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2021 Best Child Development & Psychology Schools

170 Colleges
$32,673 Avg Salary
$25,889 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Child Development & Psychology School for You

In 2018-2019, 13,150 people earned a degree or certificate in child development and psychology, making the major the #88 most popular in the United States.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. 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 Child Development & Psychology Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 170 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Child Development & Psychology Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Child Development & Psychology Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in Child Development

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Our 2021 rankings named Yale University the best school in the United States for child development and psychology students. Located in the city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Out of the 170 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Stanford University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford.

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#3

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The excellent programs at Cornell University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best child development and psychology schools in the United States. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#4

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Colgate University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Child Development & Psychology Schools list. Located in the distant town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#5

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Out of the 170 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Harvard University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#6

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Child Development & Psychology Schools list. Located in the remote town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#7

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Child Development & Psychology Schools ranking. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

Child Development majors at UChicago take out an average of $20,342 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 $211.

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#8

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for child development and psychology students. It came in at #8 on the list. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill.

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#9

Barnard College

New York, NY

Barnard College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Child Development & Psychology Schools ranking. Barnard is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

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#10

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame ranked #10 on this year’s Best Child Development & Psychology Schools list. Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#11

Union College New York

Schenectady, NY

Union College New York did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for child development and psychology students. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the small city of Schenectady, Union College Schenectady is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#12

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Child Development & Psychology Schools list. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

On average, child development graduates from Northwestern U take out $15,166 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $157, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for child development and psychology students. It came in at #13 on the list. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best child development and psychology programs. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

After completing their degree, child development graduates from Columbia carry an average student debtload of $24,653. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $256.

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Teachers College at Columbia University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best child development and psychology programs. Teachers College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

After completing their degree, child development graduates from Teachers College carry an average student debtload of $73,968. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $862, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

Wabash College landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best child development and psychology programs. Wabash is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Crawfordsville.

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#17

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania ranked #17 on this year’s Best Child Development & Psychology Schools list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#18

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

With a ranking of #18, Villanova University did quite well on this year’s best schools for child development and psychology students. Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Emmanuel College Massachusetts did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for child development and psychology students. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the large city of Boston, Emmanuel Boston is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

While working on their degree, child development majors at Emmanuel Boston accumulate an average of around $23,250 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $241, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Child Development & Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of California - Berkeley did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for child development and psychology students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#22

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

Brandeis University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for child development and psychology students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Waltham, Brandeis is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#23

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Child Development & Psychology Schools ranking. GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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University of Southern California landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best child development and psychology programs. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

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#25

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Child Development & Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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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 Child Development & Psychology Schools award.

Rank College Location
26 Tufts University Medford, MA
27 Carleton College Northfield, MN
28 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
29 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
30 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
31 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
32 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
33 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
34 Bates College Lewiston, ME

Child Development & Psychology by Region

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

One of 3 majors within the area of study, child development and psychology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
General Psychology 130,917
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 30,532
Other Psychology 3,056

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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