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101 Most Affordable BSW (Bachelor’s in Social Work) Programs in America

Most Affordable BSW BadgeIf you’re a soon-to-be undergrad and you’ve already made up your mind that you’re going to be a professional social worker, then you’re clearly someone with a lot of heart– and a lot of focus on your career goals. And if you’ve already got your stuff together enough to be planning your career in social work, then you probably already know that you’re ultimately going to need a master’s degree to get there.

A bachelor’s degree in social work is the single smartest step you can take toward earning the coveted MSW (Master of Social Work) degree that will unlock your career in professional social work. Not only is it going to give you the liberal arts education that will prepare you with the kind of critical thinking, communication and writing skills it takes to make your way in the professional world, it also provides the focused field-specific knowledge it takes to begin really wrapping your head around professional practice in the field of social work… all while ensuring you’ll have advanced standing in the master’s program you eventually enroll in, saving you as much as a year’s worth of time and tuition. This makes a BSW the only option for anyone looking for the most efficient and cost effective path to a career as a licensed clinical social worker.

All this makes it a pretty popular degree in American colleges today, and as you well know, the cost of a four-year education isn’t exactly peanuts these days. That means you’re going to be looking hard to find a program that not only gives you excellent preparation in the principles and essential elements of social work, but one that also has a price tag you can afford.

Which is why we put together this list of the best-priced CSWE-accredited BSW programs in every state – featuring one public and one private institution per state where both options are available.

How We Analyzed Tuition Costs When Building This List

So you’re probably wondering how we decided what the best value was, and why we chose one public and one private school program for each state. Great questions!

Looking at Public and Private Institutions Separately

We decided not to pit public and private schools up against each other when looking at cost.

Private schools sometimes have more resources and bigger name recognition on a national level, both factors that can mean more of a draw for the top names in the faculty market. But this can also mean higher tuition rates than state residents would pay at a state school.

State schools, on the other hand, can off-set the tuition they charge in-state residents by charging a premium to non-residents. This often makes them hard to beat on price for students living in the state who can pretty much count on getting the best deal available.

However, the private university down the street with tuition rates higher than what a resident would pay at a state school might actually be the more affordable option for international students and students coming in from other states.

Two Schools Per State… Give or Take

To give you the full picture of the entire BSW pricing landscape with both residents and non-residents in mind, we made the decision to feature both the best-priced public school and the best-priced private school in each state.

If there was only one CSWE-accredited BSW program – or only one from either category (public or private) – we went ahead and included them in the spirit of showing you the full picture.

And if there were additional programs that were really close to tying with the least expensive, with a tuition rate within about $1,000, we went ahead and included them as well.

So though as a rule you’ll find two programs per state on this list – one public and one private – you’ll also find states where there is only one, and a few where there is more than two.

Total Tuition Cost

Often you’ll find pricing information from schools and third-party websites presented on a cost-per-year, cost-per-semester or cost-per-credit basis. But since you’re the type of person who’s already looking years ahead to plan for your career and the education you need to get there, we know you’d prefer to see exactly what the next four years of your five-year plan are going to cost.

Since schools sometimes only give their cost-per-credit, this often meant a little number crunching to arrive at the totals, a small extra step that we felt was well worth it to come up with a single, accurate and complete point of comparison.

That’s why we didn’t mess around with anything other than the total program cost when making our analysis, and that’s also what we present to you here.

Finding the Average Cost in Each State Provides the Best Point of Comparison

Price comparisons are only meaningful when comparing like to like. If you live near Omaha, you don’t likely have any reason to care about what a degree in Manhattan costs, but you might care a lot about how the price compares to other similar programs in Lincoln and Kearney.

That’s why we figured the average cost of the accredited BSW programs by state. And for all the obvious reasons, this meant finding a state average for the programs offered at public schools, and a separate average for the ones offered at private schools.

This allows us to show you how much less the programs on this list cost than the average going rate in the state, so there’s no question about what a great deal you’ll be getting by going with one of these programs.

We Know Cost Isn’t Everything, So You Can Be Sure These Programs Are Also Top Quality

As someone preparing for a career that involves saving lives, you’re not interested in saving dollars if it means compromising anything important in your education. First and foremost, you want a top quality education, and if you can get it at a good price, then that’s even better.

Accreditation

Naturally, every school on the list is accredited by either a regional or national accrediting body recognized by CHEA (Council for Higher Education)and the USDE (United States Department of Education). That’s an absolute baseline quality measure for any school, no matter what kind of degrees they offer, but it actually tells you very little about their social work programs specifically.

For an assurance of quality in the social work sphere, you need to look at BSW programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation.

CSWE accreditation is similar to the general accreditations from regional and national accreditors, except that it focuses exclusively on elements of the program related to social work; things like:

  • How the curriculum is built and kept current
  • How faculty are vetted and evaluated
  • Testing and grading standards
  • Resources and administrative support systems

The CSWE Commission on Accreditation ploughs through mountains of paperwork to make these assessments, makes on-site visits as a matter of course, and, as if that weren’t enough, they go back and do it all over again every few years to make sure the standards haven’t slipped.

Value Is A Personal Matter

You can be confident in the quality of every single one of the degrees we list here, and you can also be sure that every single one of them offers the lowest tuition rate for its category– public or private.

But, value is often subjective. So we did more than just build you a list of schools with tuition rates; we gave you a profile of each of the programs that made the list.

Here, you’ll not only find the cost, but also a ton of other valuable information about each school. We looked hard at the elements that make a program unique. Every BSW will have elements of a general liberal arts education; the communication, history, logic, and critical thinking components that make a 4-year degree so valuable.

But we also made a point to identify the things we know will make for a great student experience, and an exceptional social work education. Does the school go out of their way to bring in rock star faculty or guest lecturers? Is there a specialization or series of electives that you can’t find anywhere else? Partnerships with outside agencies that give you the opportunity to get out on the streets and learn from experts who are out there doing the job every day?

We note all of those little extras that we know will mean something to you, the student, and give you a thumbnail sketch of the program to better inform your decision.

State by State Guide to the Most Affordable BSW Programs in America

So here you have it – the best-priced CSWE-accredited BSW programs in every state, along with all the other information you’ll need to make your decision. You’ll get the whole picture here. We’re confident you’ll find the perfect BSW program somewhere on this list.


Alabama

 
Talladega College (PR)

Social Work Department

Talladega, Alabama

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $44,768

$18,588 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Impressive student-to-faculty ratio of just 12:1
  • Talladega College is among the nation’s oldest historically black institutions
  • Outstanding student services and resources through the school’s Office of Career Pathways and Community Partnerships and Student Success Center
  • Program boasts a dedicated, international faculty

A private college that’s among the oldest historically black institutions, a personal learning experience, and a program cost that rivals many public schools are just the beginning of what Talladega College’s BSW program has to offer aspiring social workers like you. Choose Talladega College for your BSW and you can expect a dedicated, international faculty, a comprehensive course of study that seamlessly combines classroom theory with practical experiences, and outstanding support through the school’s Office of Career Pathways and Community Partnerships and Student Success Center. Just some of the services and resources available here include tutoring and mentoring services, academic success workshops, and appreciative coaching/advising.

 
University of North Alabama (PU)

Department of Social Work

Florence, Alabama

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $33,240 (in-state), $66,480 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $7,773 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Optional 18-credit Child Welfare Certificate can be earned concurrently
  • Outstanding student services and resources available through the university’s Success Center
  • Some courses offered online for added convenience and flexibility

The University of North Alabama’s BSW is affordable, comprehensive and committed to producing tomorrow’s social work professionals who will advance social and economic justice and human well-being. At nearly $8,000 less than the state average among social work bachelor’s degrees at public institutions, the University of North Alabama’s BSW is a model of affordability. This program features a robust classroom experience and plenty of opportunities for hands-on experience in community service learning settings. Interested in adding another layer to your BSW? Consider completing the Child Welfare Certificate alongside your undergrad degree. As a student here, you’ll have access to superb resources and services through the Success Center.

 
Alabama State University (PU)

Department of Social Work

Montgomery, Alabama

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $33,312 (in-state), $66,624 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $7,701 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Minor in Social Welfare available for students interested in analyzing present social welfare policy and programs and formulating and advocating for alternative ones
  • Outstanding opportunities to engage in community service projects
  • Personalized attention and mentoring through a dedicated faculty and low, 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio

Alabama State University’s BSW is where value meets academic excellence. Choose this program, which is more than $7,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degrees at public schools and you’ll earn a degree from a widely respected, world-class institution that features a culturally diverse student body, a low, 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and outstanding personal attention, mentoring, and encouragement from a dedicated faculty. In addition to the BSW’s robust and comprehensive curriculum, Alabama State also offers a minor in Social Welfare. Choose this minor if you’re interested in analyzing present social welfare policy and programs and formulating and advocating for alternative ones. As a student here, you’ll also enjoy outstanding opportunities to make a difference through community service projects. Students at ASU contribute to programs that include Advancing Minority Entrepreneurship, the HIV/AIDS Awareness Division, Gateway to East Asia, and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, among many more.

Alaska

 
University of Alaska Anchorage (PU)

School of Social Work

Anchorage, Alaska

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $25,440 (in-state), $38,160 (WUE), $90,120 (out-of-state)

  • One of only two CSWE-accredited BSWs in the state
  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW or MSW/MPH programs
  • Outstanding 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Superb opportunities for social service and engagement through the Social Work Student Coalition and Epsilon Chi Chapter of Phi Alpha, the national honor society for social work students

Ready to become a social worker but not ready to break the bank in the process? Then the University of Alaska Anchorage’s BSW program is for you! The BSW here, which prepares students as generalist social workers, focuses on social and economic justice for all, particularly the citizens of Alaska. Choose University of Alaska Anchorage for your social work undergraduate degree and you’ll have access to the university’s Child Welfare Academy, the premier training facility for Alaska social workers and child welfare professionals. You’ll also enjoy opportunities to make a difference through groups like the Social Work Student Coalition and Epsilon Chi Chapter of Phi Alpha, the national honor society for social work students.

 
University of Alaska Fairbanks (PU)

Department of Social Work

Fairbanks, Alaska

Website

BASW

(on-campus, online, hybrid)

Estimated program cost: $25,440 (in-state), $38,160 (WUE), $90,120 (out-of-state)

  • One of only two CSWE-accredited BSWs in the state
  • Program delivered either on-campus or online
  • Specialty distance-based cohort program designed specifically for students with experience in the social work field
  • Exceptional opportunities for student engagement and service through the Organization of Student Social Workers, the Alaska Native Social Worker Association, and the National Social Workers Association

The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ BSW is where you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to begin a career in social work – all at an incredible value. With a major emphasis on working with the rural and Alaska native populations, the BSW through the University of Alaska Fairbanks is comprehensive, robust, and truly affordable. Plus, it’s available as either an on-campus or online program, so earning your undergrad degree has never been more convenient. The online program offers the same quality curriculum, content, and structure as the campus-based program, so whichever program you choose, you know you’ll be receiving the highest quality instruction. Do you already have experience in the social work field? Consider the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ distance-based cohort program, which features a blend of on-campus intensive classroom instruction and distance-based audio conference courses.

Arizona

 
Northern Arizona University – Yuma (PU)

Department of Social Work

Yuma, Arizona

Website

BASW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $30,872 (in-state), $48,912 (WUE), $85,296 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $6,692 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Generalist program with a focus on the needs of the vulnerable and oppressed living along the U.S.-Mexico border
  • Only CSWE-accredited social work bachelor’s program in the nation to offer this focus
  • Outstanding faculty of expert scholars and researchers 

At nearly $7,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools, Northern Arizona University’s BASW program at its Yuma campus is a true value for aspiring social workers like you. But it’s also comprehensive and relevant, as it’s designed as a generalist program that pays particular attention to the needs of the vulnerable and oppressed living along the U.S.-Mexico border. In fact, it’s the only CSWE-accredited program in the nation that focuses specifically on U.S.-Mexico border issues and populations with the goal of preparing students who are well-versed in the issues that affect communities in this region. Choose Northern Arizona University-Yuma for your BASW and you’ll also benefit from an outstanding faculty of expert scholars and researchers with experience in this critical area. 

Arkansas

 
Philander Smith College (PR)

Division of Social Sciences and Social Work

Little Rock, Arkansas

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $47,216

$14,672 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Exciting opportunities for undergraduate research and study abroad experiences
  • Program boasts small class sizes, a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and an intimate learning environment
  • Outstanding student resources and services include a first year experience mentoring program and workshops, career and graduate schools fairs, service projects, and more through the Office of Professional Development

Philander Smith College’s BSW program, at nearly $15,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs, is a true value in private education. Choose Philander Smith for your BSW and you’ll benefit from this historically black college’s many programs, including its study abroad program and undergraduate research program, both of which are designed to add another dimension to your post-secondary education. You’ll also appreciate the college’s focus on student success, which includes a first year experience mentoring program and workshops, career and graduate schools fairs, service projects, and more through the Office of Professional Development.

