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According to a 2011 report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), there are nearly 4 million student parents currently enrolled as undergraduates in U.S. colleges and universities; this represents roughly one-quarter of all undergraduates.

A large number of higher-learning institutions have adopted child care programs. EducationDepartment.org notes more than 1,500 colleges, universities, and vocational schools that offer child care for not only students, but also faculty members (and in many cases, community residents) with children. However, some schools have gone to greater lengths than the rest to further support their student parent population.

This list from BestColleges ranks 50 colleges and universities that provide a specific set of amenities for students with children, while still managing to be relatively inexpensive in terms of tuition and administrative fees. Our goal with this list is to provide a resource for parents of young children who would like to enroll in an accredited college program, but are unsure which campus will provide the best fit for their families.

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  2. Rank
    1
    School

    Purdue University – North Central Campus

    Location
    Westville, IN
    Tuition
    N/A

    Websites

    Address

    1401 S US Hwy 421
    Westville, IN 46391-9542
    (219) 785-5200

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    During the fall and spring semesters, the school's Panther Cubs Child Care offers childcare services to all enrolled students and faculty members who have toilet-trained children between the ages of two and seven; the standard rate is $2.25 per hour for the first child and $1.50 per hour for additional children. Purdue North Central's weekend course programs include the 'Saturday MBA' and more than 150 two- and three-bedroom off-campus housing units are available for students with families.

  3. Rank
    2
    School

    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

    Location
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    503 Thompson Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    (734) 764-1817

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    In 2005, the University of Michigan's president launched a 'Child Care Initiative' aimed at "increasing the capacity" for infants and toddlers of students and faculty members, as well as improving on-campus childcare facilities. In addition, the university offers Kids Kare in-home services for children who are sick, or whose nannies are unable to provide childcare that day; classes for young child care and expectant parents are also available.

  4. Rank
    3
    School

    Middle Tennessee State University

    Location
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    1301 East Main Street
    Murfreesboro, TN 37132
    (615) 898-2300

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The MTSU Child Care Lab provides services for children between the ages of three and five. The current rate for a standard week of childcare (Monday to Friday) is $135 for students, $145 for faculty members, and $155 for individuals who are not affiliated with the university. Womack Lane, where a handful of off-campus housing units are located, also hosts a day care center.

  5. Rank
    4
    School

    University of Florida

    Location
    Gainesville, FL
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    Gainesville, FL 32611
    (352) 392-3261

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Baby Gator Child Development Centers provide services for children between the ages of six weeks and five years; this program is maintained in part by assistance from the Baby Gator Alumni Association, which enlists in former students and faculty members to get involved with Baby Gators services and events. Students who live with a spouse and/or dependents automatically qualify to reside in Family Housing units with two or more bedrooms.

    Quick Facts

    • UF received an "excellent" rating from The Economist in a 2010 comparison of distance MBA programs.
    • Students who have earned an undergraduate degree in business may be eligible to enroll in the accelerated Internet MBA track.
    • During weekend campus visits, students take exams and meet with their instructors.
  6. Rank
    5
    School

    University of Washington

    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    1400 NE Campus Parkway
    Seattle, WA 98195-4550
    (206) 543-2100

    Accreditation

    NCCU

    School Description

    The University of Washington's Student Parent Resource Center strives to provide educational services and financial assistance to enrolled students with children. In addition to on-campus child care, as well as sick child and emergency back-up services, the university's website includes resources for securing off-campus childcare. Five different residential communities offer housing units specifically reserved for students living with spouses and/or dependent children.

  7. Rank
    6
    School

    Chadron State College

    Location
    Chadron, NE
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    1000 Main St
    Chadron, NE 69337-2690
    (308) 432-6000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The CSC Development Center Laboratory has provided services for students and faculty members at Chadron State for more than 40 years. The CDC serves as both a functional childcare facility for boys and girls between the ages of two and nine, as well as an educational resource for students. Family housing units with one, two, and three bedrooms are available at respective rates of $462, $502, and $561 per month; refunds for family housing units are prorated.

