Family, Consumer & Human Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences

150 Colleges
24,420 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,348 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Family, Consumer & Human Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human SciencesFamily, Consumer & Human Sciences is the #20 most popular major in the country with 24,420 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences ranking analyzed 150 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in family, consumer and human sciences. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. Instead, we are looking at those family, consumer and human sciences schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for family, consumer and human sciences majors.

Top 15% Best Value Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools

#1

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Our rankings recognize Eastern Illinois University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Charleston, EIU is a public college with a medium-sized student population. EIU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at EIU to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,976. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from EIU is about $75,034. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#2

Warner Pacific College

Portland, OR

Warner Pacific College earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Portland, Warner Pacific is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Warner Pacific excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Warner Pacific is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,585. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Warner Pacific is $84,216. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNK is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Kearney. UNK also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

At UNK, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,217. 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 UNK is $91,987. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Brigham Young University - Provo landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value family, consumer and human sciences schools. Located in the city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average student at BYU graduates in less than 5.2 years, and it costs about $12,239 per year to attend the school. 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 BYU is $64,132. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#5

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. Texas Tech also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences rankings.

At Texas Tech, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $23,296 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Texas Tech is $105,298. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Stephen F Austin State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Nacogdoches, SFASU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at SFASU about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,360. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SFASU is $99,278. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize North Dakota State University - Main Campus as the #7 school in this year's rankings. North Dakota State University is a fairly large public school located in the city of Fargo.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at North Dakota State University to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,224. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the North Dakota State University is $96,145. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize South Dakota State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public college with a large student population.

It takes the average student at South Dakota State about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,370. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State is about $89,628. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Illinois State University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal. Illinois State also made our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list, coming in at #1.

At Illinois State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,958. This means that the average student pays around $108,817 to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#10

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Oneonta. SUNY Oneonta is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Oneonta.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SUNY Oneonta is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,162. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SUNY Oneonta is $100,997. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#11

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida State University. Florida State is a very large public school located in the city of Tallahassee.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,233. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Florida State is $115,196. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Iowa State University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population. Iowa State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

At Iowa State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,749. 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. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The University of Tennessee - Martin comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. UT Martin is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Martin.

It takes the average student at UT Martin about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,101. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Martin is $81,636. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Texas Woman's University earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. TWU is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Denton.

At TWU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,089. This means that the average student pays around $97,431 to get a bachelor’s degree from TWU. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value family, consumer and human sciences schools. UNC Greensboro is a very large public school located in the city of Greensboro.

At UNC Greensboro, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,093. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro is $98,756. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#16

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. UGA is a very large public school located in the city of Athens. UGA also made our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list, coming in at #4.

The average student at UGA graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,505. 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 UGA is $134,211. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#17

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Our rankings recognize University of Northern Iowa as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public school with a large student population.

The average student at UNI graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,198. 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 UNI is $107,439. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #18 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Stout. UW - Stout is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Menomonie.

The average student at UW - Stout graduates in less than 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,392. This means that the average student pays around $99,045 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - Stout. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#19

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value family, consumer and human sciences schools. Located in the city of Houston, U of H is a public college with a fairly large student population. U of H excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at U of H to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,217. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of H be around $116,503. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize North Carolina A & T State University as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Greensboro, NC A&T is a public school with a large student population.

It takes the average student at NC A&T about 4.6 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,630. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NC A&T be around $95,723. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Missouri State University - Springfield earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Springfield, Missouri State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

At Missouri State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,142. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State be around $100,303. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Oklahoma State University - Main Campus earned the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Stillwater, Oklahoma State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Oklahoma State is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,971. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Oklahoma State is $119,212. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences students that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences award.

Rank College Location
23 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
24 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
25 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA
26 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
27 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
28 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
29 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
30 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, AR

Family, Consumer & Human Sciences by Region

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Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Human Development & Family Studies 13,218
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 3,522
General Family & Consumer Sciences 3,142
Textile & Apparel Studies 2,638
Family & Consumer Economics 1,301

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Majors Similar to Family, Consumer & Human Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 154,751
Psychology 123,980
Communication & Journalism 96,549
Education 88,927
History 25,943

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to National Cancer Institute.

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