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2022 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

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570

Graduates Per Year

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$48K

Average Salary

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#266

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

570

91% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

35

82% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

265

Educational Administration and Supervision

573

266

Developmental and Child Psychology

570

267

Painting

568

Cost

Somewhat Expensive

$33,184

4% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

154

Materials Engineering

$33,208

155

Developmental and Child Psychology

$33,184

156

Criminal Justice

$33,137

Salary

Low Salary

$30,730

20% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

285

Behavioral Sciences

$31,002

286

Developmental and Child Psychology

$30,730

287

Experimental Psychology

$30,730

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TOP

25

Professors

Very Good

4.5/5

12.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

24

Alternative Medicine

25

Developmental and Child Psychology

26

Latin Language and Literature

Students

Average Diversity

3.6/5

0.03% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

225

Acting

226

Developmental and Child Psychology

227

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SUMMARY

Majoring in Developmental and Child Psychology is not only a valuable choice, but naturally a requisite first step for scholars trying to begin a career as a child psychologist, an animal-assisted therapist, or a school counselor. In fact, developmental and child psychology is a very rare degree coming in at the 266th most popular area of study. Last academic year alone, there were 570 developmental and child psychology degrees conferred. In-state tuition for developmental and child psychology at private universities is, on average, 3.8 times more expensive than their public equivalents.

With only 35 institutions offering developmental and child psychology you may have a more finite list of the institutions you can choose from. If you are hoping to immerse yourself with other developmental and child psychology undergrads, consider colleges in Minnesota which have more undergraduates admitted to developmental and child psychology than any other state. less precisely, the top region to get a degree in developmental and child psychology is in the Far West region with University of California-San Diego, Mount Saint Mary's University, and Eastern Washington University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the top conference to major in developmental and child psychology is the Big Ten Conference with University of Minnesota-Twin Cities representing the conference. Based on our extensive list on the best colleges, our choice for the best college for developmental and child psychology is Vanderbilt University.

The overall 'best' school does not mean it is the best school for every student. There can be tons more perspectives to think about when selecting college. Features such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food might sway your decision of where to go to school. Here at authority.org, we've evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which developmental and child psychology school has the superior campus, the answer is University of California-San Diego. If, for example, you are primarily interested in which university has the finest campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more in order to evaluate each major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our comprehensive list for the universities with the best student life and our choice for the school with the best student life for developmental and child psychology is Vanderbilt University. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about our top selections. Many of our picks might surprise you.

If price is a primary factor in your choice of where you attend school, you might consider avoiding Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt University is our most expensive university for developmental and child psychology, at least for out of state enrollment. That being said, we have a list of the most expensive schools that might put the cost of Vanderbilt University into perspective. For more context, you could want to know that developmental and child psychology is the 155th most expensive program in the nation, with an average cost of $33,200. On a broader scale, the most costly state for developmental and child psychology in the nation is Florida demonstrated by a tuition of $45,452 at the main school in the state Eckerd College. To zoom out even further, the most costly region for developmental and child psychology is the Southwest region which is best demonstrated with East Texas Baptist University with a cost of $26,100, The University of Texas at Dallas with a cost of $38,168, and Texas Christian University with a cost of $49,160.

Our cheapest region for developmental and child psychology is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Metropolitan State University of Denver with a cost of $20,009. In better news, the most affordable college for developmental and child psychology is Metropolitan State University. Our full list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state learners can expect to pay about $10,100 for a degree in developmental and child psychology. That cost grows dramatically to a median of $27,300 for an out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our selection for the university constituting the best value for developmental and child psychology: Vanderbilt University. Here you will see our comprehensive list for the universities we believe to be the best value overall. That being said, this section is predicated on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for developmental and child psychology students vary widely, but within two-years of graduation students will often earn in the neighborhood of $48,000. There can be a lot of variation in pay; top positions can rake in up to $85,000. Even right out of school, the lowest earning positions within the developmental and child psychology field make $27,100, which isn't that bad. The top earning graduates for developmental and child psychology attended Vanderbilt University and if you are looking for universities with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The all-around diversity of developmental and child psychology ranks below average, falling in the 43rd percentile of majors nationally. The school with the highest composite diversity for developmental and child psychology is Vanderbilt University and here you can find our general list of the colleges with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Developmental and Child Psychology major is only within the 79th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even further below average in the 56th percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest proportion at 60% of students studying developmental and child psychology. Additionally, 90% of undergrads pursuing a developmental and child psychology major are women.

