Best Colleges for Sociology

Illustration for Top 20 Sociology Department Ranking; Best Colleges for Sociology

The ranking of the best colleges for sociology degrees remained remarkably stable for this year. There were no dropouts among the top 10 universities in the field. Among the biggest movers were, Stanford, who moved up to number 1 from number 4 in the prior year. University of Chicago made the biggest move, gaining eight places, now ranked in the second spot. This reflected the increased reputational ranking of the university as a whole after it came in at number 2 in the overall university rankings.

Other interesting changes on this list include: Michigan, who remained strong at number 3, after capturing the top spot for sociology previously. Among the Ivies, Harvard moved to number 6 from 3, Princeton moved above Harvard to number 5, and Columbia was unchanged at 11.  State universities capture half of the top 10 with Michigan followed by Texas at 4, UCLA 7, Wisconsin 8, and UC Berkeley at 9.

This year, sociology as a field of learning has become increasingly important, as the trend of polarization has continued. Sociology is a field that if used in a constructive fashion, may help the body politic become more cohesive in focusing on empowering diverse populations to thrive together, rather than against one another, in a complex economic and social environment. In compiling these rankings of the best colleges for sociology, we considered programs promoting diverse intellectual inquiry as a positive ranking factor.

Ranking The Best Colleges for Sociology Majors

For this year, we expanded our coverage of sociology to over 330 major universities and colleges. This listing includes the top 50 this year, up from the top 20 last year. Also included in this ranking is an indicator of the change from the previous year.

1+3Stanford UniversityPalo AltoCA96.52
2+8University of ChicagoChicagoIL96.14
3-2University of MichiganAnn ArborMI93.74
4+2University of TexasAustinTX89.57
5+2Princeton UniversityPrinceton NJ88.40
6-3Harvard UniversityCambridgeMA87.32
7-5University of California - Los AngelesLos AngelesCA87.18
80University Of Wisconsin - MadisonMadisonWI86.93
9-4University of California - BerkeleyBerkeleyCA83.41
10-1Duke UniversityDurhamNC81.72
110Columbia UniversityNew YorkNY80.94
12+1Nortwestern UniversityEvanstonIL78.51
13+4Cornell UniversityIthacaNY76.81
14+1The Ohio State UniversityColumbusOH76.31
15-Penn StateUniversity ParkPA74.94
16-2Yale UniversityNew HavenCT73.84
17+3Indiana UniversityBloomingtonIN73.73
18-6University of North Carolina - Chapel HillChapel HillNC73.07
19-New York University New YorkNY70.58
20-1University of WashingtonSeattleWA70.26
21-University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPA66.27
22-University of MarylandCollege ParkMD64.37
23-Brown UniversityProvidenceRI63.74
24-8University of FloridaGainesvilleFL63.08
25-University of Notre DameSouth BendIN60.38
26-Johns Hopkins University BaltimoreMD60.03
27-Massachusetts Institute of TechnlogyCambridgeMA60.00
28-University of ArizonaTusconAZ59.86
29-Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationTX55.31
30-Arizona State UniversityTempeAZ55.23
31-Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleTN55.13
32-University of California - DavisDavisCA54.50
33-Michigan State UniversityEast LansingMI54.35
34-16University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA54.05
35-University of Illinois - Urbana-ChampaignChampaignIL53.81
36-Rice UniversityHoustonTX52.25
37-Rutgers UniversityPiscatawayNJ52.24
38-Florida State UniversityTallahasseeFL52.07
39-University of Colorado - BoulderBoulderCO51.02
40-University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesCA50.51
41-University of GeorgiaAthensGA50.27
42-University of IowaIowa CityIA49.98
43-University of California - San DiegoSan DiegoCA48.49
44-Emory UniversityAtlantaGA48.20
45-University of OregonEugeneOR45.68
46-University of MinnesotaTwin CitiesMN42.24
47-University of Cincinnati CincinnatiOH42.14
48-University of Massachusetts - AmherstAmherstMA41.91
49-University of California - Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraCA40.50
50-Boston UniversityBostonMA39.97

We used our RealRank methodology in compiling this ranking and you can find more details on how we compile and analyze the data in the About page.


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