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2021 Best Sociology Colleges for Veterans

351 Colleges
29,491 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,057 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Sociology Schools for Vets

Best Sociology Colleges for VeteransSociology is the #19 most popular major in the country with 29,491 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2019-2020.

This year's Best Sociology Colleges for Veterans 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.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as veteran satisfaction, veteran affordability, and overall quality of the sociology program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Sociology Schools for Veterans list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Sociology Schools for Veterans in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for vets studying sociology.

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 very 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 ranking.

Of the 30,391 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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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 very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Columbia, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Sociology ranking.

According to our most recent data, Columbia supports 30,135 students, and 797 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 528 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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 midsize city of Berkeley. UC Berkeley did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Sociology list.

Among the 42,327 students enrolled at UC Berkeley, 557 are 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 city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Boston College did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Sociology list.

Among the 14,934 students enrolled at Boston College, 164 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 130 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $24,987. In addition to receiving other benefits, 74 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 #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Austin. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin. UT Austin also made our Best Colleges for Sociology list, coming in at #9.

Among the 50,476 students enrolled at UT Austin, 1,201 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,949. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Maryland - College Park earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population. UMCP excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Sociology list.

According to our most recent data, UMCP supports 40,709 students, and 896 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 672 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,240. To help with additional expenses, 7 students received funds 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 California - Los Angeles as the #7 school in this year's rankings. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. UCLA also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Sociology rankings.

Of the 44,589 students enrolled at UCLA, 623 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 444 were 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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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value sociology schools. UW - Madison is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW - Madison also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Sociology ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 554 of the 44,640 students enrolled at UW - Madison were GI Bill® students, of which 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,489. On top of their other funding sources, 21 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UW - Madison does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 city of Chapel Hill. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UNC Chapel Hill is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Sociology list.

Among the 30,092 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. In addition to receiving other benefits, 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 very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. NYU also made our Best Colleges for Sociology list, coming in at #7.

Among the 52,775 students enrolled at NYU, 681 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 482 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,831. In addition to receiving other benefits, 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ohio State also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Sociology ranking.

According to our most recent data, Ohio State supports 61,369 students, and 1,851 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,158 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients 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 city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. USC also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Sociology list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Of the 46,287 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $21,271. To help with additional expenses, 415 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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#13

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida State University. Located in the city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a fairly large student population. Florida State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Sociology list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Among the 43,569 students enrolled at Florida State, 986 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 582 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,897. To help with additional expenses, 20 students received funds 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 large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UW Seattle also did well on our Best Colleges for Sociology list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, UW Seattle supports 48,149 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. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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

According to our most recent data, Georgia State supports 36,360 students, and 1,875 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,051 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,989. In addition to receiving other benefits, 1 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 Massachusetts - Boston earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMass Boston is a large public school located in the large city of Boston.

Among the 16,259 students enrolled at UMass Boston, 684 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 409 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,790. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 College Station is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Texas A&M College Station also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Sociology ranking.

According to our most recent data, Texas A&M College Station supports 70,418 students, and 2,040 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,388 are 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. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UMass Amherst also did well on our Best Colleges for Sociology list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 460 of the 31,642 students enrolled at UMass Amherst were GI Bill® students, of which 300 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,069. In addition to receiving other benefits, 17 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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#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 city of Albany. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UAlbany is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Sociology list.

Among the 17,688 students enrolled at UAlbany, 263 are 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. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a fairly large student population. UMN Twin Cities excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Sociology list.

Among the 52,017 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities, 824 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 585 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,664. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#21

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The #21 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Cornell University. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. Cornell also made our Best Colleges for Sociology list, coming in at #6.

According to our most recent data, Cornell supports 23,620 students, and 621 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 519 are 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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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. GMU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Sociology list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, GMU supports 38,541 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. During this same period, 44 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 #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Santa Barbara. UCSB is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized 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 list.

According to our most recent data, UCSB supports 26,179 students, and 296 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 154 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,044. On top of their other funding sources, 5 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UCSB does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 large suburb of Notre Dame. Notre Dame also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Sociology list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Among the 12,809 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients 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 midsize suburb of Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, University of Oklahoma also did well on our Best Colleges for Sociology list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 27,772 students enrolled at University of Oklahoma, 1,464 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 874 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,980. To help with additional expenses, 21 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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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Sociology Colleges for Veterans

#26

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#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
#36

University of Oregon

Eugene, 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 rest of the schools awarded a Best Sociology Colleges for Veterans badge. Showing in this list means the school 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 vets studying Sociology that almost earned our Best Sociology Colleges for Veterans 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 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 12 different types of Social Sciences programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Sociology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Political Science & Government 43,385
Economics 40,046
International Relations & National Security 9,567
Anthropology 9,280
Criminology 8,860

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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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