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2021 Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

328 Colleges
36,639 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,915 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Public Administration & Social Service Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 2018-2019, 36,639 people earned their bachelor's in public administration and social service, making the major the #16 most popular in the United States.

For this year's Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 328 colleges that offer a bachelor's in public administration and social service. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent public administration and social service programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the public administration and social service program at the school. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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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 Public Administration & Social Service Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

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2021 Best Public Administration & Social Service Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying public administration and social service.

Top 25 Public Administration & Social Service Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Brescia University

Owensboro, KY

Brescia University has taken the #1 spot in this year's public administration and social service ranking for non-traditional students. Brescia University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Owensboro. Brescia University excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service list.

213 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best public administration and social service schools for non-traditional students. Located in the midsize city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Syracuse, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service ranking.

About 3.0% of Syracuse students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,279 of Syracuse students are exclusively distance learners. About 3,619 of the students at Syracuse are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#3

Barry University

Miami, FL

Barry University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Miami, Barry University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Barry University also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service ranking.

The student loan default rate at Barry University is lower than is typical, just 4.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 556 students take at least one class online at Barry University. 2,060 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#4

Keuka College

Keuka Park, NY

Our rankings recognize Keuka College as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Keuka Park, Keuka College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Keuka College excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service list.

About 5.9% of Keuka College students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 128 students take at least one class online at Keuka College. There are roughly 394 part time students in attendance at Keuka College. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Phoenix - Arizona landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best public administration and social service schools for non-traditional students. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Tempe.

94,472 students at UOPX - Arizona are exclusively online. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Our Lady of the Lake University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of San Antonio, OLLU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. OLLU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

1,092 of OLLU students are exclusively distance learners. 331 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Metropolitan College of New York as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of New York, MCNY is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, MCNY also did well on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at MCNY is lower than is typical, just 4.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 630 students take at least one class online at MCNY. 112 of MCNY students are attending part time.

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Our rankings recognize Ohio State University - Main Campus as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Ohio State also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service rankings.

About 4.5% of Ohio State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 18,037 students at Ohio State that take at least one class online. About 8,041 of the students at Ohio State are attending part time. Ohio State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#9

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to St Catherine University. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, St. Kate's is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. St. Kate's also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at St. Kate’s is lower than is typical, just 3.4% of students default in three years. 1,006 students at St. Kate’s are exclusively online. 2,071 of St. Kate’s students are attending part time.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Hawaii - West Oahu. UH West Oahu is a small public school located in the large suburb of Kapolei.

The student loan default rate at UH West Oahu is lower than is typical, just 6.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,281 students at UH West Oahu that take at least one class online. About 1,417 of the students at UH West Oahu are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the city of New Brunswick. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Rutgers New Brunswick has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service ranking.

The student loan default rate at Rutgers New Brunswick is lower than is typical, just 3.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 10,368 students at Rutgers New Brunswick that take at least one class online. About 7,501 of the students at Rutgers New Brunswick are attending part time. Rutgers New Brunswick does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Indiana University - Bloomington comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the city of Bloomington. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, IU Bloomington also did well on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.6%. Approximately 5,026 students take at least one class online at IU Bloomington. About 5,192 of the students at IU Bloomington are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#13

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University landed the #13 spot in our 2021 best public administration and social service schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

About 6.9% of Walden University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 50,360 students at Walden University and they are all exclusively distance learners. 29,283 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#14

Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, KY

Lindsey Wilson College comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Columbia, Lindsey Wilson College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Approximately 688 students take at least one class online at Lindsey Wilson College. There are roughly 325 part time students in attendance at Lindsey Wilson College. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#15

Aurora University

Aurora, IL

Aurora University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 best public administration and social service schools for non-traditional students. Aurora is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Aurora.

The student loan default rate at Aurora is lower than is typical, just 4.8% of students default in three years. 882 of Aurora students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 1,638 part time students in attendance at Aurora. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#16

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Empire State College. SUNY Empire is a large public school located in the small suburb of Saratoga Springs.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.5%. 5,135 of SUNY Empire students are exclusively distance learners. 6,736 of SUNY Empire students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#17

Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN

Metropolitan State University earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Metro State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

About 6.0% of Metro State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,235 students take at least one class online at Metro State. 4,679 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#18

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. Grand Canyon University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Phoenix.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.6%. 70,295 of Grand Canyon University students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 72,917 part time students in attendance at Grand Canyon University. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The College of Saint Scholastica comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. St. Scholastica is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Duluth. St. Scholastica excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service list.

About 2.8% of St. Scholastica students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,150 students at St. Scholastica are exclusively online. About 917 of the students at St. Scholastica are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#20

Heritage University

Toppenish, WA

Heritage University landed the #20 spot in our 2021 best public administration and social service schools for non-traditional students. Heritage University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Toppenish. Heritage University excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service list.

The student loan default rate at Heritage University is lower than is typical, just 8.0% of students default in three years. There are approximately 37 students at Heritage University that take at least one class online. About 154 of the students at Heritage University are attending part time. Heritage University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, U-M is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service list.

The student loan default rate at U-M is lower than is typical, just 1.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 487 students take at least one class online at U-M. 2,376 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#22

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University earned the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings. GMU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax. GMU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

About 2.1% of GMU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 10,589 students at GMU that take at least one class online. 11,606 students are part time. GMU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#23

Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor, MI

Spring Arbor University earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small suburb of Spring Arbor, Spring Arbor is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Spring Arbor also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service ranking.

About 6.1% of Spring Arbor students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,444 students at Spring Arbor are exclusively online. About 851 of the students at Spring Arbor are attending part time. Spring Arbor does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Dominguez Hills. Located in the city of Carson, CSUDH is a public college with a large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.7%. Approximately 5,467 students take at least one class online at CSUDH. 4,549 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#25

University of La Verne

La Verne, CA

University of La Verne landed the #25 spot in our 2021 best public administration and social service schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large suburb of La Verne, ULV is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, ULV also did well on our Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 4.0% of ULV students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 947 students at ULV are exclusively online. 2,862 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

#27

Chestnut Hill College

Philadelphia, PA
#29

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI
#31

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, IA
#32

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
#33

Cambridge College

Boston, MA
#35

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
#39

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI
#40

Bluefield College

Bluefield, VA
#42

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#43

Grand View University

Des Moines, IA
#44

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#46

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
#47

Winona State University

Winona, MN

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for non-traditional students studying Public Administration & Social Service that almost earned our Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
50 Elms College Chicopee, MA
51 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
52 University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, CT
53 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
54 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
55 California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside, CA
56 Brandman University Irvine, CA
57 Troy University Troy, AL
58 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
59 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
60 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
61 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
62 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
63 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
64 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
65 Concordia University - Portland Portland, OR

Public Administration & Social Service by Region

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Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 56,271
Public Administration 16,342
Human Services 12,175
Public Policy 5,762
Community Organization & Advocacy 2,611

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Majors Similar to Public Administration & Social Service

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 106,583
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 69,376
Legal Professions 54,849
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 2,638

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

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.
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