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2023 Best Social Work Bachelor's Degree Schools

377 Colleges in the United States
22,221 Bachelor's Degrees
Social Work is of the hottest bachelor's degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #24 most popular major in the country. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

College Factual looked at 377 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Social Work Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 22,221 bachelor's degrees in social work to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Social Work School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Social Work Bachelor's Degree Schools Your choice of social work for getting your bachelor's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality social work program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a bachelor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their bachelor's degree from the school. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their bachelor's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on social work students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of social work students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for social work to pay back their student loans after receiving their bachelor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized social work related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for social work students working on their bachelor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Social Work Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Social Work Bachelor's Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Social Work in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in social work. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Social Work

79 Annual Graduates
$13,045 Median Student Debt

University of California - Berkeley is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in social work. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Those social work students who get their bachelor's degree from University of California - Berkeley make $11,270 more than the standard social work graduate.

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42 Annual Graduates
$15,612 Median Student Debt

It's hard to beat University of Washington - Seattle Campus if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in social work. UW Seattle is a fairly large public university located in the city of Seattle.

Those social work students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Washington - Seattle Campus receive $3,787 more than the average social work student.

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#3

New York University

New York, NY
36 Annual Graduates
$23,000 Median Student Debt

New York University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in social work. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York.More information about a bachelor’s in social work from New York University

68 Annual Graduates
$19,050 Median Student Debt

Every student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in social work needs to take a look at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. UIUC is a very large public university located in the small city of Champaign.

Bachelor's recipients from the social work degree program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign get $3,362 above the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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79 Annual Graduates
$20,202 Median Student Debt

UT Austin is a very large public university located in the city of Austin.

Bachelor's recipients from the social work program at The University of Texas at Austin earn $2,398 above the standard graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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165 Annual Graduates
$27,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public university with a fairly large student population.

After graduating, social work bachelor's recipients generally make around $30,962 at the beginning of their careers.

More information about a bachelor’s in social work from Ohio State University - Main Campus

#7

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
130 Annual Graduates
$18,660 Median Student Debt

Located in the medium-sized city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Social Work bachelor's degree recipients from University of Utah receive an earnings boost of approximately $4,242 over the typical earnings of social work majors.

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67 Annual Graduates
$26,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Social Work bachelor's degree recipients from Rutgers University - New Brunswick receive an earnings boost of approximately $4,224 over the average income of social work majors.

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67 Annual Graduates
$24,500 Median Student Debt

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Madison.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the social work program report average early career income of $26,239.

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56 Annual Graduates
$28,849 Median Student Debt

St. Scholastica is a small private not-for-profit college located in the small city of Duluth.

Social Work bachelor's degree recipients from The College of Saint Scholastica get an earnings boost of around $7,557 above the typical earnings of social work graduates.

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#11

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
52 Annual Graduates
$24,000 Median Student Debt

TCU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Fort Worth.More information about a bachelor’s in social work from Texas Christian University

98 Annual Graduates
$23,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the midsize city of Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public university with a very large student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the social work major at Colorado State University - Fort Collins get $2,101 more than the typical graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#13

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
97 Annual Graduates
$14,902 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of San Diego, SDSU is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the social work degree program at San Diego State University get $2,969 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#14

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
54 Annual Graduates
$26,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Iowa City, Iowa is a public university with a very large student population.

After graduating, social work bachelor's recipients typically earn around $30,698 in the first five years of their career.

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82 Annual Graduates
$22,635 Median Student Debt

Located in the medium-sized city of Las Vegas, UNLV is a public university with a very large student population.

Social Work bachelor's degree recipients from University of Nevada - Las Vegas receive an earnings boost of approximately $7,231 above the average earnings of social work majors.

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164 Annual Graduates
$23,000 Median Student Debt

IUPUI is a very large public university located in the large city of Indianapolis.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the social work program report average early career earnings of $33,234.

More information about a bachelor’s in social work from Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis

107 Annual Graduates
$24,497 Median Student Debt

VCU is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Richmond.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the social work program report average early career earnings of $32,157.

More information about a bachelor’s in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University

46 Annual Graduates
$25,000 Median Student Debt

Loyola Chicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago.More information about a bachelor’s in social work from Loyola University Chicago

#19

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ
66 Annual Graduates
$26,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the suburb of Montclair, Montclair State is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Soon after graduation, social work bachelor's recipients generally earn an average of $31,711 in their early careers.

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#20

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
40 Annual Graduates
$27,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.

Those social work students who get their bachelor's degree from Syracuse University receive $4,364 more than the standard social work student.

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68 Annual Graduates
$22,000 Median Student Debt

UT Knoxville is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Knoxville.

Soon after graduation, social work bachelor's recipients generally make an average of $28,766 at the beginning of their careers.

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30 Annual Graduates
$22,000 Median Student Debt

Pitt is a fairly large public university located in the city of Pittsburgh.

Soon after graduation, social work bachelor's recipients typically earn an average of $26,725 at the beginning of their careers.

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#23

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
83 Annual Graduates
$27,000 Median Student Debt

UND is a large public university located in the city of Grand Forks.

Bachelor's recipients from the social work degree program at University of North Dakota make $6,986 more than the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#24

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ
298 Annual Graduates
$34,102 Median Student Debt

Grand Canyon University is a very large private for-profit university located in the large city of Phoenix.

Those social work students who get their bachelor's degree from Grand Canyon University receive $4,163 more than the standard social work student.

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14 Annual Graduates

UST MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Saint Paul.More information about a bachelor’s in social work from University of St Thomas Minnesota

Rest of the Top Best Social Work Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

Aurora University

Aurora, IL
#28

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#30

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

#32

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

#33

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY
#34

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ
#35

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC
#36

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#38

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
#39

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
#40

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

#43

Augsburg University

Minneapolis, MN
#44

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR
#45

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD
#48

Seattle University

Seattle, WA
#49

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

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Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Social Work Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 377 different United States social work schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
51 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
52 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
53 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
54 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
55 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
56 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Social Work Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
57 Winona State University Winona, MN
58 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
59 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
60 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
61 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
62 Ball State University Muncie, IN
63 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
64 Auburn University Auburn, AL
65 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
66 Florida International University Miami, FL
67 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
68 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
69 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
70 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
71 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
72 St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN
73 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
74 Baylor University Waco, TX
75 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN

Social Work by Region

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

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

Social Work Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 21,887
Child Advocacy & Policy 292
Other Social Work 42

Related Major Annual Graduates
Human Services 6,292
Public Administration 3,076
Public Policy 2,603
Community Organization & Advocacy 1,884
Other Public Administration 157

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Army Medicine. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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