Social Sciences

2022 Best Social Sciences Schools

866 Colleges in the United States
201,490 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded
$34,801 Avg Early-Career Salary
Social Sciences is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #5 most popular degree program in the country. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

College Factual reviewed 866 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of social sciences. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 201,490 degrees in social sciences during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Social Sciences School

Best Social Sciences Schools Your choice of social sciences school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Social Sciences School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Social Sciences Rankings by Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Social Sciences Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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Best Schools for Social Sciences in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of social sciences degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Social Sciences

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
647 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in social sciences needs to take a look at Yale University. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #8 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were approximately 647 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent data year. Social Sciences degree recipients from Yale University receive an earnings boost of around $30,449 over the average income of social sciences graduates.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
616 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in social sciences needs to check out Duke University. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 616 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the social sciences major at Duke University make $23,366 more than the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#3

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
177 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in social sciences has to check out Claremont McKenna College. Located in the suburb of Claremont, Claremont McKenna is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #5 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Claremont McKenna is a great college overall.

There were approximately 177 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Claremont McKenna in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the social sciences degree program at Claremont McKenna College earn $47,599 above the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#4

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
409 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Dartmouth College is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in social sciences. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit college located in the remote town of Hanover. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were approximately 409 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent year we have data available. Social Sciences degree recipients from Dartmouth College receive an earnings boost of about $27,166 above the typical income of social sciences graduates.

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#5

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
830 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were about 830 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the social sciences degree program at Harvard University get $24,299 more than the average graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#6

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
234 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 3rd out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 234 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Williams in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the social sciences degree program at Williams College get $24,099 more than the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#7

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
632 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were roughly 632 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Those social sciences students who get their degree from University of Pennsylvania earn $25,532 more than the standard social sciences graduate.

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#8

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,057 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were about 1057 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Social Sciences degree recipients from University of Chicago receive an earnings boost of about $13,499 above the typical income of social sciences majors.

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#9

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
36th Most Popular In CA
357 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 357 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year.

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#10

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,344 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Baltimore. This university ranks 1st out of 39 schools for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There were approximately 1344 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the social sciences major at Johns Hopkins University earn $31,999 more than the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#11

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TN
680 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Nashville. This university ranks 1st out of 50 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were approximately 680 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
666 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 666 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the social sciences degree program at Northwestern University earn $19,266 above the average college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#13

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
372 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Princeton. A Best Schools rank of #12 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were roughly 372 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the social sciences degree program at Princeton University get $13,099 above the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
502 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Ithaca. This university ranks 1st out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 502 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent data year. Those social sciences students who get their degree from Cornell University receive $15,432 more than the typical social sciences student.

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#15

Pomona College

Claremont, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
107 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Claremont, Pomona is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #11 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Pomona is a great college overall.

There were roughly 107 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Pomona in the most recent year we have data available. Social Sciences degree recipients from Pomona College receive an earnings boost of approximately $45,999 above the average earnings of social sciences graduates.

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#16

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
554 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were about 554 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year. Social Sciences degree recipients from University of Notre Dame earn a boost of approximately $7,599 over the typical earnings of social sciences graduates.

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#17

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,251 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 9 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were about 1251 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the social sciences program at Georgetown University earn $21,266 more than the average graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,404 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 1404 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the social sciences major at Columbia University in the City of New York earn $18,042 more than the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#19

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
131 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Amherst is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Amherst. This college ranks 4th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 131 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Amherst in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the social sciences degree program at Amherst College make $24,849 more than the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MO
411 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were roughly 411 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available.

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#21

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
307 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Colgate is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Hamilton. This university ranks 3rd out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 307 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent year we have data available. Social Sciences degree recipients from Colgate University get an earnings boost of about $22,032 above the average earnings of social sciences graduates.

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#22

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
761 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Medford. This university ranks 6th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 761 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent data year. Social Sciences degree recipients from Tufts University get an earnings boost of approximately $17,639 over the typical earnings of social sciences majors.

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#23

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
499 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 1st out of 10 schools for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were roughly 499 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the social sciences degree program at Brown University earn $14,799 more than the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#24

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
357 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Wake Forest University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem. This university ranks 2nd out of 113 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 357 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the social sciences program at Wake Forest University make $8,966 more than the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#25

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
183 Social Sciences Degrees Awarded

Bowdoin is a small private not-for-profit college located in the town of Brunswick. This college ranks 1st out of 23 schools for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were about 183 social sciences students who graduated with this degree at Bowdoin in the most recent year we have data available. Social Sciences degree recipients from Bowdoin College receive an earnings boost of approximately $22,949 over the typical income of social sciences majors.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Social Sciences Schools

#25

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME
#27

Barnard College

New York, NY
#29

Haverford College

Haverford, PA
#30

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
#31

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

#32

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

#33

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#34

Rice University

Houston, TX
#36

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA
#38

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#39

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
#40

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

#42

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
#43

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, CA
#44

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
#46

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#47

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#48

Trinity College

Hartford, CT

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Social Sciences Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 866 different United States social sciences schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 George Washington University Washington, DC
51 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
52 East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA
53 Carleton College Northfield, MN
54 Colby College Waterville, ME
55 Villanova University Villanova, PA
56 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
57 New York University New York, NY
58 Emory University Atlanta, GA
59 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
60 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
61 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
62 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
63 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
64 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
65 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
66 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
67 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
68 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
69 Connecticut College New London, CT
70 Elon University Elon, NC
71 Northeastern University Boston, MA
72 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
73 Claremont Graduate University Claremont, CA
74 Pitzer College Claremont, CA
75 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
76 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
77 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
78 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
79 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
80 Boston University Boston, MA
81 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
82 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
83 American University Washington, DC
84 Stonehill College Easton, MA
85 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
86 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
87 Rose State College Midwest City, OK
88 Rhodes College Memphis, TN
89 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
90 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
91 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
92 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
93 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
94 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
95 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
96 Denison University Granville, OH
97 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
98 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
99 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
100 Institute of World Politics Washington, DC
101 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
102 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
103 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
104 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
105 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
106 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
107 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
108 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
109 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
110 University of Delaware Newark, DE
111 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
112 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
113 Furman University Greenville, SC
114 Providence College Providence, RI
115 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
116 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
117 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
118 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
119 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO
120 University of Georgia Athens, GA
121 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
122 Lasell University Newton, MA
123 Mitchell Technical College Mitchell, SD
124 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
125 Southwestern College Winfield, KS
126 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
127 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
128 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
129 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
130 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
131 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
132 Mercer University Macon, GA
133 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
134 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
135 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
136 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
137 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
138 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
139 Smith College Northampton, MA
140 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
141 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
142 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
143 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
144 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
145 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
146 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
147 Iowa State University Ames, IA
148 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
149 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
150 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
151 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
152 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
153 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott Prescott, AZ
154 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
155 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
156 Palomar College San Marcos, CA
157 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
158 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
159 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
160 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
161 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
162 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
163 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
164 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
165 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
166 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
167 Clemson University Clemson, SC
168 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
169 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
170 Creighton University Omaha, NE
171 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
172 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
173 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA

Social Sciences by Region

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Region
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Social Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Economics 48,706
Political Science & Government 48,196
Sociology 37,693
General Social Sciences 19,565
International Relations & National Security 14,240
Anthropology 11,887
Criminology 9,914
Geography & Cartography 6,681
Other Social Sciences 2,345
Urban Studies 1,400

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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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