Fire Science Rankings: Colleges, Universities, and Degree Programs

More than 900 colleges and universities across the countries have fire science degree programs, but only so many offer high quality education and training at a price that won’t break the bank. Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and the Carnegie Foundation, we’ve highlighted the top fire science degree programs and colleges in the U.S., not only in fire-related subjects specifically, but also in other first responder and environmental disciplines. See which colleges stand out.

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  • Fire Science Programs That Really Pay Off

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  • Most Affordable Fire Science Degree Programs

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  • Most Popular Fire Science Degree Programs for Women

    Like the firefighting profession, post-secondary fire science programs are often dominated by men. The average female enrollment in the fire science and forestry programs we reviewed was 10%, but the schools on our list all have significant...