Top Social Work Program for Social Life defines Social Life as: Accessibility to the social scene (meeting and making friends and/or dating).

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2015 student earning her graduate degree from Florida International University wrote: The best aspect of pursuing a degree in social work at Florida International University is the opportunity to be taught under well seasoned professionals. The educators here are experienced in the field and are always looking for enhancing opportunities for students. They are full of compassion and knowledge. The required internships makes the program a little rigorous; however, it provides students with the opportunity to excel in the practice.”

Students can continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

1 Florida International University 9.40
2 California State University Chico 9.29
3 The University of Alabama 9.25
4 University of Minnesota Twin Cities 8.88
5 Saint Louis University 8.75
6 California State University Northridge 8.70
7 California State University San Marcos 8.67
8 University of Kansas 8.64
9 New Mexico State University-Main Campus 8.63
10 University of Georgia 8.60
11 The University of Texas at Arlington 8.33
12 Florida Atlantic University 8.29
13 Texas State University 8.25
14 Baylor University 8.22
15 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 8.20
16 Washington University in St. Louis 8.17
17 Alabama A&M University 8.14
18 Springfield College 8.13
19 University of Southern California (USC) 8.12
20 Clark Atlanta University 8.05
21 Portland State University 8.03
22 George Mason University 8.00
23 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 7.95
24 CUNY Lehman College 7.94
25 California State University, Los Angeles 7.92

METHODOLOGY reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2015. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.