  8. Rank
    7
    School

    University of Montana-Western

    Location
    Dillon, MT
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    710 S Atlantic
    Dillon, MT 59725-3598
    (406) 683-7011

    Accreditation

    NCCU

    School Description

    The University of Montana Western Babysitters network enables students to care for the children (and pets) of their peers and faculty members at the university. UMW also makes available 16 family apartment units (10 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom) on a first-come basis; students interested in residing in these units may apply online.

  9. Rank
    8
    School

    University of New Orleans

    Location
    New Orleans, LA
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    2000 Lakeshore Drive
    New Orleans, LA 70148
    (888) 514-4275

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The UNO Children's Center is open to students and faculty members with children between one to five years old; the center also hosts the Petite Privateer Pals Summer Enrichment program for children between the ages of four and seven. Enrollment costs $25, and students who use the center for 40 hours or more per week will pay an additional rate of $1.75 per hour; those who use the center less than 40 hours per week pay $2.25 per hour.

  10. Rank
    9
    School

    Arkansas State University

    Location
    Jonesboro, AR
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    2105 E. Aggie Road
    Jonesboro, AR 72401
    (870) 972-2100

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    ASU Childhood Services has been providing childcare, coaching, family workshops, and technical assistance to students and faculty members with children for more than four decades. The university also offers Better Beginnings training programs for family care providers in the Jonesboro community. Students with children are automatically eligible for residence in the university's 'non-traditional student housing' units.

    Quick Facts

    • Students must complete seven prerequisite survey courses on topics like operations management, law, finance and macroeconomics.
    • The supply chain management concentration can be earned after the completion of four courses.
    • This online MBA program is only open to U.S. citizens.
  11. Rank
    10
    School

    Eastern Washington University

    Location
    Cheney, WA
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    526 5th Street
    Cheney, WA 99004-2496
    (509) 359-6200

    Accreditation

    NCCU

    School Description

    The EWU Children's Center offers child care services for boys and girls between the ages of six weeks and ten years old. The university is also home to EWU Mons Who Bond, a Facebook-based network of female students and faculty members with children of any age. Married couples with children automatically qualify for housing units in three different off-campus residential communities.

  12. Rank
    11
    School

    Texas A&M University-Commerce

    Location
    Commerce, TX
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    2600 South Neal
    Commerce, TX 75429-3011
    (903) 886-5081

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The TAMUC Children's Learning Center is a four-star, accredited program accommodates children between the ages of six weeks to twelve years old. A typical day at the center will include story time, hands-on education in subjects like math and science, and two meals. Forty off-campus apartments are specifically reserved for students living with a spouse and/or dependent children.

    Quick Facts

    • As hybrid programs, over half of the courses for both programs are available online, but some of the requirements must be fulfilled on campus.
    • Both degrees from the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems require the completion of 120 semester hours for graduation.
  13. Rank
    12
    School

    New Mexico State University

    Location
    Las Cruces, NM
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    2850 Weddell Street
    Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
    (575) 646-0111

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Myrna's Children's Village at NMSU's main campus offers childcare services and educational opportunities for students, faculty members, and community residents with children between the ages of six weeks to five years. The university also offers weekend and evening courses for students unable to attend class during the day due to child care obligations (as well as other commitments, such as full-time employment).

  14. Rank
    13
    School

    East Central University

    Location
    Ada, OK
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1100 E. 14th Street
    Ada, OK 74820-6999
    (580) 332-8000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    East Central University offers daytime child care services, as well as residential home care, an on-campus preschool, occasional "drop-in" services for children at their homes, and summer camps for young boys and girls. On-campus family housing units (accompanied by an outdoor jungle gym and sandbox) are available to students living with children.

