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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.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences ranking, we looked at 150 colleges that offer a bachelor's in family, consumer and human sciences. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. 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.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. 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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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 Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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

The following schools top our list of the Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Colleges for the Money.

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 town of Charleston, EIU is a public school with a moderately-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.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at EIU is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $16,976. 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 EIU is $75,034. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

Warner Pacific College

Portland, OR

Warner Pacific College earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Portland, Warner Pacific is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly 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.

It takes the average student at Warner Pacific about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $19,585 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Warner Pacific be around $84,216. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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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 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.

The average student at UNK graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,217. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNK is $91,987. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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 medium-sized city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at BYU is 5.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $12,239. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from BYU is $64,132. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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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 city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population. Texas Tech also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Texas Tech is 4.5 years, and it costs about $23,296 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 Texas Tech is $105,298. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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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 large student population.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at SFASU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,360. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SFASU is $99,278. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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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 the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,224. This means that the average student pays around $96,145 to get a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at South Dakota State is 4.4 years, 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.

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Illinois State University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the midsize 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 yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,958. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois State is $108,817. 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 medium-sized public school located in the 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. 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 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 fairly large public school located in the city of Tallahassee.

It takes the average student at Florida State about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,233. 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 Florida State is $115,196. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Iowa State University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a very 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 estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,749. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State is about $118,231. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UT Martin to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,101. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UT Martin be around $81,636. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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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 midsize city of Denton.

The average student at TWU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,089. 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 TWU is $97,431. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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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 fairly large public school located in the large city of Greensboro.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UNC Greensboro to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend 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. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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 midsize city of Athens. UGA also made our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list, coming in at #4.

It takes the average student at UGA about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,505. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost 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 city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at UNI about 4.4 years to graduate, and it costs about $24,198 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNI is about $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 moderately-sized public school located in the town of Menomonie.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at UW - Stout to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend 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. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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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 very 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 the average student at U of H about 4.6 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,217. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of H is about $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 fairly large student population.

At NC A&T, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,630. 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 NC A&T is $95,723. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Missouri State University - Springfield earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Springfield, Missouri State is a public college with a very large student population.

It takes the average student at Missouri State about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,142. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State is $100,303. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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 student at Oklahoma State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,971. 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 Oklahoma State is $119,212. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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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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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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