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2021 Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools

382 Colleges
$31,952 Avg Salary
$24,936 Avg Student Debt

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 Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 382 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Criminal Justice & Corrections program at each school on the list.

Check out the criminal justice programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our 2021 rankings named John Jay College of Criminal Justice the most popular school in the United States for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the city of New York, John Jay is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Liberty University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#3

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

Out of the 382 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Saint Leo University landed the # 3 spot on the list. St. Leo University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Saint Leo.

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Out of the 382 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Phoenix - Arizona landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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The excellent programs at Arizona State University - Skysong helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best criminal justice and corrections schools in the United States. ASU - Skysong is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

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Southern New Hampshire University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#7

University of New Haven

West Haven, CT

University of New Haven did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #7 on the list. University of New Haven is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of West Haven.

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#8

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

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#9

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

With a ranking of #9, University of San Diego did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for criminal justice and corrections students. USD is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

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#10

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a very large student population.

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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Cincinnati, UC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #12, American Public University System did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #13, University of Massachusetts - Lowell did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for criminal justice and corrections students. UMass Lowell is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Lowell.

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#14

Grambling State University

Grambling, LA

Grambling State University ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the distant town of Grambling, GSU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#15

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

With a ranking of #15, Ashford University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the large city of San Diego, Ashford University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Maryland Global Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Adelphi, UMGC is a public college with a very large student population.

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#17

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

Sam Houston State University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular criminal justice and corrections programs. SHSU is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Huntsville.

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#18

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

With a ranking of #18, Walden University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Walden University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

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#19

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular criminal justice and corrections programs. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Colorado Springs.

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#21

Salve Regina University

Newport, RI

Salve Regina University ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Newport, Salve Regina is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#22

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#23

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#24

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#25

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

With a ranking of #25, University of Louisville did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the city of Louisville, UofL is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#27

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN
#28

Universidad del Turabo

Gurabo, PR
#28

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#30

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#31

Columbus State University

Columbus, GA
#31

Utica College

Utica, NY
#33

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX
#34

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN
#34

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#36

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#37

Champlain College

Burlington, VT
#38

Faulkner University

Montgomery, AL
#39

University of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD
#40

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC
#41

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL
#41

Universidad del Este

Carolina, PR
#43

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL
#44

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT
#46

Troy University

Troy, AL
#47

University at Albany

Albany, NY
#48

Robert Morris University

Moon Township, PA
#49

George Washington University

Washington, DC

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 382 different United States criminal justice and corrections schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
49 George Washington University Washington, DC
52 Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Tulsa, OK
53 Curry College Milton, MA
54 Florida International University Miami, FL
54 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
56 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY
56 LIU Post Brookville, NY

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
58 Southern University and A & M College Baton Rouge, LA
59 Southern University at New Orleans New Orleans, LA
59 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
61 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Philadelphia, PA
62 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
62 Northeastern University Boston, MA
62 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
65 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
65 Marshall University Huntington, WV
65 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
65 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
69 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
69 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
71 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
71 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
71 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
74 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
74 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
74 Webster University Saint Louis, MO

Criminal Justice & Corrections by Region

View the Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools for a specific region near you.

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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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