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Great Schools for Public Administration and Social Service Professions

Each of these schools outperforms the median for post-graduation salaries!

Best Public Administration Schools for your money

These universities have high retention rates and strong post-graduation income for students. Schools are sorted by average price pell grant recipients pay. In-state tuition is used for public universities. Click on the school name to see a full analysis.

  1. California State University-Dominguez Hills, California – $3,221
  2. California State University-Los Angeles, California – $3,996
  3. CUNY Lehman College, New York – $5,454
  4. California State University-Fresno, California – $5,874
  5. California State University-San Bernardino, California – $6,408
  6. CUNY Bernard M Baruch College, New York – $7,193
  7. CUNY Hunter College, New York – $7,887
  8. California State University-Fullerton, California – $8,311
  9. College of Staten Island CUNY, New York – $9,246
  10. California State University-Sacramento, California – $9,266
  11. University of North Georgia, Georgia – $9,362
  12. California State University-Long Beach, California – $9,733
  13. Princeton University, New Jersey – $10,256
  14. California State University-Monterey Bay, California – $10,925
  15. University of South Florida-Main Campus, Florida – $11,249
  16. Wayne State University, Michigan – $11,366
  17. Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix, Arizona – $11,581
  18. Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey – $12,360
  19. University of California-Riverside, California – $12,645
  20. University of Utah, Utah – $12,674
  21. Pomona College, California – $12,873
  22. University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Washington – $12,957
  23. University of North Florida, Florida – $13,100
  24. Appalachian State University, North Carolina – $13,171
  25. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina – $13,210
  26. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida – $13,212
  27. The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas – $13,343
  28. Florida International University, Florida – $13,398
  29. Stony Brook University, New York – $13,467
  30. Saint Peter’s University, New Jersey – $13,774
  31. University of Georgia, Georgia – $13,822
  32. California State University-Chico, California – $13,845
  33. Stanford University, California – $14,155
  34. University of Nevada-Reno, Nevada – $14,164
  35. University of Iowa, Iowa – $14,192
  36. Indiana University-Bloomington, Indiana – $14,303
  37. San Jose State University, California – $14,376
  38. Western Carolina University, North Carolina – $14,433
  39. Madonna University, Michigan – $14,458
  40. University of California-Berkeley, California – $14,468
  41. University of Mississippi, Mississippi – $14,494
  42. San Diego State University, California – $14,585
  43. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina – $14,665
  44. North Carolina State University at Raleigh, North Carolina – $14,682
  45. Georgia State University, Georgia – $14,773
  46. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan – $14,897
  47. Florida State University, Florida – $14,985
  48. SUNY College at Plattsburgh, New York – $14,991
  49. University of North Dakota, North Dakota – $15,045
  50. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wisconsin – $15,069
  51. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin – $15,093
  52. East Carolina University, North Carolina – $15,203
  53. SUNY College at Brockport, New York – $15,305
  54. University of Central Florida, Florida – $15,409
  55. Ball State University, Indiana – $15,521
  56. University of Oregon, Oregon – $15,619
  57. Goshen College, Indiana – $15,642
  58. University of Arkansas, Arkansas – $15,648
  59. Mississippi State University, Mississippi – $15,656
  60. University of Northern Iowa, Iowa – $15,666
  61. Rutgers University-Camden, New Jersey – $15,705
  62. University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nebraska – $15,768
  63. Western Washington University, Washington – $15,845
  64. University of Louisville, Kentucky – $15,968
  65. Fresno Pacific University, California – $16,020
  66. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wisconsin – $16,021
  67. University of Arizona, Arizona – $16,150
  68. Texas Tech University, Texas – $16,450
