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2021 Best Value Sociology Bachelor's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

517 Colleges
$12,183 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$29,664 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Sociology Bachelor's Degree 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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Value Sociology Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 517 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best value experiences for sociology students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Sociology Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Bachelor's in Sociology

Our 2021 rankings named Brigham Young University - Idaho the best value school in the United States for sociology students working on their bachelor’s degree. BYU - I is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the town of Rexburg.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU - I are $4,208 a year. The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at BYU - I take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $12,827. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $120.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best value sociology schools in the United States. UT Permian Basin is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Odessa.

UT Permian Basin undergraduate students pay an average of $7,566 in tuition and fees each year. Sociology majors at UT Permian Basin take out an average of $16,824 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $176.

UT Permian Basin also claimed a spot on our Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Brigham Young University - Provo is a great value for sociology students working on their bachelor’s degree. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BYU are $5,790 per year. On average, sociology graduates from BYU take out $14,452 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 $119.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at American Public University System helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best value sociology schools in the United States. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at American Military University are $7,324 per year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, sociology majors at American Military University accumulate an average of around $28,326 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $269, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, American Military University also did well on our Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#5

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Brandman University is a great value for sociology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Brandman is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Irvine.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Brandman are $12,440 per year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, sociology graduates from Brandman carry an average student debtload of $26,921. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #6, University of North Carolina at Pembroke did quite well on this year’s best value schools for sociology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the town of Pembroke, UNC Pembroke is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

UNC Pembroke undergraduate students pay an average of $7,490 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at UNC Pembroke take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $23,431. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $235.

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South Dakota State University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree sociology programs. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Brookings.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at South Dakota State are $12,589 per year. The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at South Dakota State take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $24,308. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $240, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

South Dakota State excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list.

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With a ranking of #8, University of Wisconsin - River Falls did quite well on this year’s best value schools for sociology students working on their bachelor’s degree. UW - River Falls is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of River Falls.

UW - River Falls undergraduate students pay an average of $15,610 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, sociology graduates from UW - River Falls carry an average student debtload of $21,760. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $258.

UW - River Falls also claimed a spot on our Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#9

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for sociology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the large city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at National University are $13,320 a year. On average, sociology graduates from National University take out $28,064 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $289, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

National University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list.

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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

With a ranking of #10, Western Carolina University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for sociology students working on their bachelor’s degree. WCU is a fairly large public school located in the town of Cullowhee.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at WCU are $8,277 per year. Sociology majors at WCU take out an average of $22,626 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $241, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Florida-Online

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida-Online came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Gainesville, UF Online is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UF Online are $16,580 a year. The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at UF Online take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $17,030. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $161.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UF Online also is in the top 15% of our Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking.

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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the town of Whitewater, UW - Whitewater is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UW - Whitewater are $16,416 a year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, sociology majors at UW - Whitewater accumulate an average of around $25,450 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $265.

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Mansfield University of Pennsylvania did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for sociology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Mansfield University is a small public school located in the town of Mansfield.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Mansfield University are $13,162 per year.

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University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree sociology programs. Located in the town of Stevens Point, UW - Stevens Point is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UW - Stevens Point are $16,974 a year. Sociology majors at UW - Stevens Point take out an average of $21,812 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 $233.

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Ashford University

San Diego, CA

Ashford University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of San Diego, Ashford University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Ashford University are $12,400 per year. The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at Ashford University take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $41,098. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $467.

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Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Columbia College Missouri is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Columbia.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Columbia College Missouri are $10,912 a year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, sociology graduates from Columbia College Missouri carry an average student debtload of $28,194. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $279.

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Western Illinois University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree sociology programs. WIU is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Macomb.

WIU undergraduate students pay an average of $12,940 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at WIU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $30,981. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $322, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, TX

MSU Texas landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree sociology programs. MSU Texas is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Wichita Falls.

MSU Texas undergraduate students pay an average of $11,329 in tuition and fees each year. On average, sociology graduates from MSU Texas take out $22,932 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $256.

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With a ranking of #19, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville did quite well on this year’s best value schools for sociology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SIUE are $11,265 per year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, sociology majors at SIUE accumulate an average of around $27,871 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for sociology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. EIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Charleston.

EIU undergraduate students pay an average of $13,974 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, sociology majors at EIU accumulate an average of around $24,237 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $249, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

SUNY Cortland ranked #21 on this year’s Best Value Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of Cortland, SUNY Cortland is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

SUNY Cortland undergraduate students pay an average of $18,716 in tuition and fees each year. Sociology majors at SUNY Cortland take out an average of $20,671 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 $221.

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With a ranking of #22, Minnesota State University - Mankato did quite well on this year’s best value schools for sociology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Minnesota State Mankato is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Mankato.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Minnesota State Mankato are $16,730 a year. Sociology majors at Minnesota State Mankato take out an average of $25,786 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $274.

Minnesota State Mankato also claimed a spot on our Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#23

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

Bellevue University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Bellevue, Bellevue University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Bellevue University are $7,851 per year.

Bellevue University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list.

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Fort Hays State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for sociology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. FHSU is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Hays.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at FHSU are $15,360 per year. Sociology majors at FHSU take out an average of $24,864 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $275, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Lehman College

Bronx, NY

Lehman College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Lehman is a large public school located in the city of Bronx.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Lehman are $15,360 per year. Sociology majors at Lehman take out an average of $11,943 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 $90.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Sociology Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA
#28

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY
#28

McNeese State University

Lake Charles, LA
#31

Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, WV
#32

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
#33

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#38

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
#41

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA
#43

York College

Jamaica, NY
#44

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#45

Framingham State University

Framingham, MA
#47

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX
#48

Hunter College

New York, NY

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Value Sociology Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 517 different United States sociology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
51 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
53 Iowa State University Ames, IA
54 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
54 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
56 University of Houston Houston, TX
56 The City College of New York New York, NY
58 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
58 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
58 University of Wisconsin - Parkside Kenosha, WI
58 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
58 Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, PA
63 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
64 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
64 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
66 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
66 Winona State University Winona, MN
68 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
69 Columbus State University Columbus, GA
70 Queens College Queens, NY
71 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
72 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
73 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
73 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
73 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
73 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
77 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
77 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great value schools for Sociology students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Sociology Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
79 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
80 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
80 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
80 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
83 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
83 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
85 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
85 Bowie State University Bowie, MD
87 Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC
88 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
88 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
90 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
91 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
91 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
91 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams, MA
94 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
95 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
96 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
97 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
97 Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, TX
99 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
100 Illinois State University Normal, IL
100 John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY
100 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
100 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK

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.

  • 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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