Best Public Affairs Programs Comparison


Here we introduce best colleges in the field of public affairs where Syracuse University is ranked top and Indiana University-Bloomington 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 public affairs colleges comparison page.

General Comparison

First, we compare the best public affairs schools with general characteristics.
Table. Best Public Affairs College Overview
RankNameLocationTypePopulation
1 Syracuse University Syracuse, New York Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 21,029
2 Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington, Indiana Public, Four or more years 42,133
3 Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 28,147
4 University of Georgia Athens, Georgia Public, Four or more years 34,519
5 Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 7,975
6 New York University New York, New York Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 44,516
6 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, California Public, Four or more years 35,893
6 University of Southern California Los Angeles, California Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 39,958
9 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 11,978
9 University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas Public, Four or more years 27,135
9 University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, Washington Public, Four or more years 43,485

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 Public Affairs College Admission Comparison
Open AdmissionApplication FeeAcceptance Ratio
Syracuse University No $ 70 51.3%
(48.0%/54.1%)
Indiana University-Bloomington No $ 55 74.4%
(73.7%/75.0%)
Harvard University No $ 75 5.8%
(5.9%/5.7%)
University of Georgia No $ 60 63.0%
(59.1%/65.6%)
Princeton University No $ 65 7.9%
(7.7%/8.1%)
New York University No $ 70 35.0%
(33.0%/36.4%)
University of California-Berkeley No $ 70 21.6%
(20.6%/22.5%)
University of Southern California No $ 80 19.9%
(20.3%/19.6%)
Carnegie Mellon University No $ 70 27.8%
(23.8%/34.4%)
University of Kansas No $ 30 92.7%
(91.1%/94.1%)
University of Washington-Seattle Campus No $ 60 58.4%
(55.5%/60.9%)

Tuition Costs Comparison

Next, we compare the tuition and other costs at best Public Affairs 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 Public Affairs schools at Best Public Affairs schools tuition comparing page.
Table. Best Public Affairs Schools Tuition Comparison
UndergraduateGraduate
In-StateOut-Of-StateIn-StateOut-Of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFees
Syracuse University $ 37,610$ 1,394$ 37,610$ 1,394 $ 29,976$ 1,080$ 29,976$ 1,080
Indiana University-Bloomington $ 8,750$ 1,283$ 30,200$ 1,283 $ 7,726$ 1,283$ 22,512$ 1,283
Harvard University $ 37,576$ 3,290$ 37,576$ 3,290 $ 37,576$ 930$ 37,576$ 930
University of Georgia $ 7,646$ 2,196$ 25,856$ 2,196 $ 7,400$ 2,196$ 22,400$ 2,196
Princeton University $ 38,650$ 887$ 38,650$ 887 $ 38,650$ 1,850$ 38,650$ 1,850
New York University $ 40,878$ 2,326$ 40,878$ 2,326 $ 34,488$ 2,332$ 34,488$ 2,332
University of California-Berkeley $ 11,220$ 1,654$ 34,098$ 1,654 $ 11,220$ 1,654$ 26,322$ 1,654
University of Southern California $ 43,722$ 741$ 43,722$ 741 $ 35,352$ 2,148$ 35,352$ 2,148
Carnegie Mellon University $ 44,880$ 880$ 44,880$ 880 $ 37,950$ 664$ 37,950$ 664
University of Kansas $ 8,000$ 888$ 20,843$ 888 $ 7,915$ 888$ 18,517$ 888
University of Washington-Seattle Campus $ 11,305$ 1,078$ 28,860$ 1,078 $ 13,280$ 1,078$ 25,690$ 1,078

