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2021 Best Value Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Great Lakes Region

22 Colleges
3,091 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,359 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Great Lakes RegionFamily, Consumer & Human Sciences is the #20 most popular major in the country with 24,420 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 3,091 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Great Lakes Region ranking, we looked at 22 colleges that offer a bachelor's in family, consumer and human sciences. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those family, consumer and human sciences schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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The family, consumer and human sciences school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools.

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2021 Best Value Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Check out the family, consumer and human sciences programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools

#1

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value family, consumer and human sciences schools. EIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Charleston. EIU also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

At EIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for 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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Our rankings recognize Illinois State University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a very large student population. Illinois State also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

The average student at Illinois State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend 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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University of Wisconsin - Stout comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Menomonie, UW - Stout is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at UW - Stout to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,392. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - Stout be around $99,045. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#4

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Our rankings recognize Purdue University - Main Campus as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Purdue is a very large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette. Purdue did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Great Lakes Region list.

At Purdue, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,495. 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 Purdue is $124,238. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Our rankings recognize Ferris State University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public school with a large student population.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Ferris to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $15,909. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ferris is about $73,022. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Northern Illinois University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a large student population.

It takes the average student at NIU about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,171. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the NIU is $92,181. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Ohio University - Main Campus comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Athens, Ohio U is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Ohio U has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Ohio U to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,780. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ohio U be around $133,893. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbus. Ohio State also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

At Ohio State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $34,273. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State is about $148,402. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Akron Main Campus earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of Akron Main Campus is a fairly large public school located in the city of Akron.

The average student at University of Akron Main Campus graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,666. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron Main Campus is $115,437. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#10

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

Western Michigan University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. WMU is a very large public school located in the city of Kalamazoo.

It takes the average student at WMU about 4.7 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,387. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WMU is about $100,305. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Colleges by State

Explore the best family, consumer and human sciences schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 706
Ohio 1,091
Illinois 593
Indiana 362
Wisconsin 338

Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Human Development & Family Studies 2,026
Textile & Apparel Studies 450
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 284
General Family & Consumer Sciences 153
Family & Consumer Economics 83

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 18,537
Education 15,801
Psychology 15,420
Communication & Journalism 15,182
History 3,079

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 22 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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