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2020 Best Colleges for Social Work in the Middle Atlantic Region

Approximately 55,945 social work degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Social Work in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking analyzed 71 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in social work. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 10 colleges for Social Work students in the Middle Atlantic Region.

Choosing a Great Social Work School

Best Colleges for Social Work in the Middle Atlantic 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 19% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 17%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 302 to 155 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

A social work degree from colleges on this list typically translates into above average salaries following graduation. Recent social work graduates from Middle Atlantic schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $31,381 in 2017-2018.

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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Social Work students in the Middle Atlantic Region.

Best Schools to Study Social Work in Middle Atlantic

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study 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. Of the 71 schools analyzed, only 10 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 10 Best Social Work Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Every student pursuing a degree in social work has to check out Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick. A Best Colleges rank of 151 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Rutgers New Brunswick is a great college overall.

There are approximately 812 social work undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Rutgers New Brunswick. Graduates of the social work program state that they receive average early career wages of $31,700.

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New York University

New York, NY

Every student pursuing a degree in social work needs to take a look at New York University. Located in the large city New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 129 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means NYU is a great school overall.

There are about 625 social work undergraduates studying this degree at NYU.

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Fordham University

Bronx, NY

It is difficult to beat Fordham University if you wish to pursue social work as a major. Fordham U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bronx. A Best Colleges rank of 225 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Fordham U is a great school overall.

There are approximately 688 social work undergraduates studying this degree at Fordham U.

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Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University is among your best bets if you're planning on studying social work. Located in the midsize city Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 107 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Syracuse is a great college overall.

With 104 students enrolled, Syracuse University is one of most popular colleges to study social work in Middle Atlantic.

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Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

Located in the large suburb Garden City, Adelphi is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 77th out of 329 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are approximately 312 social work undergraduates studying this degree at Adelphi.

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Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

Molloy is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Rockville Centre. This college ranks 66th out of 329 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

Molloy College is a fairly popular college to study social work in Middle Atlantic with over 28 graduations last year.

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Ramapo College is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Mahwah. This college ranks 86th out of 329 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There are approximately 120 social work undergrads studying this program at Ramapo College. Students who graduate from this program report average early career earnings of $32,900.

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University at Albany

Albany, NY

UAlbany is a large public school located in the city of Albany. This college ranks 84th out of 329 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

A popular major for social work undergraduates, there are roughly 201 students studying this degree at UAlbany.

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Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

Located in the suburb Stony Brook, SUNY Stony Brook is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 198 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means SUNY Stony Brook is a great college overall.

Stony Brook University is a fairly popular school to study social work in Middle Atlantic with more than 289 graduates last year.

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Located in the large city Washington, CUA is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 64th out of 329 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There are about 191 social work undergrads enrolled in this degree at CUA.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Colleges for Social Work in the Middle Atlantic Region award.

Rank College Location
11 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
12 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
13 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
14 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
15 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
16 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
17 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ

Best Social Work Colleges by State

Explore the best social work colleges for a specific state in this the Middle Atlantic region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
New York 335 5,345
Pennsylvania 327 2,496
Maryland 284 1,146
New Jersey 280 2,087
District of Columbia 194 344
Delaware 171 77

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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