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2021 Best Student Counseling Schools

389 Colleges
$43,174 Avg Salary
$42,631 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Student Counseling School for You

Student Counseling is the #86 most popular major in the country with 13,679 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

The Best Student Counseling Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 389 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Student Counseling Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for student counseling majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Top Schools in Student Counseling

#1

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Our 2021 rankings named Brandman University the best school in the United States for student counseling students. Located in the city of Irvine, Brandman is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Alfred University

Alfred, NY

The excellent programs at Alfred University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best student counseling schools in the United States. Alfred is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Alfred.

The average amount in student loans that student counseling majors at Alfred take out is $19,979. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $233, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent programs at University of Southern California helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best student counseling schools in the United States. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

The average amount in student loans that student counseling majors at USC take out is $88,246. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,028.

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#4

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Lehigh University is a great place for student counseling students. Located in the small city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

On average, student counseling graduates from Lehigh take out $32,600 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $380.

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#5

National University

La Jolla, CA

Out of the 389 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, National University landed the # 5 spot on the list. National University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of La Jolla.

On average, student counseling graduates from National University take out $42,914 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $500.

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#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Student Counseling Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#7

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Student Counseling Schools ranking. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

Student Counseling majors at Johns Hopkins take out an average of $53,750 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $626, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #8, The College of New Jersey did quite well on this year’s best schools for student counseling students. Located in the suburb of Ewing, TCNJ is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, student counseling graduates from TCNJ take out $41,000 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $478, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

University of Redlands did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for student counseling students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of Redlands, U of Redlands is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#10

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

With a ranking of #10, Drake University did quite well on this year’s best schools for student counseling students. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Des Moines.

While working on their degree, student counseling majors at Drake accumulate an average of around $31,946 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $372, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Concordia University - Irvine came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Student Counseling Schools ranking. Located in the city of Irvine, Concordia University Irvine is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Student Counseling majors at Concordia University Irvine take out an average of $42,500 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $495.

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#12

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best student counseling programs. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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California State University - Los Angeles landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best student counseling programs. Located in the city of Los Angeles, California State University - Los Angeles is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that student counseling majors at California State University - Los Angeles take out is $38,596. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $450.

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#14

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Loyola Marymount University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best student counseling programs. Loyola Marymount is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

Student Counseling majors at Loyola Marymount take out an average of $67,771 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $790.

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#15

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

Manhattan College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best student counseling programs. Manhattan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Riverdale.

After completing their degree, student counseling graduates from Manhattan carry an average student debtload of $40,795. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $475, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California State University - Long Beach came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Student Counseling Schools ranking. Cal State Long Beach is a very large public school located in the city of Long Beach.

While working on their degree, student counseling majors at Cal State Long Beach accumulate an average of around $31,124 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $363.

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#17

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Student Counseling Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Fairfield, Fairfield U is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#18

CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, NY

CUNY Lehman College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Student Counseling Schools list. Located in the large city of Bronx, Lehman is a public college with a large student population.

On average, student counseling graduates from Lehman take out $30,000 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $350.

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#19

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

Rider University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best student counseling programs. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, Rider is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that student counseling majors at Rider take out is $43,480. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $507, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Seattle University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best student counseling programs. Seattle U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Seattle.

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The College of Saint Rose did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for student counseling students. It came in at #21 on the list. The College of Saint Rose is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

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#22

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #22, Vanderbilt University did quite well on this year’s best schools for student counseling students. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#23

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

Seton Hall University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for student counseling students. It came in at #23 on the list. Seton Hall is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of South Orange.

On average, student counseling graduates from Seton Hall take out $47,762 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $557.

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#24

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Student Counseling Schools ranking. Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

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#25

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

With a ranking of #25, Texas Christian University did quite well on this year’s best schools for student counseling students. TCU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Fort Worth.

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Rest of the Top Best Student Counseling Schools

#26

Spalding University

Louisville, KY
#28

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA
#29

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#30

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#31

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
#32

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY
#33

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#35

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#36

University of La Verne

La Verne, CA
#40

New York University

New York, NY
#41

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#42

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA
#43

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#45

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#46

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, IA

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Student Counseling Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 389 different United States student counseling schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
52 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
53 Assumption University Worcester, MA
54 Boston University Boston, MA
55 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
56 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
57 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
58 Whitworth University Spokane, WA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Student Counseling students that almost earned our Best Student Counseling Schools award.

Rank College Location
59 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
60 University of Georgia Athens, GA
61 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
62 McDaniel College Westminster, MD
63 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
64 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
65 Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT
66 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
67 Loras College Dubuque, IA
68 California State University - Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
69 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
70 Saint Martin’s University Lacey, WA
70 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
72 Clemson University Clemson, SC
73 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
74 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
75 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
76 Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX
77 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA

Student Counseling by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Student Counseling is one of 14 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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).
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