Family, Consumer & Human Sciences

2021 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

146 Colleges
24,420 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,687 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

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

This year's Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking looked at 146 colleges that offer a bachelor's in family, consumer and human sciences. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great family, consumer and human sciences programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the family, consumer and human sciences program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Top 15% Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Illinois State University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional family, consumer and human sciences students. Illinois State is a fairly 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.

About 3.9% of Illinois State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,895 students take at least one class online at Illinois State. There are roughly 2,428 part time students in attendance at Illinois State. Illinois State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#2

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

Our rankings recognize The University of Alabama as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Tuscaloosa, UA is a public school with a fairly large student population. UA did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list.

About 5.1% of UA students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 11,148 students at UA that take at least one class online. There are roughly 5,352 part time students in attendance at UA. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Texas Tech has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences ranking.

The student loan default rate at Texas Tech is lower than is typical, just 6.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 15,508 students take at least one class online at Texas Tech. 6,714 of Texas Tech students are attending part time. Texas Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Missouri - Columbia landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best family, consumer and human sciences schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a very large student population. Mizzou did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list.

The student loan default rate at Mizzou is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,407 students take at least one class online at Mizzou. 4,578 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Charleston, EIU is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, EIU is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list.

About 7.2% of EIU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,510 students at EIU that take at least one class online. 2,759 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#6

Warner Pacific College

Portland, OR

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Warner Pacific College. Located in the city of Portland, Warner Pacific is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Warner Pacific is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list.

About 8.9% of Warner Pacific students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 14 students at Warner Pacific that take at least one class online. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#7

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Our rankings recognize Virginia Tech as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. Virginia Tech not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list.

About 1.6% of Virginia Tech students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 8,844 students take at least one class online at Virginia Tech. About 2,711 of the students at Virginia Tech are attending part time.

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Union Institute & University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Union is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Cincinnati.

About 5.5% of Union students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 638 of Union students are exclusively distance learners. 464 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#9

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Our rankings recognize University of Georgia as the #9 school in this year's rankings. UGA is a very large public school located in the city of Athens. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UGA, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.3%. Approximately 3,957 students take at least one class online at UGA. 3,722 of UGA students are attending part time.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMN Twin Cities also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences ranking.

The student loan default rate at UMN Twin Cities is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 13,571 students at UMN Twin Cities that take at least one class online. 10,971 of UMN Twin Cities students are attending part time. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Stephen F Austin State University comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Nacogdoches, SFASU is a public college with a large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.2%. Approximately 3,450 students take at least one class online at SFASU. About 3,230 of the students at SFASU are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Iowa State University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Iowa State also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences ranking.

The student loan default rate at Iowa State is lower than is typical, just 3.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,215 students take at least one class online at Iowa State. 3,779 of Iowa State students are attending part time. Iowa State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Texas Woman's University landed the #13 spot in our 2021 best family, consumer and human sciences schools for non-traditional students. TWU is a large public school located in the midsize city of Denton.

About 6.6% of TWU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,206 students at TWU that take at least one class online. About 6,517 of the students at TWU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Ohio State University - Main Campus as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a fairly large student population. Ohio 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.

About 4.5% of Ohio State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 18,037 students at Ohio State that take at least one class online. 8,041 of Ohio State students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #15 spot in our 2021 best family, consumer and human sciences schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population. UT Austin also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences rankings.

The student loan default rate at UT Austin is lower than is typical, just 2.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 12,546 students at UT Austin that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,290 part time students in attendance at UT Austin. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#16

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Oregon State University. Located in the city of Corvallis, Oregon State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Oregon State 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.

About 3.9% of Oregon State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,917 students take at least one class online at Oregon State. There are roughly 8,853 part time students in attendance at Oregon State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#17

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our rankings recognize Cornell University as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Cornell not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.0%. Approximately 309 students take at least one class online at Cornell. 101 students are part time.

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Our rankings recognize Fashion Institute of Technology as the #18 school in this year's rankings. FIT SUNY is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of New York. FIT SUNY 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.

About 4.3% of FIT SUNY students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,451 students take at least one class online at FIT SUNY. 1,361 of FIT SUNY students are attending part time. FIT SUNY does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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South Carolina State University landed the #19 spot in our 2021 best family, consumer and human sciences schools for non-traditional students. South Carolina State University is a small public school located in the town of Orangeburg.

There are approximately 915 students at South Carolina State University that take at least one class online. About 620 of the students at South Carolina State University are attending part time. South Carolina State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - East Bay. Cal State East Bay is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Hayward.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.4%. Approximately 6,927 students take at least one class online at Cal State East Bay. There are roughly 3,742 part time students in attendance at Cal State East Bay. Cal State East Bay does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#21

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Manhattan, K -State is a public school with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, K -State also did well on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at K -State is lower than is typical, just 4.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,564 students at K -State that take at least one class online. 3,383 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
22 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
23 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
24 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
25 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
26 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
27 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
28 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
29 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI

Family, Consumer & Human Sciences by Region

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Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Human Development & Family Studies 23,383
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 4,817
General Family & Consumer Sciences 3,745
Textile & Apparel Studies 3,192
Family & Consumer Economics 1,563

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Majors Similar to Family, Consumer & Human Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 269,156
Social Sciences 199,377
Psychology 174,455
Communication & Journalism 116,237
History 32,643

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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