Social Sciences

2021 Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans

552 Colleges
155,417 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,231 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Social Sciences Schools for Vets

Best Social Sciences Colleges for VeteransSocial Sciences is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 3rd of all the majors we analyze. In 2019-2020, 155,417 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major.

This year's Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans ranking looked at 552 colleges that offer a bachelor's in social sciences. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent social sciences programs, but they also offer a lot of support to veterans and active service members.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as veteran satisfaction, veteran affordability, and overall quality of the social sciences program at the school. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

One Size Does Not Fit All

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Social Sciences Schools for Veterans list to help you make the college decision.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

2021 Best Social Sciences Schools for Veterans in the United States

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

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Social Sciences Schools

Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Columbia, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences ranking.

Of the 30,135 students enrolled at Columbia, 797 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 528 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,878. In addition to receiving other benefits, 361 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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George Washington University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. GWU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Of the 27,017 students enrolled at GWU, 1,274 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,076 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,151. During this same period, 349 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#3

New York University

New York, NY

New York University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. NYU also made our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list, coming in at #7.

According to our most recent data, NYU supports 52,775 students, and 681 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 482 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,831. On top of their other funding sources, 265 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Pennsylvania. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. UPenn also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences rankings.

Among the 26,552 students enrolled at UPenn, 272 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 153 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,428. On top of their other funding sources, 106 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Maryland - College Park. UMCP is a very large public school located in the large suburb of College Park. UMCP excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

Our most recent data shows that 896 of the 40,709 students enrolled at UMCP were GI Bill® students, of which 672 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,240. On top of their other funding sources, 7 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Harvard not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

Among the 30,391 students enrolled at Harvard, 378 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 297 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,846. During this same period, 175 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#7

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. Georgetown excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

Among the 19,371 students enrolled at Georgetown, 870 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 809 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,728. On top of their other funding sources, 254 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Georgetown does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UMN Twin Cities is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

Among the 52,017 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities, 824 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 585 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,664. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#9

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. UChicago also made our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list, coming in at #6.

Our most recent data shows that 181 of the 17,834 students enrolled at UChicago were GI Bill® students, of which 107 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,167. On top of their other funding sources, 54 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#10

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

Claremont McKenna College earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Claremont McKenna is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Claremont. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Claremont McKenna, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences ranking.

Of the 1,264 students enrolled at Claremont McKenna, 5 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 4 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $23,672. To help with additional expenses, 4 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#11

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Yale did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

Of the 12,060 students enrolled at Yale, 60 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 58 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $18,964. To help with additional expenses, 29 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#12

Brown University

Providence, RI

Our rankings recognize Brown University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Brown is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Providence. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Brown has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences ranking.

Of the 9,948 students enrolled at Brown, 96 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 62 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,273. During this same period, 58 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of California - Berkeley comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UC Berkeley also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Social Sciences ranking.

Of the 42,327 students enrolled at UC Berkeley, 557 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,465. To help with additional expenses, 3 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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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 large public school located in the city of Cleveland.

Our most recent data shows that 454 of the 15,247 students enrolled at Cleveland State University were GI Bill® students, of which 252 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,719.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population. UT Austin also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 1,201 of the 50,476 students enrolled at UT Austin were GI Bill® students, of which 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,949. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the large city of Seattle. UW Seattle also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, UW Seattle supports 48,149 students, and 1,278 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 780 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,461. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#17

American University

Washington, DC

American University earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. The American University also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Among the 14,001 students enrolled at The American University, 614 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 522 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,029. On top of their other funding sources, 245 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a very large student population. UNC Chapel Hill also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Among the 30,092 students enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill, 641 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 419 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,668. In addition to receiving other benefits, 18 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UNC Chapel Hill does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of California - Los Angeles earned the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a fairly large student population. UCLA also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Of the 44,589 students enrolled at UCLA, 623 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 444 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,825.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Ohio State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,851 of the 61,369 students enrolled at Ohio State were GI Bill® students, of which 1,158 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,438. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#21

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee. Florida State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

Of the 43,569 students enrolled at Florida State, 986 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 582 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,897. On top of their other funding sources, 20 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#22

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

The #22 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Stanford University. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Stanford. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Stanford is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

Among the 15,953 students enrolled at Stanford, 168 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 110 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,267. To help with additional expenses, 66 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public school with a very large student population. UW - Madison excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list.

Our most recent data shows that 554 of the 44,640 students enrolled at UW - Madison were GI Bill® students, of which 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,489. On top of their other funding sources, 21 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UW - Madison does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Santa Barbara as the #24 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a very large student population. UCSB also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Among the 26,179 students enrolled at UCSB, 296 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 154 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,044. In addition to receiving other benefits, 5 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UCSB does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#25

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Binghamton University earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. Binghamton University is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Vestal. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Binghamton University also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Social Sciences ranking.

Of the 18,148 students enrolled at Binghamton University, 104 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 56 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,647. Binghamton University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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

#26

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
#27

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#28

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#30

Boston University

Boston, MA
#31

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

#34

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR
#35

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
#36

University at Albany

Albany, NY
#37

Duke University

Durham, NC
#39

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
#40

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#41

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

#45

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
#46

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#47

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#49

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
#50

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 552 different United States social sciences schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
52 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
53 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
54 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
55 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
56 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
57 Portland State University Portland, OR
58 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
59 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
60 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
61 University of Delaware Newark, DE
62 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
63 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
64 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
65 Tufts University Medford, MA
66 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
67 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
68 Hunter College New York, NY
69 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
70 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
71 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
72 Northeastern University Boston, MA
73 Mount St Mary’s University Emmitsburg, MD
74 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
75 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
76 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
77 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
78 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
79 University of North Alabama Florence, AL
80 Colgate University Hamilton, NY
81 Queens College Queens, NY
82 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans award.

Rank College Location
83 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
84 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
85 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
86 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
87 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
88 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
89 St. Mary’s University San Antonio, TX
90 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
91 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
92 Pomona College Claremont, CA
93 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
94 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
95 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
96 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
97 Villanova University Villanova, PA
98 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
99 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
100 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
101 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
102 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
103 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
104 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
105 Towson University Towson, MD
106 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
107 University of Denver Denver, CO
108 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
109 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
110 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL

Social Sciences by Region

View the best for vets Social Sciences schools in a specific region near you.

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 43,385
Economics 40,046
Sociology 29,491
International Relations & National Security 9,567
Anthropology 9,280

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Psychology 127,340
Communication & Journalism 95,797
Education 90,265
History 26,120
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 23,644

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to AndrГ© KГјnzelmann.

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