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2020 Best Colleges for Social Work in the Far Western US Region

Approximately 55,945 social work degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Social Work in the Far Western US Region ranking analyzed 26 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in social work. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 3 colleges for Social Work students in the Far Western US Region.

Choosing a Great Social Work School

Best Colleges for Social Work in the Far Western US Region Your choice of social work school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 23% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 21%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 266 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

A social work degree from colleges on this list typically translates into higher than average earnings following graduation. A social work bachelors degree from a college in Far Western US helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $33,222 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Social Work students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other social work students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized social work related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Social Work students in the Far Western US Region.

Best Schools to Study Social Work in Far Western US

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study social work.

Top 10 Best Social Work Colleges in the Far Western US Region

University of California - Berkeley is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a Social Work degree. Located in the city Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 65 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great school overall.

With 251 undergraduates, University of California - Berkeley is one of most popular schools to study social work in Far Western US. Students from the social work major at University of California - Berkeley earn $2,735 above the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus is among your top options if you're planning on studying social work. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the city of Seattle. This college ranks 14th out of 171 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are about 292 social work undergrads enrolled in this degree at UW Seattle. Grads of the social work program state that they receive average early career wages of $34,900.

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#3

George Fox University

Newberg, OR

It is hard to beat George Fox University if you wish to study social work. Located in the town Newberg, GFU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 60th out of 171 schools for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

There are approximately 57 social work undergrads enrolled in this degree at GFU.

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San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

San Diego State University is one of the best schools in the country for social work. Located in the large city San Diego, SDSU is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 53rd out of 171 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

San Diego State University is one of the most popular college to study social work in Far Western US with over 221 graduates last year. After graduating, social work students usually make around $32,000 in the first five years of their career.

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Whittier College

Whittier, CA

Whittier is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Whittier. This college ranks 63rd out of 171 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

With 10 undergraduates, Whittier College is one of most popular colleges to study social work in Far Western US. Grads of the social work program state that they receive average early career wages of $34,500.

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Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Seattle U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Seattle. This college ranks 25th out of 171 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

Seattle University is a fairly popular college to study social work in Far Western US with more than 53 graduates last year.

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Located in the city Reno, UNR is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 64th out of 171 colleges for overall quality in the state of Nevada.

There are approximately 182 social work undergraduates studying this degree at UNR. University of Nevada - Reno social work graduates earn $8,135 more than the typical social work student.

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Located in the city Long Beach, Cal State Long Beach is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 70th out of 171 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

With 285 undergrads, California State University - Long Beach is one of most popular colleges to study social work in Far Western US. After graduating, social work students typically make around $34,800 in their early careers.

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Located in the suburb Azusa, Azusa Pacific is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 65th out of 171 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

Azusa Pacific University is a fairly popular college to study social work in Far Western US exceeding 100 graduates last year. Students who complete this program report average early career wages of $30,500.

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Located in the large city Honolulu, UHM is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 67th out of 171 schools for overall quality in the state of Hawaii.

There are roughly 143 social work undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UHM. Graduates of the social work program state that they receive average early career earnings of $32,900.

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Best Social Work Colleges by State

Explore the best social work colleges for a specific state in this the Far Western US region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 328 4,931
Washington 303 816
Oregon 266 586
Nevada 199 312
Hawaii 169 224
Alaska 146 72

One of 5 majors within the Public Administration & Social Service area of study, Social Work has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration 16,874
Human Services 14,962
Public Policy 5,550
Community Organization & Advocacy 2,775
Other Public Administration 957

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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.

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