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2020 Best Colleges for Social Work in Kentucky

Social Work is a popular major and Kentucky is the 13th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,307 of the 55,945 Social Work degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Kentucky. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Social Work in Kentucky ranking analyzed 8 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in social work. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 schools for Social Work students in Kentucky.

Choosing a Great Social Work School

Best Colleges for Social Work in Kentucky 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. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

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

Graduates Earn More After College

Social Work graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent social work graduates from Kentucky colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $30,062 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 Kentucky.

Best Schools to Study Social Work in Kentucky

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

Best Social Work Colleges in Kentucky


University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky is a good choice for individuals interested in a Social Work degree. Located in the city Lexington, UK is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After graduation, social work students generally earn around $28,800 at the beginning of their careers.


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University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

Any student pursuing a degree in social work needs to take a look at University of Louisville. Located in the city Louisville, U of L is a public school with a very large student population.

After getting their bachelor's degree, social work students typically make an average of $29,000 in their early careers.


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Spalding University

Louisville, KY

Spalding University is among your best bets if you're planning on studying social work. Spalding is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Louisville.More…

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It is hard to beat Murray State University if you want to study social work. Located in the town Murray, Murray State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Students who graduate from the social work program make around $28,300 for their early career.


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Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

NKU is a large public school located in the large suburb of Highland Heights.

Social Work majors from Northern Kentucky University earn a boost of about $2,243 above the typical income of social work graduates.


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Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

Located in the small city Bowling Green, WKU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Social Work students from Western Kentucky University receive an earnings boost of approximately $2,343 over the average income of social work majors.


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Located in the town Richmond, Eastern is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Students who graduate from the social work program earn an average of $30,300 in the first couple years of working.


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Morehead State University is a fairly large public school located in the town of Morehead.

Graduates of the social work program earn an average of $27,800 for their early career.


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Best Social Work Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 871
Florida 291 1,611
Virginia 289 974
North Carolina 286 1,714
Tennessee 266 1,246
South Carolina 254 553
Louisiana 254 550
Alabama 250 1,024
Arkansas 249 461
Mississippi 239 725
West Virginia 222 356

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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