This list of the 15 top student-rated sociology programs is based on student and graduate reviews in a variety of areas, including quality of instruction and degree satisfaction. All schools on the list received ratings of 3.6 out of 5 or higher, and University of California-Irvine leads the pack with a rating of 4.66 out of 5. Kansas State University stands out as an affordable option, with yearly tuition averaging $9,157 for in-state students and $19,717 for students from out of state. All programs also offer varying degrees of financial aid and many offer teacher's assistant positions to offset the costs.
Students at University of Central Florida remarked on their skilled and helpful faculty. One commented, "The faculty is excellent and are always wanting to engage their students and offer any and all help possible." Another wrote, "I entered with a minimal background in sociology, but graduated with a strong sociological background that I am able to apply to my everyday work." This comprehensive list presents program facts and reviews alike to facilitate a holistic view of each program. Click on the links below to read what current and former students have to say about their experiences.
|Rank||College||Annual Tuition||2016 Student Rating|
|#1 University of California-Irvine||Annual Tuition $28,112||2016 Student Rating 4.66|
|#2 University of Central Florida||Annual Tuition $28,657||2016 Student Rating 4.56|
|#3 Northwestern University||Annual Tuition $49,064||2016 Student Rating 4.44|
|#4 Kansas State University||Annual Tuition $21,459||2016 Student Rating 4.37|
|#5 University of Delaware||Annual Tuition $30,924||2016 Student Rating 4.24|
|#6 The University of Texas at Austin||Annual Tuition $20,762||2016 Student Rating 4.22|
|#7 University of Maryland - College Park||Annual Tuition $26,054||2016 Student Rating 4.12|
|#8 Columbia University in the City of New York||Annual Tuition $44,176||2016 Student Rating 4.11|
|#9 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville||Annual Tuition $30,774||2016 Student Rating 4.11|
|#10 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Annual Tuition $28,285||2016 Student Rating 4.00|
|#11 The New School||Annual Tuition $41,250||2016 Student Rating 3.81|
|#12 University of Wisconsin - Madison||Annual Tuition $25,196||2016 Student Rating 3.81|
|#13 Brown University||Annual Tuition $49,146||2016 Student Rating 3.74|
|#14 Louisiana State University||Annual Tuition $28,208||2016 Student Rating 3.74|
|#15 University of Chicago||Annual Tuition $52,713||2016 Student Rating 3.61|
Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution.
Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2015-2016 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.