Best Colleges for Child Development

1,766

Graduates Per Year

$41K

Average Salary

#158

Most Popular Major

Degree Stats

Popular

1,766

13% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

79

5% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

157

Radiography

1,790

158

Child Development

1,766

159

Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management

1,761

Most Widely Offered Degrees

35

/

1.852

Worse

Better

offeringnot offering4%4%

Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicnon public71%71%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Far West

Fresno Pacific University

By State

California

Fresno Pacific University

By Conference

Pacific West Conference

Fresno Pacific University

By School

Arkansas Tech University

INTRODUCTION

If you think life as a child life specialist, child care teacher, or child protective investigator sounds interesting, then a degree in child development may just be for you. You could even become a coach that trains the next generation of super athletes starting them young!

POPULARITY

Child development is the 158th most popular degree in America, with 1,766 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #159 Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management, and narrowly lost to #157 Radiography.

The degree is offered at a total of 79 colleges across the nation, and is the 206th most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 4% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that approximately 7 in 10 colleges offering child development are public making it a quite accessible field.

The far west produces the most child development graduates, largely led by Fresno Pacific University, while it’s the Pacific West Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from Fresno Pacific University and Point Loma Nazarene University.

All that being said, no individual school produces more child development graduates than Arkansas Tech University, which graduated 150 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study child development). More students studied child development as a percentage of total students at Fresno Pacific University than any other college.

Good luck on your college search. We hope you enjoy Authority's 2022 official Best Colleges for Child Development list. Some of our picks may surprise you!

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Fresno Pacific University

#1 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Fresno, CA

www.fresno.edu

C+

Rating

66%

Acceptance

5,490

Students

# 490

Ranking

$32,458

Tuition

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Tufts University

#2 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Medford, MA

https://www.tufts.edu

A+

Rating

15%

Acceptance

12,781

Students

# 30

Ranking

$57,324

Tuition

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Point Loma Nazarene University

#3 Best Colleges for Child Development

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San Diego, CA

www.pointloma.edu

A-

Rating

74%

Acceptance

5,383

Students

# 193

Ranking

$36,350

Tuition

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Vanderbilt University

#4 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Nashville, TN

www.vanderbilt.edu

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Rating

9%

Acceptance

13,634

Students

# 17

Ranking

$50,800

Tuition

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University of La Verne

#5 Best Colleges for Child Development

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La Verne, CA

www.laverne.edu/

B

Rating

55%

Acceptance

9,774

Students

# 355

Ranking

$43,440

Tuition

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University of Virginia-Main Campus

#6 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Charlottesville, VA

https://www.virginia.edu

A+

Rating

24%

Acceptance

28,593

Students

# 3

Ranking

$47,257

Tuition

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Whittier College

#7 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Whittier, CA

www.whittier.edu

A-

Rating

57%

Acceptance

1,974

Students

# 217

Ranking

$48,924

Tuition

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Santa Clara University

#8 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Santa Clara, CA

www.scu.edu

A+

Rating

49%

Acceptance

9,423

Students

# 76

Ranking

$52,998

Tuition

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Michigan State University

#9 Best Colleges for Child Development

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East Lansing, MI

https://www.msu.edu

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Rating

71%

Acceptance

55,332

Students

# 41

Ranking

$39,766

Tuition

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Mills College

#10 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Oakland, CA

https://www.mills.edu

B

Rating

76%

Acceptance

1,354

Students

# 320

Ranking

$29,340

Tuition

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College of the Ozarks

#11 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Point Lookout, MO

www.cofo.edu

A-

Rating

10%

Acceptance

1,845

Students

# 166

Ranking

$19,200

Tuition

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West Virginia University

#12 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Morgantown, WV

www.wvu.edu

C+

Rating

84%

Acceptance

29,323

Students

# 234

Ranking

$25,320

Tuition

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Appalachian State University

#13 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Boone, NC

www.appstate.edu/

B-

Rating

77%

Acceptance

20,714

Students

# 180

Ranking

$19,049

Tuition

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Meredith College

#14 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Raleigh, NC

www.meredith.edu

B-

Rating

65%

Acceptance

2,048

Students

# 402

Ranking

$38,520

Tuition

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Howard University

#15 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Washington, DC

www.howard.edu

A-

Rating

36%

Acceptance

9,536

Students

# 179

Ranking

$24,966

Tuition

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Texas Tech University

#16 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Lubbock, TX

www.ttu.edu

B

Rating

69%

Acceptance

41,153

Students

# 126

Ranking

$16,704

Tuition

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Harding University

#17 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Searcy, AR

www.harding.edu

B-

Rating

61%

Acceptance

5,717

Students

# 375

Ranking

$20,010

Tuition

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University of North Texas at Dallas

#18 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Dallas, TX

untdallas.edu

C+

Rating

47%

Acceptance

4,512

Students

# 206

Ranking

$20,511

Tuition

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Olivet Nazarene University

#19 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Bourbonnais, IL

www.olivet.edu

B-

Rating

58%

Acceptance

5,743

Students

# 424

Ranking

$36,080

Tuition

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Kansas State University

#20 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Manhattan, KS

www.k-state.edu

C+

Rating

95%

Acceptance

24,546

Students

# 224

Ranking

$25,251

Tuition

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East Carolina University

#21 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Greenville, NC

www.ecu.edu

C+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

32,028

Students

# 232

Ranking

$20,729

Tuition

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Texas Woman's University

#22 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Denton, TX

www.twu.edu

C

Rating

93%

Acceptance

19,075

Students

# 432

Ranking

$15,559

Tuition

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Central Michigan University

#23 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Mount Pleasant, MI

https://www.cmich.edu

C+

Rating

70%

Acceptance

24,917

Students

# 270

Ranking

$23,670

Tuition

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Ashford University

#24 Best Colleges for Child Development

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San Diego, CA

www.ashford.edu

D-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

80,312

Students

# 421

Ranking

$11,640

Tuition

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Western Oregon University

#25 Best Colleges for Child Development

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Monmouth, OR

www.wou.edu

C

Rating

85%

Acceptance

5,770

Students

# 498

Ranking

$25,830

Tuition