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2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

There are about 46,631 students enrolled in Public Administration in the USA.

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popularity

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

18,350

Vs. National Avg.

16%

popularity Rank

#59

cost

Somewhat Affordable

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$24K

Vs. National Avg.

1%

cost Rank

#254

salary

Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$42K

Vs. National Avg.

5%

salary Rank

#197

professors

Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

4%

professors Rank

#198

students

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

2%

students Rank

#204

SUMMARY

A degree in Public Administration is not only a valuable choice, but frequently a necessary first step for students hoping to enter a career as an organizational development consultant, a program coordinator, or a city manager. Interestingly, public administration is somewhat popular ranking as the 111th most popular area of study. Last academic year alone, there were 3,195 public administration degrees conferred. In-state tuition for public administration at private colleges is, on average, 3.2 times more pricey than their public rivals.

There are 184 universities that offer this degree. 184 colleges is on par with other programs offered in the United States. If you're hoping to immerse yourself with other public administration undergrads, look at universities in Indiana which have more undergraduates admitted to public administration than any other state. less precisely, the top region to study public administration is in the Great Lakes region with Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Ohio State University-Main Campus best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the top conference to study public administration is the Big Ten Conference with Indiana University-Bloomington representing the conference. On that topic, our selection for the best university for public administration is Syracuse University. You may also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The objectively 'best' school does not mean it is the best school for you. There are tons of angels to think about when selecting school. External stuff such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food could impact one's decision on where to go to university. Here at authority.org, we weighed the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you want to know which public administration college is home to the top campus, the answer is Syracuse University. If you are very interested in which college boasts the best campus, then we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more in order to compare every major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the schools with the best student life&nbspand, from that list, our choice for the university with the best student life for public administration is Syracuse University. Curious why? Keep reading to find out more about Authority's top choices. Many of our picks will probably surprise you.

If cost is a significant deciding factor in your decision on where to go to college, you might consider avoiding Syracuse University. Syracuse University&nbspis the most expensive college for public administration, at least for out of state enrollment. We do have a list of the most expensive&nbspcolleges that could put the price tag at Syracuse University&nbspinto perspective. Additionally, you may want to know that public administration is the 338th most expensive program in America, with an average associated cost of $20,200. On a broader scale, the most costly state for public administration on our list is Washington with costs at the primary college, Seattle University, of $45,765. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region of the country for public administration is the Far West region which is best demonstrated with University of California-Riverside with a cost of $41,196, University of La Verne with a cost of $43,440, and Seattle University with a cost of $45,765.

Our cheapest region for public administration is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Colorado State University-Global Campus with a cost of $8,400. In better news, the most affordable school for public administration is CUNY Bernard M Baruch College. Our comprehensive list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying around $9,500 for a degree in public administration. The cost grows by a lot to an average of $21,700 for an out-of-state public-school undergraduate. Our selection for the college representing the best value for public administration: Syracuse University. Here you will see our comprehensive list about the colleges we see as being the best value&nbspoverall. Do know, this idea is predicated on being an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when it comes to in-state tuition, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for public administration majors vary a lot, but within two-years of finishing the degree graduates will often make around $61,100. There is a lot of variation in earnings potential; top positions can experience pay up to $124,600. Straight out of school, the lowest end positions within the public administration field earn $29,900, which isn't that bad. The top earning grads from public administration graduated from Syracuse University&nbspand if you are looking for schools with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The overall diversity of public administration is high, ranking in the 87th percentile of all programs. The university with the most composite diversity for public administration is Seattle University&nbspand here you can find our general list for the universities with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Public Administration only is in the 36th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, in the 87th percentile. White undergraduates compose the largest share, 50%, of scholars majoring in public administration. Additionally, 55% of undergraduates seeking a public administration degree are women.

The median ranking of public administration's professors is 4 stars, a ranking which is right on the average score across all majors; which is a fine. If you want to find the most popular public administration instructor in the country, look no further than Cynthia Ruszkowski at Illinois State University. It may come as a shock, but the best ranked professors for public administration from student rankings are found at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach. As we incorporate data beyond basic rankings it becomes clear that the university with the best professors for public administration is University of California-Riverside. You will find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with many of the top examples of instructors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult school to get into for public administration is San Diego State University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have a comprehensive page of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you understand that approaching university from context only informed by superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental problems. We at Authority encourage you to look at some of our other pages on different topics and explore a few of Authority's background pages on beneficial things to think about as you progress with your university search.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Public Administration

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD | www.jhu.edu/

11%

Acceptance

34,250

Students

#4

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Northeastern University

Boston, MA | www.northeastern.edu/

20%

Acceptance

30,003

Students

#45

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Villanova University

Villanova, PA | www.villanova.edu/

31%

Acceptance

12,231

Students

#64

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA | www.swarthmore.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,689

Students

#36

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Boston University

Boston, MA | www.bu.edu/

20%

Acceptance

42,047

Students

#35

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL | www.miami.edu/

33%

Acceptance

19,971

Students

#73

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV | www.unlv.edu/

81%

Acceptance

34,979

Students

#724

Ranking

$24K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

New York University

New York, NY | www.nyu.edu/

21%

Acceptance

58,361

Students

#23

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Iowa State University

Ames, IA | www.iastate.edu/

88%

Acceptance

35,319

Students

#375

Ranking

$25K

Tuition

A

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Auburn University

Auburn, AL | www.auburn.edu/

85%

Acceptance

32,840

Students

#276

Ranking

$32K

Tuition

A

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Columbus, OH | www.osu.edu/

68%

Acceptance

66,017

Students

#194

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, PA | www.pitt.edu/

64%

Acceptance

35,563

Students

#155

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Indiana University-Bloomington

Bloomington, IN | www.indiana.edu/

80%

Acceptance

46,441

Students

#265

Ranking

$38K

Tuition

A

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL | www.ucf.edu/

45%

Acceptance

81,082

Students

#200

Ranking

$22K

Tuition

A

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Arizona State University Campus Immersion

Tempe, AZ | www.asu.edu/

88%

Acceptance

82,880

Students

#332

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS | https://ku.edu/

91%

Acceptance

30,983

Students

#535

Ranking

$28K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

Norman, OK | www.ou.edu/

83%

Acceptance

31,445

Students

#440

Ranking

$27K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

Denver, CO | www.ucdenver.edu/

66%

Acceptance

31,796

Students

#549

Ranking

$26K

Tuition

A

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Baylor University

Waco, TX | www.baylor.edu/

68%

Acceptance

19,632

Students

#225

Ranking

$49K

Tuition

A

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Florida International University

Miami, FL | www.fiu.edu/

58%

Acceptance

73,970

Students

#364

Ranking

$19K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA | www.sdsu.edu/

37%

Acceptance

38,336

Students

#154

Ranking

$20K

Tuition

A

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Harding University

Searcy, AR | www.harding.edu/

55%

Acceptance

5,204

Students

#297

Ranking

$22K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN | https://www.lipscomb.edu/

62%

Acceptance

5,876

Students

#408

Ranking

$35K

Tuition

B

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS | https://www.msstate.edu/

80%

Acceptance

24,449

Students

#772

Ranking

$24K

Tuition

A

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Public Administration

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ | https://www.arizona.edu/

85%

Acceptance

49,966

Students

#391

Ranking

$37K

Tuition

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