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2022 Best Colleges for Gerontology

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298

Graduates Per Year

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$59K

Average Salary

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#322

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

298

95% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

38

80% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

321

Religious Music

304

322

Gerontology

298

323

Spanish Language Teacher Education

295

Cost

Very Affordable

$17,622

45% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

369

Computer Systems Analysis

$17,661

370

Gerontology

$17,622

Salary

Average Salary

$32,949

15% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

227

French Language and Literature

$33,235

228

Gerontology

$32,949

229

Biophysics

$32,899

Professors

Very Good

4.4/5

10% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

50

Arabic Language and Literature

51

Gerontology

52

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Students

Very Diverse

4.3/5

16.94% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

62

Digital Arts

63

Gerontology

64

Experimental Psychology

SUMMARY

Going to school for Gerontology is a valuable choice and ordinarily an essential first step for scholars endeavoring to pursue a career as a life enrichment coordinator, an ambulatory care coordinator, or a nursing home administrator. Interestingly, gerontology is a ​unique degree ranking as the 322nd most popular major. Last year alone, there were 298 gerontology diplomas received. In-state tuition for gerontology at private colleges is, on average, 3.8 times more costly than their public peers.

With only 38 universities having programs for this degree you might have limited options as to the institutions which will have a degree program for you. If you're hoping to surround yourself with other gerontology undergraduates, look at schools in California which have the most undergrads admitted to gerontology annually. Zooming out, the best region to major in gerontology is in the Far West region with California State University-Sacramento, University of Southern California, and Ashford University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the top conference to major in gerontology is the Big Sky Conference with California State University-Sacramento representing the conference. From our comprehensive list of the best colleges, our belief is that the best school for gerontology is University of Southern California.

The objectively 'best' school is not necessarily the best school for every student. There are a bunch of perspectives to think about when selecting ​university. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food could change one's feelings of which college to attend. Here at authority.org, we weighed the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you want to know which gerontology college has the top campus, the answer is San Diego State University. If you are very interested in which university is home to the top campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more to compare every major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the colleges with the best student life and from that list, our pick for the school with the best student life for gerontology is University of Southern California. Curious why? Continue scrolling to find out more about Authority's top recommendations. Many of our picks might shock you.

If expense is a primary factor in your decision on where to go to school, you might consider avoiding University of Southern California. University of Southern California appears to be our most expensive college for gerontology, at least for out of state students. That being said, we have an entire page for the most expensive colleges that could put the price tag at University of Southern California into perspective. You may also want to know that gerontology is the 370th most expensive major in the US, with an average cost of $17,600. On a broader scale, the most costly state for gerontology in the nation is North Carolina demonstrated by a tuition of $31,732 at the main university in the state Barton College. Even more broadly, the most costly region for gerontology is the Far West region which is best demonstrated with San Diego State University with a cost of $17,622, University of Southern California with a cost of $57,256, and Western Oregon University with a cost of $25,830.

Our cheapest region for gerontology is the Mid East region which is represented by University of Maryland Global Campus with a cost of $11,976, CUNY York College with a cost of $14,880, and California University of Pennsylvania with a cost of $11,574. More optimistically, the most affordable school for gerontology is California University of Pennsylvania. Authority.org's comprehensive list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state attendees can anticipate paying about $9,100 for a degree in gerontology. The price grows dramatically to an average of $20,500 for the out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our choice for the college representing the best value for gerontology: University of Southern California. Through this link you will see our comprehensive list on the schools we see as being the best value overall. Do know, this discussion is based on being an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition is considered, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for gerontology majors range widely, but within two years leaving college graduates will typically earn around $59,000. There is much variation in earnings; top earners can bring in up to $100,500. Straight out of university, the lowest earning positions within the gerontology field earn $33,900, which isn't that bad. The top earning grads for gerontology attended University of Southern California and if you are looking for colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The general diversity of gerontology ranks high, being within the 84th percentile of all majors. The college with the most composite diversity for gerontology is University of Maryland Global Campus and here you can find our general list for the colleges which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Gerontology major sits only in the 97th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, in the 98th percentile. White collegians compose the largest proportion at 43% of those majoring in gerontology. Additionally, 83% of students pursuing a gerontology degree are women.

