Top Social Work Schools According to Student Reviews

Students seeking degrees in social work need to look no further for advice about where to go to grad school this fall. Graduate Programs, the online guide to graduate schools for prospective graduate students, today released its rankings of the Top 25 Top Social Work Schools according to student ratings and reviews posted on Graduateprograms.com. The rankings are based solely on surveys submitted by 1,500 students from more than 130 accredited social work programs across the United States.

1 New York University
Silver School of Social Work
8.9
2 Case Western Reserve University
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
8.8
3 University of Louisville
Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work
8.67
4 University of Wisconsin-Madison
The School of Social Work
8.66
5 University of California-Berkeley
School of Social Welfare
8.63
6 University of Southern California
School of Social Work
8.63
7 Boston University
School of Social Work
8.52
8 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Social Work
8.216
9 University of Maryland
School of Social Work
8.196
10 Michigan State University
The School of Social Work
8.133
11 Loyola University Chicago
School of Social Work
8.091
12 Boston College
The Graduate School of Social Work
8.067
13 University of Pennsylvania
School of Social Policy and Practice
7.97
14 Fordham University
The Graduate School of Social Service
7.955
15 Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Social Work
7.932
16 University of Washington Tacoma
Social Work Program
7.833
17 University of Albany (SUNY)
School of Social Welfare
7.8
18 Columbia University
School of Social Work
7.607
19 University of California-Los Angeles
Luskin School of Public Affairs
7.467
20 University of Kansas
School of Social Welfare
7.35
21 The University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration
7.217
22 University of Denver
School of Social Work
7.2
23 Washington University in St. Louis
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
7.163
24 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
School of Social Work
7.167
25 University of Washington Seattle
School of Social Work
7.102

Students often left comments with their reviews about social work programs. One Case Western Reserve Class of 2015 students wrote: “Pros: The Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) is one of the top programs in the country. Over 200 agencies provide field placement opportunities for its students. The field placement opportunities are paid, the only school of its kind offering this. The program is successful because of the commitment of the faculty. MSASS was ranked #7 in 2007 in Faculty Scholarly Productivity. It is also #1 in Endowed Professorships. Cons: The ethnic diversity of MSASS needs balance. Also, MSASS only offers two degree programs. Cost is always a con. At $37,120, MSASS is one of the more costly programs in the country.”

A Class of 2014 University of Southern California student wrote: “The program is very demanding but that comes with being a top 10 accredited school. I would recommend the school to anyone who does not have many student loans from undergrad because the program is very expensive. Though, again, it is a very good, private school. Overall, I do not regret my decision and I believe I am getting a great education to prepare me to be the best Social Worker I can be.”

Based on the many ratings and reviews left on the site, Graduateprograms.com identified those aspects of their social work programs students’ value most: present and helpful professors; a student body that reflects the diversity of the clients in the field; and finally, accessible public transportation. Next week, Graduateprograms.com will be releasing the Best Social Work Programs for faculty accessibility and support, diversity, and transportation.

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

METHODOLOGY
Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. All social work school rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to February 25, 2013. Graduateprograms.com 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.