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2021 Best Value Colleges for Political Science & Government

358 Colleges
41,811 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,254 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Political Science & Government School for You

Best Value Colleges for Political Science & GovernmentIn 2018-2019, 41,811 people earned their bachelor's in political science and government, making the major the #13 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Political Science & Government ranking looked at 358 colleges that offer a bachelor's in political science. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those political science schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Political Science & Government Schools in the United States

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

Top 25 Best Value Political Science Schools

#1

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a very large student population. Florida State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Political Science & Government list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

It takes the average student at Florida State about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $27,233 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Florida State is about $115,196. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, political science majors at Florida State accumulate an average of around $18,309 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $184, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Provo as the #2 school in this year's rankings. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at BYU is 5.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $12,239. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU be around $64,132. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, political science majors at BYU accumulate an average of around $13,293 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $114.

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#3

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Florida. U of F is a very large public school located in the city of Gainesville. In addition to its great value ranking, U of F is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Political Science & Government list.

The average student at U of F graduates in less than 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,230. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of F is $120,542. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, political science graduates from U of F carry an average student debtload of $16,651. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $156.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill. UNC Chapel Hill also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Political Science & Government list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

At UNC Chapel Hill, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,820. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNC Chapel Hill is $109,694. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at UNC Chapel Hill take out while working on their bachelor's is $16,335. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $179.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value political science and government schools. USF Tampa is a very large public school located in the city of Tampa.

At USF Tampa, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,095. This means that the average student pays around $99,308 to get a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, political science graduates from USF Tampa carry an average student debtload of $21,578. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $223, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

Wabash College comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Crawfordsville, Wabash is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Wabash is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,099. This means that the average student pays around $118,433 to get a bachelor’s degree from Wabash. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Political Science majors at Wabash take out an average of $25,331 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#7

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value political science and government schools. U of H is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Houston.

At U of H, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,217. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from U of H is $116,503. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Political Science majors at U of H take out an average of $20,101 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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#8

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Athens, UGA is a public college with a very large student population.

The average student at UGA graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $31,505 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $134,211 to get a bachelor’s degree from UGA. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Political Science majors at UGA take out an average of $18,961 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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#9

Drew University

Madison, NJ

Our rankings recognize Drew University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Madison, Drew is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Drew to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,288. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Drew is $95,481. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Drew take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,273. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#10

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, VA

Randolph - Macon College landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value political science and government schools. Located in the large suburb of Ashland, Randolph - Macon is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average student at Randolph - Macon graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,683. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Randolph - Macon be around $124,880. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, political science graduates from Randolph - Macon carry an average student debtload of $22,806. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $263.

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Illinois State University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value political science and government schools. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a very large student population.

The average student at Illinois State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,958. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State is $108,817. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, political science majors at Illinois State accumulate an average of around $22,893 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $241.

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#12

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Our rankings recognize Purdue University - Main Campus as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the city of West Lafayette.

At Purdue, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,495. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Purdue is about $124,238. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Purdue take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,661. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $240.

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#13

Saint Johns University

Collegeville, MN

Saint Johns University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the rural area of Collegeville, SJU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average student at SJU graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,414. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SJU is $133,546. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, political science majors at SJU accumulate an average of around $23,241 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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University of Central Florida comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Orlando, UCF is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at UCF graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,064. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UCF is $120,976. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, political science majors at UCF accumulate an average of around $20,017 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $212.

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Northern Illinois University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value political science and government schools. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at NIU is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,171. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NIU be around $92,181. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at NIU take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,536. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $258, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value political science and government schools. Located in the fringe town of Saint Peter, Gustavus Adolphus is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes the average student at Gustavus Adolphus about 4.0 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,332. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus is about $125,955. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Gustavus Adolphus take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,388. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#17

University at Albany

Albany, NY

University at Albany comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. UAlbany is a large public school located in the small city of Albany.

It takes the average student at UAlbany about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,041. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UAlbany is $124,971. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, political science graduates from UAlbany take out $20,408 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $216.

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#18

Allegheny College

Meadville, PA

Our rankings recognize Allegheny College as the #18 school in this year's rankings. Allegheny is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Meadville.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Allegheny is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,782. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny is $135,062. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, political science graduates from Allegheny take out $26,337 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Located in the city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UW - La Crosse to complete their degree, and it costs about $19,185 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW - La Crosse is $85,373. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, political science graduates from UW - La Crosse take out $21,416 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $228.

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#20

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of South Dakota. U of South Dakota is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Vermillion.

At U of South Dakota, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,860. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of South Dakota is $90,950. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, political science majors at U of South Dakota accumulate an average of around $24,163 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $267, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#21

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. UNI is a large public school located in the city of Cedar Falls.

The average student at UNI graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,198. This means that the average student pays around $107,439 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNI. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, political science majors at UNI accumulate an average of around $19,759 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $241.

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Iowa State University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value political science and government schools. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the city of Ames.

It takes the average student at Iowa State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,749. This means that the average student pays around $118,231 to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Political Science majors at Iowa State take out an average of $21,796 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $213, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#23

Furman University

Greenville, SC

Furman University landed the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value political science and government schools. Furman is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Greenville.

It takes the average student at Furman about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $33,813 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Furman is $137,957. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Furman take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,097. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $273.

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Our rankings recognize Appalachian State University as the #24 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Boone, Appalachian State is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Appalachian State is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,137. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State be around $95,410. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, political science graduates from Appalachian State carry an average student debtload of $19,713. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $213, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

Howard University

Washington, DC

Our rankings recognize Howard University as the #25 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Washington, Howard is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at Howard about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,736. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Howard is $106,365. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Howard take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,833. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Value Colleges for Political Science & Government

#26

St Olaf College

Northfield, MN
#28

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY
#29

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#35

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL
#36

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#37

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
#38

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
#39

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#41

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY
#43

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN
#45

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#47

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL
#48

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#49

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#50

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Value Colleges for Political Science & Government badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 358 different United States political science and government schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
52 Arizona State University - West Glendale, AZ
53 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Political Science & Government award.

Rank College Location
54 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
55 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
56 Florida International University Miami, FL
57 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
58 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
59 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
60 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
61 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
62 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
63 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
64 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
65 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
66 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
67 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
68 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
69 Radford University Radford, VA
70 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
71 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY

Political Science & Government by Region

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

One of 13 majors within the Social Sciences area of study, Political Science & Government has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 40,355
Sociology 29,920
International Relations & National Security 9,868
Anthropology 9,040
Criminology 8,478

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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 UKWiki at English Wikipedia.

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