Family, Consumer & Human Sciences

2021 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region

16 Colleges
2,217 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,682 Avg Cost*

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

Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States 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, 2,217 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States.

For this year's Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region ranking, we looked at 16 colleges that offer a bachelor's in family, consumer and human sciences. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality family, consumer and human sciences programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the family, consumer and human sciences program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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

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Top 10 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

University of Missouri - Columbia has taken the #1 spot in this year's family, consumer and human sciences ranking for non-traditional students. Mizzou is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Mizzou, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Plains States Region ranking.

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. There are roughly 4,578 part time students in attendance at Mizzou. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a fairly large student population. UMN Twin Cities not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Plains States Region list.

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 students are part time. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Iowa State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the city of Ames. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Iowa State, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Plains States Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at Iowa State is lower than is typical, just 3.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 6,215 students at Iowa State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,779 part time students in attendance at Iowa State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Kansas State University. K -State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Manhattan. As a testament to the quality of education offered at K -State, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Plains States Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.7%. Approximately 3,564 students take at least one class online at K -State. About 3,383 of the students at K -State are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Located in the large city of Lincoln, UNL is a public college with a very large student population. UNL not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Plains States Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.5%. Approximately 10,178 students take at least one class online at UNL. About 3,629 of the students at UNL are attending part time. UNL does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best family, consumer and human sciences schools for non-traditional students. Located in the town of Kearney, UNK is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. UNK not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Plains States Region list.

About 4.6% of UNK students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,997 students at UNK are exclusively online. There are roughly 2,115 part time students in attendance at UNK. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a large student population. North Dakota State University not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Plains States Region list.

About 2.6% of North Dakota State University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 5,518 students take at least one class online at North Dakota State University. There are roughly 2,527 part time students in attendance at North Dakota State University. North Dakota State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Concordia University, Saint Paul landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best family, consumer and human sciences schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Concordia University, Saint Paul is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The student loan default rate at Concordia University, Saint Paul is lower than is typical, just 5.9% of students default in three years. 3,129 of Concordia University, Saint Paul students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 1,567 part time students in attendance at Concordia University, Saint Paul.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to South Dakota State University. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Brookings. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, South Dakota State has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Plains States Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.2%. Approximately 2,992 students take at least one class online at South Dakota State. About 3,377 of the students at South Dakota State are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Northern Iowa. UNI is a fairly large public school located in the city of Cedar Falls. UNI also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences in the Plains States Region rankings.

About 2.9% of UNI students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,118 students take at least one class online at UNI. 1,923 of UNI students are attending part time. UNI does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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

Explore the best for non-traditional students family, consumer and human sciences colleges for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 640
Minnesota 271
Kansas 223
South Dakota 94
Iowa 344
Nebraska 435
North Dakota 207

Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Human Development & Family Studies 1,669
Textile & Apparel Studies 451
Family & Consumer Economics 406
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 354
General Family & Consumer Sciences 256

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 30,129
Psychology 12,822
Social Sciences 9,492
Communication & Journalism 7,343
History 1,731

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 16 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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