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2021 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

459 Colleges
60,085 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,224 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 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 Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 459 colleges that offer a bachelor's in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Top 25 Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Union Institute & University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Union is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population. Union also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting rankings.

The student loan default rate at Union is lower than is typical, just 5.5% of students default in three years. 638 of Union students are exclusively distance learners. About 464 of the students at Union are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

University of New Haven

West Haven, CT

University of New Haven earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of New Haven is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of West Haven. As a testament to the quality of education offered at University of New Haven, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

About 4.7% of University of New Haven students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,053 students at University of New Haven that take at least one class online. 960 students are part time. University of New Haven does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize John Jay College of Criminal Justice as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of New York, John Jay is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, John Jay has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

About 7.0% of John Jay students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,927 students at John Jay that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,266 part time students in attendance at John Jay. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#4

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Bethel University. Bethel is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of McKenzie. Bethel 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.

2,438 students at Bethel are exclusively online. 1,852 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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American Public University System comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, American Military University also did well on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

All 46,088 students take classes exclusively online at American Military University. 43,358 of American Military University students are attending part time. American Military University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Central Christian College of Kansas as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Central Christian College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the 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.

376 of Central Christian College students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 84 part time students in attendance at Central Christian College. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#7

Neumann University

Aston, PA

Neumann University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Aston, Neumann is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Neumann excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

Approximately 384 students take at least one class online at Neumann. 1,011 of Neumann students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Our rankings recognize George Mason University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a very large student population. GMU also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting rankings.

About 2.1% of GMU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 10,589 students at GMU that take at least one class online. 11,606 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#9

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Excelsior College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

The student loan default rate at Excelsior College is lower than is typical, just 4.3% of students default in three years. All 30,008 students take classes exclusively online at Excelsior College. All of Excelsior College students are attending part time. Excelsior College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#10

Hilbert College

Hamburg, NY

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Hilbert College. Hilbert College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hamburg. Hilbert College excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

About 6.6% of Hilbert College students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 117 students at Hilbert College that take at least one class online. 47 of Hilbert College students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Western Illinois University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 best homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools for non-traditional students. WIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Macomb. WIU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

There are approximately 2,495 students at WIU that take at least one class online. About 1,724 of the students at WIU are attending part time. WIU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#12

New Jersey City University

Jersey City, NJ

New Jersey City University landed the #12 spot in our 2021 best homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools for non-traditional students. NJCU is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Jersey City. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, NJCU also did well on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Approximately 1,951 students take at least one class online at NJCU. 2,543 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#13

Utica College

Utica, NY

Utica College comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Utica College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Utica. Utica College 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 school has a low student loan default rate of 4.3%. 2,414 of Utica College students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 2,044 part time students in attendance at Utica College.

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#14

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University landed the #14 spot in our 2021 best homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at National University is lower than is typical, just 4.9% of students default in three years. 7,627 of National University students are exclusively distance learners. 8,896 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#15

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

Our rankings recognize Sam Houston State University as the #15 school in this year's rankings. SHSU is a very large public school located in the distant town of Huntsville. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, SHSU is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

The student loan default rate at SHSU is lower than is typical, just 5.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 7,776 students at SHSU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 5,468 part time students in attendance at SHSU. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Eastern Kentucky University comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Eastern is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Richmond. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Eastern is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

3,578 students at Eastern are exclusively online. There are roughly 4,649 part time students in attendance at Eastern. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#17

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Fort Lauderdale. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale 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.

About 6.4% of Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 8,544 of Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale students are exclusively distance learners. 6,905 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNOMAHA is a large public school located in the large city of Omaha. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UNOMAHA is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

About 6.2% of UNOMAHA students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,224 students at UNOMAHA that take at least one class online. 4,569 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Phoenix - Arizona comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

94,472 of UOPX - Arizona students are exclusively distance learners. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Virginia Commonwealth University. Located in the medium-sized city of Richmond, VCU is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at VCU, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

The student loan default rate at VCU is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 8,072 students take at least one class online at VCU. About 5,396 of the students at VCU are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Thomas Edison State University comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. TESU is a large public school located in the small city of Trenton.

About 7.1% of TESU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 10,836 of TESU students are exclusively distance learners. 10,836 of TESU students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#22

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

Saint Leo University comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. St. Leo University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Leo. St. Leo University excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

About 7.3% of St. Leo University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 7,218 students at St. Leo University are exclusively online. About 2,641 of the students at St. Leo University are attending part time. St. Leo University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#23

Tiffin University

Tiffin, OH

The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Tiffin University. Located in the town of Tiffin, Tiffin University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

1,222 of Tiffin University students are exclusively distance learners. 1,185 students are part time. Tiffin University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#24

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Rowan University earned the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Glassboro, Rowan is a public school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Rowan also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.6%. There are approximately 4,688 students at Rowan that take at least one class online. About 3,804 of the students at Rowan are attending part time. Rowan does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Curry College

Milton, MA

The #25 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Curry College. Curry is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Milton. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Curry also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

About 6.6% of Curry students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 158 students take at least one class online at Curry. 535 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

#26

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, MI
#27

SUNY Canton

Canton, NY
#28

University of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD
#30

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#32

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC
#33

Champlain College

Burlington, VT
#34

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO
#35

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
#37

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#38

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ
#40

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL
#42

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN
#43

Oakland City University

Oakland City, IN
#45

Madonna University

Livonia, MI
#48

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO
#49

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 459 different United States homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Concordia University, Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
52 Monroe College Bronx, NY
53 Peru State College Peru, NE
54 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, MA
55 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
56 American InterContinental University - Online Schaumburg, IL
57 Point Park University Pittsburgh, PA
58 Siena Heights University Adrian, MI
59 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
60 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
61 Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
62 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
63 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
64 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
65 Washington State University Pullman, WA
66 Saint Augustine’s University Raleigh, NC
67 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
68 National American University - Rapid City Rapid City, SD

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for non-traditional students studying Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting that almost earned our Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
69 George Washington University Washington, DC
70 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
71 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
72 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
73 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
74 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
75 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
76 Florida International University Miami, FL
77 Columbia College Columbia, MO
78 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
79 Albertus Magnus College New Haven, CT
80 American University of Puerto Rico Bayamon, PR
81 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
82 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
83 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
84 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
85 Bay State College Boston, MA
86 Radford University Radford, VA
87 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
88 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
89 Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia, PA
90 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
91 Post University Waterbury, CT

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting by Region

View the best for non-traditional students Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting colleges in a specific region near you.

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

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 94,055
Fire Protection 5,830
Homeland Security 5,090
Other Homeland Security 1,608

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 93,881
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 69,376
Legal Professions 54,849
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 2,638

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Barry Bahler.

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