Social Policy Programs Comparison


Social policy primarily refers to guidelines, principles, legislation and activities that affect the living conditions conducive to human welfare. The Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics defines social policy as "an interdisciplinary and applied subject concerned with the analysis of societies' responses to social need. It seeks to foster in its students a capacity to understand theory and evidence drawn from a wide range of social science disciplines, including economics, sociology, psychology, geography, history, law, philosophy and political science. (read more at wiki) Here we introduce best colleges in the field of social policy where Harvard University is ranked top and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 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 policy colleges comparison page.

General Comparison

First, we compare the best social policy schools with general characteristics.
Table. Best Social Policy College Overview
RankNameLocationTypePopulation
1 Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 28,147
1 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Michigan Public, Four or more years 43,426
3 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wisconsin Public, Four or more years 42,269
4 University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 15,245
5 Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 7,975
6 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, California Public, Four or more years 35,893
7 Duke University Durham, North Carolina Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 15,386
8 New York University New York, New York Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 44,516
9 Brandeis University Waltham, Massachusetts Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 5,808
9 University of Southern California Los Angeles, California Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 39,958

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 Policy College Admission Comparison
Open AdmissionApplication FeeAcceptance Ratio
Harvard University No $ 75 5.8%
(5.9%/5.7%)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor No $ 65 36.6%
(34.0%/39.4%)
University of Wisconsin-Madison No $ 44 68.6%
(66.0%/71.1%)
University of Chicago No $ 75 13.2%
(13.7%/12.7%)
Princeton University No $ 65 7.9%
(7.7%/8.1%)
University of California-Berkeley No $ 70 21.6%
(20.6%/22.5%)
Duke University No $ 75 14.0%
(13.9%/14.0%)
New York University No $ 70 35.0%
(33.0%/36.4%)
Brandeis University No $ 55 39.1%
(43.8%/35.9%)
University of Southern California No $ 80 19.9%
(20.3%/19.6%)

Tuition Costs Comparison

Next, we compare the tuition and other costs at best Social Policy 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.

Table. Best Social Policy Schools Tuition Comparison
UndergraduateGraduate
In-StateOut-Of-StateIn-StateOut-Of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFees
Harvard University $ 37,576$ 3,290$ 37,576$ 3,290 $ 37,576$ 930$ 37,576$ 930
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor $ 13,625$ 194$ 40,302$ 194 $ 19,240$ 194$ 38,882$ 194
University of Wisconsin-Madison $ 9,273$ 1,105$ 25,523$ 1,105 $ 10,728$ 1,105$ 24,054$ 1,105
University of Chicago $ 43,581$ 993$ 43,581$ 993 $ 45,900$ 930$ 45,900$ 930
Princeton University $ 38,650$ 887$ 38,650$ 887 $ 38,650$ 1,850$ 38,650$ 1,850
University of California-Berkeley $ 11,220$ 1,654$ 34,098$ 1,654 $ 11,220$ 1,654$ 26,322$ 1,654
Duke University $ 42,308$ 1,315$ 42,308$ 1,315 $ 42,805$ 762$ 42,805$ 762
New York University $ 40,878$ 2,326$ 40,878$ 2,326 $ 34,488$ 2,332$ 34,488$ 2,332
Brandeis University $ 42,390$ 1,462$ 42,390$ 1,462 $ 42,094$ 70$ 42,094$ 70
University of Southern California $ 43,722$ 741$ 43,722$ 741 $ 35,352$ 2,148$ 35,352$ 2,148

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 Policy school.

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 Policy Schools - Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduate Student Financial Aids Comparison Table
Grants or ScholarshipStudent Loan
Number ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage AmountNumber ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage Amount
Harvard University 1,02262%$ 41,555 17711%$ 5,118
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 3,06949%$ 13,298 2,32437%$ 6,793
University of Wisconsin-Madison 3,42759%$ 5,446 2,36841%$ 6,843
University of Chicago 83759%$ 28,033 39328%$ 6,116
Princeton University 78160%$ 33,894 1098%$ 3,543
University of California-Berkeley 2,36053%$ 16,141 1,29429%$ 5,787
Duke University 97557%$ 33,191 50229%$ 4,878
New York University 2,72356%$ 20,084 2,19345%$ 8,359
Brandeis University 49758%$ 33,423 46955%$ 5,737
University of Southern California 1,81862%$ 30,256 1,77160%$ 6,100

Enrollment Comparison

This paragraph compares the number of students enrolled in best Social Policyschools. 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 Policy Schools Enrollment Comparison by School Level/Attendance Status
UndergraduateGraduate
TotalFull-timePart-time Full-timePart-time
Harvard University 28,1477,2333,331 13,1634,420
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 43,42627,046933 13,9201,527
University of Wisconsin-Madison 42,26928,1672,134 9,8672,101
University of Chicago 15,2455,55959 7,1612,466
Princeton University 7,9755,3270 2,6480
University of California-Berkeley 35,89325,018756 9,381738
Duke University 15,3866,63124 8,293438
New York University 44,51621,2471,251 13,7178,301
Brandeis University 5,8083,56325 1,776444
University of Southern California 39,95817,619697 17,2054,437

Graduation Rates Comparison

Next, we compare the graduation rate between best Social Policy 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 Policy Schools Graduation Rates By Gender
AverageMenWomen
Harvard University 96.96%
(1,628 / 1,679)
96.00%
(769 / 801)
97.84%
(859 / 878)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 90.68%
(4,857 / 5,356)
89.03%
(2,361 / 2,652)
92.31%
(2,496 / 2,704)
University of Wisconsin-Madison 81.80%
(4,608 / 5,633)
79.81%
(2,075 / 2,600)
83.51%
(2,533 / 3,033)
University of Chicago 91.97%
(1,157 / 1,258)
91.45%
(567 / 620)
92.48%
(590 / 638)
Princeton University 96.01%
(1,179 / 1,228)
95.09%
(620 / 652)
97.05%
(559 / 576)
University of California-Berkeley 90.68%
(3,777 / 4,165)
89.50%
(1,696 / 1,895)
91.67%
(2,081 / 2,270)
Duke University 94.53%
(1,591 / 1,683)
94.71%
(805 / 850)
94.36%
(786 / 833)
New York University 84.93%
(3,995 / 4,704)
85.07%
(1,539 / 1,809)
84.84%
(2,456 / 2,895)
Brandeis University 89.92%
(687 / 764)
89.66%
(312 / 348)
90.14%
(375 / 416)
University of Southern California 90.19%
(2,483 / 2,753)
89.12%
(1,180 / 1,324)
91.18%
(1,303 / 1,429)

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
Harvard University 14.3%14.3% 14.3%14.3% 14.3%
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 8.3%8.3% 8.3%8.3% 8.3%
University of Wisconsin-Madison 4.5%4.5% 4.5%4.5% 5.6%
University of Chicago 9.1%16.7% 16.7%16.7% 16.7%
Princeton University 20.0%16.7% 16.7%16.7% 16.7%
University of California-Berkeley 5.0%6.3% 6.3%5.9% 5.9%
Duke University 10.0%12.5% 12.5%14.3% 14.3%
New York University 9.1%9.1% 9.1%9.1% 10.0%
Brandeis University 9.1%11.1% 11.1%10.0% 10.0%
University of Southern California 9.1%11.1% 11.1%11.1% 11.1%
Once again, we note that the full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at social policy colleges comparison page.

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