  15. Rank
    14
    School

    Indiana University – Southeast

    Location
    New Albany, IN
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    4201 Grant Line Rd
    New Albany, IN 47150
    (812) 941-2000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The IU Children Center celebrates its 36th anniversary in 2014. The center provides child care services for students and faculty members. Children between the ages of three and twelve years are welcome to attend from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; the daily schedule includes two meals and a snack, hands-on activities, and outdoor recreation.

  16. Rank
    15
    School

    Iowa State University

    Location
    Ames, IA
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    3410 Beardshear Hall
    Ames, IA 50011-2030
    (515) 294-5836

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Iowa State is home to an on-campus childcare center, "university community childcare" facility, and the ISU Child Development Laboratory School. Additionally, the university offers 'The Comfort Zone' for sick children, emergency back-up services, and several lactation stations for new mothers located throughout the campus.

  17. Rank
    16
    School

    University of South Florida

    Location
    Tampa, FL
    Tuition
    $6,410 in state;
    $17,324 out of state
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    Websites

    Address

    4202 East Fowler Ave
    Tampa, FL 33620-9951
    (813) 974-2011

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Founded in 1974, the USF Preschool for Creative Learning offers an innovative care option for students and faculty members with children; an alternative is the USF Family Center, which is managed by Bright Horizons. Two-bedroom units for families and single students are available at Magnolia Apartments, an off-campus residential community.

  18. Rank
    17
    School

    University of Illinois at Springfield

    Location
    Springfield, IL
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    One University Plaza
    Springfield, IL 62703-5407
    (217) 206-6600

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Cox Children's Center at UI Springfield is a state-licensed, accredited facility open to children between the ages of six weeks and twelve years old. Family-oriented events offered through the center include an annual book fair and a handful of field trips throughout the year. Students living with spouses and/or children automatically qualify to live in off-campus family housing units.

    Quick Facts

    • Entrance and exit exams are not graded; they are used only to measure students' abilities and to determine if the school is teaching them well.
    • The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science requires 120 credit hours for graduation; applicants who already have an associates degree may enroll as transfer students to complete their degree.
    • All computer science courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  19. Rank
    18
    School

    Langston University

    Location
    Langston, OK
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    102 Page Hall
    Langston, OK 73050
    (405) 466-3428

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Early Chi program at Langston University is open to students up to five years in age; the facility can serve no more than 60 children, so boys and girls will be admitted on a first-come basis. Langston is also home to the Early Childhood Laboratory. Students living with spouses and/or dependent children are encouraged to apply for on-campus family housing at Langston Commons.

  20. Rank
    19
    School

    Adams State University

    Location
    Alamosa, CO
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    208 Edgemont Blvd
    Alamosa, CO 81101
    (719) 587-7011

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Gingerbread House at Adams State is an early childhood care center open to students and faculty member with children between the ages of two and a half to ten years. The center is open Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and offers specialized services for infants and toddlers. Two- and three-bedroom apartment units are offered to students living with spouses and/or children; rental rates for these units includes all utilities, cable, and wireless Internet.

  21. Rank
    20
    School

    University of New Mexico

    Location
    Albuquerque, NM
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    1700 Lomas Blvd NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87106
    (505) 277-0111

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    In addition to the UNM Child Care Center, which provides services for children between the ages of nine months and eleven years old (and, according to the website, is 'temporarily closed'), the university offers a list of online resources specifically aimed at female students who are also single mothers. Roughly 200 off-campus apartment units are specifically reserved for 'Student Families'.

  22. Rank
    21
    School

    Austin Peay State University

    Location
    Clarksville, TN
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    601 College St
    Clarksville, TN 37044
    (931) 221-7011

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The APSU Child Learning Center offers daytime care services for children between the ages of two and a half to five years, as well as evening care for children between the ages of two and a half and twelve years (specifically aimed at student parents enrolled in night courses). Students living with a spouse and/or children are urged to apply for residency at Emerald Hill Apartments, which feature a laundry room and playground area.

