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2021 Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

909 Colleges
$5,610 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$31,952 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections School for You

In 2018-2019, 122,741 criminal justice and corrections students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #5 most popular in the country.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 909 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for criminal justice students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for criminal justice majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Criminal Justice

#1

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Our analysis found Columbia Southern University to be the best value school for criminal justice and corrections students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Columbia Southern University are $5,655 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Columbia Southern University also is in the top 10% of our Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Alexandria Technical & Community College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the town of Alexandria, ATCC is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at ATCC are $5,565 per year. Criminal Justice majors at ATCC take out an average of $12,000 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $125.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, ATCC also did well on our Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#3

Oakland Community College

Bloomfield Hills, MI
$4,592 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Oakland Community College is a great value for criminal justice and corrections students. Oakland Community College is a large public school located in the large suburb of Bloomfield Hills.

Oakland Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,592 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Oakland Community College take out is $7,082. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $73.

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#4

Camden County College

Blackwood, NJ
$4,440 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 909 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Camden County College landed the # 4 spot on the list. Camden County College is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Blackwood.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Camden County College are $4,440 a year. Criminal Justice majors at Camden County College take out an average of $10,800 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $112.

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#5

Lake Region State College

Devils Lake, ND
$4,655 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Lake Region State College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Lake Region State College is a small public school located in the remote town of Devils Lake.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Lake Region State College are $4,655 a year. Criminal Justice majors at Lake Region State College take out an average of $5,625 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $58.

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#6

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN

North Hennepin Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park, North Hennepin Community College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Hennepin Community College are $4,566 per year. While working on their degree, criminal justice majors at North Hennepin Community College accumulate an average of around $21,389 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $222.

In addition to its great value ranking, North Hennepin Community College is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list.

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$4,860 Average Tuition & Fees

Northeast Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the remote town of Norfolk, Northeast is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Northeast are $4,860 per year. After completing their degree, criminal justice graduates from Northeast carry an average student debtload of $10,750. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $112.

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American Public University System ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at American Military University are $7,324 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, American Military University also is in the top 10% of our Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking.

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$4,545 Average Tuition & Fees

Metropolitan Community College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. MCC is a large public school located in the city of Omaha.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at MCC are $4,545 a year. On average, criminal justice graduates from MCC take out $7,664 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $80, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, TX
$4,392 Average Tuition & Fees

Tyler Junior College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Tyler Junior College is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Tyler.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Tyler Junior College are $4,392 a year.

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$4,392 Average Tuition & Fees

Western Iowa Tech Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the city of Sioux City, Western Iowa Tech Community College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Western Iowa Tech Community College are $4,392 a year. After completing their degree, criminal justice graduates from Western Iowa Tech Community College carry an average student debtload of $11,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $114.

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#12

Amarillo College

Amarillo, TX
$4,704 Average Tuition & Fees

Amarillo College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Amarillo, Amarillo College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Amarillo College are $4,704 a year.

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$4,824 Average Tuition & Fees

Wharton County Junior College landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value criminal justice and corrections programs. Wharton County Junior College is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Wharton.

Wharton County Junior College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,824 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #14, Fox Valley Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at FVTC are $6,688 per year.

FVTC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list.

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With a ranking of #15, Minot State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the town of Minot, MSU is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MSU are $7,592 per year. On average, criminal justice graduates from MSU take out $16,361 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $170, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

MSU excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list.

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#16

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN
$5,248 Average Tuition & Fees

Hennepin Technical College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park, Hennepin Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Hennepin Technical College are $5,248 per year. On average, criminal justice graduates from Hennepin Technical College take out $5,500 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $57, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN
$5,578 Average Tuition & Fees

Century College - White Bear Lake landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value criminal justice and corrections programs. Located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake, Century College - White Bear Lake is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Century College - White Bear Lake are $5,578 a year.

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#18

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA

Santa Rosa Junior College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #18 on the list. SRJC is a very large public school located in the city of Santa Rosa.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SRJC are $8,170 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, SRJC also did well on our Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#19

Normandale Community College

Bloomington, MN

Normandale Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the small city of Bloomington, Normandale Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Normandale Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,964 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Normandale Community College take out is $15,350. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $159.

Normandale Community College also claimed a spot on our Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#20

Inver Hills Community College

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Inver Hills Community College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. IHCC is a small public school located in the suburb of Inver Grove Heights.

IHCC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,485 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their degree, criminal justice majors at IHCC accumulate an average of around $21,000 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $218, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$6,554 Average Tuition & Fees

Rochester Community and Technical College ranked #21 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Rochester Community and Technical College is a small public school located in the city of Rochester.

Rochester Community and Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,554 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their degree, criminal justice graduates from Rochester Community and Technical College carry an average student debtload of $14,750. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $153, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$5,247 Average Tuition & Fees

Northcentral Technical College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the small city of Wausau, North Central Technical College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Central Technical College are $5,247 per year.

