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2021 Best Social Work Colleges for Veterans in the United States

275 Colleges
22,681 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,740 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Social Work Schools for Vets

Best Social Work Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesSocial Work is the #24 most popular major in the country with 22,681 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Social Work Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking analyzed 275 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in social work. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent social work programs, but they also offer a lot of support to veterans and active service members.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the social work program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

More Ways to Rank Social Work Schools

The social work 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 Social Work Schools for Veterans.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

2021 Best Social Work Schools for Veterans in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Social Work Colleges for Veterans.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Social Work Schools

Our Lady of the Lake University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. OLLU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of San Antonio.

Our most recent data shows that 300 of the 3,149 students enrolled at OLLU were GI Bill® students, of which 175 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,521. To help with additional expenses, 49 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Nevada - Reno as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Reno, UNR is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UNR is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 620 of the 21,463 students enrolled at UNR were GI Bill® students, of which 363 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,807. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

Our rankings recognize University of North Dakota as the #3 school in this year's rankings. UND is a large public school located in the city of Grand Forks. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UND is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, UND supports 13,847 students, and 727 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 410 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,644. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize The College of Saint Scholastica as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Duluth, St. Scholastica is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at St. Scholastica, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States ranking.

Among the 4,043 students enrolled at St. Scholastica, 154 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 78 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,745. During this same period, 3 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The University of Texas at Arlington earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. UT Arlington is a very large public school located in the city of Arlington.

According to our most recent data, UT Arlington supports 47,899 students, and 2,100 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,506 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,897. UT Arlington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Portland State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social work schools. Located in the large city of Portland, Portland State University is a public college with a very large student population.

Among the 25,711 students enrolled at Portland State University, 1,179 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 767 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,347. During this same period, 96 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Portland State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social work schools. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbus. Ohio State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States list.

Among the 61,170 students enrolled at Ohio State, 1,851 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,158 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,438. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of St Thomas Minnesota as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Saint Paul, UST MN is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UST MN, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 218 of the 10,035 students enrolled at UST MN were GI Bill® students, of which 120 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $17,756. In addition to receiving other benefits, 64 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UST MN does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis. IUPUI is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Indianapolis. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, IUPUI also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States ranking.

Among the 29,579 students enrolled at IUPUI, 836 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 477 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,062. On top of their other funding sources, 11 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. IUPUI does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Nevada - Las Vegas earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNLV is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Las Vegas.

Our most recent data shows that 1,576 of the 30,457 students enrolled at UNLV were GI Bill® students, of which 1,048 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,443. During this same period, 1 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Rutgers University - New Brunswick as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a very large student population. Rutgers New Brunswick also made our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States list, coming in at #7.

Among the 50,254 students enrolled at Rutgers New Brunswick, 442 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 256 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,136. To help with additional expenses, 4 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Southern Connecticut State University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, SCSU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Among the 10,050 students enrolled at SCSU, 324 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 226 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,233. During this same period, 1 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. SCSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#13

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social work schools. UA is a very large public school located in the city of Tuscaloosa. UA also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 2,079 of the 38,390 students enrolled at UA were GI Bill® students, of which 1,228 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,410. During this same period, 409 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a very large student population. UW Seattle also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States rankings.

Of the 47,400 students enrolled at UW Seattle, 1,278 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 780 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,461. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Keuka College

Keuka Park, NY

Our rankings recognize Keuka College as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Keuka College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Keuka Park. Keuka College also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

Of the 1,926 students enrolled at Keuka College, 47 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 26 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,332. During this same period, 9 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Keuka College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN

Our rankings recognize St Catherine University as the #16 school in this year's rankings. St. Kate's is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul. St. Kate's also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States rankings.

Of the 4,859 students enrolled at St. Kate’s, 60 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 54 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,714. To help with additional expenses, 4 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Berkeley. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. UC Berkeley did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States list.

Among the 42,501 students enrolled at UC Berkeley, 557 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,465. In addition to receiving other benefits, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Aurora University

Aurora, IL

The #18 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Aurora University. Located in the suburb of Aurora, Aurora is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Of the 6,005 students enrolled at Aurora, 113 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 88 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,860. To help with additional expenses, 4 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Aurora does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Colorado State is a very large public school located in the city of Fort Collins. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Colorado State is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States list.

Of the 33,478 students enrolled at Colorado State, 1,706 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,344 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,826. During this same period, 70 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Minot State University landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social work schools. MSU is a small public school located in the town of Minot.

Among the 3,189 students enrolled at MSU, 214 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 175 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,857. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Winona State University

Winona, MN

Winona State University earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Winona State is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Winona. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Winona State also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States ranking.

Among the 7,792 students enrolled at Winona State, 174 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 88 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,169. Winona State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Salem State University comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Salem, Salem State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

According to our most recent data, Salem State supports 8,338 students, and 305 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 185 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,730. On top of their other funding sources, 5 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Salem State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus landed the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social work schools. Located in the suburb of Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, University of Oklahoma also did well on our Best Colleges for Social Work in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, University of Oklahoma supports 28,564 students, and 1,464 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 874 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,980. During this same period, 21 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. St. Cloud State University is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Saint Cloud.

Our most recent data shows that 317 of the 13,928 students enrolled at St. Cloud State University were GI Bill® students, of which 200 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,467. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor, MI

Our rankings recognize Spring Arbor University as the #25 school in this year's rankings. Spring Arbor is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Spring Arbor.

Our most recent data shows that 94 of the 3,436 students enrolled at Spring Arbor were GI Bill® students, of which 61 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,862. During this same period, 3 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Spring Arbor does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#27

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
#30

Stockton University

Galloway, NJ
#31

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#36

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA
#37

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX
#39

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI
#40

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Social Work that almost earned our Best Social Work Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
42 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
43 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
44 Brescia University Owensboro, KY
45 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
46 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
47 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
48 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
49 Troy University Troy, AL
50 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
51 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
52 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
53 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
54 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
55 Nazareth College Rochester, NY

Social Work by Region

View the best for vets Social Work schools in a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Social Work is one of 5 different types of Public Administration & Social Service programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Social Work

Related Major Annual Graduates
Human Services 6,503
Public Administration 3,195
Public Policy 2,308
Community Organization & Advocacy 1,625
Other Public Administration 327

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

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.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Army Medicine.

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