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2021 Best Sociology Schools

524 Colleges
$29,727 Avg Salary
$23,622 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Sociology School for You

Sociology is the #32 most popular major in the country with 37,611 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Sociology Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 524 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Sociology Schools in the United States

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

Top 25 Top Schools in Sociology

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our analysis found Stanford University to be the best school for sociology students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#2

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Pomona College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Sociology Schools list. Pomona is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Claremont.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Harvard University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Sociology Schools list. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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#4

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Out of the 524 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Yale University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Yale is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Haven.

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#5

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Dartmouth College is a great place for sociology students. Dartmouth is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Hanover.

On average, sociology graduates from Dartmouth take out $15,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $156, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Sociology Schools list. Located in the city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#7

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Sociology Schools ranking. Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

After completing their degree, sociology graduates from Duke carry an average student debtload of $13,945. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $145, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best sociology programs. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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#9

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Bowdoin College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Sociology Schools ranking. Bowdoin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Brunswick.

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#10

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

With a ranking of #10, Cornell University did quite well on this year’s best schools for sociology students. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca.

The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at Cornell take out is $11,312. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $117.

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#11

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Sociology Schools ranking. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hamilton.

On average, sociology graduates from Colgate take out $14,500 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $150.

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#12

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Sociology Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#13

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

With a ranking of #13, University of Notre Dame did quite well on this year’s best schools for sociology students. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

On average, sociology graduates from Notre Dame take out $21,750 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $226.

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#14

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Sociology Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

On average, sociology graduates from Northwestern U take out $15,957 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 $166.

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#15

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Sociology Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at Boston College take out is $15,500. 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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#16

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #16, Vanderbilt University did quite well on this year’s best schools for sociology students. Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

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#17

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 sociology students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

While working on their degree, sociology majors at Holy Cross 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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#18

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

With a ranking of #18, Johns Hopkins University did quite well on this year’s best schools for sociology students. Located in the city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#19

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Sociology Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#20

Barnard College

New York, NY

With a ranking of #20, Barnard College did quite well on this year’s best schools for sociology students. Located in the city of New York, Barnard is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Columbia University in the City of New York came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Sociology Schools ranking. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

On average, sociology graduates from Columbia take out $23,000 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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#22

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago ranked #22 on this year’s Best Sociology Schools list. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#23

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

With a ranking of #23, Amherst College did quite well on this year’s best schools for sociology students. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, Amherst is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#24

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College ranked #24 on this year’s Best Sociology Schools list. Located in the town of Middlebury, Middlebury is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#25

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

With a ranking of #25, Brandman University did quite well on this year’s best schools for sociology students. Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Irvine.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Sociology Schools

#26

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY
#27

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#28

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#30

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH
#31

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#32

Connecticut College

New London, CT
#33

Rice University

Houston, TX
#34

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#35

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#36

Boston University

Boston, MA
#38

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#39

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
#40

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#42

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#43

New York University

New York, NY
#45

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#46

Providence College

Providence, RI
#47

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
#48

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#49

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#50

Bates College

Lewiston, ME

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Sociology Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 524 different United States sociology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Florida-Online Gainesville, FL
52 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
53 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
54 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, TX
55 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
56 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
57 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
58 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
59 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
60 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
61 Villanova University Villanova, PA
62 Colby College Waterville, ME
63 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
64 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
65 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
66 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
67 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
68 Iowa State University Ames, IA
69 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
70 George Washington University Washington, DC
71 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
72 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
73 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
74 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
75 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
76 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
77 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
78 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI

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 Sociology Schools award.

Rank College Location
79 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
79 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
81 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
82 American University Washington, DC
83 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
84 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
85 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
86 Texas Lutheran University Seguin, TX
87 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
88 Albertus Magnus College New Haven, CT
89 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
90 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
91 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
92 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
93 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
94 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
95 Mount St Mary’s University Emmitsburg, MD
96 Creighton University Omaha, NE
97 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
98 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
99 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
100 Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA
101 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
102 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
103 Stonehill College Easton, MA
104 McKendree University Lebanon, IL

Sociology by Region

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

Sociology is one of 13 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 48,297
Political Science & Government 47,035
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 Kontos.

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