Kuyper College’s Social Work Program Ranked Top 10 Among Michigan Colleges

January 23, 2019

Zippia, Inc. one of the leading companies providing career web-based information and tools for professionals across various industries, including higher education, analyzed data of colleges and universities in Michigan to determine which programs offer the best career opportunities for Social Work Majors.

The Kuyper College Social Work program is ranked among the best.

  1. Michigan State University
  2. Hope College
  3. Ferris State University
  4. Grand Valley State University
  5. Madonna University
  6. Oakland University
  7. Central Michigan University
  8. Spring Arbor University
  9. Saginaw Valley State University
  10. Kuyper College

According to Zippia, “graduates from each school on the list would not be surprised at the rankings.”

How Zippia Determined the Best Social Work Schools in Michigan

When it came to identifying the best Social Work schools, Zippia approached the ranking in a scientific way—looking at data on how schools perform and comparing them to one another. They analyzed data from the NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. They also analyzed data from The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard (ED.gov) designed to help students and families compare how well individual postsecondary institutions are preparing their students to be successful. The analyzed data reported on school’s academics, costs, student body, financial aid, completion of degree, earnings, debt after graduation and loan repayment rates.
The results included:

  • Career       
    • Mean Earnings After 6 Years
    • Mean Earnings After 10 Years
    • Ratio of people working to not working after 10 years
  • Social Work Emphasis
    • Percentage of Graduating Class That Are Social Work Majors
  • School Performance
    • Admissions Rate (More selective the better)
    • Graduation Rate
    • Average Cost of Attendance (Lower is better)
    • Median amount of debt after graduation

Once the data was gathered, Zippia ranked all schools in Michigan offering a Social Work program for each of the criteria above with '1' being the best in any given criteria.

Next, they averaged the ranks for each school to create a “Social Work Quality Index,” which yielded the Top 10 Social Work Programs in Michigan for 2018.

In a different national ranking report by College Human ServicesEDU.org, Kuyper’s Social Work program was ranked as the most affordable of all private colleges in Michigan.