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2022 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

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469

Graduates Per Year

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$41K

Average Salary

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#288

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

469

92% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

37

81% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

287

Music Therapy

471

288

Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

469

289

East Asian Studies

454

Cost

Very Affordable

$15,968

50% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

386

Social Science Teacher Education

$16,007

387

Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

$15,968

388

Spanish Language Teacher Education

$15,686

Salary

Low Salary

$32,788

15% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

231

Biochemistry

$32,899

232

Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

$32,788

233

Community Health Services

$32,788

Professors

Good

4.3/5

7.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

78

Fine and Studio Arts Management

79

Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

80

Musical Theatre

Students

Diverse

3.9/5

8.38% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

150

Literature

151

Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

152

Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

SUMMARY

Majoring in Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling is not only a valuable choice, but typically a required first step for students planning to begin a career as a rehab therapist, a teen psychiatrist , or a school counselor. Interestingly, nationally, substance abuse and addiction counseling is a very rare major ranking as the 288th most popular degree. Last academic year alone, there were 469 substance abuse and addiction counseling degrees conferred. In-state tuition for substance abuse and addiction counseling at private schools is, on average, 2.8 times more pricey than their public peers.

With just 37 universities offering substance abuse and addiction counseling there could be a smaller selection of institutions that will have an option for you. If you are looking to surround yourself with other substance abuse and addiction counseling students, consider institutions in Arizona which have more undergrads admitted to substance abuse and addiction counseling than any other state. Zooming out, the top region to study substance abuse and addiction counseling is in the Southwest region with Grand Canyon University, Ottawa University-Phoenix, and Western New Mexico University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the top conference to study substance abuse and addiction counseling is the Western Athletic Conference with Grand Canyon University representing the conference. That said, our belief is that the best college for substance abuse and addiction counseling is Springfield College-Regional, Online, and Continuing Education. You may also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The objectively best school is not necessarily the 'best' school for every student. There are lots of factors to weigh when deciding on institution. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would sway your decision on which university to attend. At Authority, we've examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which substance abuse and addiction counseling college boasts the top campus, the answer is Grand Canyon University. If you are very interested in which school boasts the top campus, then we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more to evaluate all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our well researched list for the colleges with the best student life here and, from that list, our pick for the college with the best student life for substance abuse and addiction counseling is Springfield College-Regional, Online, and Continuing Education. Curious why? Continue scrolling to discover more about Authority's top recommendations. Some of our picks will probably shock you.

If expense is a major deciding factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about Alvernia University. Alvernia University appears to be our most expensive school for substance abuse and addiction counseling, at least regarding out of state enrollment. We do have a list of the most expensive colleges that could put the expense of Alvernia University into perspective. You could also want to know that substance abuse and addiction counseling is the 387th most expensive program in the nation, with an average associated cost of $16,000. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for substance abuse and addiction counseling nationally is Pennsylvania demonstrated by a tuition of $35,350 at Alvernia University. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region for substance abuse and addiction counseling is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for substance abuse and addiction counseling is the Plains region which is represented by Metropolitan State University with a cost of $14,345, Minot State University with a cost of $6,088, and University of South Dakota with a cost of $11,172. On the bright side, the most affordable college for substance abuse and addiction counseling is Minot State University. Our comprehensive list of the most affordable colleges can be found here.

In-state students can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $8,700 for a degree in substance abuse and addiction counseling. The cost balloons substantially to an average of $17,800 for the out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our choice for the college constituting the best value for substance abuse and addiction counseling: Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion. Through this link you can find our comprehensive list on the schools we believe to be the best value in general. With that said, this list is predicated on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when it comes to in-state tuition, 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 substance abuse and addiction counseling students range widely, but two-years after completing the major graduates will typically make around $40,800. There is much variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can make up to $69,800. Even straight out of school, the minimum earning positions within the substance abuse and addiction counseling field earn $24,000, which could be worse. The highest earning grads from substance abuse and addiction counseling come from Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion and if you are looking for schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of substance abuse and addiction counseling ranks decent, being within the 62nd percentile of all programs. The school with the most composite diversity for substance abuse and addiction counseling is Grand Canyon University and here you can find our comprehensive list for the universities which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling stands only within the 80th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even further below average in the 60th percentile. White collegians compose the largest proportion at 56% of scholars majoring in substance abuse and addiction counseling. Additionally, 74% of undergraduates seeking a substance abuse and addiction counseling degree are women.

