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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 analyzed 146 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in family, consumer and human sciences. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent family, consumer and human sciences programs, but they also offer a lot of support to 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. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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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 midsize suburb of Normal. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Illinois State, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences ranking.

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. About 2,428 of the students at Illinois State are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 college with a very 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.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.1%. Approximately 11,148 students take at least one class online at UA. There are roughly 5,352 part time students in attendance at UA. UA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 college with a very large student population. Texas Tech not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list.

About 6.0% of Texas Tech students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 15,508 students take at least one class online at Texas Tech. About 6,714 of the students at Texas Tech are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 college with a fairly large student population. Mizzou not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #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. There are approximately 6,407 students at Mizzou that take at least one class online. 4,578 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#5

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Charleston, EIU is a public college 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.

The student loan default rate at EIU is lower than is typical, just 7.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,510 students at EIU that take at least one class online. 2,759 of EIU students are attending part time. EIU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 large city of Portland, Warner Pacific is a private not-for-profit school 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.

The student loan default rate at Warner Pacific is lower than is typical, just 8.9% of students default in three years. 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 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.

The student loan default rate at Virginia Tech is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 8,844 students take at least one class online at Virginia Tech. 2,711 of Virginia Tech students are attending part time.

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Union Institute & University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Union is a fairly 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 students at Union are exclusively online. 464 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 fairly large public school located in the midsize 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 student loan default rate at UGA is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,957 students at UGA that take at least one class online. 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 large 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. Approximately 13,571 students take at least one class online at UMN Twin Cities. 10,971 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 school with a large student population.

About 8.2% of SFASU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,450 students take at least one class online at SFASU. There are roughly 3,230 part time students in attendance at SFASU. SFASU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Iowa State University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly 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.

About 3.2% of Iowa State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,215 students take at least one class online at Iowa State. 3,779 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Denton.

The student loan default rate at TWU is lower than is typical, just 6.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 5,206 students at TWU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 6,517 part time students in attendance at TWU. TWU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 school 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 students are part time. Ohio State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population. UT Austin also made our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences list, coming in at #7.

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. 3,290 students are part time. 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 college 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.

The student loan default rate at Oregon State is lower than is typical, just 3.9% of students default in three years. There are approximately 6,917 students at Oregon State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 8,853 part time students in attendance at Oregon State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Cornell did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #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 of Cornell students are attending 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 medium-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 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 distant town of Orangeburg.

There are approximately 915 students at South Carolina State University that take at least one class online. There are roughly 620 part time students in attendance at South Carolina State University. 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 large public school located in the suburb of Hayward.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.4%. There are approximately 6,927 students at Cal State East Bay that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,742 part time students in attendance at Cal State East Bay. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 small city of Manhattan, K -State is a public college with a fairly 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.

About 4.7% of K -State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,564 students at K -State that take at least one class online. 3,383 students are part time. K -State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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

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