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2022 Best Sociology Schools

726 Colleges in the United States
37,807 Sociology Degrees Awarded
$29,727 Avg Early-Career Salary
Sociology is of the hottest degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #24 most popular major in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

College Factual looked at 726 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Sociology Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 37,807 degrees in sociology to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Sociology School

Best Sociology Schools The sociology program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Sociology rankings. We derive our Best Overall Sociology School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

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Best Schools for Sociology in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the sociology degrees they offer, see the list below. 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 Sociology

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
59 Sociology Degrees Awarded

Duke University is a good option for students interested in a degree in sociology. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 59 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the sociology program at Duke University get $7,573 above the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#2

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CT
35 Sociology Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in sociology needs to look into Yale University. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of New Haven. A Best Schools rank of #8 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were about 35 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
22nd Most Popular In NY
$71,000 Median Student Debt

It's difficult to beat Teachers College at Columbia University if you want to pursue a degree in sociology. Teachers College is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. This university ranks 6th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 28 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Teachers College in the most recent data year.

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#4

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
84th Most Popular In CA
40 Sociology Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in sociology has to look into Stanford University. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 40 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year.

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#5

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
69 Sociology Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were about 69 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the sociology degree program at Harvard University make $24,073 above the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#6

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In PA
37 Sociology Degrees Awarded

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

There were approximately 37 sociology students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
35 Sociology Degrees Awarded

Located in the remote town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were approximately 35 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent data year. Sociology degree recipients from Dartmouth College earn a boost of around $12,073 above the typical income of sociology graduates.

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#8

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NJ
51 Sociology Degrees Awarded

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

There were about 51 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent data year.

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#9

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
31st Most Popular In MA

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

There were roughly 17 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Williams in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
103 Sociology Degrees Awarded

Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. This university ranks 2nd out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 103 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available. Those sociology students who get their degree from Columbia University in the City of New York earn $14,073 more than the typical sociology graduate.

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#11

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In IL
51 Sociology Degrees Awarded

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

There were about 51 sociology students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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#12

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
169th Most Popular In CA

Claremont McKenna is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Claremont. A Best Schools rank of #5 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Claremont McKenna is a great college overall.

There were approximately 2 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Claremont McKenna in the most recent data year.

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#13

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In IL
44 Sociology Degrees Awarded

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

There were approximately 44 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
328 Sociology Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 328 sociology students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent data year. Sociology degree recipients from University of California - Berkeley receive an earnings boost of about $8,973 over the average earnings of sociology graduates.

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#15

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
35th Most Popular In NY
34 Sociology Degrees Awarded

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

There were approximately 34 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent data year.

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#16

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
80 Sociology Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were approximately 80 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent data year. Sociology degree recipients from Cornell University get an earnings boost of approximately $8,373 above the average earnings of sociology majors.

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#17

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MD
32 Sociology Degrees Awarded

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

There were approximately 32 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available.

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#18

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In MA
41 Sociology Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 41 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent data year.

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#19

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
51 Sociology Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 113 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 51 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the sociology major at Wake Forest University get $6,973 above the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#20

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
18th Most Popular In MA

Located in the suburb of Amherst, Amherst is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 4th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 10 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Amherst in the most recent year we have data available.

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#21

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI
37 Sociology Degrees Awarded

Brown is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Providence. This university ranks 1st out of 10 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were roughly 37 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year.

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#22

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
50 Sociology Degrees Awarded

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

There were about 50 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year. Sociology degree recipients from University of Notre Dame get an earnings boost of approximately $6,773 above the typical earnings of sociology graduates.

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#23

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In ME
31 Sociology Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Lewiston, Bates is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 3rd out of 23 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were about 31 sociology students who graduated with this degree at Bates in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
800 Sociology Degrees Awarded

UCLA is a very large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 11th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 800 sociology students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available. Those sociology students who get their degree from University of California - Los Angeles receive $3,273 more than the typical sociology grad.

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#25

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
83 Sociology Degrees Awarded

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. This university ranks 7th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 83 sociology students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the sociology major at New York University make $11,273 above the typical graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Sociology Schools

#25

New York University

New York, NY
#26

Pomona College

Claremont, CA
#27

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#28

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#29

Barnard College

New York, NY
#30

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#31

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

#33

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#34

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
#35

Rice University

Houston, TX
#36

Haverford College

Haverford, PA
#37

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY
#38

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#40

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

#42

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, CA
#43

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#44

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#46

Connecticut College

New London, CT
#48

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME
#49

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Sociology Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 726 different United States sociology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Boston University Boston, MA
51 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
52 Trinity College Hartford, CT
53 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
54 Pitzer College Claremont, CA
55 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
56 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
57 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
58 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
59 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
60 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
61 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
62 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
63 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
64 Colby College Waterville, ME
65 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
66 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
67 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
68 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
69 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
70 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
71 George Washington University Washington, DC
72 Providence College Providence, RI
73 Elon University Elon, NC
74 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
75 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
76 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
77 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
78 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
79 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
80 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
81 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
82 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
83 Northeastern University Boston, MA
84 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
85 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
86 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
87 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
88 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
89 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
90 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
91 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
92 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
93 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
94 University of Georgia Athens, GA
95 Assumption University Worcester, MA
96 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
97 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
98 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
99 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
100 Furman University Greenville, SC
101 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
102 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
103 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
104 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO
105 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
106 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
107 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
108 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL

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 Sociology Schools award.

Rank College Location
109 Stonehill College Easton, MA
110 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
111 University of Delaware Newark, DE
112 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
113 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
114 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
115 Iowa State University Ames, IA
116 Smith College Northampton, MA
117 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
118 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
119 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
120 American University Washington, DC
121 Clemson University Clemson, SC
122 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
123 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
124 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
125 St Mary’s College of Maryland St. Mary’s City, MD
126 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
127 Mercer University Macon, GA
128 Fordham University Bronx, NY
129 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
130 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
131 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
132 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
133 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
134 University at Albany Albany, NY
135 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
136 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
137 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
138 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
139 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
140 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
141 Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK
142 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
143 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
144 North Central College Naperville, IL
145 Willamette University Salem, OR

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Region
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Sociology is one of 12 different types of Social Sciences programs to choose from.

Sociology Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Sociology 37,747
Applied/Public Sociology 36

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Majors Similar to Sociology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 48,831
Political Science & Government 48,597
General Social Sciences 19,742
International Relations & National Security 14,762
Anthropology 12,008
Criminology 10,182
Geography & Cartography 8,936
Other Social Sciences 2,491
Urban Studies 1,475
Sociology & Anthropology 498

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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 Kontos.

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