 
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (PU)

Department of Social Work

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Website

BASW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $19,680 (in-state), $44,640 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $8,269 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • University boasts a low, 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • University is part of the Arkansas Academic Partnership, a statewide collaboration of nine Arkansas universities and the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services that’s focused on education and training to improve child welfare practices
  • Outstanding support and guidance offered through the Office of Career Services

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s BASW, at more than $8,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools, is value epitomized. And thanks to its robust and rigorous course of study that blends classroom theory with practical learning experiences, it’s also a leader in academic excellence. Designed as a generalist program, the BASW here will prepare you as a practitioner capable of working with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Choose the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and you’ll be part of a 140-year-old institution that’s known for its diverse student population, competitive degrees, and outstanding faculty. As a social work student, you’ll be able to participate in the Arkansas Academic Partnership, a statewide collaboration of nine Arkansas universities and the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services that’s focused on education and training to improve child welfare practices.

California

 
Pacific Union College (PR)

Department of Psychology and Social Work

Angwin, California

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $115,356

$32,352 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • University has been consistently ranked as a leading liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report since 2009
  • Exciting opportunities for undergraduate research
  • Outstanding student-to-faculty ratio of just 13:1

Among private schools in California, Pacific Union College stands out from the rest, thanks to its affordable undergraduate tuition that comes in at more than $30,000 less than the state average. Like its many other degree programs, Pacific Union’s BSW program is rooted in value. This program seamlessly blends classroom theory with research and practical experiences to produce a well-rounded course of study that’s designed to prepare you to work with a variety of populations and in a variety of settings. Want another reason to choose Pacific Union for your BSW? It’s been consistently ranked as a leading liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report since 2009.

 
California State University San Bernardino (PU)

School of Social Work

San Bernardino, California

Website

BASW

(on-campus, hybrid)

Estimated program cost: $15,312 (in-state), $31,680 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $16,448 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW or MSW/MPA program
  • Optional Public Child Welfare Training (Title IV-E) training program provides you with the opportunity to prepare for work in child welfare
  • University has partnerships with more than 80 agencies for exciting field placement experiences
  • Pathway Distance Education Program offers a hybrid BASW that includes both online and on-campus courses
  • University consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities by publications like Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and the Princeton Review

California State University San Bernardino’s BASW is proof positive that you don’t need to sacrifice academic quality for value. At more than $16,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools, the BSW is an affordable route to a career in social work. This program’s comprehensive coursework, exciting field placement experiences, and opportunities to participate in service learning and research prepares aspiring social workers like you to become effective agents of positive change. The generalist coursework of this program is designed to prepare you to work in a variety of settings with diverse populations, while its Public Child Welfare Training (Title IV-E) training program provides you with the opportunity to prepare for work in child welfare. Thanks to the university’s Pathway Distance Education Program, you can also complete the BASW through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.

Colorado

 
Metropolitan State University of Denver (PU)

Department of Social Work

Denver, Colorado

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $24,976 (in-state), $77,696 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $14,618 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Outstanding support and guidance offered through the Office of Social Work Student Services
  • Superb opportunities to engage with your peers and give back to the community through student clubs and organizations like the Student Association of Social Workers, Phi Alpha, and Building Allies of Diversity

Metropolitan State University of Denver’s BSW program is rooted in value and quality, offering aspiring social workers like you a solid and affordable course of study that’s designed to prepare you to work with diverse populations on multiple issues and goals. Choose this program and you’ll also benefit from the university’s superb student resources offered through the Office of Social Work Student Services. The staff here offers the advising, support, and one-on-one mentoring you’ll need to experience academic success. You’ll also have ample opportunities to engage with your peers and give back to the community through student clubs and organizations like the Student Association of Social Workers, Phi Alpha, and Building Allies of Diversity.

Connecticut

 
University of Saint Joseph (PR)

School of Social Work and Equitable Community Practice

West Hartford, Connecticut

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $149,444

$7,578 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • University ranked among the top 10 “Colleges That Add the Most Value” by MONEY magazine
  • Personalize your degree through your choice of a Latino Community Practice or Bilingual Career Development certificate
  • Optional accelerated BSW for experienced professionals offers the choice of a Latino Community Practice or Criminal Justice concentration

The University of Saint Joseph’s BSW features a generalist program that’s designed to prepare you for a wide range of fulfilling social service careers working with diverse populations. Choose Saint Joseph for your BSW and you’ll enjoy: a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 11:1…an excellent location in West Hartford, midway between Boston and NYC…and the option of adding a certificate in Latino Community Practice or Bilingual Career Development. Plus, if you have previous volunteer or professional experience in social work, you’ll have the opportunity to complete the university’s social work completion BSW, an accelerated, two-year program that offers the choice of a Latino Community Practice or Criminal Justice concentration.

 
Southern Connecticut State University (PU)

Social Work Department

New Haven, Connecticut

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $22,568 (in-state), $67,528 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $10,186 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW and DSW programs
  • Program boasts a dedicated and highly esteemed faculty, small class sizes, and a variety of collaborative research opportunities
  • Outstanding opportunities to volunteer, network, and engage with the social work community through the school’s Social Welfare Organization

At more than $10,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools, Southern Connecticut State University’s BSW is where you’ll find the lowest cost CSWE-accredited program in the state. But it’s also where you’ll engage in a comprehensive and robust course of study that’s designed to prepare you for entry-level social work positions. Southern Connecticut boasts a dedicated and highly esteemed faculty, small class sizes, collaborative research opportunities, and exciting field practice opportunities throughout New Haven and Connecticut. Choose Southern Connecticut for your BSW and you’ll enjoy opportunities to participate in the school’s Social Welfare Organization, the undergraduate social work student organization. Just some of the opportunities here include volunteering at social service organizations, participating in the CT Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers’ annual conference, and organizing presentations on social work issues.

 
Eastern Connecticut State University (PU)

Department of Social Work

Willimantic, Connecticut

Website

BASW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $22,712 (in-state), $95,456 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $10,042 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • University ranked among the top Regional Public Universities in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report and among the top schools in Connecticut in 2017-18 by College Consensus
  • Exciting study abroad and service learning opportunities available
  • University is home to the Civic Action Conference, which focuses on the role of service learning in urban revival and career readiness via community-based projects

Eastern Connecticut State University’s BASW program is a model of affordability and academic excellence. In addition to offering their BASW at about $10,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s programs at public schools, the university has been consistently recognized for its academic rigor and the success of its students. In fact, U.S. News & World Report named it among the top Regional Public Universities in 2018 and College Consensus ranked it among the top schools in Connecticut in 2017-18. As the only public liberal arts university in Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State employs an educational model built around social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and educational access. Choose this university for your BASW and you’ll enjoy opportunities to study abroad to locations like Australia, Belgium, Costa Rica, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in a variety of service learning projects through the Center for Community Engagement.

Delaware

 
Delaware State University (PU)

Department of Social Work

Dover, Delaware

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $31,472 (in-state), $67,616 (out-of-state)

  • Only CSWE-accredited BSW in the state
  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Superb, personalized advisement through the Student Services Center and from a dedicated faculty
  • Opportunities to participate in undergraduate research on projects related to social work and health-related sciences

Delaware State University’s BSW program is affordable, comprehensive, and well-rounded, preparing aspiring social workers like you with the knowledge and training necessary to become effective generalist practitioners capable of working with a variety of individuals, groups, and populations. Choose Delaware State for your undergrad social work degree and you’ll benefit from one-on-one advising from the social work faculty throughout the course of the program, ensuring you’re always on track. The Student Services Center here is also on call, ready to help you set goals and establish strategies for success. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn through the Delaware Center for Health Promotion, which is housed in the university, and collaborate with faculty members to conduct diverse research projects related to social work and health-related sciences.

District of Columbia - Washington, D.C.

 
Gallaudet University (PR)

Department of Social Work

Washington D.C.

Website

BASW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $132,096

$24,032 less than the District average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Optional minor in Family Studies or Child Development specialization available
  • Gallaudet is the premier institution for learning, teaching, and research for deaf and hard-of-hearing students
  • Outstanding record of student success: 95% of Gallaudet graduates are either employed or in graduate school

Gallaudet University, the premier institution for learning, teaching, and research for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, is also an exceptional value among private institutions in Washington D.C. The BASW program here, which is designed to prepare students to become generalist social work professionals, is comprehensive, rigorous, and rooted in this university’s commitment to excellence. In fact, more than 95% of Gallaudet graduates go on to fulltime employment or graduate school. As a student here, you’ll have ample opportunities to give back to the community through the Phi Alpha Pi National Honor Society in Social Work. Just a few of the service learning projects students here have been involved in include raising funds for deaf tsunami victims in Sri Lanka and for victims of Hurricane Katrina, building homes for Habitat for Humanity, and fundraising for organizations like Deaf REACH, Washington Urban League, and the Deaf Abused Women’s Network.

 
University of the District of Columbia (PU)

College of Arts & Sciences

Washington D.C.

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $28,800 (in-state), $33,216 (Metro), $60,384 (out-of-state)

  • Only CSWE-accredited BSW at a private school in the District
  • Program designed as a generalist program with a focus on D.C.’s urban, multicultural population
  • Program boasts a dedicated faculty of instructors and mentors
  • Exciting opportunities to participate in a variety of advocacy projects and activities

The BSW at the University of the District of Columbia is not just affordable, it’s comprehensive and robust, preparing aspiring social workers like you to become generalists capable of working with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations, particularly D.C.’s urban, multicultural population. Choose the University of the District of Columbia for your BSW and you’ll learn under a dedicated faculty of instructors and mentors while enjoying ample opportunities to participate in a variety of advocacy projects and activities through the Social Work Association and Phi Alpha, the National Social Work Honor Society. You’ll also have access to outstanding career resources and services through the Office of Career Services.

Florida

 
Florida Memorial University (PR)

Department of Social Sciences

Miami Gardens, Florida

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $50,304 (in-state)

$38,484 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Program boasts a dedicated faculty of instructors
  • Small class sizes ensure an intimate learning environment
  • Outstanding student services include peer mentors, free tutoring, and dedicated counseling

Florida Memorial University’s BSW, at nearly $39,000 less than the state average for BSW degree programs at private schools, offers aspiring social workers like you with the value you need and the quality you demand. Designed to produce generalist social workers, Florida Memorial’s BSW is part of a culturally diverse institution with roots dating back to 1879. As a student there, you’ll benefit from a dedicated faculty, a small community that features an intimate learning environment, and excellent student support services that include peer mentors, free tutoring, and dedicated counseling to ensure your success throughout the program.

 
Florida Atlantic University (PU)

School of Social Work

Boca Raton, Florida

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $12,600 (in-state), $71,880 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $6,280 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW and DSW programs
  • Child Welfare and Healthy Aging Certificates can be earned concurrently with your degree
  • Classes are offered at each of the university’s four campuses: Boca Raton, Davie, Jupiter, and Fort Lauderdale
  • Exciting opportunities to engage with your peers and meet industry professionals through the Students of Social Work

Florida Atlantic University’s BSW program offers a rigorous classroom experience, exciting hands-on training, and an outstanding value for aspiring social workers like you. Choose this program and you’ll be prepared to assume a variety of entry-level social work positions related to everything from child welfare to education to criminal justice and more. You’ll also be well-positioned to continue your studies through the university’s MSW program. For maximum convenience, most classes are offered at each of the university’s four campuses located in Boca Raton, Davie, Jupiter, and Fort Lauderdale. You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in the Students of Social Work club, which hosts social events, workshops and panels where you can engage with your peers and network with professionals in the social work field. Want to add another dimension to your BSW? You can earn the Child Welfare Certificate or Healthy Aging Certificate alongside your undergrad degree.

 
University of Central Florida (PU)

School of Social Work

Orlando, Florida

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $12,600 (in-state), $35,880 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $6,280 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW and PhD in Public Affairs – Social Work programs
  • Select courses are offered through a hybrid/online delivery for maximum flexibility
  • Personalize your degree by completing a certificate or minor in Aging Studies, a minor in Non-Profit Management, or a certificate in Children’s Services
  • Exciting opportunities for undergraduate research through the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training

At more than $6,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools, the University of Central Florida’s BSW is a model of value. But this program offers much more than just a competitive price tag. Through a comprehensive curriculum and plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning, the BSW here is rigorous and relevant. For maximum flexibility, some of the classes are also offered in a hybrid or online format. Want to add another dimension to your degree? Consider completing the certificate or minor in Aging Studies, the minor in Non-Profit Management, or the Children’s Services certificate. Plus, many of the students here are actively engaged in research activities through the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, the first center established in the School of Social Work.

