Best Social Work Programs Comparison


Social work is a professional and academic discipline that seeks to improve the quality of life and subjective well-being of individuals, groups, and communities through research, policy, community organizing, direct practice, crisis intervention, and teaching for the benefit of those affected by social disadvantages such as poverty, mental and physical illness or disability, and social injustice, including violations of their civil liberties and human rights. A person who practices social work and is either qualified or registered by the appropriate state regulator may call themselves a Social Worker.(read more at wiki) Here we introduce best colleges in the field of social work where University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is ranked top and Washington University in St Louis is positioned on second place.

We briefly compare those top colleges with various factors such as tuition, admission, graduation, enrolment, and more. The full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at social work colleges comparison page.

General Comparison

First, we compare the best social work schools with general characteristics.
Table. Best Social Work College Overview
RankNameLocationTypePopulation
1 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Michigan Public, Four or more years 43,426
1 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, Missouri Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 13,952
3 University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 15,245
3 University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, Washington Public, Four or more years 43,485
5 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, New York Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 26,471
5 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina Public, Four or more years 29,278
7 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, California Public, Four or more years 35,893
7 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas Public, Four or more years 52,186
9 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 10,026
10 Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 14,605

Admission and Acceptance Ratio Comparison

In this paragraph, we compare admission considerations between the best schools including applications fees, acceptance ratio, and application requirements.
Table. Best Social Work College Admission Comparison
Open AdmissionApplication FeeAcceptance Ratio
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor No $ 65 36.6%
(34.0%/39.4%)
Washington University in St Louis No $ 55 17.9%
(18.8%/17.1%)
University of Chicago No $ 75 13.2%
(13.7%/12.7%)
University of Washington-Seattle Campus No $ 60 58.4%
(55.5%/60.9%)
Columbia University in the City of New York No $ 80 6.9%
(7.8%/6.2%)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill No $ 80 33.0%
(34.9%/31.7%)
University of California-Berkeley No $ 70 21.6%
(20.6%/22.5%)
The University of Texas at Austin No $ 75 46.7%
(44.1%/49.1%)
Case Western Reserve University No $ 0 54.3%
(53.8%/54.9%)
Boston College No $ 70 28.8%
(30.8%/27.3%)

Tuition Costs Comparison

Next, we compare the tuition and other costs at best Social Work colleges. Tuition is an amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit. In-state tuition rate applies to students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements and out-of-tuition rate is for students who do not meet the ins-state residency requirements.

You can see more comprehensive tuition comparison between the best Social Work schools at Best Social Work schools tuition comparing page.
Table. Best Social Work Schools Tuition Comparison
UndergraduateGraduate
In-StateOut-Of-StateIn-StateOut-Of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFees
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor $ 13,625$ 194$ 40,302$ 194 $ 19,240$ 194$ 38,882$ 194
Washington University in St Louis $ 42,500$ 1,205$ 42,500$ 1,205 $ 42,500$ 780$ 42,500$ 780
University of Chicago $ 43,581$ 993$ 43,581$ 993 $ 45,900$ 930$ 45,900$ 930
University of Washington-Seattle Campus $ 11,305$ 1,078$ 28,860$ 1,078 $ 13,280$ 1,078$ 25,690$ 1,078
Columbia University in the City of New York $ 45,028$ 2,218$ 45,028$ 2,218 $ 36,688$ 1,692$ 36,688$ 1,692
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $ 5,823$ 1,870$ 26,575$ 1,870 $ 7,834$ 1,855$ 23,924$ 1,855
University of California-Berkeley $ 11,220$ 1,654$ 34,098$ 1,654 $ 11,220$ 1,654$ 26,322$ 1,654
The University of Texas at Austin $ 9,790$ 0$ 33,128$ 0 $ 10,918$ 0$ 20,790$ 0
Case Western Reserve University $ 40,120$ 370$ 40,120$ 370 $ 37,120$ 26$ 37,120$ 26
Boston College $ 43,140$ 738$ 43,140$ 738 $ 23,256$ 90$ 23,256$ 90

Grants, Scholarships, and Loans Comparison

This page contains comparison data on the number of full-time, first-time undergraduate students and all undergraduate students who receive different types of student financial aid, including grants and loans, from different sources at each best Social Work school. You can analyze and compare financial aids of the best Social Work schools with summary tables and charts. In Addition you can compare tuition and financial aids for the Social Work colleges at best Social Work school tuition comparing page.

