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2022 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

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1,301

Graduates Per Year

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$69K

Average Salary

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#186

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Average Popularity

1,301

79% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

35

82% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

185

Natural Resources Management and Policy

1,307

186

Family and Consumer Economics

1,301

187

Food Science

1,278

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$23,615

26% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

301

Interdisciplinary Studies

$23,809

302

Family and Consumer Economics

$23,615

303

Computer and Information Systems Security

$23,562

Salary

Average Salary

$34,090

12% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

214

Public Health

$34,199

215

Family and Consumer Economics

$34,090

216

Criminology

$34,090

Professors

Good

4.2/5

5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

119

Jewish Studies

120

Family and Consumer Economics

121

Speech-Language Pathology

Students

Average Diversity

3.8/5

3.93% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

191

Journalism

192

Family and Consumer Economics

193

Applied Economics

SUMMARY

A degree in Family and Consumer Economics is a valuable choice and usually a critical first step for undergraduates wanting to pursue a career as a marketing communications writer, a consumer economics analyst, or an account executive. In fact, family and consumer economics is an uncommon major ranking as the 186th most popular degree. Last academic year, there were 1,301 family and consumer economics degrees conferred. In-state tuition at public institutions is, on average, Infinity times more costly than their private equivalents.

With just 35 universities offering this degree you could have a more finite list of the institutions that will have an option for you. If you're looking to surround yourself with other family and consumer economics majors, look at colleges in Arizona which have the most undergrads admitted to family and consumer economics annually. Zooming out, the best region to major in family and consumer economics is in the Southwest region with Arizona State University-Tempe, Texas Tech University, and Arizona State University-Skysong best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the top conference to study family and consumer economics is the Pacific-12 Conference with Arizona State University-Tempe, University of Utah, and Arizona State University-Skysong representing the conference. From our extensive list of the best colleges, our choice for the best college for family and consumer economics is University of Georgia.

The objectively 'best' school does not mean it is the best school for every student. There might be a bunch more facets to weigh when choosing ​university. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would modify your decision of which college to attend. At Authority, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which family and consumer economics college is home to the top campus, the winner is Arizona State University-Tempe. If, for example, you are primarily interested in which university is home to the top campus, then we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more in order to compare every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the universities with the best student life and our selection for the university with the best student life for family and consumer economics is University of Georgia. Are you curious why? Continue reading to learn more about Authority's top choices. Many of our decisions will probably shock you.

If expense is a primary deciding factor in your choice of where you attend school, you might consider avoiding University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is the most expensive university for family and consumer economics, at least for out of state enrollment. We have an entire page for the most expensive colleges that might put the cost at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities into perspective. For more context, you could want to know that family and consumer economics is the 302nd most expensive major in America, with an average expense of $23,600. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for family and consumer economics in the nation is Minnesota with costs at the main university, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, of $31,616. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region for family and consumer economics is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for family and consumer economics is the Far West region which is represented by Ashford University with a cost of $11,640. On the bright side, the most affordable school for family and consumer economics is South Dakota State University. Authority.org's entire list of the most affordable schools can be found here.

In-state students can anticipate paying about $10,300 for a degree in family and consumer economics. The price decreases substantially to an average of $24,700 for the out-of-state public-school undergrad. On that note, our choice for the college representing the best value for family and consumer economics: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. On this page you can see our comprehensive list on the universities we see as being the best value overall. Bear in mind, this list is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for family and consumer economics students vary a lot, but within two years finishing the degree students will typically earn around $69,000. While there can be much variation in pay; top positions can make up to $127,300. Right out of school, the minimum earning jobs within the family and consumer economics field earn $38,000, which is an alright wage. The top earning grads for family and consumer economics attended University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and if you are looking for colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of family and consumer economics sits decent, falling within the 52nd percentile of all majors. The university with the most composite diversity for family and consumer economics is Arizona State University-Skysong and here you can find our comprehensive list of the universities which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of Family and Consumer Economics ranks only within the 95th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even lower in the 51st percentile. White students make up the largest share, 62%, of students majoring in family and consumer economics. Additionally, 72% of undergrads seeking a family and consumer economics major are women.

The median score of family and consumer economics' professors is 4.2 stars, a rating that is 5% better than the median score across all majors; this is a good ranking. If you want to find the most popular family and consumer economics instructor in the country, look no further than Larry Miller from Foothill College. It might be shocking, but the top rated instructors of family and consumer economics according to students are found at Foothill College. If we consider data beyond simply rankings it becomes clear that the school possessing comprehensively the best professors for family and consumer economics is University of Nebraska-Lincoln. One will find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with some of the best examples of instructors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest college to get into for family and consumer economics is University of Georgia. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have a general list of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you believe that approaching university with context primarily built on superlatives might create problems. We at Authority encourage you to look at some of our more nuanced pages on different colleges and read a few of our helpful background pages on important details to think about as you continue your college search.

