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2021 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

446 Colleges
60,085 Bachelor's Degrees
$20,423 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting School for You

Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & FirefightingIn 2018-2019, 60,085 people earned their bachelor's in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting, making the major the #11 most popular in the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking, we looked at 446 colleges that offer a bachelor's in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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2021 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for the Money.

Top 25 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools

#1

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, MI

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lake Superior State University. Lake Superior State University is a small public school located in the remote town of Sault Ste Marie. In addition to its great value ranking, Lake Superior State University is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

The average student at Lake Superior State University graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $16,475. This means that the average student pays around $72,160 to get a bachelor’s degree from Lake Superior State University. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Illinois University. WIU is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Macomb. WIU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

The average student at WIU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend 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 you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Central Christian College of Kansas comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Central Christian College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of McPherson. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Central Christian College also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

It takes the average student at Central Christian College about 4.4 years to graduate, 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. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Our rankings recognize Bethel University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Bethel is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of McKenzie. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Bethel also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

The average student at Bethel graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,368. 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. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#5

Hilbert College

Hamburg, NY

Our rankings recognize Hilbert College as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Hilbert College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Hamburg. Hilbert College also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Hilbert College is 4.0 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,012. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Hilbert College be around $93,199. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#6

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ferris State University. Located in the distant town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Ferris is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

It takes the average student at Ferris about 4.6 years to graduate, and it costs about $15,909 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ferris is about $73,022. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#7

Mercer University

Macon, GA

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Mercer University. Located in the midsize city of Macon, Mercer is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Mercer also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

It takes the average student at Mercer about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,614. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Mercer is $84,144. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#8

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Our rankings recognize Truman State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Truman State is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Kirksville.

It takes the average student at Truman State about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,927. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Truman State is $80,250. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#9

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

Canisius College landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Canisius is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Buffalo.

It takes the average student at Canisius about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $18,574. This means that the average student pays around $75,968 to get a bachelor’s degree from Canisius. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#10

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

Sam Houston State University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. SHSU is a very large public school located in the distant town of Huntsville. On top of its placing in our value rankings, SHSU also did well on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at SHSU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,492. 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 SHSU is $101,889. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#11

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

Our rankings recognize Western Carolina University as the #11 school in this year's rankings. WCU is a large public school located in the distant town of Cullowhee.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at WCU to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $15,387. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from WCU is $67,549. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#12

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Florida State, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,233. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Florida State is $115,196. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#13

Waynesburg University

Waynesburg, PA

Waynesburg University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Waynesburg is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Waynesburg.

It takes the average student at Waynesburg about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $23,770 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $97,695 to get a bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#14

Monroe College

Bronx, NY

Monroe College landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Monroe College is a moderately-sized private for-profit school located in the large city of Bronx.

It takes the average student at Monroe College about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $18,343. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Monroe College is about $75,940. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Oshkosh, UW Oshkosh is a public college with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW Oshkosh also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

The average student at UW Oshkosh graduates in less than 4.8 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,232. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW Oshkosh is $91,544. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize North Dakota State University - Main Campus as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At North Dakota State University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,224. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University is $96,145. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#17

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Westfield is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Westfield. Westfield also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The average student at Westfield graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,805. This means that the average student pays around $103,933 to get a bachelor’s degree from Westfield. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#18

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public college with a large student population.

At U of Wyoming, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,323. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming is about $94,299. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#19

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO

University of Central Missouri landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Located in the distant town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UCM is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,956. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UCM is $89,802. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at SIUE to complete their degree, and it costs about $17,498 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SIUE is about $79,091. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#21

Winona State University

Winona, MN

Winona State University landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Winona State is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Winona.

The average student at Winona State graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,880. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Winona State be around $98,022. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Grand Valley State University earned the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings. GVSU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Allendale. GVSU excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

At GVSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,233. This means that the average student pays around $105,245 to get a bachelor’s degree from GVSU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha landed the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. UNOMAHA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Omaha. UNOMAHA also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

It takes the average student at UNOMAHA about 4.7 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,468. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNOMAHA is about $110,300. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Eastern Kentucky University comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Eastern is a fairly large public school located in the town of Richmond. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Eastern also did well on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

At Eastern, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,304. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Eastern is about $109,125. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#25

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. U of South Dakota is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Vermillion.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of South Dakota is 4.4 years, and it costs about $20,860 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of South Dakota is $90,950. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

#26

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN
#30

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA
#31

SUNY Canton

Canton, NY
#32

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY
#33

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC
#34

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL
#36

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#37

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY
#38

MacMurray College

Jacksonville, IL
#39

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO
#40

St. Mary's University

San Antonio, TX
#46

SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY
#49

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA
#50

SUNY Delhi

Delhi, NY

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 446 different United States homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Utica College Utica, NY
52 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
53 Simpson College Indianola, IA
54 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY
55 Claflin University Orangeburg, SC
56 Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, TX
57 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
58 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
59 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
60 Peru State College Peru, NE
61 Central Methodist University - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Fayette, MO
62 Salem State University Salem, MA
63 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
64 Florida International University Miami, FL
65 Point Park University Pittsburgh, PA
66 SUNY Potsdam Potsdam, NY

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 Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting award.

Rank College Location
67 Wayne State College Wayne, NE
68 Savannah State University Savannah, GA
69 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
70 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
71 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
72 Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC
73 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
74 Texas College Tyler, TX
75 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
76 Columbia College Columbia, MO
77 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
78 Howard University Washington, DC
79 Radford University Radford, VA
80 Minot State University Minot, ND
81 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, NC
82 Ashland University Ashland, OH
83 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, PA
84 Mercyhurst University Erie, PA
85 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
86 Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton Hazleton, PA
87 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
88 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
89 University of Memphis Memphis, TN

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting by Region

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Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 55,297
Homeland Security 2,452
Fire Protection 1,423
Other Homeland Security 913

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 54,385
Public Administration & Social Service 36,639
Legal Professions 4,554
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 791

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Barry Bahler.

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