  23. Rank
    22
    School

    University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    100 Church Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213
    (612) 625-5000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers four on-campus child care facilities: the U of M Child Development Center, Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School, Commonwealth Terrace Community Child Care Center, and the Como Early Learning Center. Three off-campus child care establishments are also available. Two off-campus residential properties are reserved for students living with a spouse and/or dependent children.

    Quick Facts

    • Fifteen undergraduate web-based degrees are offered in fields like accounting, entrepreneurship, marketing and sports/recreation management.
    • Master's degrees in computer science, education and engineering, and 13 Doctor of Nursing Practice specializations are also available.
    • U.S. News & World Report: #29 - Best Global Universities
  24. Rank
    23
    School

    Utah State University

    Location
    Logan, UT
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    Old Main Hill
    Logan, UT 84322-1400
    (435) 797-1000

    Accreditation

    NCCU

    School Description

    Utah State provides four types of student and faculty member child care: Family Care (offered at the residence of a certified child care provider), Center-based Care, and Nanny Care (at the child(ren)'s residence). Web users can review the list of licensed 'Aggie Care Providers' employed by the university. Three residence communities (two of which are located on-campus) are available for student families.

  25. Rank
    24
    School

    University of Memphis

    Location
    Memphis, TN
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    Southern Avenue
    Memphis, TN 38152
    (901) 678-2000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The Department of Child Care Services at the University of Memphis admits children between the ages of 30 months and twelve years; daily sessions include educational lessons from the HighReach Learning Program, as well as two nutritious meals and a snack. Roughly 150 townhouses and flats are available for student families, with four units specifically geared toward students with disabled children.

    Quick Facts

    • The U. of Memphis student-to-faculty ratio is 14 to 1.
    • Average undergraduate GPA is 3.33.
  26. Rank
    25
    School

    Bemidji State University

    Location
    Bemidji, MN
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    1500 Birchmont Dr
    Bemidji, MN 56601
    (800) 475-2001

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Cedar Apartments (located just a few minutes from the Bemidji State campus) features 28 units specifically reserved for students living with a spouse and/or children. The school also maintains a network of nannies, tutors, and summertime care providers through Care.com.

  27. Rank
    26
    School

    Arizona State University

    Location
    Tempe, AZ
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    University Drive and Mill Avenue
    Tempe, AZ 85287
    (480) 965-9011

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    In addition to the Arizona State Campus Children's Center (which admits children between the ages of one and five years), ASU also provides the CCAMPIS Child Care Subsidy and CAMPIS Child Care Emergency Fund for student parents in need of financial assistance. The school's Breastfeeding Support Committee has successfully introduced lactation stations and other amenities for nursing mothers throughout the campus.

    Quick Facts

    • Arizona State University is ranked #4 by the U.S. News and World Report on Best Online MBA Programs.
    • Prospective students can examine a sample graduate application to learn more about the admissions expectations.
    • Each course runs five weeks.
  28. Rank
    27
    School

    University of North Alabama

    Location
    Florence, AL
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    One Harrison Plaza
    Florence, AL 35632-0001
    (256) 765-4100

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The Kilby Child Development Center at the University of North Alabama offers both preschool and pre-kindergarten classes for children between the ages of three and five years; classes include reading, writing, and speaking lessons created with the Pearson Opening the World of Learning Early Literacy Program. Family housing units are available to students who provide a copy of each child's birth certificate.

  29. Rank
    28
    School

    Ball State University

    Location
    Muncie, IN
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    2000 University Ave
    Muncie, IN 47306
    (765) 289-1241

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Founded in 1990, WorkLife Programs are designed to assist Ball State students and faculty members who must juggle childcare and academic obligations. The university's website also features a link to the Child Care Development Fund, which is designed for low-income families with child care needs. Students living with dependent children automatically qualify for residence in one of BSU's off-campus apartment communities.