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Arizona State University-Skysong

#1 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

Arizona State University-Skysong is a very large public university located in Scottsdale, AZ ranked 6th in Arizona. It has a total of 46,027 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting around 5/8ths of applicants. Arizona State University-Skysong offers 131 different majors and is best known for its Family and Consumer Economics, Organizational Leadership, and Community Organization and Advocacy programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,388 for students from Arizona and $18,980 for those from out-of-state, Arizona State University-Skysong is reasonably priced. 60.21% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to generate approximately $47,700 per year, which is 15% greater than the national median.

Scottsdale, AZ

www.asu.edu/

B

Rating

64%

Acceptance

58,961

Students

#532

Ranking

$18,980

Tuition

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

#2 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

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

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

#3 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a very large public university located in Lincoln, NE ranked 3rd in Nebraska. It has a total of 22,433 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 78.23% acceptance rate. University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers 276 different majors and is best known for its Agronomy and Crop Science, Business Teacher Education, and Family and Consumer Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,560 for in-state students and $24,000 for those from out-of-state, University of Nebraska-Lincoln is somewhat moderately pricey. 59.04% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn near $46,400 per year, which is 12% above the national median.

Lincoln, NE

www.unl.edu/

B+

Rating

78%

Acceptance

28,686

Students

#339

Ranking

$24,000

Tuition

University of Georgia

#4 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

University of Georgia is a very large public university located in Athens, GA ranked 127th in the United States. It has a total of 32,548 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 45.3% acceptance rate. University of Georgia offers 419 different majors and is best known for its Insurance, Landscape Architecture, and Mathematics Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,790 for students from Georgia and $28,830 for those from out-of-state, University of Georgia is reasonably costly. 74.72% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home about $50,500 per year, which is 22% above the national median.

Athens, GA

www.uga.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

42,708

Students

#127

Ranking

$28,830

Tuition

Arizona State University-Tempe

#5 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

Arizona State University-Tempe is a very large public university located in Tempe, AZ ranked 1st in Arizona. It has a total of 46,314 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 86.47% of applicants. Arizona State University-Tempe offers 353 different majors and is best known for its Physical Sciences, Urban Planning, and Family and Consumer Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,710 for in-state students and $28,800 for those from out-of-state, Arizona State University-Tempe is reasonably pricey. 60.21% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to draw about $47,700 per year, which is 15% over the national median.

Tempe, AZ

www.asu.edu/

A-

Rating

86%

Acceptance

56,567

Students

#313

Ranking

$28,800

Tuition

Ohio State University-Main Campus

#6 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

Ohio State University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Columbus, OH ranked 160th in the nation. It has a total of 50,053 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 53.74% of applicants. Ohio State University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Operations Management and Supervision, and Educational Administration and Supervision programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,197 for students from Ohio and $31,174 for those from out-of-state, Ohio State University-Main Campus is somewhat moderately high-priced. 59.09% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw close to $46,100 per year, which is 11% over the national median.

Columbus, OH

www.osu.edu/

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

66,178

Students

#160

Ranking

$31,174

Tuition

Texas Tech University

#7 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

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

University of Missouri-Columbia

#8 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

University of Missouri-Columbia is a very large public university located in Columbia, MO ranked 12th in Missouri. It has a total of 24,572 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 80.73% acceptance rate. University of Missouri-Columbia offers 296 different majors and is best known for its Journalism, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Agricultural Mechanization programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,120 for in-state students and $26,991 for those from out-of-state, University of Missouri-Columbia is reasonably high-priced. 59.86% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to bring in more or less $48,300 per year, which is 16% over the national median.

Columbia, MO

https://missouri.edu/

B

Rating

81%

Acceptance

33,333

Students

#482

Ranking

$26,991

Tuition

The University of Alabama

#9 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

The University of Alabama is a very large public university located in Tuscaloosa, AL ranked 4th in Alabama. It has a total of 36,045 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 82.68% acceptance rate. The University of Alabama offers 214 different majors and is best known for its Managerial Economics, Human Sciences, and Marketing programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,780 for students from Alabama and $30,250 for those from out-of-state, The University of Alabama is somewhat moderately expensive. 57.21% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $44,500 per year, which is 7% above the national median.

Tuscaloosa, AL

www.ua.edu/

B

Rating

83%

Acceptance

42,432

Students

#510

Ranking

$30,250

Tuition

University of Utah

#10 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

University of Utah is a very large public university located in Salt Lake City, UT ranked 263rd in the US. It has a total of 29,554 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting hardly less than five eighths of applicants. University of Utah offers 384 different majors and is best known for its Dance, Family and Consumer Economics, and Recreational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 6th, 10th, and 10th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,412 for students from Utah and $26,017 for those from out-of-state, University of Utah is reasonably costly. 56.98% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to bring in approximately $53,000 per year, which is 28% greater than the national median.

