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2023 Social Work Popularity

There are about 151,128 students enrolled in Social Work in the USA.

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Social work is the 26th most popular degree in America, with 22,681 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #27 Mathematics, and narrowly lost to #25 Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The degree is offered at a total of 602 colleges across the nation, and is the 32nd most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 6% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that close to 3 out of 5 colleges offering social work are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The southeast produces the most social work graduates, largely led by University of Central Florida, while it’s the Sun Belt Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from California State University-Los Angeles and California State University-Sacramento.

All that being said, no individual school produces more social work graduates than Cochise County Community College District, which graduated 234 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 social work). More students studied social work as a percentage of total students at Edmonds Community College than any other college.

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