The median rating of developmental and child psychology's professors is 4.5 stars, which is 13% higher than the median for every major; this is a fairly good ranking. If you are interested in the most popular developmental and child psychology instructor nationally, take a look at John Wallace from Columbus State Community College. This may be shocking, but the top rated developmental and child psychology professors according to students come from Columbus State Community College. If we including data other than just rankings we find that the college with comprehensively the best professors for developmental and child psychology is University of California-San Diego. One can find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with some of the finest examples of instructors nationwide.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for developmental and child psychology is Vanderbilt University. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we do have a detailed list of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, here at Authority we hope you understand that considering college through a lens primarily shaped by superlatives might create issues. We at Authority hope you look at some of our other pages on different schools and peruse a few of our helpful background 'blog posts' on important details to look for as your college search continues.

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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

#1 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a very large public university located in Minneapolis, MN ranked 137th in the United States. It has a total of 43,828 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 56.74% of applicants. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers 520 different majors and is best known for its Computer Systems Analysis, Developmental and Child Psychology, and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $13,318 for students from Minnesota and $31,616 for those from out-of-state, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is reasonably costly. 73.11% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home close to $51,900 per year, which is 25% above the national median.

Minneapolis, MN

https://twin-cities.umn.edu

A

Rating

57%

Acceptance

61,787

Students

#137

Ranking

$31,616

Tuition

Vanderbilt University

#2 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Vanderbilt University is a large private university located in Nashville, TN ranked 17th in America. It has a total of 6,974 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 9.12% acceptance rate. Vanderbilt University offers 245 different majors and is best known for its Teacher Education and Professional Development, Secondary Education and Teaching, and Social Sciences programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,800 per year, Vanderbilt University is exceptionally high-priced. 86.73% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $69,000 per year, which is 66% greater than the national median.

Nashville, TN

www.vanderbilt.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

13,634

Students

#17

Ranking

$50,800

Tuition

Emmanuel College

#3 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Emmanuel College is a small private college located in Boston, MA ranked 42nd in Massachusetts. It has a total of 2,241 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.14% of applicants. Emmanuel College offers 59 different majors and is best known for its Developmental and Child Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and Art Therapy programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 5th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,028 per year, Emmanuel College is rather costly. 62.64% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home near $49,700 per year, which is 20% above the national median.

Boston, MA

www.emmanuel.edu

B-

Rating

78%

Acceptance

2,398

Students

#593

Ranking

$41,028

Tuition

The University of Texas at Dallas

#4 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

The University of Texas at Dallas is a very large public university located in Richardson, TX ranked 231st in the nation. It has a total of 21,317 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 78.59% acceptance rate. The University of Texas at Dallas offers 140 different majors and is best known for its Game and Interactive Media Design, Management Science, and Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $13,442 for students from Texas and $38,168 for those from out-of-state, The University of Texas at Dallas is quite pricey. 64.75% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home roughly $53,100 per year, which is 28% over the national median.

Richardson, TX

www.utdallas.edu

A-

Rating

79%

Acceptance

31,419

Students

#231

Ranking

$38,168

Tuition

Texas Christian University

#5 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Texas Christian University is a large private university located in Fort Worth, TX ranked 119th in America. It has a total of 9,780 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 47.12% of applicants. Texas Christian University offers 199 different majors and is best known for its Computer Systems Analysis, Entrepreneurship, and Fashion Merchandising programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $49,160 per year, Texas Christian University is very pricey. 77.26% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home approximately $52,800 per year, which is 27% greater than the national median.

Fort Worth, TX

www.tcu.edu/

A

Rating

47%

Acceptance

11,499

Students

#119

Ranking

$49,160

Tuition

Eckerd College

#6 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Eckerd College is a small private liberal arts college located in Saint Petersburg, FL ranked 21st in Florida. It has a total of 2,078 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 67.44% of applicants. Eckerd College offers 55 different majors and is best known for its Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, Developmental and Child Psychology, and Environmental Studies programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 38th respectively). With an annual tuition of $45,452 per year, Eckerd College is extremely expensive. 47.67% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring in about $42,200 per year, which is 2% greater than the national median.