The median score of substance abuse and addiction counseling's professors is 4.3 stars, which is 8% greater than the median score for all majors; which is a pretty good ranking. If you are interested in the most popular substance abuse and addiction counseling instructor in the country, look no further than Deatra Riley from Broward College. This might be shocking, but the top rated substance abuse and addiction counseling instructors by student are found at Portland Community College. As we including data other than simply rankings it becomes clear that the college with the overall best professors for substance abuse and addiction counseling is Rhode Island College. You can find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as some of the finest examples of professors nationwide.

Finally, the most difficult university to get into for substance abuse and addiction counseling is Union College. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have a detailed list for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you understand that looking at college from examples mainly informed by superlatives might create issues. We encourage you to look at some of our other pages on different universities and explore a few of our background articles on useful details to look for as you progress with your university search.

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Springfield College-Regional, Online, and Continuing Education

#1 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Springfield College-Regional, Online, and Continuing Education is a very small private university located in Springfield, MA ranked 39th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 1,003 full-time undergraduate students. Springfield College-Regional, Online, and Continuing Education offers 9 different majors and is best known for its Community Organization and Advocacy and Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling programs, which are both ranked 1st in the US. 65.32% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn near $45,100 per year, which is 9% greater than the national median.

Springfield, MA

https://springfield.edu/regional-and-online

B

Rating

100%

Acceptance

1,338

Students

#489

Ranking

$17,496

Tuition

Alvernia University

#2 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Alvernia University is a small private college located in Reading, PA ranked 56th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 2,674 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 64.22% acceptance rate. Alvernia University offers 65 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling program, which is ranked 2nd in the nation. With an annual tuition of $35,350 per year, Alvernia University is somewhat moderately expensive. 54.73% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to make around $44,500 per year, which is 7% above the national median.

Reading, PA

https://www.alvernia.edu

C+

Rating

64%

Acceptance

3,352

Students

#679

Ranking

$35,350

Tuition

Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion

#3 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion is a small private college located in Marion, IN ranked 17th in Indiana. It has a total of 2,921 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 67% of applicants. Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion offers 96 different majors and is best known for its Pastoral Counseling, Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, and Religious Music programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $27,296 per year, Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion is reasonably high-priced. 51.63% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw about $49,900 per year, which is 20% greater than the national median.

Marion, IN

https://www.indwes.edu

C+

Rating

67%

Acceptance

3,321

Students

#713

Ranking

$27,296

Tuition

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

#4 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Cincinnati, OH ranked 25th in Ohio. It has a total of 30,173 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting barely under seven ninths of applicants. University of Cincinnati-Main Campus offers 459 different majors and is best known for its Respiratory Care Therapy, Clinical Laboratory Science, and Commercial and Advertising Art programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,982 for in-state students and $25,316 for those from out-of-state, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus is reasonably high-priced. 48.08% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn close to $42,300 per year, which is 2% above the national median.

Cincinnati, OH

www.uc.edu

C+

Rating

77%

Acceptance

43,692

Students

#661

Ranking

$25,316

Tuition

Grand Canyon University

#5 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Grand Canyon University is a very large for-profit institution located in Phoenix, AZ ranked 24th in Arizona. It has a total of 83,642 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 76.94% acceptance rate. Grand Canyon University offers 123 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, Drama and Dance Teacher Education, and Health Care Facilities Administration programs (nationally ranked 5th, 8th, and 10th respectively). With an annual tuition of $16,500 per year, Grand Canyon University is moderately priced. 33.15% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to earn around $52,700 per year, which is 27% above the national median.

Phoenix, AZ

www.gcu.edu

C

Rating

77%

Acceptance

145,131

Students

#1694

Ranking

$16,500

Tuition

Ohio Christian University

#6 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Ohio Christian University is a small private seminary located in Circleville, OH ranked 97th in Ohio. It has a total of 3,925 full-time undergraduate students. Ohio Christian University offers 33 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling program, which is ranked 6th in the nation. With an annual tuition of $20,040 per year, Ohio Christian University is moderately priced. 27.31% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home around $31,800 per year, which is 23% under the national median.

