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2021 Best Value Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies

102 Colleges
13,218 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,186 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Human Development & Family Studies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Human Development & Family StudiesHuman Development & Family Studies is the #37 most popular major in the country with 13,218 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies ranking, we looked at 102 colleges that offer a bachelor's in human development. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those human development schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

More Ways to Rank Human Development & Family Studies Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value Human Development Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Human Development & Family Studies Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for human development majors.

Top 15% Best Value Human Development & Family Studies Schools

North Dakota State University - Main Campus comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, North Dakota State University also did well on our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

It takes the average student at North Dakota State University about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,224. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University be around $96,145. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, human development graduates from North Dakota State University take out $22,505 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value human development and family studies schools. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lubbock. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Texas Tech also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Texas Tech is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,296. This means that the average student pays around $105,298 to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, human development graduates from Texas Tech take out $23,694 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $248.

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Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Provo as the #3 school in this year's rankings. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo.

It takes the average student at BYU about 5.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $12,239. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the BYU is $64,132. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Human Development majors at BYU take out an average of $13,782 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $114, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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South Dakota State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the remote town of Brookings.

It takes the average student at South Dakota State about 4.4 years to graduate, and it costs about $20,370 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State is $89,628. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Human Development majors at South Dakota State take out an average of $24,568 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $267.

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Iowa State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the small city of Ames. In addition to being on our best value list, Iowa State has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Iowa State is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,749. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State is $118,231. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, human development graduates from Iowa State take out $22,781 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $240.

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#6

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Our rankings recognize University of Florida as the #6 school in this year's rankings. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Gainesville. U of F also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The average student at U of F graduates in less than 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,230. This means that the average student pays around $120,542 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of F. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, human development majors at U of F accumulate an average of around $15,781 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $156, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida State University. Located in the midsize city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,233. This means that the average student pays around $115,196 to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida State. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Human Development majors at Florida State take out an average of $19,971 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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#8

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Our rankings recognize University of Northern Iowa as the #8 school in this year's rankings. UNI is a fairly large public school located in the city of Cedar Falls.

At UNI, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,198. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNI is $107,439. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that human development majors at UNI take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,984. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $239, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northern Illinois University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at NIU is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,171. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from NIU is $92,181. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, human development graduates from NIU take out $30,485 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $300.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Greensboro, UNC Greensboro is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at UNC Greensboro graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,093. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro is $98,756. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that human development majors at UNC Greensboro take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,502. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $261, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

SUNY Oneonta earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at SUNY Oneonta to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,162. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta is about $100,997. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Human Development majors at SUNY Oneonta take out an average of $19,502 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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Texas Woman's University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Denton, TWU is a public school with a large student population.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at TWU to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,089. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the TWU is $97,431. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, human development majors at TWU accumulate an average of around $22,050 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $211.

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University of Wisconsin - Stout landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value human development and family studies schools. Located in the town of Menomonie, UW - Stout is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UW - Stout is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,392. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - Stout is about $99,045. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, human development graduates from UW - Stout take out $23,513 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $270, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Purdue is a very large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette. Purdue also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies rankings.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Purdue to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,495. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Purdue is $124,238. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, human development graduates from Purdue take out $16,645 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $160, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Oklahoma State University - Main Campus earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Oklahoma State is a very large public school located in the distant town of Stillwater.

At Oklahoma State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,971. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State be around $119,212. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that human development majors at Oklahoma State take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,172. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $231.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies award.

Rank College Location
16 University of Georgia Athens, GA
17 Warner Pacific College Portland, OR
18 University of Houston Houston, TX
19 Washington State University Pullman, WA
20 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA

Human Development & Family Studies by Region

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New England
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Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Majors Similar to Human Development

Related Major Annual Graduates
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General Family & Consumer Sciences 3,142
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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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