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 Public Affairs school. You can analyze and compare financial aids of the best Public Affairs schools with summary tables and charts. In Addition you can compare tuition and financial aids for the Public Affairs colleges at best Public Affairs 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 Public Affairs Schools - Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduate Student Financial Aids Comparison Table
Grants or ScholarshipStudent Loan
Number ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage AmountNumber ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage Amount
Syracuse University 2,37870%$ 25,371 2,03260%$ 8,583
Indiana University-Bloomington 3,78351%$ 10,950 2,86639%$ 7,127
Harvard University 1,02262%$ 41,555 17711%$ 5,118
University of Georgia 5,02292%$ 8,505 2,25541%$ 5,689
Princeton University 78160%$ 33,894 1098%$ 3,543
New York University 2,72356%$ 20,084 2,19345%$ 8,359
University of California-Berkeley 2,36053%$ 16,141 1,29429%$ 5,787
University of Southern California 1,81862%$ 30,256 1,77160%$ 6,100
Carnegie Mellon University 87361%$ 24,263 66847%$ 7,537
University of Kansas 2,08060%$ 6,635 1,65047%$ 6,267
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 2,03136%$ 14,178 1,79732%$ 5,527

Enrollment Comparison

This paragraph compares the number of students enrolled in best Public Affairsschools. 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 Public Affairs Schools Enrollment Comparison by School Level/Attendance Status
UndergraduateGraduate
TotalFull-timePart-time Full-timePart-time
Syracuse University 21,02914,169629 4,6341,597
Indiana University-Bloomington 42,13330,9491,422 6,3143,448
Harvard University 28,1477,2333,331 13,1634,420
University of Georgia 34,51924,4961,763 6,6031,657
Princeton University 7,9755,3270 2,6480
New York University 44,51621,2471,251 13,7178,301
University of California-Berkeley 35,89325,018756 9,381738
University of Southern California 39,95817,619697 17,2054,437
Carnegie Mellon University 11,9785,737184 5,159898
University of Kansas 27,13517,1302,039 5,9292,037
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 43,48526,2283,247 10,9493,061

Graduation Rates Comparison

Next, we compare the graduation rate between best Public Affairs 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 Public Affairs Schools Graduation Rates By Gender
AverageMenWomen
Syracuse University 81.67%
(2,487 / 3,045)
78.37%
(1,065 / 1,359)
84.34%
(1,422 / 1,686)
Indiana University-Bloomington 75.33%
(5,430 / 7,208)
73.75%
(2,458 / 3,333)
76.70%
(2,972 / 3,875)
Harvard University 96.96%
(1,628 / 1,679)
96.00%
(769 / 801)
97.84%
(859 / 878)
University of Georgia 82.51%
(4,174 / 5,059)
81.82%
(1,553 / 1,898)
82.92%
(2,621 / 3,161)
Princeton University 96.01%
(1,179 / 1,228)
95.09%
(620 / 652)
97.05%
(559 / 576)
New York University 84.93%
(3,995 / 4,704)
85.07%
(1,539 / 1,809)
84.84%
(2,456 / 2,895)
University of California-Berkeley 90.68%
(3,777 / 4,165)
89.50%
(1,696 / 1,895)
91.67%
(2,081 / 2,270)
University of Southern California 90.19%
(2,483 / 2,753)
89.12%
(1,180 / 1,324)
91.18%
(1,303 / 1,429)
Carnegie Mellon University 86.77%
(1,233 / 1,421)
84.81%
(737 / 869)
89.86%
(496 / 552)
University of Kansas 64.03%
(2,620 / 4,092)
61.05%
(1,221 / 2,000)
66.87%
(1,399 / 2,092)
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 80.81%
(4,270 / 5,284)
79.55%
(1,976 / 2,484)
81.93%
(2,294 / 2,800)

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
Syracuse University 6.7%6.7% 6.3%6.3% 6.3%
Indiana University-Bloomington 5.6%5.3% 5.3%5.3% 5.6%
Harvard University 14.3%14.3% 14.3%14.3% 14.3%
University of Georgia 5.6%5.6% 5.3%5.6% 5.6%
Princeton University 20.0%16.7% 16.7%16.7% 16.7%
New York University 9.1%9.1% 9.1%9.1% 10.0%
University of California-Berkeley 5.0%6.3% 6.3%5.9% 5.9%
University of Southern California 9.1%11.1% 11.1%11.1% 11.1%
Carnegie Mellon University 9.1%9.1% 8.3%8.3% 7.7%
University of Kansas 5.3%5.0% 5.0%5.3% 5.6%
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 5.9%9.1% 8.3%7.7% 6.7%
Once again, we note that the full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at public affairs colleges comparison page.

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