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2023 Best Fire Protection Schools

184 Colleges in the United States
13,766 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded
$53,963 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you plan on majoring in fire protection, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #118 in the country in terms of popularity. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

College Factual looked at 184 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Fire Protection Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 13,766 degrees in fire protection during the 2020-2021 academic year.

What's on this page: * Degree-Level Rankings

Choosing a Great Fire Protection School

Best Fire Protection Schools Your choice of fire protection school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for fire protection schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Fire Protection Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Fire Protection Schools list to help you make the college decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Read more about College Factual's methodology.

Best Schools for Fire Protection in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the fire protection degrees they offer, see the list below. 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 Schools in Fire Protection

#1

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
81 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in fire protection needs to look into University of Florida. UF is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville. A Best Colleges rank of #65 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UF is a great university overall.

There were roughly 81 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent data year. Those fire protection students who get their degree from University of Florida earn $7,752 more than the average fire protection graduate.

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#2

Purdue University Global

Indianapolis, IN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
242 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in fire protection has to check out Purdue University Global. Located in the small city of Indianapolis, Purdue University Global is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 12th out of 42 colleges for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There were about 242 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Purdue University Global in the most recent year we have data available. Those fire protection students who get their degree from Purdue University Global make $9,720 more than the average fire protection student.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Purdue University Global

#3

Moreno Valley College

Moreno Valley, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In CA
133 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Moreno Valley College is a good choice for students interested in a degree in fire protection. Moreno Valley College is a moderately-sized public college located in the large suburb of Moreno Valley. This college ranks 96th out of 170 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 133 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Moreno Valley College in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Moreno Valley College

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
63 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a great choice for students interested in a degree in fire protection. SIUC is a large public university located in the small city of Carbondale. This university ranks 27th out of 87 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were approximately 63 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at SIUC in the most recent data year. Those fire protection students who get their degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale earn $49,469 more than the typical fire protection graduate.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
104 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

American Military University is a very large private for-profit university located in the fringe town of Charles Town. A Best Colleges rank of #115 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means American Military University is a great university overall.

There were roughly 104 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at American Military University in the most recent data year. Fire Protection degree recipients from American Public University System get an earnings boost of approximately $8,016 over the typical income of fire protection graduates.

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#6

Valencia College

Orlando, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In FL
201 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Valencia College is a very large public college located in the city of Orlando. This college ranks 13th out of 77 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were roughly 201 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Valencia College in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Valencia College

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$26,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the distant town of Stillwater, OSU is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #261 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means OSU is a great university overall.

There were about 16 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at OSU in the most recent year we have data available. Fire Protection degree recipients from Oklahoma State University - Main Campus receive an earnings boost of around $18,569 above the typical earnings of fire protection majors.

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#8

Waldorf University

Forest City, IA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
110 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Waldorf is a small private for-profit university located in the remote town of Forest City. This university ranks 20th out of 40 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were roughly 110 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Waldorf in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the fire protection major at Waldorf University earn $16,706 above the average graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#9

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In CA
121 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Santa Rosa, SRJC is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #334 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means SRJC is a great college overall.

There were approximately 121 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at SRJC in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In WI
48 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Madison College is a large public college located in the large city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of #467 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Madison College is a great college overall.

There were approximately 48 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Madison College in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Madison Area Technical College

#11

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IN
46 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Ivy Tech Community College is a very large public college located in the city of Indianapolis. A Best Colleges rank of #340 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Ivy Tech Community College is a great college overall.

There were roughly 46 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Ivy Tech Community College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

University of New Haven

West Haven, CT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
$27,000 Median Student Debt

University of New Haven is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of West Haven. A Best Colleges rank of #447 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means University of New Haven is a great university overall.

There were approximately 29 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at University of New Haven in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, fire protection degree recipients usually earn around $43,156 in their early careers.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In OH

Located in the large city of Cincinnati, UC is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #184 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UC is a great university overall.

There were about 14 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at UC in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in fire protection from University of Cincinnati - Main Campus

#14

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
418 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

SAC is a fairly large public college located in the large city of Santa Ana. This college ranks 106th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 418 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at SAC in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the fire protection major at Santa Ana College get $2,755 above the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
33 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Danvers, North Shore Community College is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 36th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 33 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at North Shore Community College in the most recent year we have data available. Those fire protection students who get their degree from North Shore Community College receive $25,147 more than the average fire protection student.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI

Located in the midsize suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public college with a large student population. This college ranks 22nd out of 46 schools for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were approximately 29 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at FVTC in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Fox Valley Technical College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
87 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Honolulu, Honolulu CC is a public college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of #253 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Honolulu CC is a great college overall.

There were roughly 87 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Honolulu CC in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the fire protection program report average early career earnings of $40,616.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Honolulu Community College

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
215 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

UVU is a very large public university located in the small city of Orem. A Best Colleges rank of #459 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UVU is a great university overall.

There were approximately 215 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at UVU in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the fire protection program earn an average of $53,328 in the first couple years of their career.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Utah Valley University

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MI

Macomb Community College is a large public college located in the city of Warren. This college ranks 18th out of 57 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were approximately 9 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Macomb Community College in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
84 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Mt. SAC is a fairly large public college located in the suburb of Walnut. This college ranks 93rd out of 170 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 84 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Mt. SAC in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the fire protection program report average early career earnings of $29,741.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Mt. San Antonio College

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
50 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Richmond, Eastern is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 39 schools for overall quality in the state of Kentucky.

There were about 50 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Eastern in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the fire protection program make an average of $48,702 in their early career salary.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Eastern Kentucky University

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type

John Jay is a large public college located in the large city of New York. A Best Colleges rank of #237 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means John Jay is a great college overall.

There were roughly 24 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at John Jay in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the fire protection program state that they receive average early career wages of $43,142.

More information about a degree in fire protection from John Jay College of Criminal Justice

#23

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In FL
119 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

SPC is a fairly large public college located in the large city of Clearwater. This college ranks 42nd out of 77 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were roughly 119 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at SPC in the most recent data year.

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#24

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, MI
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MI

Located in the remote town of Sault Ste Marie, Lake Superior State University is a public university with a small student population. This university ranks 33rd out of 57 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were about 19 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Lake Superior State University in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In OH

Eastern Gateway Community College is a fairly large public college located in the small city of Steubenville. A Best Colleges rank of #412 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Eastern Gateway Community College is a great college overall.

There were about 23 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Eastern Gateway Community College in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Eastern Gateway Community College

Rest of the Top Best Fire Protection Schools

#26

El Camino College

Torrance, CA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Fire Protection students that almost earned our Best Fire Protection Schools award.

Rank College Location
28 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
29 Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls, MN
30 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
31 Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS
32 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
33 Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL
34 Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, NC
35 Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids, WI
36 Anna Maria College Paxton, MA

Fire Protection by Region

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

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

Fire Protection Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Fire Science 8,102
Fire Prevention & Safety Technology/Technician 3,891
Fire Services Administration 1,450
Other Fire Protection 126
Wildl&/Forest Firefighting & Investigation 90
Fire Systems Technology 61
Fire/Arson Investigation & Prevention 46

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 113,121
Homeland Security 7,140
Security Science and Technology 6,888
Other Homeland Security 1,695

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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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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