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2020 Best Colleges for Social Work in Virginia

Social Work is a popular major and Virginia is the 21st most popular state for students studying this major. 974 of the 55,945 Social Work degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Virginia. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Social Work in Virginia 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 Virginia.

Choosing a Great Social Work School

Best Colleges for Social Work in Virginia 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.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A social work degree from schools on this list usually translates into higher than average wages after graduation. Recent social work graduates from Virginia schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $30,067 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 Virginia.

Best Schools to Study Social Work in Virginia

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Best Social Work Colleges in Virginia

#1

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University is among your top options if you want to study social work. Located in the large suburb Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a very large student population.

Soon after graduation, social work students typically earn an average of $31,300 in the first five years of their career.

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Virginia Commonwealth University is a great decision for students interested in a Social Work major. VCU is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Richmond.

Grads of the social work program state that they receive average early career wages of $29,100.

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#3

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Any student pursuing a degree in social work has to check out James Madison University. Located in the city Harrisonburg, JMU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Graduates of the social work program earn an average of $29,000 in their early career salary.

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#4

Longwood University

Farmville, VA

It's hard to beat Longwood University if you want to study social work. Longwood is a small public school located in the remote town of Farmville.

After getting their bachelor's degree, social work students generally earn about $29,900 in the first five years of their career.

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#5

Radford University

Radford, VA

Located in the small city Radford, Radford is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career income of $30,300.

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Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Beach, VA

VWU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Virginia Beach.More…

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Norfolk State is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Norfolk.More…

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Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA

Virginia State is a small public school located in the large suburb of Petersburg.

Graduates of the social work program earn an average of $30,800 in their early career salary.

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Best Social Work Colleges in the Southeast Region

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 871
Florida 291 1,611
North Carolina 286 1,714
Tennessee 266 1,246
Kentucky 257 1,307
South Carolina 254 553
Louisiana 254 550
Alabama 250 1,024
Arkansas 249 461
Mississippi 239 725
West Virginia 222 356

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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