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#23

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, IA
$6,334 Average Tuition & Fees

Hawkeye Community College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Hawkeye Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Waterloo.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Hawkeye Community College are $6,334 a year. The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Hawkeye Community College take out is $15,337. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $159.

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#24

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Lone Star College System ranked #24 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public college with a very large student population.

North Harris Montgomery undergraduate students pay an average of $5,564 in tuition and fees each year.

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$3,990 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #25, McLennan Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the midsize city of Waco, MCC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MCC are $3,990 per year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools

#27

Peru State College

Peru, NE
#32

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, GA
#36

Union Institute & University

Cincinnati, OH
#37

Jefferson College

Hillsboro, MO
#38

Schoolcraft College

Livonia, MI
#40

Savannah Technical College

Savannah, GA
#42

Ogeechee Technical College

Statesboro, GA
#46

Moraine Park Technical College

Fond du Lac, WI
#49

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 909 different United States criminal justice and corrections schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
52 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
53 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
54 Houston Community College Houston, TX
55 Park University Parkville, MO
56 Blackhawk Technical College Janesville, WI
57 Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI
58 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Ponce Mercedita, PR
59 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
60 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
61 Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME
61 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, NC
63 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
64 Grantham University Lenexa, KS
65 Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC
66 Bethel University McKenzie, TN
67 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
68 Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, IL
69 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
70 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
71 Holyoke Community College Holyoke, MA
71 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
73 Herzing University - Brookfield Brookfield, WI
74 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
75 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
76 Bronx Community College Bronx, NY
77 Herzing University - Atlanta Atlanta, GA
77 Chadron State College Chadron, NE
79 Wor-Wic Community College Salisbury, MD
80 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
81 Herzing University - Kenner Kenner, LA
82 Ohio University - Chillicothe Campus Chillicothe, OH
82 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
84 Ohio University - Lancaster Campus Lancaster, OH
85 Augusta Technical College Augusta, GA
86 Herzing University - Madison Madison, WI
87 Herzing University - Birmingham Birmingham, AL
88 Herzing University - Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN
89 Averett University - Graduate & Professional Studies Danville, VA
90 New Mexico State University - Carlsbad Carlsbad, NM
90 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
92 Herzing University - Kenosha Kenosha, WI
93 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla Aguadilla, PR
94 Eastfield College Mesquite, TX
95 Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY
96 Herzing University - Akron Akron, OH
97 Laredo Community College Laredo, TX
98 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
98 Rio Salado College Tempe, AZ
100 Hibbing Community College Hibbing, MN
100 Ocean County College Toms River, NJ
102 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
103 Ohio University - Southern Campus Ironton, OH
104 College of the Desert Palm Desert, CA
105 Herzing University - Winter Park Winter Park, FL
106 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
107 Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge, IA
108 Marion Technical College Marion, OH
109 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
110 Rowan College at Burlington County Mount Laurel, NJ
111 Excelsior College Albany, NY
112 Herkimer County Community College Herkimer, NY
113 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN
113 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
115 National American University - Ellsworth AFB Extension Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD
115 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
117 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY
117 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
119 Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee, FL
120 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
121 New Mexico State University - Alamogordo Alamogordo, NM
121 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
123 Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, NC
123 Wayne State College Wayne, NE
125 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
126 Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
127 Hostos Community College Bronx, NY
127 Massasoit Community College Brockton, MA
129 Albany Technical College Albany, GA
129 Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde, TX
131 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
131 Otero Junior College La Junta, CO
133 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
134 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
134 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
136 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for Criminal Justice & Corrections students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools award.

Rank College Location
137 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Daytona Beach, FL
137 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
137 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
140 Concordia University, Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
141 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
142 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
142 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
142 MSU Texas Wichita Falls, TX
145 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
146 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA
147 Queensborough Community College Bayside, NY
147 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
149 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
150 Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua, NY
150 Ashford University San Diego, CA
152 Columbia College Columbia, MO
153 Erie Community College Buffalo, NY
154 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
154 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
156 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
157 Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie, NY
158 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
159 Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL
160 Valencia College Orlando, FL
161 Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs, CO
162 Franklin University Columbus, OH
162 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
164 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Portales, NM
165 Central Ohio Technical College Newark, OH
166 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
167 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
167 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
169 Winona State University Winona, MN
170 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL
170 Rasmussen College - Wisconsin Green Bay, WI
172 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Salisbury, NC
173 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI
173 Moberly Area Community College Moberly, MO
175 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
175 SUNY Schenectady County Community College Schenectady, NY
175 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
178 Lake Superior State University Sault Ste Marie, MI
179 Central Christian College of Kansas McPherson, KS
180 Bucks County Community College Newtown, PA
181 Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS
181 Middlesex Community College Bedford, MA

Criminal Justice & Corrections by Region

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

One of 3 majors within the area of study, criminal justice and corrections has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Criminal Justice

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fire Protection 13,656
Homeland Security 6,367
Other Homeland Security 1,995

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 26 schools only.

  • 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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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