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2020 Best Colleges for Social Work in Rhode Island

Social Work is a popular major and Rhode Island is the 42nd most popular state for students studying this major. 259 of the 55,945 Social Work diplomas awarded last year were given by colleges in Rhode Island. With so many options it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Social Work in Rhode Island ranking analyzed 3 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in social work. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 0 colleges for Social Work students in Rhode Island.

Choosing a Great Social Work School

Best Colleges for Social Work in Rhode Island The social work program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality social work program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

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

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Social Work graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent social work graduates from Rhode Island schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $29,900 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 complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Social Work students in Rhode Island.

Best Schools to Study Social Work in Rhode Island

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Best Social Work Colleges in Rhode Island


Providence College

Providence, RI

Any student pursuing a degree in social work has to take a look at Providence College. Located in the city Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.More…

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Salve Regina University

Newport, RI

Salve Regina University is a great decision for students interested in a Social Work degree. Salve Regina is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Newport.More…

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Rhode Island College

Providence, RI

It's hard to beat Rhode Island College if you wish to pursue social work as a major. RIC is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Providence.

Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, social work students typically make an average of $29,900 in their early careers.


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Best Social Work Colleges in the New England Region

Explore all the Best Social Work Colleges in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Massachusetts 311 2,136
Connecticut 250 625
New Hampshire 222 169
Maine 213 491
Vermont 195 88

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

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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