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2021 Best Social Work Bachelor's Degree Schools

331 Colleges
$30,412 Avg Salary
$24,297 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Social Work Bachelor's Degree School for You

Social Work is the #19 most popular major in the country with 57,499 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Social Work Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 331 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for social work majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Social Work

#1

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

Our 2021 rankings named University of North Dakota the best school in the United States for social work students working on their bachelor’s degree. UND is a large public school located in the city of Grand Forks.

Social Work majors at UND take out an average of $22,480 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $249.

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Out of the 331 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Concordia College at Moorhead landed the # 2 spot on the list. Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Moorhead.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, social work graduates from Concordia College Moorhead carry an average student debtload of $24,058.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Minot State University is a great place for social work students working on their bachelor’s degree. MSU is a small public school located in the remote town of Minot.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, social work graduates from MSU carry an average student debtload of $15,274. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $156, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Winona State University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best social work schools in the United States. Winona State is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Winona.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, social work graduates from Winona State carry an average student debtload of $23,971. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Bemidji State University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Bemidji State University is a small public school located in the remote town of Bemidji.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, social work graduates from Bemidji State University carry an average student debtload of $23,952. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The College of Saint Scholastica ranked #6 on this year’s Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Duluth, St. Scholastica is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, social work graduates from St. Scholastica take out $18,493 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $205, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato ranked #7 on this year’s Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State University - Mankato is a public school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, social work majors at Minnesota State University - Mankato accumulate an average of around $22,546 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $241, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Nebraska Wesleyan University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. NWU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lincoln.

Social Work majors at NWU take out an average of $24,035 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $271, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Nevada - Reno landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree social work programs. Located in the city of Reno, UNR is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, social work graduates from UNR take out $21,960 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $208.

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University of California - Berkeley came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, social work graduates from UC Berkeley carry an average student debtload of $14,980. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $151, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN

St Catherine University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree social work programs. St. Kate's is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, social work graduates from St. Kate's carry an average student debtload of $30,047. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $315, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of St Thomas Minnesota did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for social work students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the city of Saint Paul, UST MN is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that social work majors at UST MN take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $24,307.

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Minnesota State University - Moorhead ranked #13 on this year’s Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Moorhead, Minnesota State University - Moorhead is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that social work majors at Minnesota State University - Moorhead take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $23,344. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney ranked #14 on this year’s Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of Kearney, UNK is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Social Work majors at UNK take out an average of $20,022 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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#15

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University Minnesota came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Saint Paul, Bethel University Minnesota is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

On average, social work graduates from Bethel University Minnesota take out $20,373 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $226.

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#16

Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA

Anna Maria College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for social work students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Anna Maria is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Paxton.

On average, social work graduates from Anna Maria take out $23,501 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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#17

Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI

Viterbo University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Viterbo is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of La Crosse.

On average, social work graduates from Viterbo take out $30,975 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $282.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, social work majors at Rutgers New Brunswick accumulate an average of around $22,923 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 $245.

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#19

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. K - State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Manhattan.

On average, social work graduates from K - State take out $24,510 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $258.

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#20

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

With a ranking of #20, University of Northern Iowa did quite well on this year’s best schools for social work students working on their bachelor’s degree. UNI is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls.

On average, social work graduates from UNI take out $20,587 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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Rutgers University - Camden came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Camden, Rutgers Camden is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that social work majors at Rutgers Camden take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $22,923. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $245.

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#22

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree social work programs. St. Cloud State University is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Saint Cloud.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, social work majors at St. Cloud State University accumulate an average of around $22,845 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $222.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree social work programs. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the large city of Madison.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, social work graduates from Wisconsin carry an average student debtload of $21,296. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $228, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN

Metropolitan State University landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree social work programs. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Metropolitan State University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, social work graduates from Metropolitan State University carry an average student debtload of $18,675. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $190.

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#25

Aurora University

Aurora, IL

With a ranking of #25, Aurora University did quite well on this year’s best schools for social work students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Aurora, Aurora is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that social work majors at Aurora take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $22,909. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $228, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Best Social Work Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
#29

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#34

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
#35

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#39

Keuka College

Keuka Park, NY
#40

Stockton University

Galloway, NJ
#42

Nazareth College

Rochester, NY
#45

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#46

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Social Work Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
50 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
51 Whittier College Whittier, CA
52 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
53 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
54 Boston University Boston, MA
55 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
56 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
57 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
58 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA
59 Salem State University Salem, MA
60 Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT
61 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
62 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
63 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
64 Heritage University Toppenish, WA
65 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
66 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS

Social Work by Region

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

Social Work is one of 5 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Social Work

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration 17,444
Human Services 13,768
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).
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