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2022 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

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1,063

Graduates Per Year

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$37K

Average Salary

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#208

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Average Popularity

1,063

83% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

33

83% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

207

Urban Studies

1,102

208

Family and Community Services

1,063

209

African-American Studies

1,009

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$26,458

17% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

263

Critical Theory and Analysis

$26,496

264

Family and Community Services

$26,458

265

Music Management

$26,241

Salary

Low Salary

$30,072

22% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

312

Human Development and Family Studies

$30,072

313

Family and Community Services

$30,072

314

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

$30,032

Professors

Bad

4/5

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

222

Mathematics and Computer Science

223

Family and Community Services

224

Computer Programming

Students

Average Diversity

3.8/5

5.63% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

173

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

174

Family and Community Services

175

Information Technology Administration and Management

SUMMARY

Studying Family and Community Services is a valuable choice and naturally a requisite first step for undergrads hoping to enter a career as a community health worker, a community planner, or a community developer. Interestingly, family and community services is a very rare degree ranking as the 208th most popular area of study. In the last year, there were 1,063 family and community services graduates. In-state tuition for family and community services at private institutions is, on average, 3.6 times more pricey than their public rivals.

With just 33 universities having programs for family and community services there could be limited options as to the institutions which will have a degree program for you. If you're looking to surround yourself with other family and community services undergrads, look at schools in Michigan which have the most undergraduates admitted to family and community services annually. Zooming out, the top region to pursue family and community services is in the Southeast region with John Brown University, University of Florida, and East Carolina University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the top conference to study family and community services is the Big Ten Conference with University of Maryland-College Park, Michigan State University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison representing the conference. That being said, our selection for the best college for family and community services is University of Miami. You may also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The overall 'best' school might not actually be the 'best' school for every student. There might be lots more perspectives to think about when deciding on institution. Things like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might definitely modify one's decision on which college to attend. At Authority, we've evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which family and community services college has the best campus, the answer is Michigan State University. If, for example, you are very interested in which college boasts the finest campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more in order to compare every major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our well researched list for the schools with the best student life and, from that list, our pick of the school with the best student life for family and community services is University of Florida. Curious why? Continue scrolling to learn more about Authority's top choices. Many of our decisions will probably shock you.

If price is a significant deciding factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding University of Miami. University of Miami appears to be our most expensive college for family and community services, at least for out of state enrollment. We do have a page for the most expensive schools that might put the expense at University of Miami into perspective. For more context, you may be interested to know that family and community services is the 264th most expensive degree in the nation, with an average cost of $26,500. On a broader scale, the most costly state for family and community services in the nation is Massachusetts demonstrated with a cost of $40,770 at the main university in the state Merrimack College. Even more broadly, the most expensive region of the U.S. for family and community services is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for family and community services is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Utah Valley University with a cost of $15,872. In better news, the most affordable university for family and community services is Youngstown State University. Authority.org's entire list of the most affordable colleges can be explored here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $9,300 for a degree in family and community services. The price grows by a lot to an average of $25,700 for the out-of-state public-school undergraduate. On that note, our selection for the school representing the best value for family and community services: University of Miami. Through this link you can find our comprehensive list about the universities we see as being the best value in general. Bear in mind, this idea is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for family and community services majors can vary, but within two years leaving college students will regularly earn around $36,900. There can be a lot of variation in earnings; top positions can experience pay up to $62,800. Even straight out of school, the lowest end opportunities within the family and community services space earn $21,900, which is an alright wage. The top earning grads from family and community services come from University of Maryland-College Park and if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The all-around diversity of family and community services is on the higher end, ranking in the 56th percentile of all majors. The school with the highest composite diversity for family and community services is University of Miami and here you can find our general list for the schools with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Family and Community Services is only within the 48th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, in the 71st percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest share, 54%, of students studying family and community services. Additionally, 88% of undergraduates pursuing a family and community services degree are women.

The median rating for family and community services professors is 4 stars, a score which is exactly the median across every major; this is a fine. If you want to find the most popular family and community services professor in the country, consider looking up Deniss Edwards from San Jacinto Community College. It might come as a shock, but the top rated instructors for family and community services according to students are found at Carleton College. If we consider data other than basic rankings it becomes clear that the school possessing the best instructors for family and community services is University of Miami. One will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with many of the finest professors in the country.