  69. University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama – $16,475
  70. Grand Valley State University, Michigan – $16,496
  71. Mississippi College, Mississippi – $16,660
  72. University of Delaware, Delaware – $16,736
  73. University of North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina – $16,793
  74. Freed-Hardeman University, Tennessee – $16,882
  75. SUNY at Albany, New York – $16,888
  76. St. Joseph’s College-New York, New York – $16,976
  77. Kansas State University, Kansas – $17,023
  78. Michigan State University, Michigan – $17,120
  79. University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri – $17,157
  80. Ohio State University-Main Campus, Ohio – $17,231
  81. University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus, Oklahoma – $17,288
  82. Loras College, Iowa – $17,540
  83. University of Kentucky, Kentucky – $17,617
  84. Towson University, Maryland – $17,628
  85. Harding University, Arkansas – $17,803
  86. University of Vermont, Vermont – $17,831
  87. Vanderbilt University, Tennessee – $17,929
  88. University of Kansas, Kansas – $18,234
  89. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois – $18,243
  90. Colorado State University-Fort Collins, Colorado – $18,318
  91. The University of Texas at Austin, Texas – $18,422
  92. Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion, Indiana – $18,773
  93. Salisbury University, Maryland – $18,887
  94. Niagara University, New York – $18,888
  95. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Tennessee – $19,076
  96. College of William and Mary, Virginia – $19,089
  97. University of South Carolina-Columbia, South Carolina – $19,095
  98. University of Virginia-Main Campus, Virginia – $19,177
  99. University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island – $19,216
  100. Stockton University, New Jersey – $19,233
  101. Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania – $19,239
  102. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin – $19,320
  103. George Mason University, Virginia – $19,479
  104. University of Chicago, Illinois – $19,510
  105. Cornerstone University, Michigan – $19,543
  106. Geneva College, Pennsylvania – $19,688
  107. St Mary’s College of Maryland, Maryland – $19,715
  108. University of La Verne, California – $19,863
  109. University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Maryland – $19,937
  110. Huntington University, Indiana – $20,021
  111. James Madison University, Virginia – $20,036
  112. Lewis University, Illinois – $20,117
  113. Rutgers University-New Brunswick, New Jersey – $20,166
  114. Andrews University, Michigan – $20,484
  115. Mercer University, Georgia – $20,704
  116. Cedarville University, Ohio – $20,743
  117. Longwood University, Virginia – $20,744
  118. Valparaiso University, Indiana – $20,871
  119. Illinois State University, Illinois – $20,969
  120. Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma – $21,001
  121. Ramapo College of New Jersey, New Jersey – $21,022
  122. Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia – $21,136
  123. Temple University, Pennsylvania – $21,335
  124. Centenary University, New Jersey – $21,402
  125. St Catherine University, Minnesota – $21,529
  126. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – $21,656
  127. The University of Alabama, Alabama – $21,676
  128. West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania – $21,690
  129. Montclair State University, New Jersey – $21,727
  130. Mercyhurst University, Pennsylvania – $21,847
  131. Trinity Christian College, Illinois – $21,850
  132. University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan – $21,872
  133. Gannon University, Pennsylvania – $21,929
  134. Auburn University, Alabama – $21,984
  135. The College of Saint Scholastica, Minnesota – $21,995
  136. University of Cincinnati-Main Campus, Ohio – $22,002
  137. Ohio University-Main Campus, Ohio – $22,058
  138. Marywood University, Pennsylvania – $22,061
  139. Millsaps College, Mississippi – $22,065
  140. Northwestern College, Iowa – $22,158
  141. Saint Edward’s University, Texas – $22,297
  142. Miami University-Oxford, Ohio – $22,307
  143. Concordia College at Moorhead, Minnesota – $22,379
  144. Dordt College, Iowa – $22,430
  145. Wartburg College, Iowa – $22,599
  146. Lipscomb University, Tennessee – $22,895
  147. Christopher Newport University, Virginia – $22,965
