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2021 Best Value Colleges for Sociology

347 Colleges
29,920 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,238 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Sociology School for You

Best Value Colleges for SociologyIn 2018-2019, 29,920 people earned their bachelor's in sociology, making the major the #19 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Sociology ranking analyzed 347 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in sociology. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. Instead, we are looking at those sociology schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. 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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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 Value Sociology Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Sociology Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Sociology Colleges for the Money.

Top 25 Best Value Sociology Schools

Brigham Young University - Provo comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, BYU also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Sociology ranking.

At BYU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.2 years, and it costs about $12,239 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU be around $64,132. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, sociology graduates from BYU take out $14,452 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $119.

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#2

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Florida State is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Sociology list.

The average student at Florida State graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,233. This means that the average student pays around $115,196 to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida State. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, sociology graduates from Florida State take out $23,296 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $253, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of South Florida - Main Campus. USF Tampa is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tampa. USF Tampa also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Sociology list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

At USF Tampa, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,095. This means that the average student pays around $99,308 to get a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

On average, sociology graduates from USF Tampa take out $23,233 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $227.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. U of F is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, U of F also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Sociology ranking.

At U of F, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $28,230 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of F be around $120,542. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, sociology majors at U of F accumulate an average of around $17,030 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $161.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Iowa State University. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Ames. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Iowa State also did well on our Best Colleges for Sociology list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

At Iowa State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,749. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Iowa State is $118,231. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, sociology graduates from Iowa State carry an average student debtload of $20,570. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $215.

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CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY

CUNY Hunter College earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Hunter is a fairly large public school located in the city of New York.

At Hunter, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,445. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Hunter is about $99,290. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, sociology majors at Hunter accumulate an average of around $15,812 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $117.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - La Crosse as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UW - La Crosse is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,185. This means that the average student pays around $85,373 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, sociology graduates from UW - La Crosse take out $19,388 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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South Dakota State University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the remote town of Brookings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at South Dakota State is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,370. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State is $89,628. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, sociology majors at South Dakota State accumulate an average of around $24,308 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $240, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the #9 school in this year's rankings. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public school located in the city of Chapel Hill. UNC Chapel Hill excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Sociology list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNC Chapel Hill is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,820. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNC Chapel Hill is $109,694. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, sociology graduates from UNC Chapel Hill take out $18,073 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $174.

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SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Oneonta. Located in the town of Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at SUNY Oneonta about 4.2 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,162. 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 SUNY Oneonta is $100,997. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at SUNY Oneonta take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,063. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $221.

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#11

University at Albany

Albany, NY

University at Albany landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. UAlbany is a large public school located in the city of Albany. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UAlbany also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Sociology ranking.

It takes the average student at UAlbany about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,041. 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 UAlbany is $124,971. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Sociology majors at UAlbany take out an average of $21,009 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $219, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Cortland as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Cortland, SUNY Cortland is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average student at SUNY Cortland graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,238. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland is $108,019. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, sociology majors at SUNY Cortland accumulate an average of around $20,671 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $221.

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SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

SUNY Geneseo comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. SUNY Geneseo is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Geneseo.

At SUNY Geneseo, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs about $25,828 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SUNY Geneseo is $106,411. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Sociology majors at SUNY Geneseo take out an average of $21,478 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, VA

Our rankings recognize Randolph - Macon College as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Ashland, Randolph - Macon is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Randolph - Macon is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,683. 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 Randolph - Macon is $124,880. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, sociology majors at Randolph - Macon accumulate an average of around $24,744 in student debt.

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University of Central Florida earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Orlando, UCF is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at UCF graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,064. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UCF be around $120,976. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, sociology majors at UCF accumulate an average of around $21,030 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $195.

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#16

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. U of H is a very large public school located in the large city of Houston.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of H is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,217. This means that the average student pays around $116,503 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of H. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, sociology majors at U of H accumulate an average of around $22,414 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $207.

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#17

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Purdue is a very large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette. Purdue also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Sociology list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

The average student at Purdue graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,495. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Purdue is about $124,238. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, sociology graduates from Purdue carry an average student debtload of $20,005. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $214, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northern Illinois University comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At NIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,171. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NIU be around $92,181. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Sociology majors at NIU take out an average of $26,585 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $270.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Greensboro, UNC Greensboro is a public college with a very large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UNC Greensboro to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,093. This means that the average student pays around $98,756 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at UNC Greensboro take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,251. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $254, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Grand Valley State University. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Allendale.

It takes the average student at GVSU about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,233. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from GVSU is $105,245. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at GVSU take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,300. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $252, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. Located in the city of Athens, UGA is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, UGA also did well on our Best Colleges for Sociology list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

At UGA, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $31,505. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UGA is about $134,211. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, sociology majors at UGA accumulate an average of around $21,283 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $227.

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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater earned the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Whitewater, UW - Whitewater is a public college with a large student population.

At UW - Whitewater, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,164. 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 UW - Whitewater is $91,343. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, sociology graduates from UW - Whitewater carry an average student debtload of $25,450. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $265.

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Appalachian State University landed the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. Located in the distant town of Boone, Appalachian State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Appalachian State is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,137. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State is about $95,410. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, sociology graduates from Appalachian State take out $18,439 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $213.

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The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Located in the town of Stevens Point, UW - Stevens Point is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

At UW - Stevens Point, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,927. This means that the average student pays around $90,070 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - Stevens Point. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, sociology graduates from UW - Stevens Point carry an average student debtload of $21,812. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $233.

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SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, NY

SUNY New Paltz landed the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. Located in the large suburb of New Paltz, SUNY New Paltz is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

It takes the average student at SUNY New Paltz about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $24,625 per year to attend the school. 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 SUNY New Paltz is $104,656. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Sociology majors at SUNY New Paltz take out an average of $18,339 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $187.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Value Colleges for Sociology

#26

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#31

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI
#33

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL
#35

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL
#36

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#38

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY
#39

Albright College

Reading, PA
#43

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#44

Howard University

Washington, DC
#45

SUNY Potsdam

Potsdam, NY
#46

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL
#47

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#49

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#50

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Value Colleges for Sociology badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 347 different United States sociology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
52 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
53 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
54 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
55 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
56 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
57 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
58 Doane University Crete, NE
59 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
60 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
61 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
62 St. Bonaventure University Saint Bonaventure, NY
63 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
64 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
65 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
66 Arizona State University - West Glendale, AZ
67 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
68 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
69 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH

Sociology by Region

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Political Science & Government 41,811
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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 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).
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