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2023 Best Child Development & Psychology Schools

186 Colleges in the United States
17,542 Child Development Degrees Awarded
$34,186 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in child development and psychology is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #57 out of 395 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 186 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Child Development & Psychology Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 17,542 degrees in child development and psychology during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Child Development & Psychology School

Best Child Development & Psychology Schools Your choice of child development and psychology school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. For our Best Overall Child Development & Psychology School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Child Development & Psychology Degree Level

The child development school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Child Development & Psychology Schools. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

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Best Schools for Child Development & Psychology in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of child development degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Child Development

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC
Graduate Certificate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NC
140 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Duke University is a good choice for students pursuing a degree in child development and psychology. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 140 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In CA
63 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in child development and psychology has to look into Stanford University. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #2 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were approximately 63 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MO
210 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in child development and psychology needs to look into Washington University in St Louis. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Saint Louis. This university ranks 1st out of 48 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were about 210 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
88 Child Development Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat Harvard University if you wish to pursue a degree in child development and psychology. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #12 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were about 88 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year. Child Development & Psychology degree recipients from Harvard University get an earnings boost of about $19,741 over the typical earnings of child development and psychology majors.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In PA
153 Child Development Degrees Awarded

UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of #4 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 153 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year.

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#6

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CT
103 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of New Haven. A Best Colleges rank of #15 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were approximately 103 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent data year.

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#7

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
73 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Providence. A Best Colleges rank of #11 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 73 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year. Those child development and psychology students who get their degree from Brown University make $3,450 more than the average child development graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
189 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. A Best Colleges rank of #14 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were about 189 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the child development and psychology major at Columbia University in the City of New York earn $7,720 more than the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#9

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In IN

Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Colleges rank of #16 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were about 23 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year.

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#10

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
122 Child Development Degrees Awarded

UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of #7 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were roughly 122 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the child development and psychology program at University of Chicago earn $5,989 above the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
749 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 57 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 749 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the child development program report average early career income of $30,126.

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#12

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
43 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of #10 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were roughly 43 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent year we have data available. Child Development & Psychology degree recipients from Princeton University earn a boost of approximately $11,012 over the average income of child development and psychology graduates.

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#13

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NH
54 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Located in the remote town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 1st out of 17 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Hampshire.

There were roughly 54 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
561 Child Development Degrees Awarded

UW Seattle is a fairly large public university located in the city of Seattle. This university ranks 1st out of 51 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were about 561 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the child development program report average early career income of $34,429.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC
166 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 8 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were approximately 166 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent year we have data available.

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#16

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
16th Most Popular In NY

Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #13 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were approximately 21 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent data year.

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#17

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
675 Child Development Degrees Awarded

NYU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. This university ranks 3rd out of 143 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 675 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available. Child Development & Psychology degree recipients from New York University get an earnings boost of approximately $6,349 over the average income of child development and psychology majors.

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#18

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
201 Child Development Degrees Awarded

University of Rochester is a large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Rochester. This university ranks 7th out of 143 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 201 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at University of Rochester in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the child development program report average early career wages of $36,115.

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#19

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In ME
73 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Lewiston, Bates is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 19 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were about 73 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Bates in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
800 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Irvine, UC Irvine is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 14th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 800 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at UC Irvine in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the child development program make about $27,585 for their early career.

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#21

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In IL

Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 22 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available.

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#22

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In NY
51 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Located in the distant town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 4th out of 143 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 51 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In NY
38 Child Development Degrees Awarded

The Graduate Center is a medium-sized public school located in the large city of New York. This school ranks 13th out of 143 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 38 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at The Graduate Center in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
578 Child Development Degrees Awarded

UCSB is a very large public university located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara. This university ranks 10th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 578 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at UCSB in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the child development program make about $28,978 for their early career.

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#25

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In NY
38 Child Development Degrees Awarded

Fordham U is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Bronx. This university ranks 14th out of 143 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 38 child development and psychology students who graduated with this degree at Fordham U in the most recent year we have data available.

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#25

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#27

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Child Development & Psychology students that almost earned our Best Child Development & Psychology Schools award.

Rank College Location
28 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
29 Teachers College at Columbia University New York, NY
30 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
31 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
32 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
33 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
34 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
35 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
36 Amherst College Amherst, MA
37 Tufts University Medford, MA

Child Development & Psychology by Region

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One of 3 majors within the Psychology area of study, Child Development & Psychology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Child Development Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Other Research & Experimental Psychology 10,153
Experimental Psychology 3,211
Developmental & Child Psychology 1,419
Behavioral Neuroscience 1,383
Social Psychology 982
Cognitive Psychology & Psycholinguistics 245
Psychometrics & Quantitative Psychology 96
Comparative Psychology 24
Personality Psychology 18
Psychopharmacology 11

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Related Major Annual Graduates
General Psychology 141,695
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 33,758
Other Psychology 2,683

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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