 
University of South Florida (PU)

School of Social Work

Tampa, Florida

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $12,600 (in-state), $54,240 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $6,280 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW, PhD in Social Work, and MSW/MPH programs
  • University partnerships with more than 200 field agencies and more than 300 placement sites ensure outstanding opportunities for real-world learning
  • Superb alumni network of more than 4,000

The University of South Florida’s BSW is where aspiring social workers like you head for a comprehensive and affordable education in social work. Designed as a generalist program, the BSW here will prepare you to become a practitioner for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities through a robust curriculum and related field experiences. Thanks to the school’s partnership with more than 200 field agencies and more than 300 placement sites, you’ll enjoy outstanding opportunities for real-world learning. Choose the University of South Florida for your undergrad social work degree and you’ll learn under a dedicated and highly accomplished faculty that’s engaged in research and service, all while benefiting from the support of an extensive alumni network of more than 4,000.

Georgia

 
Thomas University (PR)

Division of Social Work

Thomasville, Georgia

Website

BSW

(on-campus, online, hybrid)

Estimated program cost: $63,760

$9,480 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Partnership with Tallahassee Community College allows students to complete their BSW entirely through TCC
  • Online and hybrid formats available for the best in convenience and flexibility
  • Exciting opportunities to volunteer and study abroad
  • Low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 15:1 ensures an intimate learning environment

Thomas University offers a private education in social work at an incredible value! Priced nearly $10,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools, the BSW at Thomas is a model of affordability. But this program comes with many more perks, including: a hybrid and online program delivery…a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 15:1…and the option of completing your degree through Tallahassee Community College. Thanks to a partnership between Thomas and TCC, aspiring social workers like you can earn your BSW through TCC while benefiting from the resources at Thomas. Choose Thomas for your BSW and you’ll also have many opportunities to complete volunteer experiences and study abroad in places like Nicaragua, France, Luxembourg, and Honduras.

 
Dalton State College (PU)

Department of Social Work

Dalton, Georgia

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $12,504 (in-state), $46,192 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $11,994 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Program focuses on a generalist curriculum that prepares students with a working knowledge of Spanish
  • Program designed to address the unique needs of the Hispanic/Latino community in Northwest Georgia and the long-term residents of the Southern Appalachian region
  • Exciting cross-cultural experiences available to locations like Mexico, Costa Rico, and Puerto Rico

Dalton State College’s BSW offers everything you’d want in a social work bachelor’s degree, including an incredible program cost that comes in at nearly $12,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools. Designed to prepare highly competent generalist social workers who have a working-level knowledge of Spanish, the BSW here prepares aspiring social workers like you to work with the expanding Hispanic/Latino community in Northwest Georgia, as well as the long-term residents of the Southern Appalachian region. Just a few of the agencies that have hosted BSW students include the Department of Family and Children’s Services, Hamilton Hospice, Hamilton Medical Center, and the NWGA Family Crisis Center. As a student here, you’ll also be encouraged to participate in a cross-cultural study program, either in the U.S. or another country. Just a few of the locations where former students have studied and gained experience include Puerto Rico, Costa Rico, and Mexico.

Guam

 
University of Guam (PU)

Division of Social Work

Mangilao, Guam

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $25,200 (in-territory), $60,480 (out-of-territory)

  • Only CSWE-accredited BSW in Guam
  • Program emphasizes the unique challenges of the communities of Guam, Micronesia, and the neighboring regions of the Pacific and Asia
  • Exciting opportunities for hands-on learning through the university’sGuam/Micronesian Area Health Education Center

The University of Guam’s BSW program is the affordable path to fulfilling the knowledge and training necessary to serve as an effective social work practitioner in a variety of settings and with a variety of populations, including the communities of Guam, Micronesia, and the neighboring regions of the Pacific and Asia. As a student of the University of Guam, you’ll enjoy opportunities to gain experience through the university’s Guam/Micronesian Area Health Education Center, which works to improve healthcare in underserved communities.

Hawaii

 
Brigham Young University – Hawaii (PR)

Department of Social Work

Honolulu, Hawaii

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $22,240 (LDS), $44,480 (non-LDS)

$52,680 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Outstanding worldwide alumni network of more than 30,000
  • Exciting opportunities to engage with your peers and give back to the community through the Social Work Student Association and the Kappa Chi chapter of Phi Alpha, the National Social Work Honor Society
  • Outstanding research opportunities available through the university’s Student Research Associate program

Choose the BSW through Brigham Young University – Hawaii and you’ll enjoy not just a truly affordable program (over $52,000 less than the state average for accredited BSW programs at private schools), but also a program that’s designed to prepare you to be a truly effective generalist practitioner in a variety of direct practice settings like children’s service agencies, halfway houses, nursing homes, rape crisis centers, and human service settings, among others. As a student at BYU-Hawaii, you’ll also have ample opportunities to engage with your peers and give back to the community through the Social Work Student Association and the Kappa Chi chapter of Phi Alpha, the National Social Work Honor Society. Plus, you’ll be able to participate in the Student Research Associate Program, which includes working on a project alongside a sponsoring faculty mentor.

Idaho

 
Brigham Young University - Idaho (PR)

Department of Sociology and Social Work

Rexburg, Idaho

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $16,472 (LDS), $32,944 (non-LDS)

$50,364 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Exciting electives available to personalize your degree
  • Outstanding worldwide alumni network of more than 30,000
  • Opportunities to serve your community and network with your peers through the Social Work Society

At over $50,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs offered at private institutions, BYU-Idaho’s BSW is value epitomized. It’s also a comprehensive and rigorous program that’s supported by an internationally renowned university boasting a worldwide alumni network of more than 30,000. Choose BYU-Idaho’s BSW program and you’ll enjoy opportunities to specialize your course of study through a large selection of electives like Developmental Psychology Lifespan, Child & Family Advocacy, Gerontology, and American Sign Language. You’ll also enjoy engaging with your peers and serving your community through membership and participation in the Social Work Society.

 
Lewis-Clark State College (PU)

Social Sciences Division

Lewiston, Idaho

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $26,472 (in-state), $41,968 (Asotin County), $76,944 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $5,112 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Outstanding student-to-teacher ratio of just 13:1
  • Superb record of student success: 94% placement rate among graduates
  • Exciting study abroad and national student exchange program opportunities

With a graduate placement rate of 94%, small class sizes, a dedicated faculty, and a competitive tuition, Lewis-Clark State College has everything you’d want in a BSW program. In addition to a comprehensive curriculum and opportunities for exceptional, hands-on experiences, you’ll enjoy outstanding opportunities for study abroad opportunities in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and New Zealand, as well as national student exchange programs between Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the mainland U.S.

Illinois

 
St. Augustine College (PR)

Chicago, Illinois

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $45,600

$63,753 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Program boasts a dedicated faculty and a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 16:1
  • Program emphasizes working with diverse urban populations, particularly the Latino community of Chicago
  • Outstanding career counseling, resources, and services available

St. Augustine College’s BSW boasts a dedicated faculty, a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 16:1, and a truly affordable program cost that falls nearly $64,000 less than the state average for BSW programs at private schools. This program also features a comprehensive curriculum that’s designed to prepare general practitioners capable of working with diverse urban populations, particularly the Latino community of Chicago. The relevant curriculum of the BSW focuses on the unique cultural, educational, and socioeconomic gaps in the neighborhoods of Chicago and beyond. As a student here, you’ll also have access to St. Augustine’s outstanding career resources and services, which include career counseling, career exploration, work readiness, and job search services.

 
Western Illinois University (PU)

Health Sciences Undergraduate Programs

Macomb, Illinois

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $34,200 (in-state), $34,200 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $5,658 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Outstanding student-to-teacher ratio of just 14:1
  • University recognized as a top Midwestern college by the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report
  • University named as a ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ by Washington Monthly
  • Outstanding study abroad opportunities

A well-rounded course of study that’s priced nearly $6,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools is at the heart of Western Illinois University’s BSW program. Choose Western Illinois and you’ll be part of a respected university that’s been recognized as a top Midwestern college by the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report and a ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ by Washington Monthly. As a student here, you’ll also enjoy opportunities to socialize and work with fellow students and professionals in the social work field through organizations like the Social Work Student Association and the Phi Alpha Honor Society – Kappa Sigma Chapter and through study abroad opportunities, including faculty-led programs and internships in places like Ecuador and Puerto Rico.

Indiana

 
Indiana Wesleyan University (PR)

Division of Behavioral Sciences

Marion, Indiana

Website

BSW

(online)

Estimated program cost: $106,520

$25,443 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Fully online program features a cohort learning environment for the best in collaboration and support
  • Exciting opportunities to study abroad, complete a semester at the Christian Center for Urban Studies in Chicago, and complete an International Servant Leadership Experience/Social Work Practice experience in Hungary

If you’re looking for a university that will prepare you as an entry-level social worker without breaking your budget, then Indiana Wesleyan University’s BSW is for you! This program features a total cost that’s more than $25,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools, along with a comprehensive curriculum and related real-world experiences that are designed to prepare you for a career in the broad social work sector. Choose Indiana Wesleyan’s BSW and you’ll enjoy close relationships with the program’s dedicated faculty, study abroad opportunities, the opportunity to take courses at the Christian Center for Urban Studies in Chicago for a semester, and the opportunity to participate in the International Servant Leadership Experience, a summer-term course that’s designed to provide you with a practical learning experience in Hungary. You’ll study alongside a cohort of fellow students throughout this fully online program, thereby ensuring superb support, communication and collaboration.

 
Purdue University Northwest (PU)

College of Humanities, Education, and the Social Sciences

Westville, Indiana

Website

BASW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $27,728 (in-state), $66,456 (out-of-state), $41,600 (new domestic non-resident)

In-state tuition $4,129 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Most classes available at both the Hammond and Westville campuses
  • Esteemed university system includes an alumni network of more than 60,000 and a student body that represents 31 states and 46 countries
  • Program boasts a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 16:1

At more than $4,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools, Purdue University Northwest’s BASW is the affordable path to earning the degree you need to kickstart your career in the social work sector. Offered at the university’s Hammond and Westville campuses, the BASW will provide aspiring social workers like you with the classroom theory and practical experiences you’ll need to make a difference for individuals, groups, and communities. Choose Purdue University Northwest and you’ll be part of a longstanding community produced by the merging of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central. As such, you’ll enjoy support and guidance from the university’s extensive alumni network of more than 60,000. Other reasons you’ll love Purdue University Northwest? This university boasts a low, 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio and a culturally diverse student body that represents 31 states and more than 46 countries.

Iowa

 
Grand View University (PR)

Des Moines, Iowa

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $107,688

$33,770 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Exciting opportunities to work on real-world projects, participate in career-related work experiences, and study under a dedicated faculty of experienced practitioners
  • Program boasts a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 13:1
  • Outstanding job placement rate of 98-99% in the last two decades

Grand View University’s BSW, at more than $33,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools, is an exceptional value in undergraduate education. But this program is also prime with exciting opportunities to work on real-world projects, participate in career-related work experiences, study under a dedicated faculty of experienced practitioners, and learn in an intimate environment that boasts a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 13:1. Plus, Grand View boasts an impressive 98-99% job placement rate among its graduates over the last two decades. Take advantage of the university’s career center and you’ll enjoy individualized meetings and opportunities to attend workshops, meet with alumni visitors, and participate in off-campus visits.

 
University of Northern Iowa (PU)

Department of Social Work

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Website

BASW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $35,752 (in-state), $77,920 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,108 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Excellent hands-on field placement options available throughout Cedar Valley and Iowa
  • Outstanding record of student success: 95% job placement rate among graduates
  • University ranked among the top Midwest public universities by U.S. News & World Report

The University of North Iowa’s BASW program is competitively priced and comprehensively designed to meet the needs of today’s social work practitioners and leaders. Choose this undergrad social work degree and you’ll enjoy ample opportunities to make a difference in your community through structured volunteer experiences– you’ll have access to a wide array of field placement experiences throughout the Cedar Valley and Iowa. As a student here, you’ll also be part of a university that’s been ranked among the top Midwest public universities by U.S. News & World Report and boasts an impressive 95% job placement rate among its grads.

Kansas

 
Tabor College (PR)

Social and Behavioral Science Department

Hillsboro, Kansas

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $109,200

$1,680 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Program emphasizes service learning, community fellowship, and civic engagement in a Christian context
  • Program boasts a faculty with practical experience
  • Exciting opportunities to study abroad through the Carson Center for Global Education

Tabor College’s BSW emphasizes service learning, community fellowship, civic engagement, and solid preparation for entry-level positions in social work. Its competitive tuition rate is also kind to your budget, allowing you to earn your undergrad degree in social work without spending a fortune. Other reasons Tabor College stands out from the competition include: a small, private atmosphere that reflects Christian values…professors with both scholarly and practical experience…opportunities to study abroad through the Carson Center for Global Education…and opportunities to engage with your peers, connect with social work professionals, and serve your community through the Social Work Club.

