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2021 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans in the United States

515 Colleges
60,085 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,506 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools for Vets

Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesIn 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.

This year's Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking analyzed 515 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting programs and a strong support system for veterans and active service members.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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

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

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools

Union Institute & University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Union is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population. Union also made our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States list, coming in at #1.

Our most recent data shows that 35 of the 925 students enrolled at Union were GI Bill® students, of which 28 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,826. In addition to receiving other benefits, 1 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. 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. U of New Haven is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of West Haven. As a testament to the quality of education offered at U of New Haven, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States ranking.

Of the 6,867 students enrolled at U of New Haven, 341 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 246 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,346. In addition to receiving other benefits, 95 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. U of New Haven does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Located in the city of New York, John Jay is a public school with a large student population. John Jay not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States list.

Of the 15,394 students enrolled at John Jay, 528 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 409 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,776. John Jay does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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American Public University System comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, American Military University also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States ranking.

Of the 46,088 students enrolled at American Military University, 17,648 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 15,614 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $3,733. In addition to receiving other benefits, 10 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#5

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Columbia Southern University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Orange Beach. Columbia Southern 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 in the United States list.

Among the 21,104 students enrolled at Columbia Southern University, 4,570 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 3,438 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $3,177. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Bethel University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. 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 in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, Bethel supports 5,407 students, and 374 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 318 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,727. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Central Christian College of Kansas earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Central Christian College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of McPherson. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Central Christian College is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Central Christian College supports 726 students, and 60 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 56 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,285. During this same period, 3 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

Hilbert College

Hamburg, NY

Hilbert College comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Hilbert College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hamburg. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Hilbert College is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Hilbert College supports 764 students, and 45 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 26 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $20,833. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#9

Neumann University

Aston, PA

Neumann University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Located in the large suburb of Aston, Neumann is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Neumann also did well on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, Neumann supports 2,598 students, and 41 of those are GI Bill® students. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,603. In addition to receiving other benefits, 1 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large 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 in the United States rankings.

According to our most recent data, GMU supports 37,316 students, and 2,265 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,143. In addition to receiving other benefits, 44 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Penn State Hazleton is a fairly small public school located in the suburb of Hazleton. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Penn State Hazleton has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States ranking.

Among the 676 students enrolled at Penn State Hazleton, 28 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 20 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,306. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Eastern Kentucky University. Eastern is a large public school located in the distant town of Richmond. Eastern 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 in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 919 of the 15,815 students enrolled at Eastern were GI Bill® students, of which 551 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,467. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#13

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Our most recent data shows that 4,555 of the 16,930 students enrolled at National University were GI Bill® students, of which 4,032 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,141. During this same period, 19 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Excelsior College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

Of the 30,008 students enrolled at Excelsior College, 2,826 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,792. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Western Illinois University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. WIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Macomb. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, WIU is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States list.

Of the 8,502 students enrolled at WIU, 389 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 117 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,241. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNOMAHA is a large public school located in the large city of Omaha. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UNOMAHA also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, UNOMAHA supports 15,431 students, and 968 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 572 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,468. During this same period, 67 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. UNOMAHA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#17

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

Sam Houston State University earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. SHSU is a very large public school located in the town of Huntsville. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SHSU also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 1,026 of the 21,213 students enrolled at SHSU were GI Bill® students, of which 648 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,792. SHSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

The #18 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Saint Leo University. St. Leo University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Saint Leo. St. Leo University also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

Of the 11,808 students enrolled at St. Leo University, 756 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 593 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,438. On top of their other funding sources, 16 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. St. Leo University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#19

Tiffin University

Tiffin, OH

Tiffin University comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Tiffin, Tiffin University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

According to our most recent data, Tiffin University supports 3,045 students, and 108 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 77 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,699. In addition to receiving other benefits, 6 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#20

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Fort Lauderdale. Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 19,510 students enrolled at Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale, 1,065 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 806 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,949. During this same period, 203 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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New Jersey City University

Jersey City, NJ

New Jersey City University landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. NJCU is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Jersey City. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, NJCU also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 156 of the 7,991 students enrolled at NJCU were GI Bill® students, of which 100 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,982. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Virginia Commonwealth University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Located in the midsize city of Richmond, VCU is a public school with a fairly large student population. VCU also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States rankings.

According to our most recent data, VCU supports 30,697 students, and 1,464 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 977 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,871. On top of their other funding sources, 4 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. VCU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville State University earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. Fayetteville State University is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Fayetteville.

According to our most recent data, Fayetteville State University supports 6,318 students, and 1,172 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 566 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,052. On top of their other funding sources, 1 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Phoenix - Arizona as the #24 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Among the 95,777 students enrolled at UOPX - Arizona, 13,284 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 11,869 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,593. On top of their other funding sources, 28 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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SUNY Canton

Canton, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Canton as the #25 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Canton, SUNY Canton is a public college with a small student population.

Among the 3,213 students enrolled at SUNY Canton, 155 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 126 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,253. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans in the United States

#29

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ
#30

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#31

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, MI
#32

University of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD
#33

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
#34

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO
#38

Utica College

Utica, NY
#40

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL
#42

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ
#43

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL
#44

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#49

Norwich University

Northfield, VT

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans in the United States badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 515 different United States homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Monroe College Bronx, NY
52 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
53 Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
54 Franklin University Columbus, OH
55 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
56 American University of Puerto Rico Bayamon, PR
57 Columbia College Columbia, MO
58 Oakland City University Oakland City, IN
59 Methodist University Fayetteville, NC
60 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
61 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
62 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
63 Curry College Milton, MA
64 Champlain College Burlington, VT
65 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
66 Point Park University Pittsburgh, PA
67 Northeastern University Boston, MA
68 Troy University Troy, AL
69 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
70 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
71 Washington State University Pullman, WA
72 Savannah State University Savannah, GA
73 American University Washington, DC
74 American InterContinental University - Online Schaumburg, IL
75 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
76 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
77 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting that almost earned our Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
78 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
79 Madonna University Livonia, MI
80 Florida International University Miami, FL
81 Post University Waterbury, CT
82 Bay State College Boston, MA
83 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
84 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
85 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
86 George Washington University Washington, DC
87 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
88 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
89 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
90 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
91 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
92 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
93 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
94 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
95 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
96 North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
97 Pennsylvania State University - Schuylkill Schuylkill Haven, PA
98 Chicago State University Chicago, IL
99 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
100 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
101 St. Joseph’s College - New York Brooklyn, NY
102 Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX
103 Herzing University - Atlanta Atlanta, GA

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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

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

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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