Salt Lake City, UT

www.utah.edu

A-

Rating

62%

Acceptance

38,652

Students

#263

Ranking

$26,017

Tuition

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

#11 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is a very large public university located in Knoxville, TN ranked 4th in Tennessee. It has a total of 24,447 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.85% of applicants. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville offers 312 different majors and is best known for its Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, Business Statistics, and Soil Sciences programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,332 for in-state students and $29,522 for those from out-of-state, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is somewhat moderately pricey. 62.8% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in around $45,100 per year, which is 9% over the national median.

Knoxville, TN

www.utk.edu

B+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

31,477

Students

#368

Ranking

$29,522

Tuition

Iowa State University

#12 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

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

University of Nebraska at Kearney

#13 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

University of Nebraska at Kearney is a mid-sized public college located in Kearney, NE ranked 13th in Nebraska. It has a total of 5,148 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting in the region of six out of every seven applicants. University of Nebraska at Kearney offers 56 different majors and is best known for its Family and Consumer Economics, Rhetoric and Composition, and Operations Management and Supervision programs (nationally ranked 13th, 38th, and 42nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,124 for in-state students and $12,220 for those from out-of-state, University of Nebraska at Kearney is relatively inexpensive. 49.88% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to make about $41,300 per year, which is 1% below the national median.

Kearney, NE

www.unk.edu

C

Rating

85%

Acceptance

7,859

Students

#1332

Ranking

$12,220

Tuition

Tennessee State University

#15 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

Tennessee State University is a mid-sized historically black public university located in Nashville, TN ranked 33rd in Tennessee. It has a total of 6,761 full-time undergraduate students. Tennessee State University offers 77 different majors and is best known for its Office Management and Supervision, Family and Consumer Economics, and Medical Records Administration programs (nationally ranked 9th, 15th, and 39th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,854 for in-state students and $20,574 for those from out-of-state, Tennessee State University is reasonably expensive. 31.24% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to earn about $35,300 per year, which is 15% below the national median.

Nashville, TN

www.tnstate.edu

C

Rating

100%

Acceptance

8,723

Students

#1738

Ranking

$20,574

Tuition

Middle Tennessee State University

#16 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

Middle Tennessee State University is a very large public university located in Murfreesboro, TN ranked 24th in Tennessee. It has a total of 22,234 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 93.71% acceptance rate. Middle Tennessee State University offers 137 different majors and is best known for its Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering, Business Teacher Education, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology programs (nationally ranked 6th, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,200 for students from Tennessee and $25,872 for those from out-of-state, Middle Tennessee State University is somewhat moderately costly. 47.37% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate more or less $38,700 per year, which is 7% less than the national median.

Murfreesboro, TN

www.mtsu.edu

C

Rating

94%

Acceptance

25,239

Students

#1437

Ranking

$25,872

Tuition

South Dakota State University

#17 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

South Dakota State University is a large public university located in Brookings, SD ranked 5th in South Dakota. It has a total of 12,718 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 90.04% of applicants. South Dakota State University offers 196 different majors and is best known for its Home Economics Teacher Education, Agricultural Mechanization, and Agronomy and Crop Science programs (nationally ranked 7th, 10th, and 17th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,697 for students from South Dakota and $11,172 for those from out-of-state, South Dakota State University is relatively inexpensive. 48.26% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to make close to $44,400 per year, which is 7% above the national median.

Brookings, SD

https://www.sdstate.edu/

C+

Rating

90%

Acceptance

14,785

Students

#1237

Ranking

$11,172

Tuition

Texas State University

#18 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

Texas State University is a very large public college located in San Marcos, TX ranked 31st in Texas. It has a total of 37,378 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 81.13% acceptance rate. Texas State University offers 204 different majors and is best known for its Manufacturing Engineering, Family and Consumer Economics, and Recording Arts Technology programs (nationally ranked 15th, 18th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,052 for students from Texas and $19,868 for those from out-of-state, Texas State University is moderately priced. 57.03% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to draw near $45,700 per year, which is 10% greater than the national median.

San Marcos, TX

www.txstate.edu

C+

Rating

81%

Acceptance

42,780

Students

#814

Ranking

$19,868

Tuition

Virginia State University

#19 Best Colleges for Family and Consumer Economics

Virginia State University is a small historically black public institution located in Petersburg, VA ranked 50th in Virginia. It has a total of 4,361 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 95.05% of applicants. Virginia State University offers 52 different majors and is best known for its Family and Consumer Economics and Manufacturing Engineering programs, which are respectively ranked 19th and 21st in the US. With an annual tuition of $5,540 for in-state students and $16,542 for those from out-of-state, Virginia State University is moderately priced. 40.66% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw approximately $35,200 per year, which is 15% below the national median.

Petersburg, VA

www.vsu.edu

D+

Rating

95%

Acceptance

4,836

Students

#2388

Ranking

$16,542

Tuition