Saint Petersburg, FL

https://www.eckerd.edu

B

Rating

67%

Acceptance

2,078

Students

#521

Ranking

$45,452

Tuition

University of California-San Diego

#7 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

University of California-San Diego is a very large public university located in La Jolla, CA ranked 66th in America. It has a total of 31,840 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 31.48% acceptance rate. University of California-San Diego offers 228 different majors and is best known for its Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Global Studies, and Cognitive Science programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-San Diego is quite pricey. 78.44% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home about $59,900 per year, which is 44% above the national median.

La Jolla, CA

www.ucsd.edu

A+

Rating

31%

Acceptance

39,811

Students

#66

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Maryville College

#8 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Maryville College is a small private institution located in Maryville, TN ranked 9th in Tennessee. It has a total of 1,226 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 55.57% acceptance rate. Maryville College offers 58 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Finance, Counseling Psychology, and American Sign Language programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $34,752 per year, Maryville College is somewhat moderately high-priced. 52.15% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home about $39,000 per year, which is 6% under the national median.

Maryville, TN

www.maryvillecollege.edu

C+

Rating

56%

Acceptance

1,226

Students

#682

Ranking

$34,752

Tuition

Saint Mary's College of California

#9 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Saint Mary's College of California is a small private institution located in Moraga, CA ranked 46th in California. It has a total of 2,995 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 81% acceptance rate. Saint Mary's College of California offers 113 different majors and is best known for its Developmental and Child Psychology and Business programs, which are respectively ranked 9th and 23rd in the United States. With an annual tuition of $48,988 per year, Saint Mary's College of California is very high-priced. 65.3% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. After college, alumni go on to earn more or less $56,300 per year, which is 36% over the national median.

Moraga, CA

https://www.stmarys-ca.edu

B

Rating

81%

Acceptance

4,404

Students

#430

Ranking

$48,988

Tuition

Western Washington University

#10 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Western Washington University is a large public college located in Bellingham, WA ranked 13th in Washington. It has a total of 16,762 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 90.38% of applicants. Western Washington University offers 132 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Physical Therapy Studies, Science Teacher Education, and Biology Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,215 for students from Washington and $23,562 for those from out-of-state, Western Washington University is somewhat moderately costly. 67.06% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $45,800 per year, which is 10% above the national median.

Bellingham, WA

www.wwu.edu

B-

Rating

90%

Acceptance

17,966

Students

#617

Ranking

$23,562

Tuition

Bay Path University

#11 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Bay Path University is a small private college located in Longmeadow, MA ranked 55th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 2,140 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a touch north of 5/7ths of applicants. Bay Path University offers 64 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Psychology, Developmental and Child Psychology, and Legal Studies programs (nationally ranked 9th, 11th, and 42nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $35,081 per year, Bay Path University is somewhat moderately expensive. 59.37% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take in more or less $42,700 per year, which is 3% above the national median.

Longmeadow, MA

www.baypath.edu

C+

Rating

72%

Acceptance

4,270

Students

#1017

Ranking

$35,081

Tuition

Eastern Washington University

#12 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Eastern Washington University is a large public institution located in Cheney, WA ranked 22nd in Washington. It has a total of 13,910 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 95.7% of applicants. Eastern Washington University offers 144 different majors and is best known for its Developmental and Child Psychology, Web Design, and Teaching English as a Second Language programs (nationally ranked 12th, 14th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,543 for students from Washington and $24,074 for those from out-of-state, Eastern Washington University is reasonably costly. 53.27% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to make about $43,100 per year, which is 4% greater than the national median.

Cheney, WA

www.ewu.edu

C+

Rating

96%

Acceptance

15,961

Students

#1171

Ranking

$24,074

Tuition

University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne

#13 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne is a small private college located in Fort Wayne, IN ranked 31st in Indiana. It has a total of 2,011 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 96.22% acceptance rate. University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne offers 80 different majors and is best known for its Developmental and Child Psychology, Music Technology, and Health and Wellness programs (nationally ranked 13th, 19th, and 39th respectively). With an annual tuition of $30,380 per year, University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne is somewhat moderately expensive. 56.89% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make about $40,400 per year, which is 3% less than the national median.