 
Fort Hays State University (PU)

Department of Social Work

Hays, Kansas

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $20,528 (in-state), $28,524 (MSEP), $60,804 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $10,609 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Outstanding record of student success: 95% job placement rate among graduates
  • Program available as a traditional BSW in Hays or as a cohort-based program in Garden City, Dodge City, or Liberal
  • Superb faculty enhances the curriculum with their clinical experiences and research agendas

Fort Hays State University’s BSW is at the intersection of value, convenience, and academic quality. As a student here, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a traditional BSW at the Hays campus or a cohort-based BSW in Garden City, Dodge City, or Liberal. Whichever program you choose, you’ll benefit from studying under outstanding faculty who incorporate both their practical experiences and research into the curriculum to provide students with the most contemporary, relevant instruction in social work. Your classroom experiences here will be enriched with clinical, service, and internship opportunities, and you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your degree through your choice of electives.

Kentucky

 
Kentucky Christian University (PR)

School of Social Work & Human Services

Grayson, Kentucky

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $77,280

$16,665 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Enhance your BSW through a minor in Counseling Psychology or Child and Family Studies
  • Exciting opportunities for real-world learning through service projects, international service opportunities, professional conferences, and agency volunteer experiences
  • Opportunities to engage with your peers and serve the community through the Laos Protos Student Social Work Organization

Kentucky Christian University features a BSW program that’s not just affordable but also robust and comprehensive, thereby preparing aspiring social workers like you with the knowledge and training needed to work with clients from diverse backgrounds. Outside of the classroom, students here enjoy the best in real world learning through service projects, international service opportunities, professional conferences, agency volunteer experiences, and an exciting internship with a social service agency. Choose the BSW at Kentucky Christian and you’ll be able to enhance your undergrad degree by choosing a minor in either Counseling Psychology or Child and Family Studies, and you’ll have fantastic opportunities to give back to the community while connecting with peers and professionals in the field through the Laos Protos Student Social Work Organization.

 
Morehead State University (PU)

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Morehead, Kentucky

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $35,800 (in-state and Ohio reciprocity counties), $52,904 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $3,688 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Earn the Public Child Welfare Certificate or Chemical Dependency Counseling minor alongside your degree
  • Exciting opportunities for undergraduate research fellowships
  • Commitment to student success includes resources and services offered through the Office of First Year Program

With a focus on providing exciting experiential opportunities and offering a great value in undergraduate education, Morehead State University’s BSW is where aspiring social workers like you head to prepare for a fulfilling career in the social work field. From undergraduate research fellowships to participation in the Student Association of Social Work, you’ll be able to enhance your classroom experiences at Morehead State. You’ll also be able to add another dimension to your degree by earning a Public Child Welfare Certificate or a Chemical Dependency Counseling minor alongside it. You’ll also benefit from the university’s commitment to student success through the resources and services offered through the Office of First Year Programs, which include academic advising, tutoring, and career services.

 
Eastern Kentucky University (PU)

Social Work Program

Richmond, Kentucky

Website

BSW

(on-campus, online)

Estimated program cost: $35,984 (in-state), $75,096 (out-of-state), $49,080 (online), $30,000 (online active duty military)

In-state tuition $3,484 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Program available in a campus-based and fully online format for the best in convenience and flexibility
  • Exciting opportunities to participate in community service projects
  • Opportunity to earn a Public Child Welfare Certificate alongside your BSW

Eastern Kentucky University’s BSW doesn’t just offer an excellent value in undergraduate education (it’s priced more than $3,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools); it also boasts plenty of perks to ensure your academic experience is robust, comprehensive, and fulfilling. As a student here, you’ll benefit from: the completion of two practicums/internships…opportunities to complete community service projects…small classes for individualized attention…and a dedicated faculty who brings years of social work and scholarship to the classroom. Plus, if you want to enhance your BSW, consider earning the Public Child Welfare Certificate. And if you’re looking for the finest in flexibility and convenience, choose Eastern Kentucky’s fully online BSW, which is taught by the same esteemed faculty as the on-campus program.

Louisiana

 
Louisiana College (PR)

Social Work Department

Pineville, Louisiana

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $68,000

  • Only CSWE-accredited BSW at a private school in the state
  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Personalized attention through a low, 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Exciting practical learning experiences include field trips, community service learning projects, group lectures, and more
  • Opportunities to engage with social work professionals and give back to the community through Phi Alpha National, the Social Work Honor Society

Whether you have aspirations of future graduate work or entry into the social work profession, Louisiana College’s BSW has you covered – at a truly affordable rate! The BSW here emphasizes a ‘Person in Environment’ model that gives students the opportunity to understand social work in the context of the full human experience, including the social, spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. And because Louisiana College is the only faith-based CSWE-accredited BSW program in the state, you’ll learn through a Christian context. Choose this program and you’ll learn under a dedicated faculty of experienced, licensed professionals in the field, and you’ll enhance classroom study with a variety of field trips, community service learning projects, creative projects, hands-on learning activities, group lectures, and more. Plus, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to give back to the community and learn from professionals in the field through Phi Alpha National, the Social Work Honor Society.

 
Northwestern State University of Louisiana (PU)

Social Work Department

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Website

BSW

(on-campus, online)

Estimated program cost: $20,720 (in-state), $38,400 (online), $63,872 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $8,162 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Opportunities to give back to the community and network with social work professionals through the Social Work Club and the Phi Alpha Honor Society
  • Available as both a campus-based and online program

Northwestern State University of Louisiana’s social work program is affordable, comprehensive, and has proven results, producing exceptional social work professionals since 1970. Its BSW maintains this history of excellence, preparing students with a robust, generalist curriculum and related practical experiences that are designed to prepare students for further graduate study or for direct social work and human services positions. Choose this program and you’ll also enjoy fantastic opportunities to network with social work professionals while giving back to the community through the Social Work Club and the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Looking for a more flexible program to accommodate your professional responsibilities or geographical limitations? Choose the fully online BSW for the best in flexibility and convenience.

Maine

 
University of New England (PR)

College of Health Professions

Portland, Maine

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $145,200 (in-state)

$2,122 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities and faculty-led international experiences available to locations like Ghana, Morocco, Brazil, and Spain
  • Flexible curriculum includes your choice of electives to personalize your degree in a specific area

The University of New England’s BSW is competitively priced, comprehensively designed, and ideally constructed to prepare you for either future graduate study or entry-level positions in the social work profession. A well-rounded curriculum with a variety of hands-on experiences comprise the foundation of this program, while your choice of electives and field practicum experiences gives you the flexibility to focus your course of study and explore personal interests. You’ll also have the opportunity to add a global dimension to your degree through study abroad experiences via the school’s Global Education Programs. Just a few of the locations available for semester-long or short-term experiences include Spain, Tangier, and Morocco. A variety of faculty-led trips are also available to locations like Brazil and Dominica through the International Medical Missions at UNE or to Ghana, West Africa through the Health Care Immersion Experience.

 
University of Maine at Presque Isle (PU)

Department of Social Work

Presque Isle, Maine

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $27,960 (in-state), $44,760 (New England Regional, out-of-state, Canadian resident)

In-state tuition: $3,920 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Program features a personalized learning experience that allows students to learn at their own pace
  • Exciting career prep resources include on-the-job training, mentorship, and connections with alumni

Priced nearly $4,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools, the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s BSW is an affordable path to a career in the social work field. But this program offers much more than just an affordable price tag. For aspiring social workers like you, it offers a personalized learning experience that features the option of working at your own pace. This personalized approach allows you to progress at your own speed, whether that means taking longer to complete the program or completing it at an accelerated pace. Add to that a host of hands-on learning experiences and career prep resources like on-the-job training, mentorship, and connections with alumni and it’s easy to see why this program stands out from the competition.

Maryland

 
Hood College (PR)

Department of Sociology and Social Work

Frederick, Maryland

Website

BASW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $155,640

$8,700 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Personalized attention from a dedicated and distinguished faculty and a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 10:1
  • University named a Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report
  • University named as a Top College in the Northeast by Forbes

Hood College’s BASW seamlessly combines a strong liberal arts foundation with a generalist social work education to produce a robust program that’s designed to prepare you to become an effective leader and change agent in the social work sector. Choose this program and you’ll be armed with the knowledge and skills needed to practice with diverse client groups across the lifespan. You’ll learn from a distinguished and dedicated faculty while you enjoy a superb, personalized experience, thanks to a low, student-to-teacher ratio of just 10:1. Plus, you’ll enjoy outstanding research and internship opportunities, thanks to the college’s proximity to Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Want another reason to place this college at the top of your list? It’s been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School, by Forbes as a Top College in the Northeast, and as a Top College by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education.

 
Bowie State University (PU)

Department of Social Work

Bowie, Maryland

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $18,120 (in-state), $42,568 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $16,232 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • One of just a few BSW programs in the nation to include a unique language track in either Spanish or American Sign Language
  • Exciting opportunities for experiential learning and global study
  • Outstanding opportunities for student engagement through the Sign Language Club, the Phi Alpha Honor Society, and the Social Work Club

At more than $16,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools, Bowie State University’s BSW provides aspiring social workers with a true value in undergraduate education. And as one of the few undergraduate social work programs in the nation to include a unique language track in either Spanish or American Sign Language, this program also ensures that its graduates will have a maximum impact with diverse populations. In addition to its robust and well-rounded curriculum, Bowie State’s BSW also boasts a host of learning opportunities outside of the classroom. In fact, this university has a long history of engagement with the extended community. As a student here, you’ll enjoy working alongside experts from mental health agencies, social service agencies, and more during the course of the program. You’ll also have opportunities to participate in the university’s global learning program, which features study abroad experiences in Germany, Japan, South Africa, and Cuba. There are also many more opportunities for student engagement here, including participation in the Sign Language Club, the Phi Alpha Honor Society, and the Social Work Club, to name just a few.

Massachusetts

 
Eastern Nazarene College (PR)

Department of Social Work

Quincy, Massachusetts

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $98,792

$50,654 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Opportunities to complete exceptional practicums/internships, thanks to the university’s proximity to Boston
  • Superb record of student success: 95% placement rate among graduates
  • College ranked first in the New England area for affordability by MONEY Magazine

Eastern Nazarene College’s BSW is a true value in undergraduate education, coming in at more than $50,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools. But that’s not all this program offers aspiring social workers like you. Choose the BSW here and you’ll be part of a strong, faith-based community that offers a robust program that’s supplemented with exciting, hands-on experiences and seminar courses. Small class sizes and a dedicated faculty ensure a personalized program that comes complete with a student-to-faculty ratio of just 11:1. As a student here, you’ll also have access to superb academic and career resources through the Center for Academic Success and a host of superb practicum experiences, thanks to the college’s location just six miles from Boston.

 
Bridgewater State University (PU)

School of Social Work

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $39,060 (in-state), $40,880 (NE regional), $63,620 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $2,377 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • 35-year-plus record of student success
  • Prime location near Boston and Providence provides exciting practicum/internship opportunities

Bridgewater State University’s BSW offers everything you’re looking for in an undergraduate social work degree: affordability and a solid track record of student success. The BSW at Bridgewater State is the largest program of its kind in Massachusetts and has been producing successful graduates since 1980, thanks to its robust blend of classroom learning, intensive field education, and professional mentoring by a dedicated faculty. With a prime location just 30 miles from Boston and 35 miles from Providence, Bridgewater State is ideally situated for the best in experiential learning opportunities.

Michigan

 
Kuyper College (PR)

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $85,256

$25,292 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Flexible degree offers the option of specializing in psychology, communications, family ministry studies, or intercultural studies
  • Optional double major in Bible and Theology available
  • Exceptional support through the college’s Career Services and Academic Support

Kuyper College’s BSW features an affordable tuition (it’s priced more than $25,000 less than the state average for BSW programs at private schools), along with the education and training you need to serve as a valued member of the social work professional community. This flexible degree program also offers the option of personalizing your undergrad degree to meet your interests and goals by selecting a specialization in psychology, communications, family ministry studies, or intercultural studies. As a student here, you’ll also have the option of double majoring in Bible and Theology. Simply use your electives for this double major and you won’t add any additional time to your program. Kuyper College is also on board to help students succeed after graduation through the comprehensive Career Services resources offered here. Choose Kuyper for your BSW and you’ll benefit from this program’s biblical integration, vibrant and culturally diverse student body, and Christian leadership.

