Best Fire Science colleges in the U.S.

The degree in fire science provides the educational foundation for career paths in firefighting and inspection. These specialists are trained in how to prevent fires in buildings and how to identify risk factors that can contribute to a fire. This field requires a technical understanding of local and federal fire codes, and may also include fieldwork training and observing current firefighters or code inspectors. 

Professionals with a degree in fire science can specialize in either prevention as a code officer or suppression as a firefighter. While a coding officer inspects building plans to determine whether a building meets local design requirements, they also perform inspections of construction sites and existing buildings to verify that alarming systems and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. 

To become a firefighter, fire science students need a two-year associate degree and in-person training at a fire station before they can begin working full-time. Most firefighters work for stations and fight fires for local municipalities, while others work on contracts at the state level to manage forest fires. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that opportunities in this field will grow by eight percent in the next decade, a much higher growth rate than other professions.

Best Fire Science colleges in the U.S. for 2021

Columbia Southern University
Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University offers 8 Fire Science degree programs. It's a very large, private for-profit, four-year university in a outlying town. In 2019, 1,055 Fire Science students graduated with students earning 638 Associate's degrees, 408 Bachelor's degrees, and 9 Certificates.

Utah Valley University offers 6 Fire Science degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 232 Fire Science students graduated with students earning 110 Associate's degrees, 95 Bachelor's degrees, and 27 Certificates.

University of New Haven
West Haven, CT
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University of New Haven offers 9 Fire Science degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 66 Fire Science students graduated with students earning 57 Bachelor's degrees, 8 Master's degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

Southwestern Illinois College offers 3 Fire Science degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 148 Fire Science students graduated with students earning 147 Certificates, and 1 Associate's degree.

American Public University System offers 10 Fire Science degree programs. It's a very large, private for-profit, four-year university in a outlying town. In 2019, 92 Fire Science students graduated with students earning 46 Bachelor's degrees, 36 Associate's degrees, and 10 Certificates.

University of Akron Main Campus offers 5 Fire Science degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 43 Fire Science students graduated with students earning 37 Bachelor's degrees, and 6 Associate's degrees.

St Petersburg College
Clearwater, FL

St Petersburg College offers 5 Fire Science degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 138 Fire Science students graduated with students earning 118 Certificates, and 20 Associate's degrees.

Valencia College
Orlando, FL

Valencia College offers 4 Fire Science degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 193 Fire Science students graduated with students earning 135 Certificates, and 58 Associate's degrees.

Everett Community College offers 4 Fire Science degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 21 Fire Science students graduated with students earning 21 Associate's degrees.

Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste Marie, MI

Lake Superior State University offers 2 Fire Science degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 22 Fire Science students graduated with students earning 17 Bachelor's degrees, and 5 Associate's degrees.

List of all Fire Science colleges in the U.S.

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Columbia Southern University Logo Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL
2/5
72 : 1 20,034
Santa Ana College Logo Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
1/5
109 : 1 27,052
Utah Valley University Logo Utah Valley University Orem, UT
2/5
55 : 1 41,728
University of New Haven Logo University of New Haven West Haven, CT
5/5
25 : 1 6,793
Central Piedmont Community College Logo Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC
2/5
47 : 1 18,646
Santa Rosa Junior College Logo Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
1/5
65 : 1 19,101
Southern Arkansas University Tech Logo Southern Arkansas University Tech Camden, AR
2/5
28 : 1 1,102
Southwestern Illinois College Logo Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, IL
2/5
62 : 1 8,508
Rio Hondo College Logo Rio Hondo College Whittier, CA
1/5
94 : 1 19,358
San Diego Miramar College Logo San Diego Miramar College San Diego, CA
1/5
112 : 1 14,127
American Public University System Logo American Public University System Charles Town, WV
2/5
132 : 1 45,249
Palomar College Logo Palomar College San Marcos, CA
1/5
76 : 1 23,874
University of Akron Main Campus Logo University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH
3/5
28 : 1 17,600
St Petersburg College Logo St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
2/5
85 : 1 28,853
Waldorf University Logo Waldorf University Forest City, IA
4/5
64 : 1 3,071
Kilgore College Logo Kilgore College Kilgore, TX
2/5
38 : 1 5,584
Valencia College Logo Valencia College Orlando, FL
2/5
77 : 1 47,940
Coastal Carolina Community College Logo Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville, NC
2/5
28 : 1 3,797
Tarrant County College District Logo Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
2/5
66 : 1 50,519
Elgin Community College Logo Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
3/5
77 : 1 9,931