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 3,500 students from more than 160 accredited social work programs across the United States.

1 New Mexico State University 9.11
2 Florida International University 8.96
3 CUNY Lehman College
4 University of Kansas
5 Portland State University 8.51
6 Florida Atlantic University 8.46
7 University of Minnesota Twin Cities 8.45
8 Texas State University 8.44
9 Saint Louis University 8.43
10 The University of Texas at Arlington 8.41
10 The University of Alabama 8.41
12 Washington University in St. Louis 8.40
13 University of Georgia 8.36
14 Case Western Reserve University 8.30
15 California State University, Northridge 8.26
16 University of Michigan 8.25
17 Hunter College – CUNY
18 Alabama A&M University 8.19
19 Simmons College 8.17
20 Boston College
20 California State University, San Marcos 8.15
22 Fordham University 8.12
23 Baylor University 8.05
24 Adelphi University 8.03
25 University of Pittsburgh 8.02

Students often left comments with their reviews about social work programs. One Florida International Class of 2015 students 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.”

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 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.