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2021 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

Approximately 106,165 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking analyzed 503 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting students.

Choosing a Great Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting School

Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 50% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 713 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting degree from schools on this list usually translates into higher than average wages after graduation. A homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting bachelors degree from a college in the United States helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $33,822 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting students.

More Ways to Rank Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools

The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

Best Schools to Study Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for a Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 25 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges

Union Institute & University is a wonderful choice for individuals pursuing a Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting major. Union is a fairly small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Cincinnati. This university ranks 1442nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There were about 239 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting individuals who graduated from this program at Union in the most recent data year.

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University of New Haven

West Haven, CT

It is hard to beat University of New Haven if you wish to pursue homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting as a major. Located in the suburb of West Haven, University of New Haven is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 578th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were about 744 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who graduated from this program at University of New Haven in the most recent year we have data available.

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George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

It is difficult to beat George Mason University if you want to pursue homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting as a major. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 271 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means GMU is a great university overall.

There were approximately 540 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting individuals who graduated from this degree at GMU in the most recent data year.

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Any student who is interested in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting has to take a look at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Located in the city of New York, John Jay is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 1027th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, John Jay offers a Master's Degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

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Located in the city of New Orleans, Tulane is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 108 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Tulane is a great university overall.

With 95 students who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Tulane University of Louisiana is one of the most popular universities to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 160 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Florida State is a great university overall.

There were approximately 639 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting individuals who graduated from this degree at Florida State in the most recent year we have data available.

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VCU is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Richmond. This university ranks 322nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, VCU offers a Master's Degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

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Penn State Hazleton is a small public university located in the small suburb of Hazleton. This university ranks 797th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

With 18 individuals who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton is one of the most popular universities to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States.

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Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of 81 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Northeastern is a great university overall.

With 74 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Northeastern University is one of the most popular universities to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States.

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Rutgers Newark is a fairly large public university located in the city of Newark. A Best Colleges rank of 318 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Rutgers Newark is a great university overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Rutgers Newark also offers 2 different higher degree levels in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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UMass Lowell is a large public university located in the suburb of Lowell. This university ranks 357th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMass Lowell also offers 2 different higher degree levels in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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George Washington University

Washington, DC

Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 115 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means GWU is a great university overall.

GWU offers homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting degrees as low as an Associate's and all the way up to a Master's.

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Located in the large city of Cincinnati, UC is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 341st out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

UC offers homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting degrees as low as an Associate's and all the way up to a Doctorates.

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American University

Washington, DC

The American University is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of 164 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means The American University is a great university overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, The American University offers a Master's Degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

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RWU is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Bristol. A Best Colleges rank of 300 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means RWU is a great university overall.

There were about 126 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who graduated from this degree at RWU in the most recent data year.

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#16

Hilbert College

Hamburg, NY

Hilbert College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Hamburg. This college ranks 1158th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

Hilbert College offers homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting degrees as low as an Associate's and all the way up to a Master's.

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Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1262nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of West Virginia.

There were approximately 1772 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting individuals who graduated from this degree at American Military University in the most recent data year.

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#18

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State is a fairly large public university located in the city of East Lansing. A Best Colleges rank of 107 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Michigan State is a great university overall.

There were roughly 208 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who graduated from this degree at Michigan State in the most recent data year.

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA

Maritime is a small public school located in the midsize suburb of Buzzards Bay. A Best Colleges rank of 291 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Maritime is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Maritime also offers a Master's Degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

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Trine is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Fort Wayne. This university ranks 655th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses is one of the most popular universities to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States with roughly 32 graduations in the most recent data year.

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Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Located in the city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 111 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means TCU is a great university overall.

Texas Christian University is one of the most popular universities to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States with roughly 50 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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Located in the city of Phoenix, ASU - Downtown Phoenix is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 365th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

With 293 students who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix is one of the most popular universities to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States.

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Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Rowan is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Glassboro. This university ranks 450th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Rowan offers a Master's Degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

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UNOMAHA is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Omaha. This university ranks 764th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.

There were approximately 272 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who graduated from this program at UNOMAHA in the most recent data year.

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Located in the medium-sized city of Charleston, The Citadel is a public college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 279 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means The Citadel is a great college overall.

A favorite major for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergrads, there were roughly 64 students who completed this degree at The Citadel in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

#26

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN
#27

Neumann University

Aston, PA
#28

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX
#29

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO
#30

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#34

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL
#37

Seattle University

Seattle, WA
#38

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY
#42

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA
#45

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, MI
#46

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY
#50

Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 503 different United States homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
52 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
53 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
54 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
55 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
56 Norwich University Northfield, VT
57 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
58 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
59 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
60 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
61 Simpson College Indianola, IA
62 Utica College Utica, NY
63 University of Antelope Valley Lancaster, CA
64 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
65 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
66 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
67 Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL
68 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
69 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
70 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
71 University of Georgia Athens, GA
72 Florida International University Miami, FL
73 Illinois State University Normal, IL
74 Madonna University Livonia, MI
75 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting students that almost earned our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting award.

Rank College Location
76 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
77 University of North Texas Denton, TX
78 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
79 St. Joseph’s College - New York Brooklyn, NY
80 Salem State University Salem, MA
81 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
82 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
83 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
84 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
85 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
86 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
87 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
88 Remington College - Heathrow Campus Lake Mary, FL
89 Curry College Milton, MA
90 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
91 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
92 Mercer University Macon, GA
93 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
94 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
95 New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ
96 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
97 Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Altoona, PA
98 Point Park University Pittsburgh, PA
99 University of Mississippi University, MS
100 San Jose State University San Jose, CA

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 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

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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