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2021 Best Human Services Schools

116 Colleges
$30,302 Avg Salary
$28,284 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Human Services School for You

In 2018-2019, 13,768 people earned a degree or certificate in human services, making the major the #85 most popular in the United States.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Human Services Schools ranking. This report analyzed 116 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Human Services Schools in the United States

Check out the human services programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best Human Services Schools

Our analysis found Winona State University to be the best school for human services students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Winona State is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Winona.

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#2

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of South Dakota. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Human Services Schools list. U of South Dakota is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Vermillion.

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The excellent programs at Minnesota State University - Mankato helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best human services schools in the United States. Located in the city of Mankato, Minnesota State University - Mankato is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#4

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Fitchburg State University is a great place for human services students. Located in the suburb of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Human Services majors at Fitchburg State take out an average of $24,875 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $258, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Metropolitan State University is a great place for human services students. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Metropolitan State University is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Human Services majors at Metropolitan State University take out an average of $20,125 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 $209.

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University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human services students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the city of Oshkosh, UW Oshkosh is a public college with a large student population.

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George Washington University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Services Schools ranking. Located in the city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Human Services majors at GWU take out an average of $25,000 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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#8

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

University of San Francisco did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human services students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of San Francisco, USFCA is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#9

Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA

With a ranking of #9, Anna Maria College did quite well on this year’s best schools for human services students. Anna Maria is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Paxton.

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#10

Bluefield College

Bluefield, VA

Bluefield College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human services students. It came in at #10 on the list. Bluefield College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Bluefield.

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California State University - Monterey Bay ranked #11 on this year’s Best Human Services Schools list. Located in the midsize suburb of Seaside, California State University - Monterey Bay is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human services students. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population.

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#13

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

With a ranking of #13, University of Delaware did quite well on this year’s best schools for human services students. U of Delaware is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Newark.

After completing their degree, human services graduates from U of Delaware carry an average student debtload of $23,250. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $241.

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#14

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

With a ranking of #14, University of Bridgeport did quite well on this year’s best schools for human services students. University of Bridgeport is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Bridgeport.

While working on their degree, human services majors at University of Bridgeport accumulate an average of around $33,480 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $347.

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#15

Dutchess Community College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Dutchess Community College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Services Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie, DCC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

On average, human services graduates from DCC take out $8,375 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 $87.

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#16

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, IA

With a ranking of #16, Upper Iowa University did quite well on this year’s best schools for human services students. Located in the remote area of Fayette, UIU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their degree, human services graduates from UIU carry an average student debtload of $30,118. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $313, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN

Century College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human services programs. Century College is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of White Bear Lake.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
18 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
19 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
20 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
21 Grand View University Des Moines, IA
22 CUNY New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY
23 Brescia University Owensboro, KY

Human Services by Region

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

Human Services is one of 5 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 57,499
Public Administration 17,444
Public Policy 6,021
Community Organization & Advocacy 2,832
Other Public Administration 971

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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to University of the Fraser Valley.

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