 
Saginaw Valley State University (PU)

Department of Social Work & Youth Services

University Center, Michigan

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $37,440 (in-state), $90,480 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $11,092 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Options to minor in Youth Services or earn a certificate in Child Welfare or Juvenile Delinquency alongside the BSW
  • Exciting service learning Opportunities and study abroad experiences available

Saginaw Valley State University’s BSW offers competitively priced tuition, nationally recognized faculty, and a unique mentoring environment that ensures the finest opportunities both in and outside the classroom. Whether you’re interested in moving on to the university’s MSW (one-year accelerated) program or entering the field as an entry-level social work professional, the BSW at Saginaw State Valley is designed to accommodate your goals, thanks to its comprehensive curriculum and extensive service learning opportunities with social justice and advocacy organizations. As a student here, you’ll also enjoy fantastic opportunities to make a difference through participation in the Student Social Work Organization or through faculty-led study abroad and domestic experiences to places like Uganda, Alaska, New Mexico, and more.

Minnesota

 
Walden University (PR)

School of Social Work and Human Services

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Website

BSW

(online)

Estimated program cost: $59,150

$86,282 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Personalize your BSW through your choice of five optional focus areas in addiction, forensics and the criminal justice system, crisis and trauma, courts and the legal system, or healthcare settings
  • Fully online program features a dynamic learning environment and 24/7 technical support
  • Support available from the trained career counselors in the Career Services Center

Walden University’s BSW offers what adult learners like you are looking for in an undergraduate degree: online delivery for the best in flexibility and convenience and a price tag that’s significantly less expensive than similar BSW degrees at private schools. As a leader in distance education, Walden has perfected the online learning experience by giving you everything you need to become a generalist scholar-practitioner in the social work field. This fully online program, which allows you to study whenever and wherever it’s most convenient, features a variety of learning tools and resources for the best in dynamic, distance-based learning, including documentary-style videos, face-to-face interactions through the Social Work Skills Lab, and 24/7 technical support. Plus, you’ll be able to choose from one of five optional focus areas to personalize your degree and align with your professional goals and personal interests.

 
Minnesota State University Mankato (PU)

Department of Social Work

Mankato, Minnesota

Website

BSSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $28,712 (in-state and WI residents with reciprocity), $30,360 (ND residents with reciprocity), $31,680 (SD residents), $43,064 (NE, MO, MI, KS, IL, IN, and OH residents – Midwest Compact), $60,912 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $3,756 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Outstanding support through the university’s extensive alumni network of more than 119,000
  • Optional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate can be earned concurrently

Minnesota State University Mankato’s BSSW is competitively priced and comprehensively designed, ensuring a robust degree program that will prepare you to become an effective social work practitioner at an affordable cost. Choose Minnesota State’s BSSW and you’ll enjoy learning under a dedicated faculty that’s contributed research and service to the university, as well as the social work community. The program’s defined, progressive curriculum with a strong foundation in the liberal arts is supplemented with exciting, hands-on learning experiences, while the optional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate allows you to enhance your undergraduate degree. You’ll also be part of an esteemed university that boasts a student body of more than 15,000 students, including 1,100 international students from more than 90 countries, and an alumni network of more than 119,000.

Mississippi

 
Mississippi College (PR)

Department of Sociology & Social Work

Clinton, Mississippi

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $68,000

$15,900 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Program boasts small class sizes and a dedicated faculty that also serve as mentors
  • University ranked among the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report
  • Outstanding resources available through the Office of Career Services

At nearly $16,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools, the BSW at Mississippi College is a truly affordable path to a career in social work. As a student here, you’ll not only appreciate this program’s affordability, but you’ll also benefit from small class sizes, a mentoring relationship with your instructors, and excellent opportunities for exciting experiential learning. Just a few of the internship sites completed by Mississippi College students have included the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the Department of Human Services, MS State Hospital, and the Gateway Rescue Family Shelter. Choose Mississippi College for your BSW and you’ll be part of a university that’s been recognized as a best school for Veterans in the South and a top regional university in the South by U.S. News & World Report.

 
Mississippi Valley State University (PU)

Social Work Program

Itta Bena, Mississippi

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $26,200 (in-state, out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $6,315 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MS in Social Work
  • Named a top school in the South by U.S. News & World Report
  • Exciting opportunities to engage with your peers and give back to the community through clubs and organizations like the MVSU Chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers and the Social Work Club

Mississippi Valley State University’s BSW is both competitively priced and expertly designed for aspiring social workers like you. This undergrad degree in social work, which prepares generalist social workers capable of working in a variety of settings and with a variety of populations, is part of the university’s focus on quality academics and outstanding experiential opportunities. In fact, this university has been recognized among the top schools in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Choose Mississippi Valley State for your BSW and you’ll learn under a dedicated and diverse faculty while you enjoy opportunities to engage with your peers and give back to the community through clubs and organizations like the MVSU Chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers and the Social Work Club.

Missouri

 
Park University (PR)

Department of Social Work

Parkville, Missouri

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $49,800, $30,000 (active-duty military and dependents), $41,500 (veterans, veteran dependents, federal employees and dependents)

$43,933 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Outstanding student resources include an assigned success coach who will help you navigate the college experience
  • Dedicated on-site resources for veterans, service members, wounded warriors, and their dependents and spouses

With a total price tag of nearly $44,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools, Park University’s BSW is a model of value. But this program also features the robust curriculum and related practical experiences you’ll need to become an effective generalist social worker capable of working with diverse populations in a variety of settings. In addition to this program’s impressive course of study, you’ll also benefit from the many services and resources available to you as a Park University student. For example, you’ll be assigned a success coach who will help you navigate your college experience. You’ll also have access to outstanding career services, academic support services, and personal counseling services during your time here.

 
Missouri Western State University (PU)

Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies & Social Work

St. Joseph, Missouri

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $24,760 (in-state), $51,120 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $6,800 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Program boasts a dedicated faculty of experienced practitioners
  • Low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 16:1
  • Outstanding support through an alumni network of more than 28,000

Missouri Western State University’s BSW is the affordable path to an exciting career in social work. Designed to prepare you to work in a variety of human services agencies and with a variety of populations, including individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, Missouri Western State’s BSW is supported by a dedicated and experienced faculty of practitioners, an alumni network of more than 28,000, and an intimate learning environment that features a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 16:1.

 
Southeast Missouri State University (PU)

Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work & Sociology

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $24,960 (in-state), $48,000 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $6,600 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Outstanding record of student success: 93% employment rate among graduates
  • Superb opportunities for community involvement through the Student Social Work Organization, the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, and Empower Missouri

Southeast Missouri State University’s BSW is grounded in a comprehensive curriculum, a competitively priced tuition, a dedicated faculty, and an intimate learning environment that prepares aspiring social workers like you to become general practitioners in a variety of settings and with a variety of populations. Choose Southeast Missouri State’s BSW and you’ll be part of an esteemed university with an excellent graduate success record of 93%. You’ll also have ample opportunities to make a difference in your university and community through the Student Social Work Organization, the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, Empower Missouri, and more.

Montana

 
Salish Kootenai College (PU)

Social Work Department

Pablo, Montana

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $13,563 (in-state), $7,968 (Indian), $9,696 (Indian descent), $27,360 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $3,911 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Native American college represents 68 North American tribes
  • Program features an emphasis on maintaining the cultural integrity of Native American communities
  • Outstanding student-to-teacher ratio of just 10:1

Choose Salish Kootenai College for your BSW and you’ll not only benefit from this program’s outstanding value, you’ll be prepared to serve as an entry-level social work practitioner capable of restoring justice for at-risk children their families and maintaining the cultural integrity of Native American communities. Salish Kootenai is a Native American college that represents 68 North American tribes. While the main campus is on the Flathead Reservation, there are satellite locations in Colville, Spokane and Wellpinit Washington. This college features a robust course of study and related hands-on experiences in a variety of settings, along with a low, 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio for the best in individual attention.

Nebraska

 
Union College (PR)

Social Work Division

Lincoln, Nebraska

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $90,720

$34,489 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Outstanding student-to-teacher ratio of just 9:1
  • Superb opportunities for experiential learning through the many federal, state, county, and nonprofit agencies in downtown Lincoln
  • College ranked among the ‘Best Colleges’ in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

If you’re looking for a superb course of undergraduate education that’s offered at a truly affordable price, look no further than Union College’s BSW, priced nearly $35,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools. In addition to a robust curriculum, you’ll enjoy fantastic opportunities for experiential learning, thanks to nearby federal, state, county, and nonprofit agencies in downtown Lincoln. In fact, Lincoln is ranked among Forbes’ ‘Best Places for Business and Careers.’ Other reasons you’ll love Union College? It boasts a dedicated and esteemed faculty, small class sizes, and recognition by U.S. News & World Report as one of the ‘Best Colleges’ in the nation and one of the most ethnically diverse institutions among Midwestern regional colleges.

 
University of Nebraska at Kearney (PU)

School of Social Work

Kearney, Nebraska

Website

BSSW Comprehensive

(on-campus, online)

Estimated program cost: $23,760 (in-state, including CO and KS), $35,640 (IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, ND, WI, and OH), $51,720 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $2,453 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Program offered both on-campus and online for the best in flexibility and convenience
  • Outstanding opportunity to add a global element to your degree through an organized international social work experience
  • Exciting opportunities to give back to the community through student clubs like the Student Social Work Organization and Phi Alpha, the national honorary organization for social work students

The University of Nebraska at Kearney’s BSSW Comprehensive is flexible and affordable, so earning your social work bachelor’s degree has never been easier or more convenient! Offered in both an on-campus and online format, this program features a robust and comprehensive curriculum that’s designed to prepare you for both direct entry into the social work field or for further graduate study. As a student here, you’ll also enjoy outstanding opportunities to add a global element to your BSSW Comprehensive, thanks to an international social work experience that’s offered every other year. Plus, you’ll have great opportunities to connect with your fellow students and give back to the community through student clubs like the Student Social Work Organization and Phi Alpha, the national honorary organization for social work students.

Nevada

 
University of Nevada Las Vegas (PU)

School of Social Work

Las Vegas, Nevada

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $26,204 (in-state), $84,092 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $338 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW and MSW/JD programs
  • University ranked among the top research universities in the country
  • Program addresses the changing landscape of Nevada, one of the fastest growing regions in the country
  • University continues to rank among the nation’s most diverse universities for undergraduates

The University of Nevada Las Vegas’ BSW program offers competitive tuition and a well-crafted course of study designed to prepare aspiring social workers like you to work in a variety of settings, including healthcare, community development, policy, research, and direct care. Complemented with an esteemed faculty of researchers, scholars, and practitioners, the UNLV’s BSW is designed to address the ever-changing landscape of Nevada, one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Want another reason to choose UNLV for your undergrad social work degree? The university continues to rank among the nation’s most diverse universities for undergraduates.

New Hampshire

 
Plymouth State University (PU)

Social Work Department

Plymouth, New Hampshire

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $46,320 (in-state), $81,000 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $13,838 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Program offers optional minors in Child Welfare and Family Studies or Gerontology
  • Social Work Department has a Child Welfare Educational Tuition (Title IV-E) partnership with the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families, which provides child welfare education and training to a select group of social work undergraduate students
  • Exciting opportunities to work with faculty and community partners on real-world projects

For more than 35 years, Plymouth State University’s BSW has been producing graduates who have gone on to serve as effective leaders of social change. Priced right at nearly $14,000 less than the state average for BSW programs at public schools, Plymouth State’s bachelor’s also offers a super affordable path to a career in social work. In addition to a committed and engaged faculty and a comprehensive curriculum that’s complemented with exciting field experiences and faculty-led projects, the Social Work Department has a Child Welfare Educational Tuition (Title IV-E) partnership with the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families, which provides child welfare education and training to a select group of social work undergraduate students. Want to add another dimension to your BSW? Consider completing a minor in Child Welfare and Family Studies or Gerontology alongside your undergrad degree.

New Jersey

 
Georgian Court University (PR)

School of Arts & Sciences

Lakewood, New Jersey

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $125,664

$12,308 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Optional minor in Gerontology available
  • Exciting opportunities for service learning

Georgian Court University’s BSW is where you’ll receive the education and training necessary to make a lasting impact on society. It’s also where you’ll benefit from a truly affordable tuition rate that’s priced more than $12,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools. Choose Georgian Court’s BSW and you’ll also have the opportunity to add another dimension to your undergrad degree by choosing a minor in Gerontology. As a student here, you’ll complement your classroom study with fulfilling service learning experiences aimed at helping individuals, community agencies, and nonprofit agencies. In 2017, Georgian Court students contributed nearly 121,000 volunteer service hours, mirroring the university’s foundation in the Roman Catholic tradition.

