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2021 Best Economics Colleges for Veterans in the United States

275 Colleges
40,355 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,376 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Economics Schools for Vets

Best Economics Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesIn 2018-2019, 40,355 people earned their bachelor's in economics, making the major the #14 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Economics Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking analyzed 275 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in economics. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent economics programs, but they also offer a lot of support to veterans and active service members.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the economics program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran satisfaction. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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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 Economics Schools for Veterans ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Economics Schools for Veterans in the United States

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Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Economics Schools

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. UChicago also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States rankings.

Among the 17,002 students enrolled at UChicago, 181 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 107 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $19,167. In addition to receiving other benefits, 54 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Columbia University in the City of New York. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Columbia has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 797 of the 31,077 students enrolled at Columbia were GI Bill® students, of which 528 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,878. During this same period, 361 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Duke University. Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham. Duke did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 288 of the 16,606 students enrolled at Duke were GI Bill® students, of which 248 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $24,322. During this same period, 115 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#4

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value economics schools. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Georgetown also did well on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, Georgetown supports 19,204 students, and 870 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 809 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,728. To help with additional expenses, 254 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Georgetown does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value economics schools. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Boston College also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States ranking.

Among the 14,720 students enrolled at Boston College, 164 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 130 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $24,987. On top of their other funding sources, 74 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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#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge. Harvard also made our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list, coming in at #5.

Of the 31,566 students enrolled at Harvard, 378 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 297 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,846. During this same period, 175 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#7

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Yale is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of New Haven. Yale also made our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list, coming in at #4.

Our most recent data shows that 60 of the 13,433 students enrolled at Yale were GI Bill® students, of which 58 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,964. To help with additional expenses, 29 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#8

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value economics schools. Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Johns Hopkins is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 583 of the 26,152 students enrolled at Johns Hopkins were GI Bill® students, of which 556 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,073. To help with additional expenses, 49 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#9

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. In addition to being on our best for vets list, UPenn has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States ranking.

Among the 25,860 students enrolled at UPenn, 272 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 153 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,428. During this same period, 106 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public college with a fairly large student population. U of Michigan excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, U of Michigan supports 46,716 students, and 509 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 321 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $26,841. U of Michigan does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#11

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

Claremont McKenna College landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value economics schools. Located in the suburb of Claremont, Claremont McKenna is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Claremont McKenna has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States ranking.

Of the 1,327 students enrolled at Claremont McKenna, 5 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 4 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $23,672. On top of their other funding sources, 4 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#12

Rice University

Houston, TX

Our rankings recognize Rice University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Houston. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Rice also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Rice supports 7,124 students, and 120 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 98 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,808. To help with additional expenses, 72 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#13

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Northwestern U not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 124 of the 22,127 students enrolled at Northwestern U were GI Bill® students, of which 81 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $27,950. During this same period, 47 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#14

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our rankings recognize Stanford University as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. Stanford did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 168 of the 17,381 students enrolled at Stanford were GI Bill® students, of which 110 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,267. To help with additional expenses, 66 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#15

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Notre Dame also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 361 of the 12,607 students enrolled at Notre Dame were GI Bill® students, of which 303 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,306. To help with additional expenses, 78 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#16

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our rankings recognize Cornell University as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. Cornell excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list.

Among the 23,600 students enrolled at Cornell, 621 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 519 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,152. On top of their other funding sources, 150 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of California - Berkeley comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley. UC Berkeley also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 557 of the 42,501 students enrolled at UC Berkeley were GI Bill® students, of which 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,465. To help with additional expenses, 3 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The University of Texas at Austin earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UT Austin also did well on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 1,201 of the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin were GI Bill® students, of which 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,949. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value economics schools. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the large city of Madison. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Wisconsin also did well on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 43,463 students enrolled at Wisconsin, 554 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,489. During this same period, 21 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#20

New York University

New York, NY

Our rankings recognize New York University as the #20 school in this year's rankings. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, NYU is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list.

Of the 51,847 students enrolled at NYU, 681 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 482 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,831. On top of their other funding sources, 265 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Maryland - College Park earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population. UMCP also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

Among the 41,200 students enrolled at UMCP, 896 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 672 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,240. During this same period, 7 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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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value economics schools. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UIUC is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, UIUC supports 49,702 students, and 500 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 247 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,702. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as the #23 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population. UMN Twin Cities also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

Among the 50,734 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities, 824 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 585 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,664. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#24

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

Our rankings recognize University of Virginia - Main Campus as the #24 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, University of Virginia also did well on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 24,639 students enrolled at University of Virginia, 654 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 552 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $23,377.

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Southern Methodist University comes in at #25 in this year's ranking. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas. SMU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Economics in the United States list.

Among the 11,649 students enrolled at SMU, 330 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 258 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,005. To help with additional expenses, 103 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#27

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#30

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#31

Boston University

Boston, MA
#35

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#36

Brown University

Providence, RI
#37

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#38

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
#39

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#41

American University

Washington, DC

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Economics that almost earned our Best Economics Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
42 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
43 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
44 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
45 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
46 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
47 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
48 Pomona College Claremont, CA
49 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
50 Utah State University Logan, UT
51 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
52 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
53 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
54 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
55 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ

Economics by Region

View the best for vets Economics schools in a specific region near you.

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

Economics is one of 13 different types of Social Sciences programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Political Science & Government 41,811
Sociology 29,920
International Relations & National Security 9,868
Anthropology 9,040
Criminology 8,478

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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 pixabay.

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