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2020 Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies

Approximately 44,209 human development and family studies degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies ranking analyzed 121 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 18 schools for Human Development & Family Studies students.

Choosing a Great Human Development & Family Studies School

Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies The human development program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality human development program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 12% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 18%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 183 to 18 )
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Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

Human Development & Family Studies graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A human development and family studies bachelors degree from a college in the United States helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $28,141 a couple years later.

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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Human Development & Family Studies students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other human development and family studies students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized human development and family studies related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Human Development & Family Studies students.

Best Schools to Study Human Development & Family Studies in United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Human Development & Family Studies degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 121 schools analyzed, only 18 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 18 Best Human Development Colleges

#1

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Every student who is interested in human development and family studies has to check out Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. A Best Colleges rank of 79 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Virginia Tech also offers 2 different higher degree levels in human development and family studies, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the human development program make around $29,300 in the first couple years of working.

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It is hard to beat University of California - Davis if you wish to pursue human development and family studies as a major. UC Davis is a very large public school located in the suburb of Davis. A Best Colleges rank of 74 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UC Davis is a great school overall.

With 286 undergrads, University of California - Davis is one of most popular schools to study human development in United States.

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#3

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Every student who is interested in human development and family studies needs to look into Cornell University. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Cornell also offers 2 different higher degree levels in human development and family studies, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates from the human development and family studies major at Cornell University earn $6,023 more than the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University is one of the best schools in the country for human development and family studies. Located in the midsize city Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. This school ranks 107th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

Syracuse University is a fairly popular school to study human development in United States with more than 61 graduates last year.

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#5

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State is a very large public school located in the city of Corvallis. This school ranks 299th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

There are approximately 339 human development and family studies undergrads studying this program at Oregon State. After getting their bachelor's degree, human development students generally make around $28,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Located in the small city East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 120th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are about 144 human development and family studies undergraduates studying this degree at Michigan State. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, human development students generally make around $27,800 in the first five years of their career.

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UCONN is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Storrs. A Best Colleges rank of 97 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UCONN is a great school overall.

There are approximately 243 human development and family studies undergraduates studying this degree at UCONN. Students who graduate from the human development program make an average of $31,300 in the first couple years of working.

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Located in the city Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 78 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UT Austin is a great college overall.

UT Austin offers human development and family studies degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's. Graduates of the human development program make about $30,400 in the first couple years of their career.

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UMCP is a very large public school located in the large suburb of College Park. This college ranks 103rd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMCP also offers 2 different higher degree levels in human development and family studies, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Human Development & Family Studies students from University of Maryland - College Park get a earnings boost of around $2,623 over the typical earnings of human development and family studies majors.

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#10

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Located in the city Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 18 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Vanderbilt offers a Master's Degree in human development and family studies.

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#11

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

UGA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Athens. This school ranks 137th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

For those interested in something more advanced, UGA also offers 3 different higher degree levels in human development and family studies, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Soon after graduating, human development students generally make about $24,800 at the beginning of their careers.

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Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the small city of University Park. This school ranks 170th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are roughly 118 human development and family studies undergrads studying this program at Penn State University Park. Graduates of the human development program make about $28,600 for their early career.

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#13

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

U of F is a fairly large public school located in the city of Gainesville. A Best Colleges rank of 73 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means U of F is a great college overall.

A favorite choice for human development and family studies undergraduates, there are roughly 142 learners studying this program at U of F. Students who complete this program report average early career income of $27,700.

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UCSD is a very large public school located in the large city of La Jolla. A Best Colleges rank of 72 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UCSD is a great school overall.

University of California - San Diego is one of the most popular college to study human development in United States exceeding 66 graduations last year. Graduates of the human development program earn an average of $28,300 in the first couple years of working.

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Located in the small city Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 235th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There are about 162 human development and family studies undergrads studying this degree at Iowa State. Students who graduate from the human development program earn about $30,400 for their early career.

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Located in the medium-sized city Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 307th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There are about 265 human development and family studies undergrads enrolled in this degree at Colorado State. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career wages of $27,700.

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Located in the midsize city Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 102nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Utah.

There are about 352 human development and family studies undergrads studying this program at BYU. Graduates of the human development program earn about $21,000 in the first couple years of working.

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#18

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Located in the small city West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 100 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Purdue is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Purdue also offers 2 different higher degree levels in human development and family studies, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, human development students generally make about $31,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Human Development students that almost earned our Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies award.

Rank College Location
19 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
20 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
21 Auburn University Auburn, AL
22 Washington State University Pullman, WA
23 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
24 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
25 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH

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Human Development & Family Studies is one of 8 different types of Family, Consumer & Human Sciences programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Human Development

Related Major Annual Graduates
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 5,451
General Family & Consumer Sciences 4,230
Textile & Apparel Studies 3,471
Family & Consumer Economics 1,673
Housing 701

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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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