2020 Best Colleges for Social Work in Pennsylvania
Social Work is a popular major and Pennsylvania is the 7th most popular state for students studying this major. 2,496 of the 55,945 Social Work degrees awarded last year were given by colleges in Pennsylvania. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Social Work in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.
Choosing a Great Social Work School
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. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.
Overall Quality is a Must
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 22% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 22%.
Better Early and Mid Career Salaries
A social work degree from colleges on this list usually translates into higher than average salaries after graduation. A social work bachelors degree from a college in Pennsylvania helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $31,150 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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Social Work students in Pennsylvania.
Best Schools to Study Social Work in Pennsylvania
Top 10 Best Social Work Colleges in Pennsylvania
Every student pursuing a degree in social work has to take a look at University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus. Pitt is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Pittsburgh. A Best Colleges rank of 124 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Pitt is a great college overall.
There are approximately 300 social work undergraduates studying this degree at Pitt. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career wages of $30,300.More… Request Information
Every student who is interested in social work has to check out Temple University. Located in the large city Philadelphia, Temple is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 27th out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.
There are roughly 235 social work undergrads enrolled in this program at Temple. Grads of the social work program report average early career earnings of $31,900.More… Request Information
Every student pursuing a degree in social work needs to take a look at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. WCUPA is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of West Chester. This college ranks 33rd out of 123 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a fairly popular college to study social work in Pennsylvania exceeding 165 graduates last year. Graduates of the social work program earn around $32,000 in their early career salary.More… Request Information
Every student who is interested in social work needs to check out Elizabethtown College. Located in the suburb Elizabethtown, E - town is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 199 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means E - town is a great college overall.
With 25 students enrolled, Elizabethtown College is one of most popular colleges to study social work in Pennsylvania.More… Request Information
Widener is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Chester. This school ranks 47th out of 123 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.
Widener University is a fairly popular college to study social work in Pennsylvania exceeding 173 graduates last year.More… Request Information
Messiah is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Mechanicsburg. A Best Colleges rank of 253 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Messiah is a great school overall.
Messiah College is one of the most popular school to study social work in Pennsylvania with more than 22 graduates last year.More… Request Information
Located in the large suburb Millersville, Millersville is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 68th out of 123 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.
With 139 students enrolled, Millersville University of Pennsylvania is one of most popular colleges to study social work in Pennsylvania. After getting their bachelor's degree, social work students generally earn around $29,500 in the first five years of their career.More… Request Information
Gannon is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Erie. This college ranks 30th out of 123 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.
With 4 students enrolled, Gannon University is one of most popular colleges to study social work in Pennsylvania.More… Request Information
La Salle is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. This college ranks 46th out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.
With 26 undergraduates, La Salle University is one of most popular schools to study social work in Pennsylvania.More… Request Information
Located in the medium-sized city Allentown, Cedar Crest is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 73rd out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.
With 23 undergraduates, Cedar Crest College is one of most popular schools to study social work in Pennsylvania. Graduates of the social work program earn around $31,100 in their early career salary.More… Request Information
Best Social Work Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region
Explore all the Best Social Work Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.
|District of Columbia||194||344|
More Social Work Rankings in Pennsylvania
Social Work Related Rankings by Major
One of 5 majors within the Public Administration & Social Service area of study, Social Work has other similar majors worth exploring.
Most Popular Related Majors
|Related Major||Annual Graduates|
|Community Organization & Advocacy||2,775|
|Other Public Administration||957|
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.
Featured Social Work Schools
|Request Info||Southern New Hampshire University You have goals. Southern New Hampshire University can help you get there. Whether you need a bachelor's degree to get into a career or want a master's degree to move up in your current career, SNHU has an online program for you. Find your degree from over 200 online programs. Learn More >|
|Request Info||Purdue University Building on Purdue’s mission to provide greater access to affordable, world-class education, Purdue University Global delivers a fully personalized online experience that’s tailored to working adults. By opening the doors to adults who need flexibility to fit learning into their busy lives, we make it possible to achieve a high-quality education from the prestigious Purdue University system—completely online. Learn More >|
|Request Info||Grand Canyon University (GCU) With a spotlight on intellectual creativity and innovation for the 21stcentury, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at GCU provides a job focused education. It blends the study of traditional humanities in a modern context. Through academic inquiry and beyond the box thinking, the college advances our society and its accomplishments. Learn More >|
|Request Info||Northcentral University Northcentral University (NCU) was founded to provide accessible, high-quality, online graduate degrees to working professionals. As a regionally accredited, online university, NCU serves students worldwide, focusing on Doctoral and Master's degree programs in the Schools of Business and Technology Management, Education, Psychology, and Marriage and Family Sciences. Learn More >|
|Request Info||Colorado Technical University (CTU) CTU could help you connect to what matters most: a powerful professional community, faculty who are real-world professionals, and innovative technology. Learn More >|