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2021 Best Value Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in Pennsylvania

7 Colleges
485 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,102 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in PennsylvaniaIn 2018-2019, 485 bachelor's degrees were awarded to family, consumer and human sciences students who went to a Pennsylvania college or university. This makes it the #25 most popular major in the state. This means that 2.0% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in Pennsylvania ranking looked at 7 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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 the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools in Pennsylvania

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

Best Value Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools in Pennsylvania

#1

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Messiah University. Messiah is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Mechanicsburg. Messiah also made our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in Pennsylvania list, coming in at #3.

At Messiah, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,960. 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 Messiah is $129,758. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Indiana, IUP is a public school with a large student population. IUP also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in Pennsylvania rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at IUP is 4.4 years, and it costs about $26,940 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from IUP is about $117,189. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value family, consumer and human sciences schools. Located in the small city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public school with a very large student population. Penn State University Park not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in Pennsylvania list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Penn State University Park is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $43,829. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Penn State University Park is $185,835. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Pennsylvania State University - Altoona earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Penn State Altoona is a fairly small public school located in the small city of Altoona. Penn State Altoona also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in Pennsylvania rankings.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Penn State Altoona to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $34,831. This means that the average student pays around $152,560 to get a bachelor’s degree from Penn State Altoona. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Penn State Harrisburg is a small public school located in the suburb of Middletown. Penn State Harrisburg not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in Pennsylvania list.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Penn State Harrisburg to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $35,311. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Penn State Harrisburg is $155,368. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine. Located in the large suburb of Media, Penn State Brandywine is a public school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Penn State Brandywine, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in Pennsylvania ranking.

At Penn State Brandywine, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,186. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Penn State Brandywine is $149,669. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Pennsylvania State University - Mont Alto landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value family, consumer and human sciences schools. Penn State Mont Alto is a small public school located in the fringe town of Mont Alto.

It takes the average student at Penn State Mont Alto about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,660. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Penn State Mont Alto is $144,031. 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 in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
New York 774
New Jersey 434
Maryland 331
Delaware 115
District of Columbia 30

Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Human Development & Family Studies 425
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 56
General Family & Consumer Sciences 4

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Majors Similar to Family, Consumer & Human Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 7,068
Psychology 5,106
Communication & Journalism 4,603
Education 3,877
History 1,186

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 7 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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