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2022 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region

210 Colleges in the Southeast Region
13,908 Bachelor's Degrees
Criminal Justice & Corrections is of the hottest bachelor's degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #5 most popular major in the country. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

College Factual looked at 210 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 13,908 bachelor's degrees in criminal justice and corrections to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Criminal Justice & Corrections School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region The criminal justice bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. 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:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a bachelor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 49% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 718 to 91 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

To determine the overall quality of a criminal justice and corrections school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their bachelor's degree from the school. Bachelor's Degree holders from a school in the Southeast Region make an average starting salary of $31,085, but the students who attended one of the top 25 schools of our list make an average of $35,214.

Starting Salary  ( 26567 to 39632 )
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$57,600

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on criminal justice and corrections students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other criminal justice and corrections students want to attend this school to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How much debt criminal justice and corrections students go into to obtain their bachelor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized criminal justice and corrections related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for criminal justice and corrections students working on their bachelor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Criminal Justice & Corrections in the Southeast Region

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and corrections. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Southeast Region Schools for a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice

542 Annual Graduates
$25,173 Median Student Debt

American Public University System is a good choice for students interested in a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and corrections. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit university located in the fringe town of Charles Town. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #203 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means American Military University is a great university overall.

There were roughly 542 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at American Military University in the most recent year we have data available. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their bachelor's degree from American Public University System make $16,715 more than the average criminal justice graduate.

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#2

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
384 Annual Graduates
$18,750 Median Student Debt

It is difficult to beat George Mason University if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and corrections. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #208 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means GMU is a great university overall.

There were roughly 384 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at GMU in the most recent year we have data available. Criminal Justice & Corrections bachelor's degree recipients from George Mason University get an earnings boost of about $7,615 above the average income of criminal justice and corrections majors.

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#3

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
537 Annual Graduates
$20,394 Median Student Debt

Florida State University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and corrections. Florida State is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Tallahassee. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #158 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Florida State is a great university overall.

There were approximately 537 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at Florida State in the most recent year we have data available. Bachelor's graduates who receive their degree from the criminal justice program make about $30,000 for their early career.

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#4

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
64 Annual Graduates
$19,250 Median Student Debt

Any student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and corrections has to check out University of Georgia. UGA is a fairly large public university located in the city of Athens. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #108 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UGA is a great university overall.

University of Georgia is a fairly popular university to study criminal justice in the Southeast Region with roughly 64 graduates in the most recent year we have data available. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Georgia make $2,315 more than the standard criminal justice grad.

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64 Annual Graduates
$25,000 Median Student Debt

The Citadel is a small public college located in the midsize city of Charleston. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #257 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means The Citadel is a great college overall.

Citadel Military College of South Carolina is a fairly popular college to study criminal justice in the Southeast Region with roughly 64 graduations in the most recent year we have data available. Bachelor's recipients from the criminal justice and corrections degree program at Citadel Military College of South Carolina earn $5,915 above the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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186 Annual Graduates
$21,044 Median Student Debt

Located in the midsize city of Columbia, UofSC is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #222 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means UofSC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 186 criminal justice and corrections individuals who graduated with this degree at UofSC in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the criminal justice program state that they receive average early career income of $32,900.

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8 Annual Graduates
$17,965 Median Student Debt

Herzing University - Atlanta is a fairly small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Atlanta. This university ranks 29th out of 52 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

Herzing University - Atlanta is a fairly popular university to study criminal justice in the Southeast Region with about 8 graduations in the most recent year we have data available. Criminal Justice & Corrections bachelor's degree recipients from Herzing University - Atlanta receive an earnings boost of around $26,515 over the average income of criminal justice and corrections graduates.

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483 Annual Graduates
$17,937 Median Student Debt

Located in the large suburb of Orlando, UCF is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #270 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means UCF is a great university overall.

There were about 483 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at UCF in the most recent data year. After graduation, criminal justice bachelor's recipients usually make about $29,300 in their early careers.

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218 Annual Graduates
$23,250 Median Student Debt

VCU is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Richmond. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #355 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means VCU is a great university overall.

There were about 218 criminal justice and corrections individuals who graduated with this degree at VCU in the most recent year we have data available. Criminal Justice & Corrections bachelor's degree recipients from Virginia Commonwealth University get an earnings boost of approximately $2,515 above the typical income of criminal justice and corrections majors.

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600 Annual Graduates
$19,250 Median Student Debt

Located in the suburb of Miami, FIU is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #397 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means FIU is a great university overall.

There were about 600 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at FIU in the most recent year we have data available. Bachelor's students who receive their degree from the criminal justice program make about $31,900 in their early career salary.

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#11

Reinhardt University

Waleska, GA
22 Annual Graduates
$24,676 Median Student Debt

Reinhardt University is a small private not-for-profit university located in the rural area of Waleska. This university ranks 19th out of 52 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

Reinhardt University is one of the most popular universities to study criminal justice in the Southeast Region with approximately 22 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#12

Marymount University

Arlington, VA
31 Annual Graduates
$27,000 Median Student Debt

Marymount is a small private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Arlington. This university ranks 20th out of 48 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

Marymount University is a fairly popular university to study criminal justice in the Southeast Region with approximately 31 graduates in the most recent year we have data available. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their bachelor's degree from Marymount University earn $5,815 more than the standard criminal justice graduate.

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#13

Lynn University

Boca Raton, FL
34 Annual Graduates
$17,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Boca Raton, Lynn University Fighting Knights is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 45th out of 79 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Florida.