 
College of Saint Elizabeth (PR)

School of Arts and Sciences

Morristown, New Jersey

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $126,480

$11,492 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Outstanding record of student success: 96% employment rate among graduates
  • Superb student-to-faculty ratio of just 13:1
  • College named among MONEY magazine’s ‘Best Colleges in 2018’

The College of Saint Elizabeth’s BSW features a truly affordable tuition rate and exceptional value with small class sizes, a dedicated faculty of experienced practitioners, exciting internship opportunities, and cooperative learning and networking experiences. Choose the College of Saint Elizabeth and you’ll be part of an institution that’s been named among the ‘Best Ethnic Diversity’ colleges by U.S. News & World Report and among MONEY magazine’s ‘Best Colleges in 2018’. As a student here, you’ll also benefit from the college’s Study Away program for global learning opportunities and its 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

 
Stockton University (PU)

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Galloway, New Jersey

Website

BSSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $35,448 (in-state), $63,956 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $11,560 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Optional Child Welfare concentration, Gerontology minor, or Spanish Language study can be added to your undergraduate degree
  • Program boasts partnerships with more than 70 community agencies for exciting fieldwork opportunities
  • Program focused on producing graduates who have made a lifelong commitment to social and economic justice

Stockton University’s BSSW isn’t just a great value in undergraduate education; it’s also a robust and comprehensive program that seamlessly blends classroom theory with fieldwork observation and work in social welfare concepts and practice. This undergrad program, designed to prepare for you generalist social work practice, focuses on producing graduates who have made a lifelong commitment to social and economic justice. The social work program at Stockton, which has been producing leaders and change makers in the field of social work since 1972, enjoys close partnerships with more than 70 community agencies, providing students like you with the finest real world learning experiences. Interested in adding another dimension to your BSW? Consider completing the Child Welfare concentration, Gerontology minor, or Spanish Language study along with your degree.

New Mexico

 
New Mexico State University (PU)

School of Social Work

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $23,616 (in-state), $88,176 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $1,318 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Opportunity to focus your undergrad degree on child advocacy through the Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) minor
  • School of Social Work has collaborated with the state’s Children, Youth, and Families Department to provide training related to Title IV-E, which includes specialized coursework and training in child welfare

New Mexico State University’s BSW program is where academic quality and value intersect. This affordable undergrad degree combines academic and fieldwork education within the context of the cultural diversity of the Southwest, preparing undergraduate students to become effective generalist practitioners. If you have an interest in working with children and their families, New Mexico State University offers the Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) minor, an interdisciplinary minor that’s focused on improving the outcomes for abused and neglected children in New Mexico and beyond. Plus, the School of Social Work has collaborated with the state’s Children, Youth, and Families Department to provide training related to Title IV-E. Students selected for this program receive specialized coursework and training in child welfare, including a supervised field practicum experience at a CYFD county office.

New York

 
Mercy College (PR)

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dobbs Ferry, New York

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $73,600

$68,581 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Program available at both the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses
  • Outstanding support and guidance from the program’s world-renowned faculty
  • Superb student support through the university’s PACT program, a nationally recognized mentoring program that offers each student a personalized learning experience
  • Exciting service-learning opportunities

Whether in Dobbs Ferry or the Bronx, Mercy College’s BSW will provide you with a solid undergraduate degree in social work that also comes out on top for its outstanding value. In fact, this program is priced nearly $69,000 less than the average cost of CSWE-accredited BSW programs at private schools in New York. Located in the culturally diverse mecca of New York City, Mercy’s BSW allows aspiring students like you to enjoy some of the finest practical experiences available. As a student here, you can expect close guidance and support from the program’s world-renowned faculty as you take the theory learned in the classroom out into the real world. Plus, you’ll be part of a university that has a long tradition of community service. Through the ‘Mercy Gives Back’ initiative, you’ll have opportunities to participate in service-learning opportunities. You’ll also enjoy the best in student support through the university’s PACT program, a nationally recognized mentoring program that offers each student a personalized learning experience.

 
CUNY – City University of New York (PU)

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $26,920 (in-state), $72,000 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $893 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the MSW program available through Lehman College, Hunter College, and the College of Staten Island
  • Superb opportunities for experiential learning and study abroad experiences
  • CUNY boasts competitive and contemporary degree programs, an award-winning faculty, more than 100 research centers, institutes, and consortia, and superb experiential learning opportunities designed to enhance your academic experience

If you’re looking for an undergrad degree in social work that’s designed with value in mind, then look no further than the City University of New York, the public university system of NYC, which offers the affordable BSW at four of its colleges. Sure, CUNY is a leader in value, but it’s also an esteemed university system that boasts competitive and contemporary degree programs, an award-winning faculty, more than 100 research centers, institutes, and consortia, and superb experiential learning opportunities designed to enhance your academic experience. CUNY’s international education opportunities are also top-notch, allowing aspiring social workers like you to add a global element to your BSW.

North Carolina

 
Shaw University (PR)

Department of Social Work

Raleigh, North Carolina

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $47,232

$57,891 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • University boasts a rich history in activism and service as the first historically black university in the South and among the oldest in the nation
  • Low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 15:1 ensures a personalized experience
  • Outstanding student support and services through the university’s Office of Academic Success and First Year Experience program

There’s no doubt that Shaw University’s BSW stands out from the competition, thanks to a total program cost that comes in at nearly $58,000 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited BSW programs at private schools. But this program is known for more than its low price tag. Choose Shaw’s BSW and you’ll be prepared to serve as a generalist in the field of social work, or to make the transition to a graduate program if becoming a licensed clinical social worker is what your plans include. Founded in 1865, Shaw enjoys a rich history in activism and service as the first historically black university in the South, and one of the oldest in the nation. Students here enjoy a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 15:1, outstanding options for experiential learning and community service, and the best in mentoring and support through the university’s Office of Academic Success and First Year Experience, a program designed to help students successfully navigate their college experience.

 
Elizabeth City State University (PU)

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $12,648 (in-state), $28,648 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $8,105 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Optional concentration in Gerontology
  • Program features a unique focus on the needs of North Carolina’s rural and developing communities
  • Low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 16:1
  • Exciting opportunities for community service, outreach, and engagement through the University Studies Service Learning Project.

Elizabeth City State University’s BSW is a model of affordability, priced more than $8,000 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited BSW programs at public schools. With a robust curriculum designed to prepare you to serve as a generalist social work professional, along with the option of focusing your degree on gerontology, the BSW here is also comprehensive and complete. Special attention is also given to the needs of the rural and developing communities in North Carolina. As a student here, you’ll also enjoy fantastic opportunities to participate in a number of organizations, including the Pi Psi Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, and give back to the community through community service, outreach, and engagement. In fact, the university actively seeks out partnerships and service opportunities to improve life in the region, state, nation, and communities worldwide through the University Studies Service Learning Project.

 
Fayetteville State University (PU)

School of Social Work

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $11,928 (in-state), $58,360 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $8,825 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Unique program focus on the well-being of individuals, children, and families in the rural, urban, and military communities in North Carolina and beyond
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities available through the Office of International Education and the UNC Exchange Program
  • FSU’s social work program was also honored in 2013 with the HBCU Award for Best Social Work Program from the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, Inc.

Fayetteville State University’s BSW is affordable, at more than $8,000 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited BSW programs at public schools, and uniquely focused to prepare students to become effective and compassionate social work professionals focused on the well-being of individuals, children, and families in the rural, urban, and military communities in North Carolina and beyond. In addition to being recognized as a top college for veterans, the School of Social Work also has the unique distinction of being the first historically black university to collaborate with the U.S. Army to offer a master’s degree in social work to active duty soldiers. FSU’s social work program was also honored in 2013 with the HBCU Award for Best Social Work Program, granted by the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, Inc.

North Dakota

 
University of Mary (PR)

Bismarck, North Dakota

Website

BSSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $67,200

  • Only CSWE-accredited BSW at a private school in the state
  • Outstanding job placement rate of 98% among graduates
  • University holds the distinction of being one of the most affordably priced private universities in the nation
  • Program boasts small class sizes, a world-class faculty, and exciting opportunities to participate in educational leadership activities

Whether you’re interested in advancing on to graduate school or entering the field as a generalist social work professional, University of Mary’s BSSW program is designed for you. This affordably priced program (one of the most affordable in the nation among private institutions), is offered at the university’s main campus in Bismarck. It’s grounded in Christian values and features small class sizes, a world-class faculty, exciting field experiences in human service settings, and opportunities to participate in an educational leadership conference and the Emerging Leaders Academy, a four-year program designed to teach and promote educational leadership. Choose the University of Mary for your undergrad social work degree and you’ll be part of a university that boasts a job placement rate of 98% among its graduates.

 
Minot State University (PU)

Social Work Department

Minot, North Dakota

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $28,256 (in-state, out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $3,262 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Program offered at the university’s Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo campuses
  • Outstanding student support through the Student Success Center

Minot State University’s BSW is affordable, comprehensive, and flexible —perfectly suited for aspiring social workers like you! This undergrad social work degree, which is offered at the university’s Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo campuses, is one of the most affordable in the nation, attracting students from all over with an out-of-state tuition rate that’s hard to beat. Choose the BSW here and you’ll benefit from excellent opportunities to promote activities related to the social work profession through the Student Social Work Organization. You’ll also enjoy outstanding resources and services through the Student Success Center, including career services and student success workshops.

Ohio

 
Ashland University (PR)

Department of Social Work and Family Studies

Ashland, Ohio

Website

BSSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $81,328

$37,822 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • University ranked among the Best Colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Optional Child & Family Studies minor can be added to you BSSW
  • Outstanding record of student success: 95% of social work graduates have either gotten a job or continued their education at the graduate level within six months of graduation
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities

Ashland University’s BSSW is second to none, thanks to its robust curriculum and unbeatable tuition rates, which comes in nearly $38,000 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited bachelor’s programs at private schools. The success of this program is clear: Over the last five years, more than 95% of social work graduates have either gotten a job or continued their education at the graduate level within six months of graduation. Still other reasons this program stands out from the competition include partnerships with more than 40 internships agencies…a faculty of highly experienced educators and practitioners…excellent service learning opportunities…and the integration of field experiences into every social work course. Plus, as a student here, you’ll have the opportunity to add a minor in Child & Family Studies if you want to focus your undergraduate work on children and their families, or complete a study abroad experience if you want to add a global element to your degree.

 
Central State University (PU)

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Wilberforce, Ohio

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $25,384 (in-state), $33,384 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $15,956 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Excellent student resources and services include the Undergraduate Student Success Center and the Office of Career Services
  • Ohio’s only publicly historically black university
  • Unique collaborations with other educational institutions, business organizations, and government agencies ensure enriched learning experiences and educational opportunities

Want to earn a degree that will allow you to help improve the well-being of people and society? Consider Central State University’s BSW, which boasts a well-rounded course of study that’s both comprehensive and affordable. Whether you have aspirations of direct social work practice or further graduate study, this program is designed with you in mind, thanks to a relevant curriculum that’s supported by fulfilling practical experiences. As a student of Central State, you’ll also benefit from this university’s outstanding resources and services, including the Undergraduate Student Success Center, which provides academic and social support, and the Office of Career Services, which serves as a bridge to opportunities after graduation.

Oklahoma

 
University of Oklahoma (PU)

Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work

Norman, Oklahoma

Website

BASW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $19,152 (in-state), $80,672 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $2,944 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW and MSW/MPH programs
  • Opportunity to choose a minor to specialize your BASW degree
  • Outstanding experiential learning opportunities available through the university’s partnership with more than 300 affiliated agencies
  • Groundbreaking International Child Welfare Exchange Program to Israel slated for May 2019

The University of Oklahoma’s BASW is proof positive that you don’t need to sacrifice quality for affordability. Priced nearly $3,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools, this program is a model of affordability. And since 1974, the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work has been producing the next generation of change agents in the noble social work profession, thanks to the robust and comprehensive BASW, which can be complemented with a variety of minors. Simply choose a minor based on your professional goals or personal interests. Just a few of the minors frequently chosen by students here include African and African American Studies, Native American Studies, Social Justice, and Women and Gender Studies. With a field education office at both the Norman and Tulsa campuses, students here enjoy outstanding internship placements at more than 300 affiliated agencies. The School of Social Work is also developing an International Child Welfare Exchange Program to Israel in May 2019, a groundbreaking program that includes a week-long exchange course at Hebrew University and the Haruv Institute and a variety of experiential learning opportunities at the Israeli Center for Medical Simulation.

Oregon

 
Warner Pacific UNIVERSITY (PR)

Portland, Oregon

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $72,000

$67,096 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Program boasts small class sizes, personal attention from a dedicated faculty
  • College holds a distinction as one of the most culturally diverse schools in Oregon
  • Outstanding student support and resources through First-Year and Transfer Learning Communities, cohort-style courses designed to ensure a smooth transition to college

Warner Pacific University’s BSW is a model of value, with a total program cost that’s more than $67,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools. But it’s also based on a solid foundation of academic excellence, featuring small class sizes, personal attention from a dedicated faculty, and a diverse, engaging atmosphere. As a student here, you’ll enjoy a variety of resources and support services, thanks to the college’s First-Year and Transfer Learning Communities, cohort-style courses designed to ensure a smooth transition to college. In each Learning Community, you’ll have the opportunity to explore topics of justice, equity, and access while you enjoy hands-on learning and service experiences.

