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

22 Colleges
1,877 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,185 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in North CarolinaHomeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting is the #12 most popular major in North Carolina with 1,877 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that of the 60,085 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 3.1% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in North Carolina ranking looked at 22 colleges that offer a bachelor's in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. Instead, we are looking at those homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. 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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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools in North Carolina

Check out the homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools

Western Carolina University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Cullowhee, WCU is a public school with a large student population. WCU also made our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in North Carolina list, coming in at #6.

The average student at WCU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $15,387. 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 WCU is $67,549. 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 Appalachian State University. Appalachian State is a large public school located in the town of Boone. Appalachian State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in North Carolina list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Appalachian State is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,137. 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 Appalachian State is $95,410. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville State University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Fayetteville, Fayetteville State University is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Fayetteville State University not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in North Carolina list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Fayetteville State University is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $18,211. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Fayetteville State University be around $85,045. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Saint Augustine's University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. SAU is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Raleigh. SAU also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in North Carolina rankings.

At SAU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $24,824 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SAU is $107,984. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Our rankings recognize East Carolina University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. ECU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Greenville. ECU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in North Carolina list.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at ECU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,107. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the ECU is $115,915. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, NC

Our rankings recognize Elizabeth City State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Elizabeth City, ECSU is a public school with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at ECSU is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $7,291. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from ECSU is $34,049. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of North Carolina at Pembroke comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Pembroke, UNCP is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

At UNCP, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and it costs about $13,234 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNCP is $60,479. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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North Carolina Central University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Durham, North Carolina Central University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. North Carolina Central University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in North Carolina list.

It takes the average student at North Carolina Central University about 4.7 years to graduate, and it costs about $24,927 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $115,911 to get a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Located in the large city of Charlotte, UNC Charlotte is a public school with a very large student population. UNC Charlotte also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in North Carolina rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNC Charlotte is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,314. This means that the average student pays around $123,732 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNC Charlotte. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Chowan University

Murfreesboro, NC

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Chowan University. Chowan University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Murfreesboro.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Chowan University to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,922. This means that the average student pays around $91,641 to get a bachelor’s degree from Chowan University. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 403
Florida 4,196
Virginia 2,143
Georgia 1,387
Alabama 1,762
Tennessee 1,047
West Virginia 1,539
South Carolina 799
Louisiana 620
Kentucky 814
Arkansas 451

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 1,775
Fire Protection 60
Homeland Security 42

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 2,919
Public Administration & Social Service 1,551
Legal Professions 7

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 22 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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