Circleville, OH

www.ohiochristian.edu

C-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

4,498

Students

#2140

Ranking

$20,040

Tuition

Ottawa University-Phoenix

#7 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Ottawa University-Phoenix is a small private university located in Phoenix, AZ ranked 12th in Arizona. It has a total of 592 full-time undergraduate students. Ottawa University-Phoenix offers 56 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling program, which is ranked 7th in America. 29.28% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to bring in around $41,500 per year, which is 0% under the national median.

Phoenix, AZ

www.ottawa.edu

C+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

1,391

Students

#1111

Ranking

$11,976

Tuition

Metropolitan State University

#8 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Metropolitan State University is a mid-sized public institution located in Saint Paul, MN ranked 23rd in Minnesota. It has a total of 9,462 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 56.2% of applicants. Metropolitan State University offers 83 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, Playwriting and Screenwriting, and Ethnic Studies programs (nationally ranked 8th, 10th, and 14th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,031 for in-state students and $14,345 for those from out-of-state, Metropolitan State University is reasonably priced. 39.82% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $48,200 per year, which is 16% above the national median.

Saint Paul, MN

www.metrostate.edu

C+

Rating

56%

Acceptance

10,575

Students

#892

Ranking

$14,345

Tuition

Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global

#9 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global is a large private university located in Marion, IN ranked 24th in Indiana. It has a total of 10,679 full-time undergraduate students. Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global offers 78 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, Applied Psychology, and Bible Studies programs (nationally ranked 9th, 21st, and 36th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,970 per year, Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global is relatively cheap. 51.63% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working.

Marion, IN

https://www.indwes.edu

C+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

17,577

Students

#1107

Ranking

$8,970

Tuition

Union College

#10 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Union College is a small private teachers college located in Barbourville, KY ranked 30th in Kentucky. It has a total of 1,267 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 54.68% acceptance rate. Union College offers 52 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling program, which is ranked 10th in the US. With an annual tuition of $26,330 per year, Union College is reasonably costly. 16.07% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home approximately $32,100 per year, which is 23% less than the national median.

Barbourville, KY

www.unionky.edu

C-

Rating

55%

Acceptance

1,601

Students

#2180

Ranking

$26,330

Tuition

Minnesota State University-Mankato

#11 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Minnesota State University-Mankato is a large public college located in Mankato, MN ranked 21st in Minnesota. It has a total of 14,800 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 62.71% of applicants. Minnesota State University-Mankato offers 242 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, Ethnic Studies, and Community Health Services programs (nationally ranked 11th, 13th, and 17th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,394 for in-state students and $15,686 for those from out-of-state, Minnesota State University-Mankato is moderately priced. 49.33% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn roughly $44,900 per year, which is 8% over the national median.

Mankato, MN

https://mankato.mnsu.edu/

C+

Rating

63%

Acceptance

17,357

Students

#819

Ranking

$15,686

Tuition

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

#12 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is a large public institution located in Natchitoches, LA ranked 22nd in Louisiana. It has a total of 11,952 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 81.98% of applicants. Northwestern State University of Louisiana offers 88 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling and Radiography programs, which are respectively ranked 12th and 23rd in the US. With an annual tuition of $5,180 for students from Louisiana and $15,968 for those from out-of-state, Northwestern State University of Louisiana is reasonably priced. 39.3% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make near $34,300 per year, which is 17% less than the national median.

Natchitoches, LA

www.nsula.edu/

C

Rating

82%

Acceptance

13,314

Students

#1791

Ranking

$15,968

Tuition

Minot State University

#13 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Minot State University is a small public institution located in Minot, ND ranked 6th in North Dakota. It has a total of 3,471 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 66.67% of applicants. Minot State University offers 94 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling and History Teacher Education programs, which are respectively ranked 13th and 26th in America. With an annual tuition of $6,088 per year, Minot State University is very affordable. 33.76% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn roughly $41,200 per year, which is 1% under the national median.

