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2021 Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools

180 Colleges
$27,032 Avg Salary
$24,110 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Human Development & Family Studies School for You

Human Development & Family Studies is the #28 most popular major in the country with 43,687 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

The Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 180 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for human development majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Top Schools in Human Development

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our 2021 rankings named Cornell University the best school in the United States for human development and family studies students. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

Human Development majors at Cornell take out an average of $14,655 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $152.

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#2

Pacific Oaks College

Pasadena, CA

Out of the 180 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Pacific Oaks College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Pacific Oaks College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Pasadena.

The average amount in student loans that human development majors at Pacific Oaks College take out is $34,718. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $388, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 180 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Delaware landed the # 3 spot on the list. U of Delaware is a very large public school located in the suburb of Newark.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend North Dakota State University - Main Campus. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools list. Located in the city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, human development graduates from North Dakota State University carry an average student debtload of $25,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend South Dakota State University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools list. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the remote town of Brookings.

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With a ranking of #6, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign did quite well on this year’s best schools for human development and family studies students. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

The average amount in student loans that human development majors at UIUC take out is $21,127. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $219, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California State University - East Bay came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools ranking. California State University - East Bay is a large public school located in the large suburb of Hayward.

Human Development majors at California State University - East Bay take out an average of $19,200 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $199.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools ranking. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the city of Madison.

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#9

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools ranking. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the city of West Lafayette.

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Washington State University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools list. Wazzu is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Pullman.

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#11

Union Institute & University

Cincinnati, OH

Union Institute & University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human development and family studies students. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Union is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that human development majors at Union take out is $15,443. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $160, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Connecticut did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human development and family studies students. It came in at #12 on the list. UCONN is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Storrs.

On average, human development graduates from UCONN take out $22,885 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $238, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - Stout landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human development and family studies programs. Located in the distant town of Menomonie, UW - Stout is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#14

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human development and family studies programs. Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Lubbock.

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University of Maryland - College Park landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human development and family studies programs. Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, human development graduates from UMCP carry an average student debtload of $19,440. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The University of Texas at Austin came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools ranking. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Austin.

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#17

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human development and family studies students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population.

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Illinois State University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools ranking. Located in the midsize suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, human development graduates from Illinois State take out $23,750 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $246, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Oklahoma State University - Main Campus ranked #19 on this year’s Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools list. Oklahoma State is a very large public school located in the distant town of Stillwater.

The average amount in student loans that human development majors at Oklahoma State take out is $22,228. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $231.

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Iowa State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human development and family studies students. It came in at #20 on the list. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Ames.

Human Development majors at Iowa State take out an average of $23,100 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $240, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#21

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human development and family studies students. It came in at #21 on the list. UNI is a large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls.

The average amount in student loans that human development majors at UNI take out is $23,027. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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#22

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human development and family studies programs. K - State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Manhattan.

On average, human development graduates from K - State take out $30,336 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $338.

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#23

Merrimack College

North Andover, MA

Merrimack College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human development and family studies programs. Located in the large suburb of North Andover, Merrimack is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that human development majors at Merrimack take out is $27,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#24

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

SUNY Oneonta ranked #24 on this year’s Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools list. Located in the town of Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

While working on their degree, human development majors at SUNY Oneonta accumulate an average of around $19,500 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Colorado State University - Fort Collins came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools ranking. Colorado State is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Fort Collins.

The average amount in student loans that human development majors at Colorado State take out is $19,675. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $204, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools

#26

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Human Development & Family Studies Schools award.

Rank College Location
28 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
29 Bowie State University Bowie, MD
30 Warner Pacific College Adult Degree Program Portland, OR
31 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
32 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
33 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
34 Tufts University Medford, MA
35 Concordia University - Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
36 Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies Fayette, MO

Human Development & Family Studies by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Human Development & Family Studies is one of 8 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Human Development

Related Major Annual Graduates
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 5,318
General Family & Consumer Sciences 3,753
Textile & Apparel Studies 3,476
Family & Consumer Economics 1,593
Housing 785

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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).
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