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2021 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans

515 Colleges
59,773 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,506 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools for Vets

Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for VeteransHomeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting is the #11 most popular major in the country with 59,773 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2019-2020.

For this year's Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans ranking, we looked at 515 colleges that offer a bachelor's in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting programs as well as strong veteran support.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools for Veterans ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools for Veterans in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools

Union Institute & University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Union is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population. Union also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 35 of the 809 students enrolled at Union were GI Bill® students, of which 28 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,826. To help with additional expenses, 1 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of New Haven

West Haven, CT

University of New Haven earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of New Haven is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of West Haven. University of New Haven not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

Of the 6,961 students enrolled at University of New Haven, 341 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 246 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $18,346. During this same period, 95 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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John Jay College of Criminal Justice comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of New York, John Jay is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, John Jay has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

According to our most recent data, John Jay supports 15,766 students, and 528 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 409 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,776. John Jay does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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American Public University System comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, American Military University also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

Among the 50,047 students enrolled at American Military University, 17,648 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 15,614 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $3,733. On top of their other funding sources, 10 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#5

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the fringe town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit college with a large student population. Columbia Southern University also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, Columbia Southern University supports 18,533 students, and 4,570 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 3,438 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $3,177. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Bethel University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Bethel is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of McKenzie. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Bethel also did well on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 374 of the 4,001 students enrolled at Bethel were GI Bill® students, of which 318 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,727. Bethel does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Central Christian College of Kansas earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Central Christian College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of McPherson. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Central Christian College also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

Of the 629 students enrolled at Central Christian College, 60 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 56 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,285. In addition to receiving other benefits, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Hilbert College

Hamburg, NY

Hilbert College comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Hilbert College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hamburg. Hilbert College excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

Of the 801 students enrolled at Hilbert College, 45 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 26 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,833. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Neumann University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Located in the large suburb of Aston, Neumann is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Neumann is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

Among the 2,506 students enrolled at Neumann, 41 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,603. To help with additional expenses, 1 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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George Mason University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a very large student population. GMU also made our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list, coming in at #3.

Our most recent data shows that 2,265 of the 38,541 students enrolled at GMU were GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,143. During this same period, 44 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Located in the suburb of Hazleton, Penn State Hazleton is a public college with a student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Penn State Hazleton has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,306. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Eastern Kentucky University. Eastern is a fairly large public school located in the town of Richmond. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Eastern also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

According to our most recent data, Eastern supports 14,465 students, and 919 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 551 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,467. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#13

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Our most recent data shows that 4,555 of the 18,070 students enrolled at National University were GI Bill® students, of which 4,032 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,141. In addition to receiving other benefits, 19 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#14

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Excelsior College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

Of the 21,974 students enrolled at Excelsior College, 2,826 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,792. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Western Illinois University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. WIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Macomb. WIU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

Our most recent data shows that 389 of the 7,490 students enrolled at WIU were GI Bill® students, of which 117 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,241. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNOMAHA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Omaha. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UNOMAHA also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

According to our most recent data, UNOMAHA supports 15,892 students, and 968 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 572 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,468. On top of their other funding sources, 67 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Sam Houston State University earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. SHSU is a very large public school located in the distant town of Huntsville. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, SHSU is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

According to our most recent data, SHSU supports 21,912 students, and 1,026 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 648 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,792. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

The #18 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Saint Leo University. St. Leo University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Saint Leo. St. Leo University excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

Of the 9,832 students enrolled at St. Leo University, 756 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 593 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,438. To help with additional expenses, 16 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. St. Leo University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Tiffin University

Tiffin, OH

Tiffin University comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Tiffin, Tiffin University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Our most recent data shows that 108 of the 2,933 students enrolled at Tiffin University were GI Bill® students, of which 77 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,699. During this same period, 6 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Tiffin University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#20

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Fort Lauderdale, Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Among the 20,330 students enrolled at Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale, 1,065 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 806 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,949. In addition to receiving other benefits, 203 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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New Jersey City University

Jersey City, NJ

New Jersey City University landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. NJCU is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Jersey City. NJCU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list.

Our most recent data shows that 156 of the 7,550 students enrolled at NJCU were GI Bill® students, of which 100 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,982. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Virginia Commonwealth University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools. Located in the city of Richmond, VCU is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at VCU, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking.

According to our most recent data, VCU supports 29,070 students, and 1,464 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 977 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,871. During this same period, 4 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. VCU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville State University earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. Fayetteville State University is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of Fayetteville.

Our most recent data shows that 1,172 of the 6,726 students enrolled at Fayetteville State University were GI Bill® students, of which 566 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,052. During this same period, 1 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Phoenix - Arizona as the #24 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Among the 89,763 students enrolled at UOPX - Arizona, 13,284 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 11,869 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,593. To help with additional expenses, 28 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. UOPX - Arizona does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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SUNY Canton

Canton, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Canton as the #25 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Canton, SUNY Canton is a public college with a small student population.

Our most recent data shows that 155 of the 3,135 students enrolled at SUNY Canton were GI Bill® students, of which 126 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,253. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans

#30

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#31

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, MI
#32

University of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

#33

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

#38

Utica College

Utica, NY

#42

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

#43

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL
#49

Norwich University

Northfield, VT

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 515 different United States homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Monroe College Bronx, NY
52 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
53 Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
54 Franklin University Columbus, OH
55 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
56 American University of Puerto Rico Bayamon, PR
57 Columbia College Columbia, MO
58 Oakland City University Oakland City, IN
59 Methodist University Fayetteville, NC
60 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
61 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
62 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
63 Curry College Milton, MA
64 Champlain College Burlington, VT
65 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
66 Point Park University Pittsburgh, PA
67 Northeastern University Boston, MA
68 Troy University Troy, AL
69 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
70 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
71 Washington State University Pullman, WA
72 Savannah State University Savannah, GA
73 American University Washington, DC
74 American InterContinental University - Online Schaumburg, IL
75 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
76 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
77 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA

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 Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans award.

Rank College Location
78 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
79 Madonna University Livonia, MI
80 Florida International University Miami, FL
81 Post University Waterbury, CT
82 Bay State College Boston, MA
83 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
84 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
85 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
86 George Washington University Washington, DC
87 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
88 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
89 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
90 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
91 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
92 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
93 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
94 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
95 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
96 North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
97 Pennsylvania State University - Schuylkill Schuylkill Haven, PA
98 Chicago State University Chicago, IL
99 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
100 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
101 St. Joseph’s College - New York Brooklyn, NY
102 Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX
103 Herzing University - Atlanta Atlanta, GA

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Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 51,953
Security Science and Technology 2,927
Homeland Security 2,530
Fire Protection 1,552
Other Homeland Security 811

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 54,605
Public Administration & Social Service 35,792
Legal Professions 4,637
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 1,180

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Barry Bahler.

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