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2021 Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies

Approximately 23,368 human development and family studies degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies ranking analyzed 109 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 15% of colleges 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 14% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 26%.

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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. While the average human development and family studies bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $28,141, graduates of colleges on this list average $30,312.

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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 complete 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 the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for human development and family studies majors. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 16 Best Human Development Colleges

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Every student pursuing a degree in human development and family studies has to check out Cornell University. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

With 87 undergrads, Cornell University is one of most popular schools to study human development in United States. Human Development & Family Studies graduates from Cornell University earn a boost of about $5,356 above the average income of human development and family studies graduates.

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University of Connecticut is among your top options if you want to study human development and family studies. UCONN is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Storrs. A Best Colleges rank of 104 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UCONN is a great college overall.

There are roughly 213 human development and family studies undergraduates studying this program at UCONN. Students who graduate from the human development program make around $31,300 in their early career salary.

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Any student pursuing a degree in human development and family studies has to look into The University of Texas at Austin. Located in the city Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 91 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UT Austin is a great college overall.

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the most popular school to study human development in United States with more than 159 graduations last year. Graduates of the human development program make about $30,400 in their early career salary.

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#4

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Every student pursuing a degree in human development and family studies needs to take a look at Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. A Best Colleges rank of 88 out of 1,715 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 earn an average of $29,300 for their early career.

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UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of College Park. This school ranks 117th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There are about 154 human development and family studies undergrads studying this program at UMCP. Students who graduate from the human development program make an average of $32,000 in their early career salary.

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#6

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Located in the city East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 107th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

With 136 students enrolled, Michigan State University is one of most popular colleges to study human development in United States. After getting their bachelor's degree, human development students typically earn around $27,800 in their early careers.

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Located in the city Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 213th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There are approximately 147 human development and family studies undergraduates enrolled in this program at Iowa State. Students who graduate from the human development program earn about $30,400 for their early career.

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#8

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Located in the city West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,715 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 Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). After graduation, human development students usually make about $31,200 in their early careers.

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Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park. This college ranks 112th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

For those interested in something more advanced, Penn State University Park 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). Graduates of the human development program make about $28,600 in the first couple years of working.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Located in the large city Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 448th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

For those interested in something more advanced, Texas Tech also offers 2 different higher degree levels in human development and family studies, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Human Development & Family Studies graduates from Texas Tech University earn a boost of approximately $3,656 over the average earnings of human development and family studies majors.

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Located in the city Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 175th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There are roughly 179 human development and family studies undergrads studying this degree at Ohio State. Students who graduate from the human development program earn around $29,800 in their early career salary.

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Located in the midsize city Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 239th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

For those interested in something more advanced, Colorado State 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 report average early career wages of $27,700.

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Located in the city Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Wisconsin is a great school overall.

There are approximately 187 human development and family studies undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Wisconsin. Graduates of the human development program earn about $31,600 in their early career salary.

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UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign. A Best Colleges rank of 92 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UIUC is a great college overall.

With 65 students enrolled, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign is one of most popular colleges to study human development in United States. University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign human development and family studies students earn $3,256 more than the typical human development graduate.

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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 85 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U of F is a great school overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, U of F offers a Master's Degree in human development and family studies. Students who complete this program report average early career wages of $27,700.

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#16

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

UGA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Athens. This school ranks 143rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

For those interested in something more advanced, UGA also offers 2 different higher degree levels in human development and family studies, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After graduation, human development students usually earn an average of $24,800 in the first five years of their career.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
17 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
18 Washington State University Pullman, WA
19 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
20 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
21 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
22 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
23 Auburn University Auburn, AL
24 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
25 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO

Human Development & Family Studies by Region

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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 5,318
General Family & Consumer Sciences 3,753
Textile & Apparel Studies 3,476
Family & Consumer Economics 1,593
Housing 785

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Jsonin. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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