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 The rankings are based solely on surveys submitted by 3,000 students from more than 150 accredited social work programs across the United States.

1 University of Southern California (USC)
The School of Social Work
2 Hunter College
Silberman School of Social Work
3 Boston College
The Graduate School of Social Work
4 University of Pittsburgh
School of Social Work
4 Fordham University
The Graduate School of Social Service
6 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
IU School of Social Work
7 Boston University
School of Social Work
8 University of Kansas
School of Social Welfare
8 University of Louisville
Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work
10 Florida State University
School of Social Work
11 University of Maryland, Baltimore
College of Social Work
12 Rutgers University-New Brunswick
School of Social Work
13 Adelphi University
School of Social Work
13 New York University
Silver School of Social Work
15 University of Denver
School of Social Work
16 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
School of Social Work
17 Arizona State University
School of Social Work
18 Washington University in St. Louis
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
19 University of Washington Seattle
School of Social Work
20 Case Western Reserve University
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
21 California State University, Fullerton
School of Social Work
22 Michigan State University
The School of Social Work
23 Columbia University
School of Social Work
24 The University of Texas at Arlington
School of Social Work
25 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Social Work

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, 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, will be releasing the Best Social Work Programs for faculty accessibility and support, diversity, and transportation.

Students may 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.

METHODOLOGY 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. 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.