Finally, the most difficult university to get into for family and community services is University of Miami. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a comprehensive list of the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, we do hope you understand that looking at higher education with a lens mainly derived from superlatives can create issues. We at Authority encourage you to read our other pages on different universities and explore a couple of our insightful background articles on useful details to think about as you progress with your school search.

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University of Florida

#1 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

University of Florida is a very large public university located in Gainesville, FL ranked 78th in America. It has a total of 38,645 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting just under 3 in every 8 applicants. University of Florida offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Exercise Physiology, Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, and Family and Community Services programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $4,477 for in-state students and $25,694 for those from out-of-state, University of Florida is somewhat moderately pricey. 85.38% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $56,000 per year, which is 35% above the national median.

Gainesville, FL

www.ufl.edu/

A+

Rating

37%

Acceptance

58,749

Students

#78

Ranking

$25,694

Tuition

University of Maryland-College Park

#2 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

University of Maryland-College Park is a very large public university located in College Park, MD ranked 100th in America. It has a total of 33,022 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 44.18% of applicants. University of Maryland-College Park offers 432 different majors and is best known for its Criminology, Preschool Education and Teaching, and Family and Community Services programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,824 for students from Maryland and $34,936 for those from out-of-state, University of Maryland-College Park is somewhat moderately pricey. 75.08% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to make around $62,900 per year, which is 51% greater than the national median.

College Park, MD

www.umd.edu

A

Rating

44%

Acceptance

44,486

Students

#100

Ranking

$34,936

Tuition

Iowa State University

#3 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

Iowa State University is a very large public university located in Ames, IA ranked 5th in Iowa. It has a total of 31,555 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 92.05% of applicants. Iowa State University offers 345 different majors and is best known for its Plant Sciences, Agronomy and Crop Science, and Agricultural Mechanization programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $8,042 for students from Iowa and $23,230 for those from out-of-state, Iowa State University is reasonably high-priced. 68.35% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $50,700 per year, which is 22% greater than the national median.

Ames, IA

www.iastate.edu

B+

Rating

92%

Acceptance

37,944

Students

#376

Ranking

$23,230

Tuition

Michigan State University

#4 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

Michigan State University is a very large public university located in East Lansing, MI ranked 163rd in the nation. It has a total of 42,492 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 71.12% of applicants. Michigan State University offers 384 different majors and is best known for its Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, Pre-Law Studies, and Soil Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $14,460 for in-state students and $39,766 for those from out-of-state, Michigan State University is quite expensive. 76.24% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to make roughly $53,600 per year, which is 29% above the national median.

East Lansing, MI

https://www.msu.edu

A

Rating

71%

Acceptance

55,332

Students

#163

Ranking

$39,766

Tuition

John Brown University

#5 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

John Brown University is a small private college located in Siloam Springs, AR ranked 4th in Arkansas. It has a total of 2,078 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting nearly three out of four applicants. John Brown University offers 65 different majors and is best known for its Family and Community Services, Pastoral Counseling, and Illustration programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 21st respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,458 per year, John Brown University is reasonably high-priced. 60.97% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home near $45,800 per year, which is 10% above the national median.

Siloam Springs, AR

www.jbu.edu

B

Rating

76%

Acceptance

2,830

Students

#483

Ranking

$26,458

Tuition

University of Hawaii at Manoa

#6 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

University of Hawaii at Manoa is a large public university located in Honolulu, HI ranked 262nd in the United States. It has a total of 15,221 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 58.47% of applicants. University of Hawaii at Manoa offers 232 different majors and is best known for its Japanese Language and Literature, Native American Studies, and Teaching English as a Second Language programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,304 for in-state students and $33,336 for those from out-of-state, University of Hawaii at Manoa is somewhat moderately pricey. 58.75% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home about $45,800 per year, which is 10% above the national median.

Honolulu, HI

https://manoa.hawaii.edu/

A-

Rating

58%

Acceptance

20,653

Students

#262

Ranking

$33,336

Tuition

Messiah University

#7 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

Messiah University is a small private institution located in Mechanicsburg, PA ranked 27th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 2,801 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting about three fourths of applicants. Messiah University offers 119 different majors and is best known for its Religious Education, Biopsychology, and Family and Community Services programs (nationally ranked 4th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $35,280 per year, Messiah University is reasonably pricey. 77.36% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn close to $45,100 per year, which is 9% greater than the national median.

