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2023 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools

479 Colleges in the United States
36,233 Bachelor's Degrees
Public Administration & Social Service isn't the most popular bachelor's program in the world, but it's not the least popular either. To be more precise it ranks #16 in popularity out of 38 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

College Factual looked at 479 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 36,233 bachelor's degrees in public administration and social service during the 2020-2021 academic year.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Public Administration & Social Service School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools Your choice of public administration and social service for getting your bachelor's degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

The overall quality of a bachelor's degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their bachelor's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. After all, your bachelor's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on public administration and social service students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of public administration and social service students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How much debt public administration and social service students go into to obtain their bachelor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized public administration and social service related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for public administration and social service students working on their bachelor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The public administration and social service school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Public Administration & Social Service in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in public administration and social service. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Public Administration & Social Service

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
190 Annual Graduates

Any student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in public administration and social service has to take a look at Duke University. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from Duke University

#2

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
105 Annual Graduates

University of Chicago is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in public administration and social service. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from University of Chicago

#3

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
73 Annual Graduates

Any student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in public administration and social service needs to check out Cornell University. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from Cornell University

#4

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
123 Annual Graduates

Princeton University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in public administration and social service. Located in the city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from Princeton University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
79 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from University of California - Berkeley

#6

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
113 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from Northwestern University

#7

Brown University

Providence, RI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
68 Annual Graduates

Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Providence.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from Brown University

#8

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
27 Annual Graduates

UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from University of Pennsylvania

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
82 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
186 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
33 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from University of Southern California

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
42 Annual Graduates

UW Seattle is a very large public university located in the city of Seattle.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from University of Washington - Seattle Campus

#13

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
113 Annual Graduates

Brandeis is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Waltham.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from Brandeis University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
89 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from University of Maryland - College Park

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
589 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Bloomington, IU Bloomington is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from Indiana University - Bloomington

#16

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
35 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Hartford, Trinity Bantams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from Trinity College

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
68 Annual Graduates

UIUC is a very large public university located in the small city of Champaign.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#18

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
41 Annual Graduates

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from New York University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
79 Annual Graduates

UT Austin is a very large public university located in the large city of Austin.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from The University of Texas at Austin

#20

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
130 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from University of Utah

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
67 Annual Graduates

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the city of Madison.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from University of Wisconsin - Madison

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
56 Annual Graduates

St. Scholastica is a small private not-for-profit college located in the small city of Duluth.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from The College of Saint Scholastica

#23

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
52 Annual Graduates

TCU is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Fort Worth.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from Texas Christian University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
98 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from Colorado State University - Fort Collins

#25

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
136 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in public administration and social service from Syracuse University

Rest of the Top Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools

#25

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#26

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#27

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#30

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#31

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

#32

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

#33

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#35

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ
#36

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#39

Aurora University

Aurora, IL

#41

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

#42

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#43

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#47

Seattle University

Seattle, WA
#48

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 479 different United States public administration and social service schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
51 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
52 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
53 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
54 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
55 University of Georgia Athens, GA
56 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
57 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
58 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
59 Augsburg University Minneapolis, MN
60 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
61 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
62 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
63 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
64 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
65 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
66 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
67 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
68 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
69 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
70 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
71 Winona State University Winona, MN

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Public Administration & Social Service students that almost earned our Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
72 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
73 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
74 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
75 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
76 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
77 Ball State University Muncie, IN
78 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
79 Florida International University Miami, FL
80 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
81 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
82 Towson University Towson, MD
83 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
84 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
85 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
86 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
87 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
88 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
89 Baylor University Waco, TX
90 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
91 Auburn University Auburn, AL
92 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
93 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
94 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
95 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC

Public Administration & Social Service by Region

View the Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

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

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Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 22,221
Human Services 6,292
Public Administration 3,076
Public Policy 2,603
Community Organization & Advocacy 1,884
Other Public Administration 157

Majors Similar to Public Administration & Social Service

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 60,668
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 55,115
Legal Professions 4,961
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 1,560

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 University of the Fraser Valley. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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