Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for a sociology degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,690 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

15% above average compared to other degrees

$ 24,662 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

23% above average compared to other degrees

$ 37,939 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

17% above average compared to other degrees

What do sociology graduates earn?

Sociology students make an average of $54,366 per year after graduation. This is 19% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 54,366 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 30% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular sociology schools in the US

There are 2000 schools in the US that offer a sociology degree. The sociology schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in sociology per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082

Top US schools for a sociology degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Pomona College8%$51,075
Brown University8%$53,419
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534

Cheapest US schools for a sociology degree

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

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Barstow Community College$1,104
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
Folsom Lake College$1,104
Copper Mountain Community College$1,112
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Yuba College$1,124
Woodland Community College$1,124
Victor Valley College$1,126


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