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2021 Best Value Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in California

19 Colleges
2,750 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,015 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Public Administration & Social Service School for You

Best Value Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in CaliforniaPublic Administration & Social Service is the #22 most popular major in California with 2,750 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that of the 36,639 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 7.5% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in California ranking, we looked at 19 colleges that offer a bachelor's in public administration and social service. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on public administration and social service schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

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. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Schools in California

Check out the public administration and social service programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Monterey Bay. California State University - Monterey Bay is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize suburb of Seaside. As a testament to the quality of education offered at California State University - Monterey Bay, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in California ranking.

It takes the average student at California State University - Monterey Bay about 4.7 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,223. 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 California State University - Monterey Bay is $112,637. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Long Beach as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Cal State Long Beach is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Long Beach. Cal State Long Beach did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in California list.

It takes the average student at Cal State Long Beach about 5.0 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,708. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach is $122,552. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Chico as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Chico State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Chico. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Chico State, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in California ranking.

At Chico State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,192. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Chico State is about $118,654. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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California State University - Dominguez Hills comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Carson, California State University - Dominguez Hills is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At California State University - Dominguez Hills, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and it costs about $23,791 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from California State University - Dominguez Hills is about $119,193. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California State University - Fullerton landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value public administration and social service schools. Located in the suburb of Fullerton, Cal State Fullerton is a public school with a very large student population. Cal State Fullerton did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in California list.

It takes the average student at Cal State Fullerton about 4.9 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,794. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton is about $135,079. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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California State University - San Bernardino comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Cal State San Bernardino is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of San Bernardino.

It takes the average student at Cal State San Bernardino about 5.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,460. This means that the average student pays around $118,473 to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal State San Bernardino. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

San Diego State University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. SDSU is a very large public school located in the city of San Diego. SDSU also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in California rankings.

At SDSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,830. 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 SDSU is $141,818. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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California State University - Fresno landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value public administration and social service schools. Fresno State is a very large public school located in the city of Fresno.

At Fresno State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,188. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State is about $100,132. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Berkeley as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. UC Berkeley not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in California list.

It takes the average student at UC Berkeley about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $42,692. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley be around $179,733. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of La Verne

La Verne, CA

University of La Verne landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value public administration and social service schools. Located in the large suburb of La Verne, ULV is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, ULV has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in California ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at ULV is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $45,857. 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 ULV is $195,351. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 509
Hawaii 223
Oregon 319
Alaska 68
Nevada 186

Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 1,523
Human Services 668
Public Administration 333
Public Policy 179
Community Organization & Advocacy 47

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 6,037
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 5,071
Legal Professions 381
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 10

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 19 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to University of the Fraser Valley.

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