Full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. First-time student is a student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. For full-time and first-time students, the financial aid reports include federal grants, Pell grants, other federal grants, state/local grants, grants from the institution, federal and non-federal student loans.
Table. Best Social Work Schools - Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduate Student Financial Aids Comparison Table
Grants or ScholarshipStudent Loan
Number ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage AmountNumber ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage Amount
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 3,06949%$ 13,298 2,32437%$ 6,793
Washington University in St Louis 71648%$ 26,173 34323%$ 6,013
University of Chicago 83759%$ 28,033 39328%$ 6,116
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 2,03136%$ 14,178 1,79732%$ 5,527
Columbia University in the City of New York 71251%$ 37,934 21916%$ 7,537
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1,88847%$ 12,583 1,26031%$ 5,712
University of California-Berkeley 2,36053%$ 16,141 1,29429%$ 5,787
The University of Texas at Austin 3,54150%$ 8,668 3,01843%$ 5,957
Case Western Reserve University 72280%$ 26,136 56563%$ 6,727
Boston College 97543%$ 31,755 98743%$ 4,608

Enrollment Comparison

This paragraph compares the number of students enrolled in best Social Workschools. Next table counts total students headcount by school level and attendance status. Undergraduate full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. For graduate students, it includes students enrolled for 9 or more semester credits, or 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full time by the institution.

Undergraduate part-time student is a student enrolled for either less than 12 semester or quarter credits, or less than 24 contact hours a week each term. For graduate schools, students enrolled for less than 9 semester or quarter credits are included in this table.
Table. Best Social Work Schools Enrollment Comparison by School Level/Attendance Status
UndergraduateGraduate
TotalFull-timePart-time Full-timePart-time
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 43,42627,046933 13,9201,527
Washington University in St Louis 13,9526,455804 5,5101,183
University of Chicago 15,2455,55959 7,1612,466
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 43,48526,2283,247 10,9493,061
Columbia University in the City of New York 26,4717,236578 14,8613,796
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 29,27817,562941 6,9363,839
University of California-Berkeley 35,89325,018756 9,381738
The University of Texas at Austin 52,18637,0832,872 10,9071,324
Case Western Reserve University 10,0264,260126 4,6161,024
Boston College 14,6059,533304 3,5821,186

Graduation Rates Comparison

Next, we compare the graduation rate between best Social Work schools. The graduation Rate is calculated as the total number of completers within 150% of normal time divided by the revised cohort minus any allowable exclusions. For example, 6 years rate is applied for 4 year schools. For detail information of your desired school, follow links on the school name.

Next table shows the graduation rate by gender. the numbers in parenthesis means completers over total cohort.
Table. Best Social Work Schools Graduation Rates By Gender
AverageMenWomen
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 90.68%
(4,857 / 5,356)
89.03%
(2,361 / 2,652)
92.31%
(2,496 / 2,704)
Washington University in St Louis 94.02%
(1,369 / 1,456)
92.32%
(685 / 742)
95.80%
(684 / 714)
University of Chicago 91.97%
(1,157 / 1,258)
91.45%
(567 / 620)
92.48%
(590 / 638)
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 80.81%
(4,270 / 5,284)
79.55%
(1,976 / 2,484)
81.93%
(2,294 / 2,800)
Columbia University in the City of New York 95.05%
(1,286 / 1,353)
94.77%
(670 / 707)
95.36%
(616 / 646)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 89.36%
(3,392 / 3,796)
87.70%
(1,333 / 1,520)
90.47%
(2,059 / 2,276)
University of California-Berkeley 90.68%
(3,777 / 4,165)
89.50%
(1,696 / 1,895)
91.67%
(2,081 / 2,270)
The University of Texas at Austin 78.67%
(5,797 / 7,369)
75.69%
(2,544 / 3,361)
81.16%
(3,253 / 4,008)
Case Western Reserve University 78.13%
(793 / 1,015)
75.61%
(434 / 574)
81.41%
(359 / 441)
Boston College 92.19%
(2,078 / 2,254)
90.61%
(965 / 1,065)
93.61%
(1,113 / 1,189)

Student To Fauclty Ratio Comparison

Student-to-faculty ratio is defined as total students not in graduate or professional programs divided by total instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is applicable only to institutions with undergraduate students. Next two tables compare the student-to-faculty ratio between best schools. For detail information of each school, follow the link on the school name. The ratio is calculated by dividing total number of students by total numbers of faculty. (for example, the ratio is 11.9 % for 131 students and 11 faculty members)
Table. Student to Faculty Ratio
20092010201120122013
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 8.3%8.3% 8.3%8.3% 8.3%
Washington University in St Louis 12.5%14.3% 14.3%14.3% 14.3%
University of Chicago 9.1%16.7% 16.7%16.7% 16.7%
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 5.9%9.1% 8.3%7.7% 6.7%
Columbia University in the City of New York 16.7%16.7% 16.7%16.7% 16.7%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 7.1%7.1% 7.1%7.1% 7.1%
University of California-Berkeley 5.0%6.3% 6.3%5.9% 5.9%
The University of Texas at Austin 5.6%5.9% 5.6%5.6% 5.6%
Case Western Reserve University 8.3%11.1% 11.1%11.1% 10.0%
Boston College 7.1%7.1% 6.3%6.3% 6.7%
Once again, we note that the full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at social work colleges comparison page.

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