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2020 Best Colleges for Social Sciences in New Jersey

Social Sciences is a popular major and New Jersey is the 15th most popular state for students studying this major. 3,902 of the 199,576 Social Sciences diplomas awarded last year were given by colleges in New Jersey. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Social Sciences in New Jersey ranking analyzed 20 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in social sciences. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 3 colleges for Social Sciences students in New Jersey.

Choosing a Great Social Sciences School

Best Colleges for Social Sciences in New Jersey The social sciences program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 22% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 22%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 337 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

A social sciences degree from schools on this list usually translates into higher than average wages following graduation. A social sciences bachelors degree from a college in New Jersey helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $34,226 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Social Sciences students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other social sciences students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized social sciences related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Social Sciences students in New Jersey.

Best Schools to Study Social Sciences in New Jersey

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Social Sciences degree.

Top 10 Best Social Sciences Colleges in New Jersey

#1

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University is one of the best schools in the United States for social sciences. Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Princeton. A Best Colleges rank of 20 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Princeton is a great school overall.

There are about 362 social sciences undergraduates studying this degree at Princeton.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick is a good decision for students interested in a Social Sciences degree. Located in the city New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 32 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

For those interested in something more advanced, Rutgers New Brunswick also offers 2 different higher degree levels in social sciences, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).

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#3

Drew University

Madison, NJ

Any student pursuing a degree in social sciences has to look into Drew University. Drew is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Madison. This college ranks 10th out of 32 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

A preferred choice for social sciences undergraduates, there are roughly 72 learners studying this degree at Drew.

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Any student pursuing a degree in social sciences has to check out The College of New Jersey. Located in the large suburb Ewing, TCNJ is a public school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 3rd out of 32 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

With 104 undergrads, The College of New Jersey is one of most popular schools to study social sciences in New Jersey.

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#5

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

Seton Hall is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of South Orange. This school ranks 7th out of 32 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Seton Hall also offers a Master's Degree in social sciences.

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Rutgers Newark is a large public school located in the city of Newark. This college ranks 6th out of 32 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

For those interested in something more advanced, Rutgers Newark also offers 2 different higher degree levels in social sciences, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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#7

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

Located in the suburb West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 13th out of 32 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

A preferred choice for social sciences undergrads, there are about 83 learners enrolled in this program at Monmouth.

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#8

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

Montclair State is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Montclair. This school ranks 16th out of 32 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

For those interested in something more advanced, Montclair State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in social sciences, the most popular of which is a Postbaccalaureate Certificate.

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Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Rowan is a large public school located in the suburb of Glassboro. This school ranks 11th out of 32 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

Rowan University is a fairly popular college to study social sciences in New Jersey with more than 144 graduations last year.

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#10

Stockton University

Galloway, NJ

Located in the medium-sized suburb Galloway, Stockton State is a public school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 14th out of 32 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Stockton State also offers a Master's Degree in social sciences.

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Best Social Sciences Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Social Sciences Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Maryland 38 5,346
Pennsylvania 38 8,609
New York 38 17,199
Delaware 35 644
District of Columbia 33 4,573

Social Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Economics 47,528
Political Science & Government 44,651
Sociology 37,615
General Social Sciences 19,123
International Relations & National Security 14,908

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Majors Similar to Social Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 306,214
Psychology 175,257
Communication & Journalism 120,570
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 60,305
History 32,644

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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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