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

5 Colleges
502 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,951 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in ConnecticutWith 502 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, public administration and social service is the #16 most popular major in Connecticut. This means that 1.4% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Connecticut ranking analyzed 5 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in public administration and social service. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those public administration and social service schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. 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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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Schools in Connecticut

The following schools top our list of the Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for the Money.

Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Schools in Connecticut

Southern Connecticut State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value public administration and social service schools. Located in the city of New Haven, SCSU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. SCSU also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Connecticut rankings.

At SCSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,075. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SCSU is $134,617. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Central Connecticut State University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of New Britain, CCSU is a public college with a fairly large student population. CCSU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Connecticut list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at CCSU is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,332. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the CCSU is $134,927. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Post University

Waterbury, CT

Post University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize suburb of Waterbury, Post University is a private for-profit college with a large student population. Post University also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Connecticut rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Post University is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,494. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Post University is $110,745. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

University of Bridgeport comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. University of Bridgeport is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Bridgeport. University of Bridgeport also made our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Connecticut list, coming in at #3.

The average student at University of Bridgeport graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $37,143. 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 University of Bridgeport is $161,201. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Connecticut State University. Located in the city of Danbury, WestConn is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. WestConn also made our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Connecticut list, coming in at #4.

It takes the average student at WestConn about 4.6 years to graduate, and it costs about $32,712 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 WestConn is $150,148. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges in the New England Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 64
Maine 116
Rhode Island 232
Massachusetts 831
New Hampshire 472

Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 263
Human Services 149
Public Policy 64
Community Organization & Advocacy 26

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Majors Similar to Public Administration & Social Service

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 954
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 234
Legal Professions 74

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 5 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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