The median score for gerontology professors is 4.4 stars, a score which is 10% above the average across every major; this is a pretty good score. If you are interested in the most popular gerontology instructor in the nation, consider looking up Mario Garrett at San Diego State University. It may surprise you, but the highest ranked professors of gerontology by student come from University of South Florida-Main Campus. If we incorporate data other than simply rankings it becomes clear that the college possessing comprehensively the best professors for gerontology is University of Southern California. One will find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with many of the top professors nationwide.

Finally, the hardest college to get into for gerontology is University of Southern California. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we have a comprehensive list for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you understand that considering college from context primarily built on superlatives could cause problems. We encourage you to read our other pages on different colleges and read some of our insightful background pages on beneficial details to look for as your university search continues.

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University of Southern California

#1 Best Colleges for Gerontology

University of Southern California is a very large private university located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 24th in the United States. It has a total of 21,909 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 11.42% of applicants. University of Southern California offers 527 different majors and is best known for its Communication and Media Studies, Film, and Gerontology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,256 per year, University of Southern California is very high-priced. 87.78% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take home around $74,000 per year, which is 78% over the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

www.usc.edu/

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

53,186

Students

#24

Ranking

$57,256

Tuition

Miami University-Oxford

#2 Best Colleges for Gerontology

Miami University-Oxford is a large public university located in Oxford, OH ranked 11th in Ohio. It has a total of 18,631 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 80.39% of applicants. Miami University-Oxford offers 220 different majors and is best known for its Chemistry Teacher Education, Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing, and Gerontology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,879 for in-state students and $32,905 for those from out-of-state, Miami University-Oxford is somewhat moderately pricey. 48.98% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make close to $47,100 per year, which is 13% above the national median.

Oxford, OH

miamioh.edu

B+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

22,010

Students

#374

Ranking

$32,905

Tuition

Barton College

#3 Best Colleges for Gerontology

Barton College is a small private institution located in Wilson, NC ranked 15th in North Carolina. It has a total of 1,059 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 45.29% acceptance rate. Barton College offers 34 different majors and is best known for its Gerontology program, which is ranked 3rd in the US. With an annual tuition of $31,732 per year, Barton College is somewhat moderately pricey. 53.23% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn roughly $38,100 per year, which is 8% under the national median.

Wilson, NC

https://www.barton.edu/

C+

Rating

45%

Acceptance

1,196

Students

#734

Ranking

$31,732

Tuition

San Diego State University

#4 Best Colleges for Gerontology

San Diego State University is a very large public university located in San Diego, CA ranked 168th in the nation. It has a total of 32,543 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 34.13% of applicants. San Diego State University offers 232 different majors and is best known for its Speech-Language Pathology, Gerontology, and Health and Fitness programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for students from California and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, San Diego State University is moderately priced. 72.69% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn around $51,000 per year, which is 23% over the national median.

San Diego, CA

www.sdsu.edu

A

Rating

34%

Acceptance

37,838

Students

#168

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

University of South Florida-Main Campus

#5 Best Colleges for Gerontology

University of South Florida-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Tampa, FL ranked 216th in the United States. It has a total of 37,780 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 47.63% of applicants. University of South Florida-Main Campus offers 238 different majors and is best known for its Audiology, Social Science Teacher Education, and Criminology programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,559 for students from Florida and $15,473 for those from out-of-state, University of South Florida-Main Campus is moderately priced. 65.22% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to bring in close to $43,500 per year, which is 5% over the national median.

Tampa, FL

www.usf.edu

A

Rating

48%

Acceptance

51,808

Students

#216

Ranking

$15,473

Tuition

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

#6 Best Colleges for Gerontology

University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a very large public university located in Lincoln, NE ranked 3rd in Nebraska. It has a total of 22,433 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 78.23% acceptance rate. University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers 276 different majors and is best known for its Agronomy and Crop Science, Business Teacher Education, and Family and Consumer Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,560 for in-state students and $24,000 for those from out-of-state, University of Nebraska-Lincoln is somewhat moderately pricey. 59.04% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn near $46,400 per year, which is 12% above the national median.

Lincoln, NE

www.unl.edu/

B+

Rating

78%

Acceptance

28,686

Students

#339

Ranking

$24,000

Tuition

University of Northern Iowa

#7 Best Colleges for Gerontology

University of Northern Iowa is a large public college located in Cedar Falls, IA ranked 17th in Iowa. It has a total of 10,467 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 79.05% acceptance rate. University of Northern Iowa offers 165 different majors and is best known for its Social Science Teacher Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Applied Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,665 for in-state students and $19,949 for those from out-of-state, University of Northern Iowa is reasonably priced. 61.09% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After college, alumni go on to make around $44,600 per year, which is 7% greater than the national median.

