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2021 Best Sociology Colleges for Veterans in the United States

351 Colleges
29,920 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,057 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Sociology Schools for Vets

Best Sociology Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesIn 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 Sociology Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 351 colleges that offer a bachelor's in sociology. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent sociology programs, but they also offer a lot of support to veterans and active service members.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the sociology program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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2021 Best Sociology Schools for Veterans in the United States

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

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Sociology Schools

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Harvard has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 378 of the 31,566 students enrolled at Harvard were GI Bill® students, of which 297 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,846. To help with additional expenses, 175 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Columbia University in the City of New York earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Columbia not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list.

Of the 31,077 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $20,878. During this same period, 361 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of California - Berkeley comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the city of Berkeley. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UC Berkeley, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States ranking.

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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#4

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. Boston College also made our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list, coming in at #5.

According to our most recent data, Boston College supports 14,720 students, and 164 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 130 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $24,987. During this same period, 74 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Austin. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin. UT Austin did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,201 of the 51,832 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. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Maryland - College Park earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population. UMCP also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 41,200 students enrolled at UMCP, 896 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 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. UMCP does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Los Angeles as the #7 school in this year's rankings. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UCLA, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States ranking.

Among the 44,537 students enrolled at UCLA, 623 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 444 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $26,825.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison. Wisconsin also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 fairly large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UNC Chapel Hill also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States ranking.

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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,668. On top of their other funding sources, 18 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UNC Chapel Hill does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#10

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. NYU also made our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list, coming in at #7.

Our most recent data shows that 681 of the 51,847 students enrolled at NYU were GI Bill® students, of which 482 were 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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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ohio State University - Main Campus. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbus. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Ohio State also did well on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 61,170 students enrolled at Ohio State, 1,851 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,158 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,438. Ohio State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Southern California as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. USC also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Of the 47,310 students enrolled at USC, 1,323 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 908 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,271. On top of their other funding sources, 415 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. USC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida State University. Located in the midsize city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a very large student population. Florida State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 986 of the 41,005 students enrolled at Florida State were GI Bill® students, of which 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. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a fairly large student population. UW Seattle also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 1,278 of the 47,400 students enrolled at UW Seattle were GI Bill® students, of which 780 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,461. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#15

Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA

Georgia State University earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Georgia State is a very large public school located in the large city of Atlanta.

Of the 34,316 students enrolled at Georgia State, 1,875 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,051 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,989. To help with additional expenses, 1 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Georgia State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Massachusetts - Boston earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMass Boston is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Boston.

Our most recent data shows that 684 of the 16,164 students enrolled at UMass Boston were GI Bill® students, of which 409 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,790. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas A&M University - College Station. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a fairly large student population. Texas A&M also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 68,679 students enrolled at Texas A&M, 2,040 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,388 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,525. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst. UMass Amherst also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, UMass Amherst supports 30,593 students, and 460 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 300 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,069. To help with additional expenses, 17 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. UMass Amherst does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#19

University at Albany

Albany, NY

Our rankings recognize University at Albany as the #19 school in this year's rankings. UAlbany is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Albany. UAlbany excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list.

Of the 17,944 students enrolled at UAlbany, 263 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 162 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,208. UAlbany does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population. UMN Twin Cities also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 824 of the 50,734 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities were GI Bill® students, of which 585 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,664. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#21

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The #21 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Cornell University. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Cornell, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States ranking.

Among the 23,600 students enrolled at Cornell, 621 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 519 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,152. In addition to receiving other benefits, 150 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#22

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Our rankings recognize George Mason University as the #22 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, GMU is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, GMU supports 37,316 students, and 2,265 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,143. On top of their other funding sources, 44 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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The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Santa Barbara. UCSB is a very large public school located in the suburb of Santa Barbara. UCSB excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 296 of the 25,976 students enrolled at UCSB were GI Bill® students, of which 154 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,044. To help with additional expenses, 5 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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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame. Notre Dame excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list.

Among the 12,607 students enrolled at Notre Dame, 361 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 303 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,306. To help with additional expenses, 78 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus landed the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. Located in the suburb of Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, University of Oklahoma is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Sociology in the United States list.

Among the 28,564 students enrolled at University of Oklahoma, 1,464 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 874 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,980. To help with additional expenses, 21 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. University of Oklahoma does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Sociology Colleges for Veterans in the United States

#26

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#27

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#28

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#29

Boston University

Boston, MA
#32

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#33

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY
#34

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
#35

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#36

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR
#37

Portland State University

Portland, OR
#39

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
#43

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#48

American University

Washington, DC

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Sociology Colleges for Veterans in the United States badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 351 different United States sociology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
52 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Sociology that almost earned our Best Sociology Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
53 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
54 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
55 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
56 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
57 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
58 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
59 University of Houston Houston, TX
60 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
61 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
62 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
63 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
64 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
65 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
66 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
67 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
68 CUNY Hunter College New York, NY
69 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
70 Duke University Durham, NC

Sociology by Region

View the best for vets Sociology colleges in a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Sociology is one of 13 different types of Social Sciences programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Sociology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Political Science & Government 41,811
Economics 40,355
International Relations & National Security 9,868
Anthropology 9,040
Criminology 8,478

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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 Kontos.

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