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2022 Best Fire Protection Schools

224 Colleges in the United States
5,678 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded
$51,404 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you plan on majoring in fire protection, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #114 in the country in terms of popularity. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 224 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Fire Protection Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 5,678 degrees in fire protection to qualified students.

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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.

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. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

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

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
34th Most Popular In CA

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in fire protection. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public university located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. A Best Schools rank of #70 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a great university overall.

There were about 10 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in fire protection from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

#2

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CA
97 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat Santa Ana College if you wish to pursue a degree in fire protection. SAC is a very large public college located in the city of Santa Ana. A Best Schools rank of #552 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means SAC is a great college overall.

There were roughly 97 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at SAC in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Santa Ana College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MA
38 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

North Shore Community College is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in fire protection. Located in the large suburb of Danvers, North Shore Community College is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 51st out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 38 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at North Shore Community College in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in fire protection from North Shore Community College

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
58 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a good option for students pursuing a degree in fire protection. SIUC is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Carbondale. This university ranks 32nd out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 58 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at SIUC in the most recent data year.

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

#5

Los Medanos College

Pittsburg, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In CA

Los Medanos is a medium-sized public college located in the large suburb of Pittsburg. This college ranks 151st out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 30 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Los Medanos in the most recent year we have data available.

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

UW Oshkosh is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Oshkosh. A Best Schools rank of #564 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UW Oshkosh is a great university overall.

There were roughly 18 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at UW Oshkosh in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in fire protection from University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In WI

Madison College is a fairly large public college located in the large city of Madison. A Best Schools rank of #380 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Madison College is a great college overall.

There were approximately 17 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

#8

Weatherford College

Weatherford, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX

Weatherford College is a moderately-sized public college located in the fringe town of Weatherford. This college ranks 47th out of 136 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 20 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Weatherford College in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Weatherford College

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In OK
67 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Stillwater, OSU is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #494 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means OSU is a great university overall.

There were roughly 67 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at OSU in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Oklahoma State University - Main Campus

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CO

Located in the city of Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #359 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Colorado State is a great university overall.

There were roughly 22 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Colorado State in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Colorado State University - Fort Collins

#11

Moreno Valley College

Moreno Valley, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In CA

Moreno Valley College is a medium-sized public college located in the large suburb of Moreno Valley. This college ranks 109th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 25 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Moreno Valley College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In MI

Located in the distant town of Adrian, Siena Heights University is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 31st out of 67 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were approximately 1 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Siena Heights University in the most recent year we have data available.

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#13

Waldorf University

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

Waldorf is a small private for-profit university located in the town of Forest City. This university ranks 23rd out of 45 colleges for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were about 134 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Waldorf in the most recent year we have data available. Fire Protection degree recipients from Waldorf University receive an earnings boost of approximately $18,696 over the typical income of fire protection graduates.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Waldorf University

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL
34 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Palatine, Harper College is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #419 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Harper College is a great college overall.

There were roughly 34 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Harper College in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in fire protection from William Rainey Harper College

#15

Eastern Oregon University

La Grande, OR
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In OR
37 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Located in the remote town of La Grande, EOU is a public university with a small student population. This university ranks 20th out of 36 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

There were roughly 37 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at EOU in the most recent year we have data available.

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

#16

St. Thomas University

Miami Gardens, FL
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In FL

Located in the large suburb of Miami Gardens, STU is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 56th out of 87 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were approximately 3 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at STU in the most recent year we have data available.

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#17

Valencia College

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

Valencia College is a fairly large public college located in the large city of Orlando. A Best Schools rank of #152 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Valencia College is a great college overall.

There were about 38 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Valencia College in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Valencia College

#18

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In CA
36 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Santa Rosa, SRJC is a public college with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #401 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means SRJC is a great college overall.

There were approximately 36 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at SRJC in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Santa Rosa Junior College

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

Salem State is a moderately-sized public university located in the large suburb of Salem. This university ranks 43rd out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 17 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Salem State in the most recent year we have data available.

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#20

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TX

North Harris Montgomery is a very large public college located in the city of The Woodlands. A Best Schools rank of #205 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means North Harris Montgomery is a great college overall.

There were about 25 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at North Harris Montgomery in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Lone Star College System

#21

Honolulu Community College

Honolulu, HI
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In HI
35 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Honolulu, Honolulu CC is a public college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #321 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Honolulu CC is a great college overall.

There were approximately 35 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Honolulu CC in the most recent data year.

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

#22

Rio Hondo College

Whittier, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
58 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Whittier, RHCCD is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 146th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 58 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at RHCCD in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in fire protection from Rio Hondo College

#23

University of New Haven

West Haven, CT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
50 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

University of New Haven is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of West Haven. A Best Schools rank of #671 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means University of New Haven is a great university overall.

There were approximately 50 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at University of New Haven in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the fire protection program state that they receive average early career earnings of $46,200.

More information about a degree in fire protection from University of New Haven

#24

Purdue University Global

Indianapolis, IN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IN
181 Fire Protection Degrees Awarded

Purdue University Global is a fairly large public university located in the city of Indianapolis. This university ranks 21st out of 48 schools for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There were roughly 181 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at Purdue University Global in the most recent year we have data available.

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

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In AK

Located in the city of Anchorage, UAA is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 4 colleges for overall quality in the state of Alaska.

There were roughly 12 fire protection students who graduated with this degree at UAA in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in fire protection from University of Alaska Anchorage

Rest of the Top Best Fire Protection Schools

#27

Butte College

Oroville, CA
#28

Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA

#32

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
34 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
35 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
36 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
37 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
38 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
39 Allan Hancock College Santa Maria, CA
40 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
41 El Camino College Torrance, CA
42 Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL
43 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
44 Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA

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 2,362
Fire Prevention & Safety Technology/Technician 1,807
Fire Services Administration 1,293
Fire/Arson Investigation & Prevention 65
Other Fire Protection 62
Fire Systems Technology 60
Wildl&/Forest Firefighting & Investigation 29

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 88,885
Homeland Security 5,232
Security Science and Technology 5,035
Other Homeland Security 1,417

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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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