Best colleges Criminal Justice

Best schools for criminal justice

Three years after completing their degree, criminal justice bachelor graduates earn a weighted average salary of $40,192, which is 13.4% below the national average for all bachelor students from the same graduation year.

Our criminal justice rankings cover 536 of the 598 programs available, accounting for 94.7% of total conferrals.

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#1 in Criminal Justice

Union Institute & University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Economic score: 0.40

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $16,585

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under a year

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $112,913

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $64,514

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: N/A
Graduation rate: 72%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#2 in Criminal Justice | #5 in Social Sciences

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

New York, New York

Economic score: 0.57

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $2,532

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under 6 months

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $47,878

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $7,812

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 38%
Graduation rate: 54%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#3 in Criminal Justice | #35 in Social Sciences

California State University-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 0.93

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $2,768

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under a year

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $43,754

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $6,925

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 77%
Graduation rate: 65%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#4 in Criminal Justice

Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Economic score: 1.12

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $2,350

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under a year

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $34,299

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $7,772

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 75%
Graduation rate: 46%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#5 in Criminal Justice

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama

Economic score: 1.43

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $10,368

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.8 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $53,541

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,178

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: N/A
Graduation rate: 47%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#6 in Criminal Justice | #44 in Social Sciences

California State University-Dominguez Hills

Carson, California

Economic score: 1.54

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $4,215

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $42,556

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $8,123

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 82%
Graduation rate: 64%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#7 in Criminal Justice

Oakland City University

Oakland City, Indiana

Economic score: 1.64

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $11,894

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $54,725

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,080

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 64%
Graduation rate: 71%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#8 in Criminal Justice | #89 in Social Sciences

California State University-Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California

Economic score: 1.75

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $5,318

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.5 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $43,480

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $7,199

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 79%
Graduation rate: 57%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#9 in Criminal Justice | #120 in Social Sciences

California State University-Stanislaus

Turlock, California

Economic score: 1.93

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $6,019

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.7 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $43,440

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $7,239

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 90%
Graduation rate: 70%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#10 in Criminal Justice

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Economic score: 1.96

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $12,398

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $48,561

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $4,515

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 70%
Graduation rate: 70%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#11 in Criminal Justice

Siena Heights University

Adrian, Michigan

Economic score: 1.96

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $21,249

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $57,880

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,834

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 75%
Graduation rate: 70%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#12 in Criminal Justice | #92 in Social Sciences

California State University-Sacramento

Sacramento, California

Economic score: 2.22

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $9,979

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $49,278

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,401

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 84%
Graduation rate: 68%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#13 in Criminal Justice | #252 in Social Sciences

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, Texas

Economic score: 2.30

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $4,514

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.9 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $36,810

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $8,137

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 83%
Graduation rate: 60%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#14 in Criminal Justice | #103 in Social Sciences

Florida International University

Miami, Florida

Economic score: 2.30

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $7,296

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.1 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $39,869

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $4,852

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 58%
Graduation rate: 66%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#15 in Criminal Justice

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan

Economic score: 2.30

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $12,889

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.4 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $46,413

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $2,367

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 83%
Graduation rate: 58%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#16 in Criminal Justice | #78 in Social Sciences

Texas A & M International University

Laredo, Texas

Economic score: 2.35

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $3,074

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.7 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $33,136

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $11,811

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 59%
Graduation rate: 53%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#17 in Criminal Justice | #87 in Social Sciences

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

Economic score: 2.37

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $13,649

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $45,543

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $3,650

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 49%
Graduation rate: 85%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#18 in Criminal Justice | #48 in Social Sciences

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Economic score: 2.39

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $9,789

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $41,367

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,354

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 33%
Graduation rate: 81%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#19 in Criminal Justice | #155 in Social Sciences

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Economic score: 2.51

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $9,606

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $41,416

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,305

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 80%
Graduation rate: 64%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#20 in Criminal Justice | #145 in Social Sciences

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Economic score: 2.53

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $7,406

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $38,646

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $6,075

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 58%
Graduation rate: 52%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

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