 
Portland State University (PU)

School of Social Work

Portland, Oregon

Website

BSW

(on-campus, hybrid)

Estimated program cost: $20,520 (in-state), $68,400 (out-of-state)

  • Only CSWE-accredited BSW at a public school in the state
  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW and PhD in Social Work and Social Research programs
  • Available in both a hybrid and on-campus format for the best in flexibility and convenience
  • Hybrid program is designed in a cohort format for the best in peer collaboration and support
  • Optional Child, Youth, and Family Studies minor can be completed alongside your BSW

Portland State University’s BSW is affordable, comprehensive, and the only CSWE-accredited BSW program offered at an Oregon public institution. This undergrad program is offered in both an on-campus format and hybrid format (new in Fall 2018) to accommodate both traditional and non-traditional adult learners. Plus, because the hybrid program is designed in a cohort model, you’ll benefit from excellent peer communication, support, and individualized attention from instructors. Whichever format you choose, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to complete the Child, Youth, and Family Studies minor alongside your BSW and participate in the Child Welfare Education Partnership program, a collaborative effort between the School of Social Work and the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Pennsylvania

 
University of Valley Forge (PR)

Department of Behavioral Sciences

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $81,064 (in-state)

$49,750 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Outstanding selection of mission trips to Spain, El Salvador, Russia, India, and more
  • Low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 12:1 ensures a personalized learning experience
  • Culturally diverse student body represents 37 states and 14 countries

With a total program cost that’s priced nearly $50,000 less than the state average for CSWE-accredited social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools, the University of Valley Forge’s BSW is a sure bet for budget-conscious, aspiring social workers like you. It’s also a robust course of study that’s supported by a dedicated faculty and outstanding student resources and services. Other reasons this program stands out from the competition include a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 12:1 and a culturally diverse student body representing 37 states and 14 countries. And if you want to add a global element to your BSW, the University of Valley Forge has you covered there, too, through its outstanding selection of mission trips to Spain, El Salvador, Russia, India, and more.

 
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PU)

BSW

Estimated program cost: $30,864 (in-state), $46,296 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $8,514 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the MSW offered at California University, Edinboro University, Kutztown University, or Westchester University
  • The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education boasts a 92% employment rate among graduates

For aspiring social workers like you interested in advancing social and economic justice and human well-being, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education offers the BSW at a truly affordable rate through Cal U of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, Kutztown, Westchester, Slippery Rock, and Lock Haven. As members of the larger PA State System of Higher Education, which houses 14 universities and additional branch campuses, these institutions generate more than $6.7 billion in economic activity and enroll more than 100,000 students. In fact, this university system enrolls the largest number of PA residents among all other colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. These institutions and the programs offered within come with impressive statistics, including a 92% employment rate among graduates.

Puerto Rico

 
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (PR)

Department of Social Work

Ponce, Puerto Rico

Website

BASW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $21,480

$4,219 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools in Puerto Rico

  • Program has received accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education for nearly 45 years
  • Program features a curriculum that’s both theoretical and methodological

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico’s BASW is a great value in undergraduate education, with a total program cost that comes in at more than $4,000 less than the average in Puerto Rico for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools. It’s also a whole lot less than many similar CSWE-accredited programs around the country. Choose the BASW here and you’ll also benefit from a comprehensive program that offers a robust curriculum that’s both theoretical and methodological. The long history of quality instruction and curriculum found in this program is clear: It’s been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education for nearly 45 years.

 
University of Puerto Rico – Humacao (PU)

Department of Social Work

Humacao, Puerto Rico

Website

BASW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $6,600 (in-state), $16,416 (out-of-state)

In-territory tuition: $578 less than the average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools in Puerto Rico

  • Program features a generalist curriculum with a global perspective
  • Unique emphasis on individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations in conditions of exclusion, oppression, marginalization, discrimination, and poverty

The University of Puerto Rico – Humacao’s BASW offers the competitive tuition you’re looking for and the quality you demand. Thanks to a competency-based education, you’ll be prepared to practice as an entry-level generalist with a global perspective as soon as you graduate. The BASW here also offers a unique emphasis on individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations in conditions of exclusion, oppression, marginalization, discrimination, and poverty.

Rhode Island

 
Rhode Island College (PU)

School of Social Work

Providence, Rhode Island

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $31,160 (in-state), $46,736 (MTP/RSP), $82,208 (out-of-state)

  • Only CSWE-accredited BSW in the state
  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Optional Certificate in Social and Human Service Assistance or Adoption & Foster Care Certification program can be completed alongside your degree
  • Rhode Island College features the largest social work program in the state
  • Superb student-to-faculty ratio of just 14:1
  • Outstanding study abroad and study-away opportunities available

Rhode Island College’s School of Social Work has plenty to brag about. In addition to its affordable program costs, it’s also the only publicly funded social work program in Rhode Island, the largest social work program in the state, and home to the only MSW program in the state. For more than 30 years, the School of Social Work has been preparing students for practice in social work and for further graduate study through its comprehensive BSW program. Graduates here go on to work as clinicians, advocates, and managers who are committed to ensuring the advancement of social and economic justice. Choose the BSW through Rhode Island College and you’ll also have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Social and Human Service Assistance or complete the Adoption & Foster Care Certification program alongside your degree. Just a few of the other reasons Rhode Island College’s BSW stands out from the rest include a student-to-faculty ratio of just 14:1, an alumni network of more than 64,000, and outstanding study abroad and study-away opportunities.

South Carolina

 
Columbia College (PR)

Columbia, South Carolina

Website

BASW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $78,000

$20,304 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • College boasts a graduate employment rate of 94% six months after graduation
  • Optional Child Welfare certification can be earned alongside your BASW
  • Outstanding support services provided by faculty advisors, community mentors, and career coaches
  • Exciting internships, service projects, and study abroad experiences available

With a total program cost that’s more than $20,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools, Columbia College’s BASW is a model of value. And thanks to its comprehensive curriculum that melds classroom theory with practical learning experiences, it’s also where aspiring social workers like you head for the finest preparation for careers in this noble profession. Plus, if you want to take your BASW to the next level, Columbia College offers the Child Welfare certification, which you can complete alongside your undergrad degree. Other reasons to put Columbia College at the top of your list include: superb support services provided by faculty advisors, community mentors, and career coaches…access to mentors and skills development programs through the McNair Center for Entrepreneurism…and outstanding opportunities for internships, service projects, and study abroad experiences.

 
South Carolina State University (PU)

Department of Human Services

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $38,112 (in-state), $80,872 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $11,248 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Holds the distinction as the only publicly historically black university in South Carolina
  • Exciting opportunities to connect with your peers and give back to the university community through student organizations like Social Work Program, the Alliance of Black Social Workers, and the Phi Alpha Honor Society

With roots dating back more than 45 years, South Carolina State University has a long and rich history of producing clinicians, researchers, and scholars who effect change within their communities and the world. Its BSW program is no exception, as it features a robust curriculum and related practical experiences designed to promote human rights and social and justice for all people, particularly those populations at risk. As a student here, you’ll enjoy opportunities to participate in the university’s many organizations and clubs, including the Social Work Program, the Alliance of Black Social Workers, and the Phi Alpha Honor Society, all of which give you the opportunity to connect with your peers, network with social work professionals, and give back to your university and community.

South Dakota

 
University of Sioux Falls (PR)

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $71,920 (in-state)

$5,088 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Ideally designed for direct social work practice or further graduate study
  • Low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 12:1 ensures a personalized learning experience
  • Outstanding record of student success: 98% placement rate among students six months after graduation

The BSW through the University of Sioux Falls is a leader in value, at more than $5,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools. It’s also tops when it comes to academic excellence, thanks to a well-rounded curriculum that prepares you for either direct social work practice or further graduate study. Along with a strong, Christian foundation, the BSW features a dedicated faculty, a low, 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and an impressive 98% placement rate.

 
Oglala Lakota College (PU)

Social Work Department

Kyle, South Dakota

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $10,080 (in-state), $12,360 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $13,080 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Program features an emphasis on Lakota culture and tribal sovereignty, which includes the promotion of wellness, health, and social and economic justice for the Lakota people
  • Excellent student support services include academic advising, personal counseling, peer mentoring, tutoring, cultural activities, and more

Oglala Lakota College’s BSW is committed to supporting the social work profession while providing students with a value in undergraduate education. This program, based on Lakota culture and a strong, liberal arts foundation, is designed to prepare aspiring social workers like you for entry-level practitioner positions in social work. While it features a generalist course of study, the BSW through Oglala Lakota College emphasizes the integration of Lakota and diverse cultures in professional practice and the promotion of wellness, health, and social and economic justice for the Lakota people. As such, students of this program study tribal sovereignty and Lakota culture as part of their undergrad social work degree.

Tennessee

 
Lincoln Memorial University (PR)

School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Harrogate, Tennessee

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $85,920

$17,874 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Program has been producing entry-level social workers for more than 40 years
  • Program boasts a dedicated and experienced faculty
  • Excellent opportunities for volunteer work, community projects, and research

Lincoln Memorial University’s BSW is where affordability and quality meet. In addition to being nearly $18,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools, this undergrad social work degree is built on a more-than-40-year foundation of producing entry-level social workers who are capable of improving the quality of life for individuals of all ages, as well as families and communities. Excellent classroom instruction, supplemented with supervised hands-on experiences at local agencies allow aspiring social workers like you to immediately begin work as an entry-level generalist social worker upon graduation. As a student here, you’ll enjoy instruction and mentoring under an experienced and dedicated faculty…opportunities for volunteer work…participation in workshops, conferences, webinars, community projects, and research…and a variety of field placements available throughout southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, and east Tennessee.

 
Southern Adventist University (PR)

School of Social Work

Collegedale, Tennessee

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $86,600

$17,194 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Outstanding student-to-faculty ratio of just 14:1
  • Excellent opportunities beyond the classroom include a European Study Tour, the New York Study Tour, and the Social Work Issues and Policies trip to Washington D.C.
  • Optional minors in areas such as Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Youth Ministries, and Behavioral Science

Southern Adventist University’s BSW is a clear value in undergraduate education, thanks to a total program cost that comes in at more than $17,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools. But it’s also a time-tested program that’s been producing exceptional generalist social workers for more than 20 years. With a foundation in Christian values, this program is designed to promote a deeper understanding of how best to serve individuals, and the communities in which they live. In addition to a solid curriculum, you’ll enjoy Southern Adventist’s many opportunities beyond the classroom. Just a few of the experiences offered here include the European Study Tour, the New York Study Tour, and the Social Work Issues and Policies trip to Washington D.C. And while the BSW here is a generalist program, you’ll have opportunities to choose a minor in areas such as Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Youth Ministries, and Behavioral Science.

 
Tennessee State University (PU)

Department of Social Work and Urban Studies

Nashville, Tennessee

Website

BSSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $27,600 (in-state), $81,024 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $8,566 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Option to complete the Child Welfare Certification program alongside your BSSW
  • Program features a generalist curriculum with a focus on promoting social and economic justice
  • Excellent opportunities for student engagement through the Social Work Club and the Alpha Delta Mu Honor Society, the National Honor Society for social work students

Tennessee State University’s BSSW provides aspiring social workers like you with the value you’re looking for and the quality you demand. With a foundation built on a belief in social and economic justice, the BSSW here features a generalist curriculum with an emphasis on urban populations, diversity and oppression, and at-risk populations. As a student here, you’ll also have the opportunity to complete the Child Welfare Certification program, thanks to a partnership between Tennessee State University and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. You’ll also enjoy engaging with your peers and giving back to the community through the Social Work Club and Alpha Delta Mu Honor Society, the National Honor Society for social work students.

Texas

 
Lubbock Christian University (PR)

Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice

Lubbock, Texas

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $88,960

$45,955 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Excellent student-to-faculty ratio of just 13:1
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities available
  • Recognized as a Top 20 Comprehensive College in the Western Region by U.S. News & World Report

The BSW program through Lubbock Christian University is not just a superb value in undergraduate social work education (it’s nearly $46,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools), it’s also a superb educational experience that prepares aspiring social workers like you to help individuals, families, and communities overcome challenges and thrive. This program also boasts a superb faculty of dedicated instructors, a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio, exciting study abroad opportunities, and recognition as a Top 20 Comprehensive College in the Western Region by U.S. News & World Report.