Mechanicsburg, PA

www.messiah.edu

B+

Rating

76%

Acceptance

3,646

Students

#357

Ranking

$35,280

Tuition

East Carolina University

#8 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

East Carolina University is a very large public university located in Greenville, NC ranked 16th in North Carolina. It has a total of 25,196 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.72% of applicants. East Carolina University offers 187 different majors and is best known for its Industrial Production Technologies, Accounting and Business Management, and Home Economics Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,452 for students from North Carolina and $20,729 for those from out-of-state, East Carolina University is somewhat moderately pricey. 61.11% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn about $40,500 per year, which is 2% less than the national median.

Greenville, NC

www.ecu.edu

C+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

32,028

Students

#783

Ranking

$20,729

Tuition

University of Wisconsin-Madison

#9 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

University of Wisconsin-Madison is a very large public university located in Madison, WI ranked 106th in the nation. It has a total of 34,640 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 54.41% of applicants. University of Wisconsin-Madison offers 492 different majors and is best known for its Spanish Language and Literature, Genetics, and French Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,273 for in-state students and $36,333 for those from out-of-state, University of Wisconsin-Madison is rather pricey. 81.28% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $56,200 per year, which is 35% greater than the national median.

Madison, WI

www.wisc.edu

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

47,392

Students

#106

Ranking

$36,333

Tuition

Merrimack College

#10 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

Merrimack College is a mid-sized private institution located in North Andover, MA ranked 40th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 4,179 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 81.9% of applicants. Merrimack College offers 101 different majors and is best known for its Family and Community Services program, which is ranked 10th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $40,770 per year, Merrimack College is quite expensive. 68.31% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to take in approximately $57,100 per year, which is 37% greater than the national median.

North Andover, MA

https://www.merrimack.edu

B-

Rating

82%

Acceptance

5,426

Students

#548

Ranking

$40,770

Tuition

University of Miami

#11 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

University of Miami is a large private university located in Coral Gables, FL ranked 59th in the United States. It has a total of 12,351 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 27.13% acceptance rate. University of Miami offers 309 different majors and is best known for its Information Technology Administration and Management, Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, and Broadcast Journalism programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,400 per year, University of Miami is exceptionally costly. 74.98% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn about $60,100 per year, which is 45% above the national median.

Coral Gables, FL

www.miami.edu/

A+

Rating

27%

Acceptance

19,618

Students

#59

Ranking

$50,400

Tuition

University of Northern Iowa

#12 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

University of Northern Iowa is a large public college located in Cedar Falls, IA ranked 17th in Iowa. It has a total of 10,467 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 79.05% acceptance rate. University of Northern Iowa offers 165 different majors and is best known for its Social Science Teacher Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Applied Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,665 for in-state students and $19,949 for those from out-of-state, University of Northern Iowa is reasonably priced. 61.09% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After college, alumni go on to make around $44,600 per year, which is 7% greater than the national median.

Cedar Falls, IA

www.uni.edu

C+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

13,040

Students

#703

Ranking

$19,949

Tuition

Texas Tech University

#13 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

Texas Tech University is a very large public university located in Lubbock, TX ranked 18th in Texas. It has a total of 33,618 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting something like 7/10ths of applicants. Texas Tech University offers 215 different majors and is best known for its Agricultural Public Services, Human Sciences, and Rhetoric and Composition programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,744 for students from Texas and $16,704 for those from out-of-state, Texas Tech University is moderately priced. 58.48% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home near $51,400 per year, which is 24% greater than the national median.

Lubbock, TX

www.ttu.edu

B

Rating

69%

Acceptance

41,153

Students

#431

Ranking

$16,704

Tuition

Mount St. Mary's University

#14 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

Mount St. Mary's University is a small private institution located in Emmitsburg, MD ranked 12th in Maryland. It has a total of 2,025 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.79% of applicants. Mount St. Mary's University offers 60 different majors and is best known for its Family and Community Services, Theological and Ministerial Studies, and Criminology programs (nationally ranked 14th, 16th, and 28th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,170 per year, Mount St. Mary's University is rather high-priced. 60% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to draw approximately $52,600 per year, which is 27% over the national median.