Minot, ND

www.minotstateu.edu

C+

Rating

67%

Acceptance

3,839

Students

#1240

Ranking

$6,088

Tuition

University of South Dakota

#14 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

University of South Dakota is a mid-sized public university located in Vermillion, SD ranked 7th in South Dakota. It has a total of 9,117 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 86.38% acceptance rate. University of South Dakota offers 172 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, Health Care Facilities Administration, and History Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 14th, 19th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,697 for in-state students and $11,172 for those from out-of-state, University of South Dakota is relatively low-priced. 46.89% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take in approximately $42,000 per year, which is 1% greater than the national median.

Vermillion, SD

www.usd.edu

C

Rating

86%

Acceptance

12,904

Students

#1417

Ranking

$11,172

Tuition

Rhode Island College

#15 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Rhode Island College is a mid-sized public college located in Providence, RI ranked 12th in Rhode Island. It has a total of 7,998 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 78.39% acceptance rate. Rhode Island College offers 150 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, Community Health Services, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Ultrasound Technology programs (nationally ranked 15th, 21st, and 31st respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,218 for in-state students and $21,683 for those from out-of-state, Rhode Island College is somewhat moderately costly. 49.31% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to generate near $41,400 per year, which is 0% under the national median.

Providence, RI

www.ric.edu

C+

Rating

78%

Acceptance

9,500

Students

#1094

Ranking

$21,683

Tuition

University of Central Arkansas

#16 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

University of Central Arkansas is a large public institution located in Conway, AR ranked 15th in Arkansas. It has a total of 10,512 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 90.42% acceptance rate. University of Central Arkansas offers 129 different majors and is best known for its Home Economics Teacher Education, Community Health Services, and Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling programs (nationally ranked 13th, 15th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,810 for in-state students and $13,620 for those from out-of-state, University of Central Arkansas is pretty inexpensive. 37.53% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn approximately $38,300 per year, which is 8% less than the national median.

Conway, AR

www.uca.edu

C

Rating

90%

Acceptance

12,741

Students

#1826

Ranking

$13,620

Tuition

Southern University at New Orleans

#17 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Southern University at New Orleans is a small historically black public institution located in New Orleans, LA ranked 39th in Louisiana. It has a total of 2,502 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 60.33% of applicants. Southern University at New Orleans offers 27 different majors and is best known for its Family and Community Services and Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling programs, which are both ranked 17th in the nation. With an annual tuition of $4,483 for in-state students and $13,384 for those from out-of-state, Southern University at New Orleans is pretty inexpensive. 29.18% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring in more or less $28,600 per year, which is 31% less than the national median.

New Orleans, LA

www.suno.edu

F

Rating

60%

Acceptance

3,046

Students

#2870

Ranking

$13,384

Tuition

Saint Cloud State University

#18 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Saint Cloud State University is a large public institution located in Saint Cloud, MN ranked 33rd in Minnesota. It has a total of 13,967 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 90.04% of applicants. Saint Cloud State University offers 208 different majors and is best known for its Biology Teacher Education, Spanish Language Teacher Education, and Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling programs (nationally ranked 7th, 13th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,394 for students from Minnesota and $15,686 for those from out-of-state, Saint Cloud State University is moderately priced. 44.41% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring in roughly $44,200 per year, which is 6% over the national median.

Saint Cloud, MN

www.stcloudstate.edu

C

Rating

90%

Acceptance

16,326

Students

#1509

Ranking

$15,686

Tuition

Eastern Washington University

#19 Best Colleges for Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Eastern Washington University is a large public institution located in Cheney, WA ranked 22nd in Washington. It has a total of 13,910 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 95.7% of applicants. Eastern Washington University offers 144 different majors and is best known for its Developmental and Child Psychology, Web Design, and Teaching English as a Second Language programs (nationally ranked 12th, 14th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,543 for students from Washington and $24,074 for those from out-of-state, Eastern Washington University is reasonably costly. 53.27% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to make about $43,100 per year, which is 4% greater than the national median.

Cheney, WA

www.ewu.edu

C+

Rating

96%

Acceptance

15,961

Students

#1171

Ranking

$24,074

Tuition