 
University of Texas of the Permian Basin (PU)

Social Sciences Department

Odessa, Texas

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $20,848 (in-state), $65,696 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $13,116 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Ranked among the top public schools in U.S. New & World Report’s list of best Regional Universities West
  • Part of the massive University of Texas System, a massive institution that includes nine universities and six health institutions throughout Texas
  • Excellent student support services through the Student Success Center

The BSW University of Texas of the Permian Basin is designed to prepare generalist social work professionals capable of providing services to diverse, multicultural communities—all at a truly affordable rate that’s more than $13,000 less than the state average. Through a robust curriculum and experiential learning activities, aspiring social workers like you will promote social and economic justice and contribute to a social culture that respects all members of society. As part of the massive University of Texas System that includes nine universities and six health institutions throughout Texas, you’ll enjoy a variety of outstanding resources and services, including academic support through the Student Success Center.

Utah

 
Weber State University (PU)

Department of Social Work & Gerontology

Ogden, Utah

Website

BASW/BSSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $19,568 (in-state), $58,712 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $4,698 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Choose a BA or BS in Social Work
  • Program includes your choice of minor or alternative minor (your choice of elective enrichment courses)
  • Outstanding student support services and resources include the tutoring center, the Davis Learning Center, peer tutoring, career services, and more

Weber State University’s social work program is comprehensive, robust, and nearly $5,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools. Choose to study social work here and you’ll have the option of choosing either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts…participating in organizations like the National Association of Social Workers, the Phi Alpha Honor Society, and the Social Work Club…and supplementing your undergraduate degree with a minor or alternative minor (your choice of elective enrichment courses). Minor options include anthropology, communication, child and family studies, criminal justice, economics, gerontology, health, health administrative services, management, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies. As a student here, you’ll also have access to outstanding student support services and resources like the tutoring center, Davis Learning Center, peer tutoring, and career services.

 
Utah Valley University (PU)

Behavioral Science Department

Orem, Utah

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $20,144 (in-state), $62,424 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $4,122 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Optional Certificate of Proficiency in Substance Use Disorder Counseling can be earned concurrently with the BSW
  • Outstanding resources and services offered through the Career Development Center

Utah Valley University’s BSW, at more than $4,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools, is the destination for anyone looking for the best value in undergraduate social work education. But it’s also a robust, well-rounded program that features a curriculum and related experiences that are designed to prepare you for entry-level generalist positions. As a student here, you’ll have the option of completing a Certificate of Proficiency in Substance Use Disorder Counseling and/or participating in a study abroad experience. You’ll also enjoy access to outstanding services and resources through the Career Development Center, including career and internship fairs, interview preparation, career planning counseling, and more.

Vermont

 
Castleton University (PU)

Social Work Program

Castleton, Vermont

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $44,736 (in-state), $108,768 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $9,504 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Optional Civic Engagement Certificate or minor in Criminal Justice, Sociology, or Women’s and Gender Studies can be earned concurrently
  • Program features an emphasis on Vermont’s largely rural population
  • Outstanding service learning and civic engagement opportunities available

Castleton University, at more than $9,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools, is where Vermont’s aspiring social workers head for value! It’s also where you’ll find a comprehensive and rigorous undergraduate degree that will prepare you for entry-level generalist practice in social work. As is fitting in Vermont, this program also includes an emphasis on rural populations. Plus, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to add another dimension to your BSW by choosing an optional minor in criminal justice, sociology, or women’s and gender studies. Outside the classroom, your opportunities here will be just as rich, thanks to a variety of service learning and civic engagement activities, which can be applied to Castleton’s optional Civic Engagement Certificate. As one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the U.S., Castleton comes with a rich history of academic excellence, personalized learning, and student success.

Virginia

 
Virginia Union University (PR)

Social Work Department

Richmond, Virginia

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $62,160

$53,506 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Offers the only private, faith-based BSW in Virginia
  • Program features small class sizes and a dedicated faculty of experienced practitioners
  • Exciting opportunities to participate in campus organizations like the Social Work Club, the Association of Black Social Workers, and the Phi Alpha Academic Honor Society

Virginia Union University offers the only private, faith-based BSW program in Virginia. And at more than $53,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools, Virginia Union’s BSW is a model of affordability. Thanks to small class sizes, a dedicated faculty of experienced practitioners, and a robust curriculum designed to prepare you for entry-level social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities, it’s also the epitome of academic excellence. As a student here, you’ll also have ample opportunities to participate in campus organizations like the Social Work Club, the Association of Black Social Workers, and the Phi Alpha Academic Honor Society.

 
Virginia State University (PU)

Department of Social Work

Petersburg, Virginia

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $22,160 (in-state), $64,240 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $16,729 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Excellent opportunities to engage with your peers and give back to the community through the Social Work Club and the Phi Alpha Honor Society
  • Newly constructed Academic Center of Excellence serves as a one-stop hub for career, advising, and tutorial services

Virginia State University’s BSW features a robust curriculum built on generalist model of social work practice, a variety of opportunities for experiential learning, and a program cost that comes in at nearly $17,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools. Choose Virginia State for your BSW and you’ll enjoy opportunities to work with your peers and give back to the community through the Social Work Club and the Phi Alpha Honor Society. You’ll also enjoy this university’s outstanding career, advising and tutorial services, which are now offered through the new Academic Center of Excellence.

 
Norfolk State University (PU)

School of Social Work

Norfolk, Virginia

Website

BSW

(on-campus, hybrid)

Estimated program cost: $23,008 (in-state), $67,680 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $18,881 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW and PhD programs
  • Opportunity to participate in the Child Welfare Stipend Program, a specialized program for students interested in a career in child welfare
  • Many courses offered online, through blended instruction, and through the university’s regional higher education centers

Norfolk State University’s BSW offers everything you’d want in an undergraduate social work program: a robust generalist curriculum with related real-world experiences…opportunities to complete coursework online, on-campus, or through blended instruction…and an excellent value, thanks to a total program cost that comes in nearly $19,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools. Students of the BSW can complete courses on-campus, through one of the university’s regional higher education centers, or online. Choose distance-based courses and you’ll receive the same quality instruction, delivered by the same dedicated faculty, as your on-campus peers! As a BSW student, you’ll also have the opportunity to complete the Child Welfare Stipend Program alongside your BSW. If you’re selected for this program and you’ll receive a $10,000 stipend each year while you receive extensive child welfare training and training through a local department of social services in the State of Virginia.

Washington

 
Heritage University (PR)

Toppenish, Washington

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

$62,604 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Designated an Hispanic Serving Institution – the only school in Washington State to receive this designation
  • Program emphasizes the needs of multicultural and rural populations
  • Outstanding student resources and services available through the Career Services office

Heritage University’s BSW is the affordable course of study you’ve been looking for to get your career in social work off the ground. At more than $62,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools, Heritage not only offers the robust curriculum and related field experiences you need to become an entry-level generalist social worker, it also provides aspiring social workers like you with a truly affordable path to the BSW. As a student here, you’ll benefit from a dedicated and diverse faculty with years of practical experience, a curriculum that emphasizes the needs of multicultural and rural populations, and the best in student resources through the university’s Career Services office and academic support services. Heritage University boasts a diverse student body that includes a large percentage of both Native American and Hispanic students.

 
Eastern Washington University (PU)

School of Social Work

Cheney, Washington

Website

BASW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $25,520 (in-state), $94,000 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $9,654 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • University is a recipient of the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, a national honor recognizing colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Exciting opportunities to give back to the community and university through student organizations like the Phil Alpha Honor Society for Social Work and the Bachelor in Social Work Student Organization
  • Flexible curriculum includes opportunities to take courses online and at the Cheney, Riverpoint, Spokane campuses

Eastern Washington University’s BASW is an affordable, flexible, and well-rounded path to a career in social work. This program features a total cost that’s nearly $10,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools and a curriculum that can be completed at both the Cheney and Riverpoint campuses, with elective courses that can be completed online or at the campus locations in Cheney, Riverpoint, or Spokane. Eastern Washington’s Field Education Office will provide you with the support and guidance you need to find and complete field practicums that best align with your career goals and personal interests, while the school’s student organizations, including the Phil Alpha Honor Society for Social Work and the Bachelor in Social Work Student Organization, provide you with fantastic opportunities for connecting with your peers and giving back to the university and the community.

West Virginia

 
West Virginia State University (PU)

College of Professional Studies

Institute, West Virginia

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $28,660 (in-state), $48,624 (Metro), $62,288 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $2,842 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • University named among Great Value College’s ’100 Most Affordable Small Colleges East of the Mississippi’ and among the ’50 Most Affordable Selective Schools for a BSW’
  • Low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 17:1
  • Exciting opportunities to participate in the National Association of Social Workers and Alpha Delta Mu, the Social Work Honorary

West Virginia State University’s BSW doesn’t just offer a competitive program cost (it’s nearly $3,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools)—it also offers the robust educational experience you’d expect from an esteemed institution that’s been producing the next generation of scholars, practitioners, and educators since 1891. Just some of the BSW’s points of pride include: a low, 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio…one-on-one mentoring from a dedicated faculty…and opportunities to participate in the National Association of Social Workers and Alpha Delta Mu, the Social Work Honorary.

Wisconsin

 
Viterbo University (PR)

School of Health and Human Behavior

La Crosse, Wisconsin

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $109,120

$21,696 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at private schools

  • Optional minors include Gerontology, Family Studies, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Family Studies
  • Outstanding record of student success: 99% placement rate
  • Exciting opportunities for experiential learning through field trips and participation inthe National Association of Social Workers Advocacy Day and regional social services conferences
  • Faculty-mentored undergraduate research opportunities available

With an affordable program cost, a well-rounded curriculum, a highly dedicated and skilled faculty, and exciting opportunities for experiential learning, Viterbo University’s BSW offers everything aspiring social workers like you need to begin a career in the noble social work profession. This program also offers your choice of four minors in gerontology, family studies, substance abuse counseling, or family studies. As a student here, you’ll be able to learn interviewing techniques, shadow social workers, and observe intake at the Salvation Army. You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in the National Association of Social Workers Advocacy Day at the capitol in Madison and take field trips to treatment centers, funeral homes, regional social services conferences, and the Hmong Cultural Center. Plus, Viterbo is home to a variety of faculty-mentored undergraduate research opportunities.

 
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (PU)

Department of Social Work

Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $30,488 (in-state), $43,088 (MSEP), $60,874 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $3,584 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Optional minor in Social Justice
  • Outstanding internship and practicum opportunities, career and academic support services, and study abroad experiences available

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s BSW offers everything you’ll want and need in an undergraduate social work degree. In addition to its competitive program cost that comes in nearly $4,000 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools, the BSW here offers a well-rounded curriculum and related real world experiences…the opportunity to minor in Social Justice…study abroad opportunities to places like Paris and Germany…and ample opportunities to participate in student organizations like the Student Social Work Association. As part of the extensive University of Wisconsin System, you’ll also love this university’s strong research focus, national recognition for sustainability, outstanding academic and career support services, and superb internship and practicum opportunities.

 
University of Wisconsin Whitewater (PU)

Department of Social Work

Whitewater, Wisconsin

Website

BASW/BSSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $30,688 (in-state), $33,872 (MN resident), $65,064 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition: $3,384 less than the state average for social work bachelor’s degree programs at public schools

  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program (new in 2018-19)
  • Outstanding student support through the Hearts in Action Learning Community, designed to bring freshman students together through similar classes and volunteer and social activities
  • Exciting hands-on research opportunities available

Whether you choose the BASW or the BSSW, the University of Wisconsin Whitewater’s undergraduate social work program will provide you with an affordable path to an exciting and fulfilling career in social work. As a student here, you’ll benefit from a dedicated faculty of practitioners, researchers, and scholars, opportunities for hands-on research, and an opportunity to participate in the Hearts in Action Learning Community, which is designed to bring freshman students together through similar classes and volunteer and social activities. Plus, you’ll also enjoy connecting with your peers and giving back to the community through the Social Work Student Organization.

Wyoming

 
University of Wyoming (PU)

Division of Social Work

Laramie, Wyoming

Website

BSW

(on-campus)

Estimated program cost: $16,080 (in-state), $64,440 (out-of-state)

  • Only CSWE-accredited BSW in the state
  • Continue your education through the school’s MSW program
  • Exciting opportunities to engage in volunteer and humanitarian efforts
  • Flexible curriculum includes courses available at both the Laramie and Casper campuses

Choose the University of Wyoming’s BSW and you’ll not only benefit from the really affordable tuition rate, you’ll engage in an academically rich program that offers courses at both the Laramie and Casper campuses. You’ll also have access to exciting research opportunities and a wealth of practical experiences that include both volunteer and humanitarian efforts. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad and/or complete a certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health along with your BSW.