Emmitsburg, MD

https://msmary.edu

B

Rating

75%

Acceptance

2,660

Students

#505

Ranking

$41,170

Tuition

Baker College

#15 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

Baker College is a mid-sized private college located in Owosso, MI ranked 79th in Michigan. It has a total of 11,267 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 73.16% of applicants. Baker College offers 120 different majors and is best known for its Data Modeling and Database Administration, Family and Community Services, and Occupational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 7th, 15th, and 24th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,720 per year, Baker College is pretty low-priced. 20.94% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home about $27,200 per year, which is 35% below the national median.

Owosso, MI

www.baker.edu

D-

Rating

73%

Acceptance

11,733

Students

#3102

Ranking

$9,720

Tuition

Oklahoma Baptist University

#16 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

Oklahoma Baptist University is a small private institution located in Shawnee, OK ranked 12th in Oklahoma. It has a total of 1,963 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a little above 57.1% of applicants. Oklahoma Baptist University offers 89 different majors and is best known for its Physical Therapy, Family and Community Services, and Counseling Psychology programs (nationally ranked 10th, 16th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,584 per year, Oklahoma Baptist University is somewhat moderately expensive. 45.6% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn approximately $40,500 per year, which is 2% below the national median.

Shawnee, OK

https://www.okbu.edu

C+

Rating

57%

Acceptance

2,113

Students

#1167

Ranking

$26,584

Tuition

Southern University at New Orleans

#17 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

Southern University at New Orleans is a small historically black public institution located in New Orleans, LA ranked 39th in Louisiana. It has a total of 2,502 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 60.33% of applicants. Southern University at New Orleans offers 27 different majors and is best known for its Family and Community Services and Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling programs, which are both ranked 17th in the nation. With an annual tuition of $4,483 for in-state students and $13,384 for those from out-of-state, Southern University at New Orleans is pretty inexpensive. 29.18% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring in more or less $28,600 per year, which is 31% less than the national median.

New Orleans, LA

www.suno.edu

D-

Rating

60%

Acceptance

3,046

Students

#2870

Ranking

$13,384

Tuition

Stevenson University

#18 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

Stevenson University is a small private institution located in Stevenson, MD ranked 18th in Maryland. It has a total of 3,450 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting a touch over 4/5 of applicants. Stevenson University offers 42 different majors and is best known for its Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications, Legal Support Services, and Family and Community Services programs (nationally ranked 13th, 17th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $34,528 per year, Stevenson University is somewhat moderately expensive. 54.89% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to make more or less $49,600 per year, which is 19% greater than the national median.

Stevenson, MD

www.stevenson.edu

C+

Rating

81%

Acceptance

4,244

Students

#999

Ranking

$34,528

Tuition

Columbia College

#19 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

Columbia College is a small private college located in Columbia, SC ranked 31st in South Carolina. It has a total of 1,457 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 96.57% of applicants. Columbia College offers 61 different majors and is best known for its Family and Community Services, Homeland Security, and Behavioral Sciences programs (nationally ranked 19th, 30th, and 30th respectively). With an annual tuition of $19,890 per year, Columbia College is reasonably priced. 45.64% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home close to $34,600 per year, which is 17% below the national median.

Columbia, SC

www.columbiasc.edu/

C-

Rating

97%

Acceptance

1,610

Students

#2096

Ranking

$19,890

Tuition

Youngstown State University

#20 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

Youngstown State University is a large public institution located in Youngstown, OH ranked 73rd in Ohio. It has a total of 12,914 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a shade greater than 2/3rds of applicants. Youngstown State University offers 250 different majors and is best known for its Civil Engineering Technologies, Family and Community Services, and Computer Programming programs (nationally ranked 15th, 20th, and 24th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,211 for in-state students and $9,571 for those from out-of-state, Youngstown State University is pretty cheap. 33% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to draw roughly $35,900 per year, which is 14% under the national median.

Youngstown, OH

https://ysu.edu/

C

Rating

67%

Acceptance

14,373

Students

#1597

Ranking

$9,571

Tuition

Utah Valley University

#21 Best Colleges for Family and Community Services

Utah Valley University is a very large public institution located in Orem, UT ranked 10th in Utah. It has a total of 44,361 full-time undergraduate students. Utah Valley University offers 227 different majors and is best known for its Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering, American Sign Language, and Fire Protection programs (nationally ranked 8th, 13th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,122 for in-state students and $15,872 for those from out-of-state, Utah Valley University is moderately priced. 29.17% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take in roughly $43,800 per year, which is 5% above the national median.

Orem, UT

www.uvu.edu

C-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

45,080

Students

#1913

Ranking

$15,872

Tuition