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2021 Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

263 Colleges
$20,667 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$31,952 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections School for You

Criminal Justice & Corrections is the #34 most popular major in the country with 8,802 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Grad Degree Search has created the Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 263 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for criminal justice students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for criminal justice majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Criminal Justice

#1

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL
$5,655 Average Tuition & Fees

Our analysis found Columbia Southern University to be the best value school for criminal justice and corrections students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Columbia Southern University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the town of Orange Beach.

Columbia Southern University undergraduate students pay an average of $5,655 in tuition and fees each year.

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#2

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Fitchburg State University is a great value for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Fitchburg State are $16,585 per year.

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#3

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Westfield State University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Westfield is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Westfield.

Westfield undergraduate students pay an average of $16,929 in tuition and fees each year.

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$7,324 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend American Public University System. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at American Military University are $7,324 per year.

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$22,800 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 263 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Concordia University, Saint Paul landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Concordia University, Saint Paul is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Concordia University, Saint Paul are $22,800 per year.

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$19,560 Average Tuition & Fees

Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #6 on the list. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at ASU - Skysong are $19,560 per year.

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#7

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
$12,376 Average Tuition & Fees

Ferris State University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value criminal justice and corrections programs. Located in the town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Ferris undergraduate students pay an average of $12,376 in tuition and fees each year.

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#8

Stevenson University

Stevenson, MD
$37,142 Average Tuition & Fees

Stevenson University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Stevenson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Stevenson.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Stevenson are $37,142 a year.

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#9

Simpson College

Indianola, IA
$40,666 Average Tuition & Fees

Simpson College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the fringe town of Indianola, Simpson College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Simpson College are $40,666 per year.

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#10

Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA
$38,630 Average Tuition & Fees

Anna Maria College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #10 on the list. Anna Maria is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Paxton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Anna Maria are $38,630 per year.

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#11

Salve Regina University

Newport, RI

With a ranking of #11, Salve Regina University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the suburb of Newport, Salve Regina is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Salve Regina are $41,450 per year.

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#12

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, TX
$11,329 Average Tuition & Fees

MSU Texas did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #12 on the list. MSU Texas is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Wichita Falls.

MSU Texas undergraduate students pay an average of $11,329 in tuition and fees each year.

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#13

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
$23,750 Average Tuition & Fees

Saint Leo University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value criminal justice and corrections programs. St. Leo University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Leo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at St. Leo University are $23,750 per year.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

North Dakota State University undergraduate students pay an average of $13,757 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, North Dakota State University also did well on our Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#15

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO
$28,700 Average Tuition & Fees

Webster University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Webster is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

Webster undergraduate students pay an average of $28,700 in tuition and fees each year.

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$26,040 Average Tuition & Fees

Charleston Southern University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Charleston, CSU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at CSU are $26,040 per year.

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#17

Universidad del Turabo

Gurabo, PR
$5,820 Average Tuition & Fees

Universidad del Turabo came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Gurabo, Universidad del Turabo is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Universidad del Turabo are $5,820 a year.

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#18

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
$11,480 Average Tuition & Fees

Wilmington University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of New Castle, Wilmington University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Wilmington University are $11,480 per year.

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$14,578 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #19, Missouri Southern State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the small city of Joplin, Missouri Southern is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Missouri Southern are $14,578 per year.

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#20

Champlain College

Burlington, VT
$41,828 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #20, Champlain College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Champlain is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Burlington.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Champlain are $41,828 a year.

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$8,400 Average Tuition & Fees

Colorado State University - Global Campus ranked #21 on this year’s Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Colorado State University - Global Campus is a fairly large public school located in the city of Greenwood Village.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Colorado State University - Global Campus are $8,400 per year.

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$18,065 Average Tuition & Fees

Salem State University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Salem, Salem State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Salem State undergraduate students pay an average of $18,065 in tuition and fees each year.

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#23

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
$16,948 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #23, Saint Cloud State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. St. Cloud State University is a large public school located in the city of Saint Cloud.

St. Cloud State University undergraduate students pay an average of $16,948 in tuition and fees each year.

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#24

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA
$31,040 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #24, Holy Family University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Holy Family is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Holy Family undergraduate students pay an average of $31,040 in tuition and fees each year.

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#24

Universidad del Este

Carolina, PR
$5,820 Average Tuition & Fees

Universidad del Este did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the suburb of Carolina, UNE is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UNE are $5,820 a year.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools

#27

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA
#29

Columbus State University

Columbus, GA
#31

Curry College

Milton, MA
#33

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL
#37

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA
#38

Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools award.

Rank College Location
40 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
41 Bethel University McKenzie, TN
42 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
43 Excelsior College Albany, NY
44 Universidad Metropolitana San Juan, PR
45 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
46 Columbia College Columbia, MO
47 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
48 Ashford University San Diego, CA
49 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
50 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
51 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
52 Tiffin University Tiffin, OH

Criminal Justice & Corrections by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Criminal Justice & Corrections is one of 3 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Criminal Justice

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security 2,551
Other Homeland Security 612
Fire Protection 109

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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