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2023 Criminal Justice Popularity

There are about 552,699 students enrolled in Criminal Justice in the USA.

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Criminal justice is the 8th most popular degree in America, with 55,297 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #9 Communication and Media Studies, and narrowly lost to #7 Biology.

The degree is offered at a total of 1,005 colleges across the nation, and is the 16th most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 6% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that a bit over 5/8ths of colleges offering criminal justice are public making it a quite accessible field.

The southeast produces the most criminal justice graduates, largely led by Florida State University, while it’s the Conference USA that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from California State University-Sacramento and San Diego State University.

All that being said, no individual school produces more criminal justice graduates than Chattahoochee Valley Community College, which graduated 1701 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study criminal justice). More students studied criminal justice as a percentage of total students at Remington College-Dallas Campus than any other college.

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