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2021 Best Colleges for General Social Sciences

Approximately 19,551 general social sciences degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for General Social Sciences ranking analyzed 54 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general social sciences. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 8 schools for General Social Sciences students.

Choosing a Great General Social Sciences School

Best Colleges for General Social Sciences The social sciences 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. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

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 consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of various 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 12% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 16%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 206 to 30 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

General Social Sciences graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average general social sciences bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $32,689, graduates of colleges on this list average $42,088.

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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 General Social Sciences students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other general social sciences students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized general social sciences related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for General Social Sciences students.

Best Schools to Study General Social Sciences in United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a General Social Sciences degree.

Top 10 Best Social Sciences Colleges

#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Any student pursuing a degree in general social sciences needs to look into Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville. A Best Colleges rank of 24 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great school overall.

There are about 223 general social sciences undergraduates studying this program at Vanderbilt. Graduates from the general social sciences program at Vanderbilt University get $20,176 above the typical graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

It is hard to beat Harvard University if you wish to study general social sciences. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great school overall.

There are roughly 178 general social sciences undergraduates studying this degree at Harvard. General Social Sciences students from Harvard University receive an earnings boost of about $17,876 above the average earnings of general social sciences graduates.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus is among your top options if you want to study general social sciences. Located in the large city Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 97 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UW Seattle is a great school overall.

A preferred major for general social sciences undergrads, there are about 70 individuals studying this program at UW Seattle. University of Washington - Seattle Campus general social sciences graduates earn $17,776 more than the typical social sciences student.

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#4

New York University

New York, NY

New York University is among your top options if you want to study general social sciences. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. This college ranks 130th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

A preferred choice for general social sciences undergrads, there are about 79 learners studying this degree at NYU. Graduates from the general social sciences major at New York University make $12,176 above the standard college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State is a very large public school 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 school overall.

There are about 127 general social sciences undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Michigan State. General Social Sciences majors from Michigan State University earn a boost of about $2,776 above the average earnings of general social sciences graduates.

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#6

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Located in the medium-sized city Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 160th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There are approximately 316 general social sciences undergraduates studying this degree at Florida State. Soon after graduating, social sciences students usually earn about $34,800 in the first five years of their career.

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University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

Located in the city Eugene, UO is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 272nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

There are about 391 general social sciences undergrads studying this degree at UO. Graduates of the social sciences program earn about $31,800 for their early career.

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#8

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

Located in the large suburb Buffalo, University at Buffalo is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 200th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, University at Buffalo offers a Master's Degree in general social sciences. Soon after graduation, social sciences students generally make an average of $28,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Wazzu is a very large public school located in the distant town of Pullman. This school ranks 408th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are approximately 372 general social sciences undergrads studying this program at Wazzu. General Social Sciences graduates from Washington State University receive an earnings boost of about $2,376 over the average earnings of general social sciences majors.

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USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means USC is a great school overall.

University of Southern California is one of the most popular school to study social sciences in United States with more than 36 graduates last year. After graduating, social sciences students usually make an average of $30,800 in their early careers.

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General Social Sciences by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 13 majors within the Social Sciences area of study, General Social Sciences has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Social Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 48,297
Political Science & Government 47,035
Sociology 37,611
International Relations & National Security 15,207
Anthropology 11,703

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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 Manfred Werner (Tsui). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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