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2021 Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences in District of Columbia

5 Colleges
2,990 Bachelor's Degrees
$37,766 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Social Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences in District of ColumbiaSocial Sciences is the most popular major in District of Columbia with 2,990 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.9% of all the social sciences bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences in District of Columbia ranking analyzed 5 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in social sciences. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. We are more focused on social sciences schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

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. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Social Sciences Schools in District of Columbia

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for social sciences majors.

Best Value Social Sciences Schools in District of Columbia

#1

Howard University

Washington, DC

Howard University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the large city of Washington, Howard is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Howard did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in District of Columbia list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Howard is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,736. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Howard is $106,365. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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George Washington University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. GWU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in District of Columbia list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at GWU is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $43,358. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from GWU is $179,069. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. In addition to being on our best value list, Georgetown has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in District of Columbia ranking.

The average student at Georgetown graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,120. 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 Georgetown is $146,647. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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American University

Washington, DC

American University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. The American University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. As a testament to the quality of education offered at The American University, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in District of Columbia ranking.

It takes the average student at The American University about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $41,058. This means that the average student pays around $189,277 to get a bachelor’s degree from The American University. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Catholic University of America as the #5 school in this year's rankings. CUA is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. CUA also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in District of Columbia rankings.

At CUA, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $43,559. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from CUA is about $179,463. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Social Sciences Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 7,068
New York 15,332
New Jersey 2,939
Maryland 3,670
Delaware 649

Social Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
International Relations & National Security 1,341
Political Science & Government 928
Economics 493
Sociology 107
Anthropology 64

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Journalism 604
Psychology 542
History 167
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 148
Education 77

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 5 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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