enrolled at U of Baltimore, 210 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 166 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,860. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#21

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value criminal justice and corrections schools. Capella University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

Our most recent data shows that 2,741 of the 37,171 students enrolled at Capella University were GI Bill® students, of which 2,001 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,027. On top of their other funding sources, 12 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Capella University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

The #22 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Liberty University. Liberty University is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Lynchburg.

According to our most recent data, Liberty University supports 79,152 students, and 11,581 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 9,188 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,789. To help with additional expenses, 369 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton as the #23 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Hazleton, Penn State Hazleton is a public school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Penn State Hazleton also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States ranking.

Among the 676 students enrolled at Penn State Hazleton, 28 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 20 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,306. Penn State Hazleton does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 12,080 students enrolled at Columbia College Missouri, 1,071 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 917 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,711. On top of their other funding sources, 2 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Nebraska at Omaha as the #25 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Omaha, UNOMAHA is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UNOMAHA is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States list.

Among the 15,431 students enrolled at UNOMAHA, 968 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 572 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,468. In addition to receiving other benefits, 67 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UNOMAHA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges for Veterans in the United States

#26

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#27

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#28

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL
#30

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY
#32

American University

Washington, DC
#33

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#37

Norwich University

Northfield, VT
#38

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#40

Troy University

Troy, AL
#41

Monroe College

Bronx, NY
#43

Oakland City University

Oakland City, IN
#45

Champlain College

Burlington, VT
#49

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL
#50

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges for Veterans in the United States badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 511 different United States criminal justice and corrections schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Curry College Milton, MA
52 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
53 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
54 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
55 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
56 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
57 Chaminade University of Honolulu Honolulu, HI
58 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
59 Saint Augustine’s University Raleigh, NC
60 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
61 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
62 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
63 Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC
64 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
65 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
66 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
67 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
68 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
69 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
70 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
71 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
72 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
73 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
74 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
75 Portland State University Portland, OR
76 Radford University Radford, VA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Criminal Justice that almost earned our Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
77 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
78 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
79 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR
80 Prairie View A & M University Prairie View, TX
81 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
82 St. Joseph’s College - New York Brooklyn, NY
83 Governors State University University Park, IL
84 Herzing University - Atlanta Atlanta, GA
85 North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
86 Washburn University Topeka, KS
87 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
88 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
89 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
90 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
91 Tiffin University Tiffin, OH
92 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
93 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
94 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
95 Salem State University Salem, MA
96 University of North Texas Denton, TX
97 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
98 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
99 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
100 Madonna University Livonia, MI
101 American InterContinental University - Online Schaumburg, IL
102 Siena Heights University Adrian, MI

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

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

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