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2021 Best Human Development & Family Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United States

109 Colleges
13,218 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,403 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools for Vets

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

This year's Best Human Development & Family Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking analyzed 109 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in human development. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great human development and family studies programs and a strong support system for veterans and active service members.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the human development and family studies program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran satisfaction. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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

The colleges and universities below are the best for vets studying human development.

Top 15% Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools for Veterans

#1

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the 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 in the United States ranking.

Of the 38,209 students enrolled at Texas Tech, 1,148 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 662 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,852. Texas Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Texas Woman's University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Denton, TWU is a public school with a large student population.

According to our most recent data, TWU supports 15,518 students, and 507 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 315 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,604. TWU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UT Austin, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies in the United States ranking.

Among the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin, 1,201 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,949. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Maryland - College Park as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMCP, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies in the United States ranking.

Among the 41,200 students enrolled at UMCP, 896 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 672 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,240. To help with additional expenses, 7 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Iowa State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Ames. Iowa State also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies in the United States rankings.

Of the 34,992 students enrolled at Iowa State, 824 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 455 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,422. During this same period, 14 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Washington State University. Wazzu is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Pullman. Wazzu excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies in the United States list.

Of the 31,478 students enrolled at Wazzu, 1,046 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 566 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,054. On top of their other funding sources, 2 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Wazzu does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Columbus. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ohio State also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies in the United States ranking.

Among the 61,170 students enrolled at Ohio State, 1,851 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,158 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,438. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca. Cornell not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies in the United States list.

Of the 23,600 students enrolled at Cornell, 621 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 519 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,152. During this same period, 150 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Dakota State University - Main Campus. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, North Dakota State University is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies in the United States list.

Of the 13,796 students enrolled at North Dakota State University, 518 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 194 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,101. North Dakota State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Connecticut landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value human development and family studies schools. UCONN is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Storrs. UCONN not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 360 of the 27,412 students enrolled at UCONN were GI Bill® students, of which 202 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,054.

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Our rankings recognize Colorado State University - Fort Collins as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Colorado State is a very large public school located in the city of Fort Collins. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Colorado State is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies in the United States list.

Among the 33,478 students enrolled at Colorado State, 1,706 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,344 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,826. To help with additional expenses, 70 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Colorado State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#12

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Purdue has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Purdue supports 44,474 students, and 761 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 556 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,363. In addition to receiving other benefits, 32 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Pennsylvania State University - University Park as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a very large student population. Penn State University Park did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Penn State University Park supports 46,810 students, and 1,039 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 836 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,714. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Oregon State University. Oregon State is a very large public school located in the small city of Corvallis. Oregon State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

Of the 30,986 students enrolled at Oregon State, 1,493 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 930 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,431. To help with additional expenses, 22 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Oregon State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Bowie State University earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Bowie, Bowie State University is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

According to our most recent data, Bowie State University supports 6,320 students, and 300 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 180 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,565. During this same period, 1 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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California State University - East Bay comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. California State University - East Bay is a large public school located in the large suburb of Hayward.

Of the 15,628 students enrolled at California State University - East Bay, 370 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 203 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,139. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 Human Development & Family Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
17 Union Institute & University Cincinnati, OH
18 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
19 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
20 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
21 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC

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Related Major Annual Graduates
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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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