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2021 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region

47 Colleges
3,746 Bachelor's Degrees
$21,642 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 Students in the Plains States RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting was ranked #11 in the country. In fact 60,085 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 3,746 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States.

For this year's Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region ranking, we looked at 47 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 Plains States Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

Top 10 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Central Christian College of Kansas tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Plains States Region that are best for non-traditional homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. Central Christian College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of McPherson. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Central Christian College has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the Plains States Region ranking.

376 students at Central Christian College are exclusively online. 84 of Central Christian College students are attending part time. Central Christian College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. UNOMAHA is a large public school located in the city of Omaha. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UNOMAHA has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the Plains States Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.2%. Approximately 6,224 students take at least one class online at UNOMAHA. 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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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Central Missouri. Located in the distant town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public college with a large student population.

About 8.5% of UCM students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,195 students at UCM that take at least one class online. About 3,478 of the students at UCM are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#4

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools for non-traditional students. Walden University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

About 6.9% of Walden University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 50,360 students at Walden University and they are all exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 29,283 part time students in attendance at Walden University. Walden University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Our rankings recognize Capella University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.8%. All 37,171 students take classes exclusively online at Capella University. 33,962 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lindenwood University. Lindenwood University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Charles.

About 1.6% of Lindenwood University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,736 students take at least one class online at Lindenwood University. About 2,095 of the students at Lindenwood University are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Concordia University, Saint Paul landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Concordia University, Saint Paul is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The student loan default rate at Concordia University, Saint Paul is lower than is typical, just 5.9% of students default in three years. 3,129 students at Concordia University, Saint Paul are exclusively online. 1,567 of Concordia University, Saint Paul students are attending part time.

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#8

Peru State College

Peru, NE

Our rankings recognize Peru State College as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Peru State is a small public school located in the rural area of Peru.

912 students at Peru State are exclusively online. 974 of Peru State students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. SMU MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Winona. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, SMU MN has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the Plains States Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at SMU MN is lower than is typical, just 3.6% of students default in three years. 1,378 students at SMU MN are exclusively online. 1,773 of SMU MN students are attending part time. SMU MN does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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National American University - Rapid City earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. National American University - Rapid City is a small private for-profit school located in the small city of Rapid City.

1,630 students at National American University - Rapid City are exclusively online. There are roughly 1,349 part time students in attendance at National American University - Rapid City. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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

Explore the best for non-traditional students homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 1,226
Minnesota 609
Kansas 521
South Dakota 98
Iowa 512
Nebraska 486
North Dakota 186

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 5,558
Homeland Security 350
Fire Protection 338
Other Homeland Security 161

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Majors Similar to Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 7,377
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 5,819
Legal Professions 3,072
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 368

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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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