In addition to meeting application requirements, you’ll have to consider how much it will cost to study at your dream school. Colleges and universities offer scholarships and financial aid, as do corporations, associations, and the government. You might be surprised by the options you discover. To help you get a sense of your baseline education costs, here are the typical tuition rates for a criminology degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,636 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

15% above average compared to other degrees

$ 23,568 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

17% above average compared to other degrees

$ 31,008 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

4% below average compared to other degrees

What do criminology graduates earn?

Criminology students make an average of $49,490 per year after graduation. This is 26% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

19% of criminology graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 49,490 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 18% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

6% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular criminology schools in the US

There are 348 schools in the US that offer a criminology degree. The criminology schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Irvine, San Diego State University and Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in criminology per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Irvine$13,738
San Diego State University$7,460
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417
University of Pennsylvania$53,534
The University of Alabama$10,780
Northern Arizona University$11,059
University of Maryland-College Park$10,399
University of Florida$6,381

Top US schools for a criminology degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering criminology degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Paine College32%$14,226
Texas A & M University-Commerce35%$8,434
Texas A&M University-San Antonio35%$8,216
San Diego State University35%$7,460
University of Miami36%$48,484
Villanova University36%$51,284
University of California-Irvine37%$13,738
Johnson C Smith University38%$18,236
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice39%$7,070

Cheapest US schools for a criminology degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a criminology degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Central New Mexico Community College$1,578
Arkansas Northeastern College$2,570
North Arkansas College$2,808
Wharton County Junior College$3,566
University of Florida-Online$3,876
Paris Junior College$3,900
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo$5,268
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez$5,268
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce$5,370
University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee$5,587


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