Cedar Falls, IA

www.uni.edu

C+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

13,040

Students

#703

Ranking

$19,949

Tuition

California State University-Sacramento

#8 Best Colleges for Gerontology

California State University-Sacramento is a very large public institution located in Sacramento, CA ranked 83rd in California. It has a total of 31,969 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 82.26% of applicants. California State University-Sacramento offers 103 different majors and is best known for its Trade and Industrial Teacher Education, Gerontology, and Human Sciences programs (nationally ranked 7th, 8th, and 27th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for students from California and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California State University-Sacramento is reasonably priced. 63.15% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to draw around $48,900 per year, which is 18% above the national median.

Sacramento, CA

www.csus.edu

C+

Rating

82%

Acceptance

35,644

Students

#853

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

University of Nebraska at Omaha

#10 Best Colleges for Gerontology

University of Nebraska at Omaha is a large public college located in Omaha, NE ranked 15th in Nebraska. It has a total of 14,201 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 83.46% of applicants. University of Nebraska at Omaha offers 145 different majors and is best known for its Gerontology, Bioinformatics, and Natural Sciences programs (nationally ranked 10th, 10th, and 26th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,224 for in-state students and $19,488 for those from out-of-state, University of Nebraska at Omaha is moderately priced. 46.24% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home more or less $44,200 per year, which is 6% over the national median.

Omaha, NE

https://www.unomaha.edu

C

Rating

83%

Acceptance

18,182

Students

#1341

Ranking

$19,488

Tuition

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

#11 Best Colleges for Gerontology

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus is a large public university located in Bowling Green, OH ranked 59th in Ohio. It has a total of 16,861 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 71.82% acceptance rate. Bowling Green State University-Main Campus offers 285 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Chemistry, Applied Economics, and Gerontology programs (nationally ranked 7th, 9th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,278 for in-state students and $17,267 for those from out-of-state, Bowling Green State University-Main Campus is moderately priced. 48.33% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to earn approximately $40,500 per year, which is 2% under the national median.

Bowling Green, OH

www.bgsu.edu

C

Rating

72%

Acceptance

20,534

Students

#1318

Ranking

$17,267

Tuition

Missouri State University-Springfield

#13 Best Colleges for Gerontology

Missouri State University-Springfield is a very large public college located in Springfield, MO ranked 31st in Missouri. It has a total of 22,530 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 87.94% of applicants. Missouri State University-Springfield offers 196 different majors and is best known for its Gerontology, Multimedia Art, and Horticultural Science programs (nationally ranked 13th, 19th, and 24th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,540 for in-state students and $14,850 for those from out-of-state, Missouri State University-Springfield is reasonably priced. 49.85% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make more or less $39,300 per year, which is 5% under the national median.

Springfield, MO

www.missouristate.edu

C

Rating

88%

Acceptance

27,138

Students

#1428

Ranking

$14,850

Tuition

Western Oregon University

#14 Best Colleges for Gerontology

Western Oregon University is a small public college located in Monmouth, OR ranked 25th in Oregon. It has a total of 5,068 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 84.59% of applicants. Western Oregon University offers 216 different majors and is best known for its American Sign Language, Gerontology, and Child Development programs (nationally ranked 10th, 14th, and 25th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,920 for in-state students and $25,830 for those from out-of-state, Western Oregon University is reasonably expensive. 40.33% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home roughly $39,700 per year, which is 4% below the national median.

Monmouth, OR

www.wou.edu

C

Rating

85%

Acceptance

5,770

Students

#1616

Ranking

$25,830

Tuition

University of Maryland Global Campus

#16 Best Colleges for Gerontology

University of Maryland Global Campus is a very large public college located in Adelphi, MD ranked 31st in Maryland. It has a total of 71,905 full-time undergraduate students. University of Maryland Global Campus offers 84 different majors and is best known for its Gerontology, Information Science, and Computer and Information Systems Security programs (nationally ranked 16th, 17th, and 32nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,200 for students from Maryland and $11,976 for those from out-of-state, University of Maryland Global Campus is pretty inexpensive. 28.36% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to make near $51,200 per year, which is 23% over the national median.

Adelphi, MD

www.umgc.edu

C-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

91,385

Students

#1917

Ranking

$11,976

Tuition