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

10 Colleges
932 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,732 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in KentuckyIn 2018-2019, 932 bachelor's degrees were awarded to public administration and social service students who went to a Kentucky college or university. This makes it the #11 most popular major in the state. This means that 2.5% 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 Kentucky ranking looked at 10 colleges that offer a bachelor's in public administration and social service. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. For this ranking, we are identifying those public administration and social service schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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The public administration and social service school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Schools.

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2021 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Schools in Kentucky

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for public administration and social service majors.

Top 10 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Schools

#1

Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, KY

Our rankings recognize Lindsey Wilson College as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Lindsey Wilson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Columbia. Lindsey Wilson College also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Kentucky rankings.

At Lindsey Wilson College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,656. 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 Lindsey Wilson College is $99,233. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#2

Brescia University

Owensboro, KY

Our rankings recognize Brescia University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Owensboro, Brescia University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Brescia University, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Kentucky ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Brescia University to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,530. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Brescia University be around $109,524. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

University of the Cumberlands landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value public administration and social service schools. Located in the town of Williamsburg, Cumberland College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at Cumberland College about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $9,135. 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 Cumberland College is $39,189. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Morehead State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value public administration and social service schools. Located in the remote town of Morehead, Morehead State University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. Morehead State University not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Kentucky list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Morehead State University to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,775. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Morehead State University is $88,394. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value public administration and social service schools. Located in the large suburb of Highland Heights, NKU is a public college with a fairly large student population. NKU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Kentucky list.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at NKU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,733. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the NKU is $110,121. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#6

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Louisville. U of L is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Louisville. U of L also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Kentucky rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of L is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,727. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of L is $143,406. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#7

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

Our rankings recognize University of Kentucky as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Lexington, UK is a public school with a fairly large student population. UK did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Kentucky list.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at UK to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $35,436. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UK is about $155,210. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Murray State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Murray, Murray State is a public college with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Murray State, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Kentucky ranking.

It takes the average student at Murray State about 4.5 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,627. This means that the average student pays around $125,150 to get a bachelor’s degree from Murray State. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Eastern Kentucky University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Eastern is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Richmond. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Eastern, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Kentucky ranking.

At Eastern, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,304. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Eastern be around $109,125. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#10

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

Our rankings recognize Western Kentucky University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Bowling Green, WKU is a public college with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at WKU, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service in Kentucky ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at WKU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,395. This means that the average student pays around $123,278 to get a bachelor’s degree from WKU. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 497
Florida 1,688
Virginia 938
Georgia 585
West Virginia 188
Tennessee 755
North Carolina 1,551
South Carolina 329
Alabama 687
Louisiana 242
Arkansas 268

Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 662
Human Services 269
Public Administration 1

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 890
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 814
Legal Professions 62

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 10 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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