Social Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences

539 Colleges
154,751 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,127 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Social Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Social SciencesWith 154,751 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, social sciences is the #3 most popular major in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences ranking analyzed 539 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in social sciences. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those social sciences 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.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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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 Value Social Sciences Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Social Sciences Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Social Sciences Colleges for the Money.

Top 25 Best Value Social Sciences Schools

Brigham Young University - Provo earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. BYU excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

The average student at BYU graduates in less than 5.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $12,239. This means that the average student pays around $64,132 to get a bachelor’s degree from BYU. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#2

Centre College

Danville, KY

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Centre College. Centre College of Kentucky is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Danville. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Centre College of Kentucky also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Social Sciences ranking.

It takes the average student at Centre College of Kentucky about 4.0 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,121. This means that the average student pays around $100,986 to get a bachelor’s degree from Centre College of Kentucky. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, USF Tampa also did well on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

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 $23,095. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa is about $99,309. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#4

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Florida State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee. In addition to its great value ranking, Florida State is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,233. 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.

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#5

Lycoming College

Williamsport, PA

Lycoming College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Lycoming is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Williamsport. In addition to its great value ranking, Lycoming is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

The average student at Lycoming graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,985. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Lycoming is $113,067. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. UW - La Crosse is a large public school located in the small city of La Crosse.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UW - La Crosse to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,185. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse is $85,373. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#7

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Florida. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, U of F also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Social Sciences ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at U of F to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,230. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of F is $120,542. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#8

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY

CUNY Hunter College comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of New York, Hunter is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Hunter to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,445. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Hunter be around $99,290. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

Saint Vincent College landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Saint Vincent is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Latrobe.

It takes the average student at Saint Vincent about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,431. 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 Saint Vincent is $108,367. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Grand Valley State University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at GVSU to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,233. 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 GVSU is $105,245. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#11

St. Mary's University

San Antonio, TX

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to St. Mary's University. Located in the large city of San Antonio, St. Mary's is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

At St. Mary’s, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,177. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s is $107,002. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#12

Hanover College

Hanover, IN

Hanover College comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Hanover, Hanover is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Hanover is 4.0 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,334. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Hanover is $102,349. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#13

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Geneseo. Located in the distant town of Geneseo, SUNY Geneseo is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SUNY Geneseo is 4.1 years, and it costs about $25,828 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo be around $106,411. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#14

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

Our rankings recognize Cleveland State University as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Cleveland State University is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Cleveland.

The average student at Cleveland State University graduates in less than 4.6 years, and it costs about $23,655 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University is about $108,103. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, UNC Chapel Hill is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

At UNC Chapel Hill, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $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.

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#16

Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

Wabash College earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Wabash is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Crawfordsville.

The average student at Wabash graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,099. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Wabash is $118,433. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#17

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

SUNY Oneonta comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. SUNY Oneonta is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Oneonta.

The average student at SUNY Oneonta graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,162. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SUNY Oneonta is $100,997. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Minnesota - Duluth comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. UMN Duluth is a fairly large public school located in the city of Duluth.

At UMN Duluth, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,044. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMN Duluth be around $98,537. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#19

University at Albany

Albany, NY

University at Albany landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the city of Albany, UAlbany is a public school with a fairly large student population. UAlbany excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

At UAlbany, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,041. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UAlbany is about $124,971. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the town of Slippery Rock, SRU is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average student at SRU graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $21,713 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SRU is $93,149. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#21

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

Our rankings recognize University of Wyoming as the #21 school in this year's rankings. U of Wyoming is a large public school located in the remote town of Laramie.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at U of Wyoming to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,323. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming be around $94,299. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#22

Knox College

Galesburg, IL

Knox College comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Galesburg, Knox is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Knox to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,255. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Knox is $116,128. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Appalachian State University landed the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Appalachian State is a large public school located in the town of Boone.

At Appalachian State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,137. 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 Appalachian State is $95,410. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater landed the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. UW - Whitewater is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Whitewater.

It takes the average student at UW - Whitewater about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,164. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - Whitewater is about $91,343. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Cortland as the #25 school in this year's rankings. SUNY Cortland is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Cortland.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at SUNY Cortland to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,238. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland be around $108,019. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences

#26

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, NY
#27

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#28

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX
#29

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#32

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

#33

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

#37

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN
#38

Beloit College

Beloit, WI
#39

Drew University

Madison, NJ
#41

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

#42

University of Houston

Houston, TX

#43

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY
#46

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 539 different United States social sciences schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
52 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
53 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
54 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
55 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
56 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
57 Albright College Reading, PA
58 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
59 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
60 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
61 Ball State University Muncie, IN
62 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
63 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
64 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
65 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
66 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
67 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
68 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
69 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
70 University of North Texas Denton, TX
71 CUNY Queens College Queens, NY
72 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
73 Clark University Worcester, MA
74 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
75 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
76 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
77 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
78 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
79 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
80 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Social Sciences students that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences award.

Rank College Location
81 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
82 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
83 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
84 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
85 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
86 Ohio University - Main Campus Athens, OH
87 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
88 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
89 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
90 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
91 Mount St Mary’s University Emmitsburg, MD
92 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
93 Howard University Washington, DC
94 Hampden - Sydney College Hampden-Sydney, VA
95 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
96 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
97 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
98 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
99 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
100 Furman University Greenville, SC
101 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
102 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
103 Washington State University Pullman, WA
104 Fort Lewis College Durango, CO
105 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
106 Allen University Columbia, SC
107 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL

Social Sciences by Region

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

Social Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Political Science & Government 41,811
Economics 40,355
Sociology 29,920
International Relations & National Security 9,868
Anthropology 9,040

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Psychology 123,980
Communication & Journalism 96,549
Education 88,927
History 25,943
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 24,420

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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 AndrГ© KГјnzelmann.

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