Lynn University is one of the most popular universities to study criminal justice in the Southeast Region with approximately 34 graduates in the most recent data year. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their bachelor's degree from Lynn University make $7,815 more than the typical criminal justice grad.

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#14

Columbia College

Columbia, SC
69 Annual Graduates
$15,780 Median Student Debt

Columbia College South Carolina is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Columbia. This college ranks 14th out of 32 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of South Carolina.

There were roughly 69 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at Columbia College South Carolina in the most recent year we have data available.

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29 Annual Graduates
$23,375 Median Student Debt

Georgia College is a medium-sized public university located in the distant town of Milledgeville. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #387 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Georgia College is a great university overall.

Georgia College & State University is a fairly popular university to study criminal justice in the Southeast Region with approximately 29 graduates in the most recent year we have data available. Bachelor's graduates who receive their degree from the criminal justice program earn around $31,900 in their early career salary.

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#16

Harding University

Searcy, AR
12 Annual Graduates
$25,250 Median Student Debt

Harding is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Searcy. This university ranks 2nd out of 18 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Arkansas.

Harding University is a fairly popular university to study criminal justice in the Southeast Region with about 12 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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232 Annual Graduates
$21,500 Median Student Debt

UNC Charlotte is a fairly large public university located in the city of Charlotte. This university ranks 10th out of 53 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 232 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at UNC Charlotte in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduating, criminal justice bachelor's recipients usually earn an average of $32,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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#18

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA
175 Annual Graduates
$25,000 Median Student Debt

KSU Georgia is a very large public university located in the suburb of Kennesaw. This university ranks 6th out of 52 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

There were about 175 criminal justice and corrections individuals who graduated with this degree at KSU Georgia in the most recent data year. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their bachelor's degree from Kennesaw State University make $2,215 more than the typical criminal justice grad.

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#19

Thomas University

Thomasville, GA
27 Annual Graduates
$38,166 Median Student Debt

TU is a small private not-for-profit university located in the town of Thomasville. This university ranks 18th out of 52 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

Thomas University is a fairly popular university to study criminal justice in the Southeast Region with approximately 27 graduates in the most recent year we have data available. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their bachelor's degree from Thomas University receive $7,115 more than the average criminal justice grad.

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#20

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC
191 Annual Graduates
$22,250 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Greenville, ECU is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 9th out of 53 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 191 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at ECU in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the criminal justice program report average early career income of $32,900.

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127 Annual Graduates
$18,816 Median Student Debt

Appalachian State is a fairly large public university located in the town of Boone. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #402 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Appalachian State is a great university overall.

Appalachian State University is a fairly popular university to study criminal justice in the Southeast Region with about 127 graduates in the most recent data year. After graduating, criminal justice bachelor's recipients typically earn an average of $31,800 in their early careers.

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#22

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY
132 Annual Graduates
$20,852 Median Student Debt

UofL is a very large public university located in the city of Louisville. This university ranks 4th out of 29 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Kentucky.

There were about 132 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at UofL in the most recent year we have data available. Criminal Justice & Corrections bachelor's degree recipients from University of Louisville get an earnings boost of around $3,515 above the typical earnings of criminal justice and corrections majors.

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#23

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL
197 Annual Graduates
$25,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the medium-sized city of Tuscaloosa, UA is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #352 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UA is a great university overall.

There were about 197 criminal justice and corrections individuals who graduated with this degree at UA in the most recent year we have data available. After graduating, criminal justice bachelor's recipients generally earn an average of $31,800 at the beginning of their careers.

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#24

Radford University

Radford, VA
127 Annual Graduates
$23,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the small suburb of Radford, Radford is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 22nd out of 48 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

A preferred major for criminal justice and corrections students, there were approximately 127 learners who completed this degree at Radford in the most recent data year. Bachelor's students who receive their degree from the criminal justice program make about $31,600 in their early career salary.

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#25

Mississippi College

Clinton, MS
21 Annual Graduates
$21,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the large suburb of Clinton, MC is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 3rd out of 15 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Mississippi.

Mississippi College is one of the most popular colleges to study criminal justice in the Southeast Region with approximately 21 graduations in the most recent data year. After graduation, criminal justice bachelor's recipients usually earn around $28,500 in their early careers.

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Rest of the Top Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region

#25

Mississippi College

Clinton, MS
#26

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL
#27

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN
#28

University of North Georgia

Dahlonega, GA
#29

Longwood University

Farmville, VA
#31

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
32 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
33 Roanoke College Salem, VA
34 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
35 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
36 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
37 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
38 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
39 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
40 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
41 Hodges University Naples, FL
42 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA

Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges by State

Explore the best criminal justice and corrections schools for a specific state in the Southeast Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 220 1,357
Florida 214 3,677
Tennessee 209 1,024
North Carolina 207 1,775
Virginia 206 1,978
South Carolina 188 751
Alabama 183 1,280
Kentucky 177 668
Arkansas 164 392
Louisiana 163 581
Mississippi 158 403
West Virginia 142 959

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One of 4 majors within the Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting area of study, Criminal Justice & Corrections has other similar majors worth exploring.

Criminal Justice Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice Studies 9,204
Criminal Justice 3,314
Criminal Justice & Police Science 857
Other Corrections & Criminal Justice 279
Criminal Justice and Corrections, General 148
Securities Services Administration/Management 96
Corrections 8
Protective Services Operations 2

Majors Similar to Criminal Justice

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security 1,060
Security Science and Technology 754
Fire Protection 714
Other Homeland Security 507

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). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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