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2024 Best Value Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Political Science

575 Colleges
5,415,716 Bachelor's Degrees
$21,425 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Political Science School for You

Best Value Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Political ScienceWith N/A bachelor's degrees handed out in 2021-2022, political science is the #8 most popular major in the United States.

This year's Best Value Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Political Science ranking looked at 575 colleges that offer a bachelor's in poly sci. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on poly sci schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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2024 Best Value Political Science Schools in the United States

Check out the poly sci programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Political Science Schools

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Brigham Young University - Provo landed the #1 spot in our 2024 rankings for best value political science schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. BYU also claimed a spot on our Best Political Science Schools list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The average student at BYU graduates in less than 5.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $12,451. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU be around $64,123. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Florida State University landed the #2 spot in our 2024 rankings for best value political science schools. Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tallahassee. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Florida State also did well on our Best Political Science Schools list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,060. This means that the average student pays around $113,652 to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida State. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize American Public University System as the #3 school in this year's rankings. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Florida International University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. FIU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Miami. FIU also claimed a spot on our Best Political Science Schools list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at FIU to complete their degree, and it costs about $25,976 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from FIU is about $118,970. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize Northern Illinois University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. NIU is a large public school located in the suburb of Dekalb.

At NIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and it costs about $20,624 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $94,870 to get a bachelor’s degree from NIU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of South Florida - Main Campus as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a very large student population.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at USF Tampa to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,729. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa is about $96,598. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of South Dakota landed the #7 spot in our 2024 rankings for best value political science schools. USD is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Vermillion.

The average student at USD graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $20,747 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from USD is $89,835. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Maryland Global Campus. UMGC is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Adelphi.

Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to South Dakota State University. Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at South Dakota State is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,337. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State is $89,483. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Located in the town of River Falls, UW - River Falls is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at UW - River Falls about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,436. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - River Falls is about $90,123. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Value Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Political Science

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Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Political Science badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 575 different United States political science schools we analyzed.

RankCollegeLocation
51Valdosta State UniversityValdosta, GA
52Saint Cloud State UniversitySaint Cloud, MN
53Shippensburg University of PennsylvaniaShippensburg, PA
54Winona State UniversityWinona, MN
55San Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco, CA
56University of Minnesota - MorrisMorris, MN
57University of Wisconsin - MilwaukeeMilwaukee, WI
58University of Nebraska at OmahaOmaha, NE
59The University of Arizona Global CampusSan Diego, CA
60University of North FloridaJacksonville, FL
61Western Carolina UniversityCullowhee, NC
62Texas Woman’s UniversityDenton, TX
63University of Wisconsin - OshkoshOshkosh, WI
64Liberty UniversityLynchburg, VA
65Ohio University - Athens CampusAthens, OH
66Youngstown State UniversityYoungstown, OH
67Northwest Missouri State UniversityMaryville, MO
68Texas State UniversitySan Marcos, TX
69Grand Valley State UniversityAllendale, MI
70University of Nevada - Las VegasLas Vegas, NV
71University of Wisconsin - Stevens PointStevens Point, WI
72University of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotte, NC
73California State University - ChicoChico, CA
73University of Missouri - ColumbiaColumbia, MO
75San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, CA
76California State University - FullertonFullerton, CA
77Mississippi State UniversityMississippi State, MS
78Utah State UniversityLogan, UT
79University of UtahSalt Lake City, UT
80University of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboro, NC
81Eastern Illinois UniversityCharleston, IL
82Kent State University at KentKent, OH
83California State University - StanislausTurlock, CA
84Southeast Missouri State UniversityCape Girardeau, MO
85The University of West FloridaPensacola, FL
86University of Wisconsin - Green BayGreen Bay, WI

Political Science by Region

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*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

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