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2021 Best Political Science & Government Schools

559 Colleges
$33,977 Avg Salary
$22,822 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Political Science & Government School for You

Political Science & Government is the #26 most popular major in the country with 47,035 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. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

The Best Political Science & Government Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 559 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Political Science & Government Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Political Science & Government Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in Political Science

#1

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

Our 2021 rankings named Claremont McKenna College the best school in the United States for political science and government students. Claremont McKenna is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Claremont.

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#2

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Dartmouth College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Political Science & Government Schools list. Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their degree, political science graduates from Dartmouth carry an average student debtload of $14,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $145, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Pomona College is a great place for political science and government students. Located in the suburb of Claremont, Pomona is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#4

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

The excellent programs at Stanford University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best political science and government schools in the United States. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford.

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#5

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Out of the 559 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Colgate University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, political science graduates from Colgate take out $16,673 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $173, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Political Science & Government Schools list. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#7

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Bowdoin College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for political science and government students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the fringe town of Brunswick, Bowdoin is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Bowdoin take out is $16,188. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $168.

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#8

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Political Science & Government Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Political Science majors at Yale take out an average of $15,500 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 $161.

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#9

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Political Science & Government Schools list. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Political Science majors at Duke take out an average of $9,000 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $93, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania ranked #10 on this year’s Best Political Science & Government Schools list. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Political Science majors at UPenn take out an average of $19,500 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for political science and government students. It came in at #11 on the list. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Johns Hopkins take out is $25,664. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $290.

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#12

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for political science and government students. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Notre Dame take out is $19,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $197.

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#13

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best political science and government programs. Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Princeton.

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#14

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for political science and government students. It came in at #14 on the list. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

Political Science majors at Northwestern U take out an average of $14,900 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $155, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for political science and government students. It came in at #15 on the list. Williams is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Williamstown.

On average, political science graduates from Williams take out $13,344 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 $138.

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#16

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Political Science & Government Schools ranking. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Political Science majors at Cornell take out an average of $13,082 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $136, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Political Science & Government Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Georgetown take out is $39,686. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $453.

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#18

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Amherst College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best political science and government programs. Amherst is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Amherst.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Amherst take out is $12,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $125.

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#19

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Political Science & Government Schools ranking. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Brown take out is $15,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $156, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

Hamilton College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Political Science & Government Schools ranking. Hamilton is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Clinton.

While working on their degree, political science majors at Hamilton accumulate an average of around $18,125 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 $188.

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#21

Rice University

Houston, TX

With a ranking of #21, Rice University did quite well on this year’s best schools for political science and government students. Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#22

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

With a ranking of #22, Middlebury College did quite well on this year’s best schools for political science and government students. Middlebury is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Middlebury.

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#23

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for political science and government students. It came in at #23 on the list. Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Worcester.

After completing their degree, political science graduates from Holy Cross carry an average student debtload of $27,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#24

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Political Science & Government Schools ranking. Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Lewisburg.

While working on their degree, political science majors at Bucknell accumulate an average of around $25,000 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best political science and government programs. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Columbia take out is $25,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Political Science & Government Schools

#26

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#27

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#28

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#29

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#30

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH
#31

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
#32

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#33

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
#36

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
#38

Barnard College

New York, NY
#39

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
#40

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#41

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#42

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#43

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#44

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#45

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#46

Colby College

Waterville, ME
#48

Connecticut College

New London, CT
#49

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#50

New York University

New York, NY

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Political Science & Government Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 559 different United States political science and government schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
52 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
53 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
54 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
55 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
56 Northeastern University Boston, MA
57 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
58 Bates College Lewiston, ME
59 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
60 Providence College Providence, RI
61 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
62 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
63 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
64 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
65 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
66 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
67 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
68 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
69 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
70 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
71 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
72 American University Washington, DC
73 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
74 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
75 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
76 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
77 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
78 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
79 Boston University Boston, MA
80 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
81 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
82 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
83 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Political Science & Government students that almost earned our Best Political Science & Government Schools award.

Rank College Location
84 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
85 Furman University Greenville, SC
86 University of Delaware Newark, DE
87 Texas Lutheran University Seguin, TX
88 Rhodes College Memphis, TN
89 Creighton University Omaha, NE
90 Smith College Northampton, MA
91 Denison University Granville, OH
92 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
93 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
94 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
95 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
96 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
97 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
98 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
99 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
100 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
101 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
102 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
103 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
104 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
105 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
106 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
107 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
108 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
109 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
110 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
110 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO

Political Science & Government by Region

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

One of 13 majors within the area of study, political science and government has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 48,297
Sociology 37,611
General Social Sciences 19,694
International Relations & National Security 15,207
Anthropology 11,703

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 UKWiki at English Wikipedia.

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