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What colleges would be best for a major in forensic science?

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I'm a 9th grader who is very interested in criminology and forensic science. I was wondering where would be best to go to pursue careers in that pertain to these topics.
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Hi Nora:

Each year a list of the best colleges in the United States comes out through the U.S. World Report Rankings. Some of the best colleges for the Forensic Science major include:

  1. Penn State University
  2. Syracuse University
  3. The University of California - Davis
  4. Boston University

Others on the list include Drexel University, George Washington University, Michigan State, Ohio University, State University of New York in Albany (SUNY - Albany), and Virginia Commonwealth University.

I would examine each college to see which ones are approved by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Each college will also vary in its course offerings and degree emphasis areas, so you will need to research your various interests and options, to see which one is the best fit for you, and how far you wish to go as far as degree attainment (Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D). I would also look at possible opportunities these universities have as far as research and lab opportunities. Any real life experience you obtain, can potentially result in long term benefits in the future.