Fort Wayne, IN

www.sf.edu

C

Rating

96%

Acceptance

2,692

Students

#1427

Ranking

$30,380

Tuition

Metropolitan State University of Denver

#15 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a very large public college located in Denver, CO ranked 18th in Colorado. It has a total of 23,944 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 61.3% of applicants. Metropolitan State University of Denver offers 108 different majors and is best known for its Alternative Medicine, Civil Engineering Technologies, and Developmental and Child Psychology programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 12th, and 15th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,432 for students from Colorado and $20,009 for those from out-of-state, Metropolitan State University of Denver is moderately priced. 32.41% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make about $40,200 per year, which is 3% under the national median.

Denver, CO

www.msudenver.edu/

C

Rating

61%

Acceptance

24,781

Students

#1561

Ranking

$20,009

Tuition

Mount Saint Mary's University

#16 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Mount Saint Mary's University is a small private institution located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 97th in California. It has a total of 2,610 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting close to 8 in 9 applicants. Mount Saint Mary's University offers 97 different majors and is best known for its Clinical Psychology, Developmental and Child Psychology, and Applied Psychology programs (nationally ranked 7th, 16th, and 17th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,592 per year, Mount Saint Mary's University is quite costly. 63.46% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to draw roughly $53,200 per year, which is 28% over the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

https://www.msmu.edu

C+

Rating

90%

Acceptance

3,485

Students

#975

Ranking

$41,592

Tuition

Savannah State University

#17 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Savannah State University is a small historically black public college located in Savannah, GA ranked 40th in Georgia. It has a total of 4,421 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 33.2% of applicants. Savannah State University offers 37 different majors and is best known for its Developmental and Child Psychology, Civil Engineering Technologies, and Computer Engineering Technologies programs (nationally ranked 17th, 17th, and 27th respectively). With an annual tuition of $3,965 for students from Georgia and $14,426 for those from out-of-state, Savannah State University is moderately priced. 29.2% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to take in near $31,300 per year, which is 25% below the national median.

Savannah, GA

www.savannahstate.edu/

C-

Rating

33%

Acceptance

4,645

Students

#1940

Ranking

$14,426

Tuition

Metropolitan State University

#18 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Metropolitan State University is a mid-sized public institution located in Saint Paul, MN ranked 23rd in Minnesota. It has a total of 9,462 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 56.2% of applicants. Metropolitan State University offers 83 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, Playwriting and Screenwriting, and Ethnic Studies programs (nationally ranked 8th, 10th, and 14th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,031 for in-state students and $14,345 for those from out-of-state, Metropolitan State University is reasonably priced. 39.82% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $48,200 per year, which is 16% above the national median.

Saint Paul, MN

www.metrostate.edu

C+

Rating

56%

Acceptance

10,575

Students

#892

Ranking

$14,345

Tuition

East Texas Baptist University

#19 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

East Texas Baptist University is a small private institution located in Marshall, TX ranked 73rd in Texas. It has a total of 1,540 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 59.45% of applicants. East Texas Baptist University offers 61 different majors and is best known for its Developmental and Child Psychology, Rhetoric and Composition, and Pastoral Counseling programs (nationally ranked 19th, 37th, and 38th respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,100 per year, East Texas Baptist University is reasonably costly. 29.9% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to bring in close to $40,500 per year, which is 2% less than the national median.

Marshall, TX

https://www.etbu.edu

C

Rating

59%

Acceptance

1,717

Students

#1444

Ranking

$26,100

Tuition

Lesley University

#20 Best Colleges for Developmental and Child Psychology

Lesley University is a small private college located in Cambridge, MA ranked 48th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 2,707 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 74.68% acceptance rate. Lesley University offers 102 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Counseling Psychology, and Developmental and Child Psychology programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 13th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $28,500 per year, Lesley University is somewhat moderately costly. 55.13% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to earn more or less $38,700 per year, which is 7% less than the national median.

Cambridge, MA

www.lesley.edu

C+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

6,593

Students

#899

Ranking

$28,500

Tuition