  148. College of Our Lady of the Elms, Massachusetts – $23,005
  149. Saint Mary’s College, Indiana – $23,016
  150. Georgian Court University, New Jersey – $23,208
  151. Gwynedd Mercy University, Pennsylvania – $23,598
  152. Rockhurst University, Missouri – $23,826
  153. Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania – $23,984
  154. Salve Regina University, Rhode Island – $24,026
  155. St Olaf College, Minnesota – $24,042
  156. Misericordia University, Pennsylvania – $24,095
  157. Calvin College, Michigan – $24,115
  158. Pacific Lutheran University, Washington – $24,136
  159. Regis University, Colorado – $24,204
  160. Taylor University, Indiana – $24,532
  161. Luther College, Iowa – $24,612
  162. Saint Francis University, Pennsylvania – $24,700
  163. Mills College, California – $24,848
  164. University of New Hampshire-Main Campus, New Hampshire – $24,879
  165. Saint Norbert College, Wisconsin – $24,898
  166. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, Maine – $24,992
  167. Hamilton College, New York – $25,074
  168. Fontbonne University, Missouri – $25,125
  169. Union University, Tennessee – $25,437
  170. Bethel University, Minnesota – $25,446
  171. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio – $25,815
  172. Juniata College, Pennsylvania – $25,880
  173. Hope College, Michigan – $25,938
  174. Messiah College, Pennsylvania – $26,096
  175. Siena College, New York – $26,137
  176. Bradley University, Illinois – $26,407
  177. Northwestern University, Illinois – $26,423
  178. Asbury University, Kentucky – $27,061
  179. Seton Hall University, New Jersey – $27,213
  180. Azusa Pacific University, California – $27,257
  181. George Fox University, Oregon – $27,281
  182. Xavier University, Ohio – $27,391
  183. Regis College, Massachusetts – $27,502
  184. Gordon College, Massachusetts – $27,517
  185. Simmons College, Massachusetts – $27,575
  186. Widener University, Pennsylvania – $27,792
  187. Molloy College, New York – $28,126
  188. Nazareth College, New York – $28,162
  189. Creighton University, Nebraska – $28,254
  190. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus, Pennsylvania – $28,261
  191. Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania – $28,383
  192. Northeastern University, Massachusetts – $28,565
  193. Brown University, Rhode Island – $28,629
  194. Samford University, Alabama – $29,026
  195. Skidmore College, New York – $29,042
  196. Lesley University, Massachusetts – $29,084
  197. Monmouth University, New Jersey – $29,086
  198. Adelphi University, New York – $29,128
  199. Saint Louis University, Missouri – $29,157
  200. University of St Thomas, Minnesota – $29,713
  201. Pacific University, Oregon – $30,035
  202. Dickinson College, Pennsylvania – $30,361
  203. Marquette University, Wisconsin – $30,382
  204. Cornell University, New York – $30,498
  205. Trinity College, Connecticut – $30,530
  206. Point Loma Nazarene University, California – $30,718
  207. Syracuse University, New York – $30,722
  208. University of Portland, Oregon – $31,063
  209. Brandeis University, Massachusetts – $31,078
  210. Hobart William Smith Colleges, New York – $32,355
  211. University of Scranton, Pennsylvania – $32,499
  212. Southern Methodist University, Texas – $32,882
  213. Seattle University, Washington – $33,170
  214. Baylor University, Texas – $33,477
  215. Duke University, North Carolina – $33,665
  216. Roger Williams University, Rhode Island – $33,720
  217. Loyola University Chicago, Illinois – $33,764
  218. Texas Christian University, Texas – $34,129
  219. Hampton University, Virginia – $34,173
  220. Bentley University, Massachusetts – $34,207
  221. Belmont University, Tennessee – $34,327
  222. Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. – $34,542
  223. Marist College, New York – $34,868
  224. Boston University, Massachusetts – $34,914
  225. George Washington University, Washington D.C. – $35,282
  226. Elon University, North Carolina – $35,619
  227. Fordham University, New York – $35,932
  228. Champlain College, Vermont – $36,409
  229. Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania – $36,613
  230. New York University, New York – $37,362
  231. Providence College, Rhode Island – $37,476
  232. Quinnipiac University, Connecticut – $37,626
  233. Sacred Heart University, Connecticut – $38,951

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