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2021 Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United States

552 Colleges
154,751 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,231 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Social Sciences Schools for Vets

Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesWith 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 Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 552 colleges that offer a bachelor's in social sciences. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great social sciences programs and a strong support system for 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. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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.

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2021 Best Social Sciences Schools for Veterans in the United States

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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 very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. Columbia also made our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States list, coming in at #4.

According to our most recent data, Columbia supports 31,077 students, and 797 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 528 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients 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 excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States list.

Of the 28,172 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. On top of their other funding sources, 349 students qualified for 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 city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. NYU also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States rankings.

Of the 51,847 students enrolled at NYU, 681 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 482 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $21,831. On top of their other funding sources, 265 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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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 college with a fairly large student population. UPenn did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States list.

Among the 25,860 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,428. In addition to receiving other benefits, 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 fairly large public school located in the large suburb of College Park. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UMCP also did well on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 896 of the 41,200 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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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Harvard has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States ranking.

Of the 31,566 students enrolled at Harvard, 378 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 297 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,846. During this same period, 175 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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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 school 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 in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 870 of the 19,204 students enrolled at Georgetown were GI Bill® students, of which 809 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,728. During this same period, 254 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 city of Minneapolis. UMN Twin Cities also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, UMN Twin Cities supports 50,734 students, and 824 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 585 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,664. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 city of Chicago. UChicago not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States list.

Among the 17,002 students enrolled at UChicago, 181 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 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 suburb of Claremont. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Claremont McKenna has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States ranking.

Among the 1,327 students enrolled at Claremont McKenna, 5 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 4 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $23,672. To help with additional expenses, 4 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Yale also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States rankings.

According to our most recent data, Yale supports 13,433 students, and 60 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 58 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $18,964. During this same period, 29 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Brown University

Providence, RI

Our rankings recognize Brown University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Providence. Brown did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States list.

Among the 10,257 students enrolled at Brown, 96 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 62 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $26,273. To help with additional expenses, 58 students received funds 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 medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. UC Berkeley also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Of the 42,501 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. During this same period, 3 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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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.

According to our most recent data, Cleveland State University supports 16,069 students, and 454 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 252 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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 in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, UT Austin supports 51,832 students, and 1,201 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 843 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,949. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Seattle. UW Seattle excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, UW Seattle supports 47,400 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. UW Seattle does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, The American University is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States list.

Among the 14,311 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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,029. During this same period, 245 students received scholarships through 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 in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Among the 30,011 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,668. In addition to receiving other benefits, 18 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UCLA is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, UCLA supports 44,537 students, and 623 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 444 are 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 city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ohio State also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 1,851 of the 61,170 students enrolled at Ohio State were GI Bill® students, of which 1,158 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients 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 very large public school located in the midsize city of Tallahassee. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Florida State also did well on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 41,005 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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,897. During this same period, 20 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

The #22 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Stanford University. Stanford is a fairly 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 in the United States list.

Of the 17,381 students enrolled at Stanford, 168 were 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 city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Wisconsin also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Wisconsin supports 43,463 students, and 554 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 346 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,489. During this same period, 21 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Santa Barbara as the #24 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCSB also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States ranking.

Among the 25,976 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,044. To help with additional expenses, 5 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#25

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Binghamton University earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. Binghamton University is a large public school located in the suburb of Vestal. Binghamton University also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 17,768 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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,647. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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

#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 section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United States 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 CUNY Hunter College New York, NY
69 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
70 College of William and 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 CUNY 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 in the United States 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 - Main 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

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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

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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