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2020 Best Colleges for Social Work in New York

Social Work is a popular major and New York is the 1st most popular state for students studying this major. 5,345 of the 55,945 Social Work degrees earned last year were given by colleges in New York. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Social Work in New York 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 schools for Social Work students in New York.

Choosing a Great Social Work School

Best Colleges for Social Work in New York 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.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 12% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 13%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 191 to 66 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

A social work degree from schools on this list typically translates into above average salaries after graduation. A social work bachelors degree from a school in New York helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $32,200 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 New York.

Best Schools to Study Social Work in New York

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

Top 10 Best Social Work Colleges in New York

#1

New York University

New York, NY

New York University is one of the best schools in the country for social work. Located in the city New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. This college ranks 16th out of 132 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are roughly 625 social work undergrads studying this degree at NYU.

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#2

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University is a good choice for students pursuing a Social Work degree. Fordham U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Bronx. This school ranks 26th out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are about 688 social work undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Fordham U.

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#3

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Any student pursuing a degree in social work has to look into Syracuse University. Located in the city Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 107 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Syracuse is a great school overall.

With 104 undergraduates, Syracuse University is one of most popular schools to study social work in New York.

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#4

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

Every student pursuing a degree in social work has to check out Adelphi University. Located in the large suburb Garden City, Adelphi is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 33rd out of 132 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

With 312 undergrads, Adelphi University is one of most popular colleges to study social work in New York.

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#5

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

Molloy is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Rockville Centre. This school ranks 27th out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

With 28 undergrads, Molloy College is one of most popular schools to study social work in New York.

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#6

University at Albany

Albany, NY

UAlbany is a large public school located in the city of Albany. This school ranks 37th out of 132 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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#7

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

Located in the large suburb Stony Brook, SUNY Stony Brook is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 22nd out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

A favorite major for social work undergrads, there are roughly 289 individuals enrolled in this program at SUNY Stony Brook.

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#8

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Located in the suburb Saratoga Springs, Skidmore is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 98 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Skidmore is a great college overall.

Skidmore College is a fairly popular school to study social work in New York exceeding 14 graduates last year.

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#9

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Located in the large suburb Poughkeepsie, Marist is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 23rd out of 132 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

Marist College is a fairly popular college to study social work in New York with more than 32 graduations last year.

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#10

Nazareth College

Rochester, NY

Located in the large suburb Rochester, Nazareth is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 45th out of 132 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

A favorite choice for social work undergraduates, there are roughly 68 individuals studying this program at Nazareth. Soon after graduation, social work students typically make an average of $33,600 in the first five years of their career.

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Best Social Work Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Social Work Schools in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
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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