  30. Rank
    29
    School

    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

    Location
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
    Tallahassee, FL 32307
    (850) 599-3000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The New Beginnings Child Development Center at FAMU admits children between the ages of two years, six months and five years; annual rates are $375 for students and $500 for faculty members. Additional costs include $75 per year in registration, miscellaneous supply fees, and a one-time $20 application fee. Evening care services are also available. Students living with dependent children can apply online for residency.

  31. Rank
    30
    School

    Southern Oregon University

    Location
    Ashland, OR
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1250 Siskiyou Blvd
    Ashland, OR 97520
    (541) 552-7672

    Accreditation

    NCCU

    School Description

    Southern Oregon hosts two child care facilities: the S.O.U. Schneider Children's Center for boys and girls between the ages of six weeks and five years; and the Community Preschool at SOU for children between the ages of three and six years. The university's family housing community, Old Mill Village, includes apartments and townhouses that collectively accommodate more than 200 adults and children.

  32. Rank
    31
    School

    Ferris State University

    Location
    Big Rapids, MI
    Tuition
    $10,220 in state;
    $16,440 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1201 S State St
    Big Rapids, MI 49307-2251
    (231) 591-2000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Tot's Place Child Development Center, located on the Ferris State Campus, provides care services for children between the ages of one month and twelve years; in addition to daytime care for young boys and girls, the center hosts an after-school program between the hours of 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Students with children are invited to apply for residency at the West Campus Townhouses, which include units specifically geared toward families with disabled adults or children.

  33. Rank
    32
    School

    Montana State University-Billings

    Location
    Billings, MT
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1500 University Drive
    Billings, MT 59101-0298
    (406) 657-2011

    Accreditation

    NCCU

    School Description

    Located on the MSU Billings campus, the Child Care and Enrichment Center serves children aged zero to five years on both a full- and part-time basis. Child Care Scholarships are also offered to eligible students. Students living with a spouse and/or dependent children can apply for residency in a two- or three-bedroom apartment unit (priority will be given to student families).

  34. Rank
    33
    School

    Wayne State University

    Location
    Detroit, MI
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    656 West Kirby Street
    Detroit, MI 48202
    (313) 577-2424

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development (located on the Wayne State campus) has been named among the top 10 preschool programs in Detroit; the institute doubles as an education center for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the university. Two on-campus residential facilities ― the Helen L. DeRoy Apartments and Chatsworth Tower ― give preference to applicants living with a spouse and/or dependent children.

  35. Rank
    34
    School

    Binghamton University

    Location
    Vestal, NY
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    4400 Vestal Parkway East
    Vestal, NY 13850-6000
    (607) 777-2000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    The Binghamton Campus Preschool & Early Childhood Center offers child care services for students and faculty members with kids between the ages of eighteen months and four years. In addition to standard weekly schedules (Monday to Friday), rates are available for half days and alternate day schedules. Two off-campus residential communities offer rooms specifically geared toward students with children.

  36. Rank
    35
    School

    University of Massachusetts – Amherst

    Location
    Amherst, MA
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
    Amherst, MA 01003
    (413) 545-0111

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    Offered through the UMass Amherst Office of Family Services, the on-campus Center for Early Education and Care provides services for children between the ages of fifteen months and five years. The university also maintains a network of student babysitters to provide last-minute child care. There are more than 200 off-campus one- and two-bedroom apartments for which student applicants with children are given priority.

  37. Rank
    36
    School

    University of Utah

    Location
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Tuition
    $8,240 resident
    +

    Websites

    Address

    201 Presidents Circle, ROOM 203
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9008
    (801) 581-7200

    Accreditation

    NCCU

    School Description

    Childcare services at the University of Utah include nearly a dozen full- and part-time options, including the ASUU Student Child Care Program, Bright Horizons Child Development Center, BioKids (a science-friendly program for children between the ages of six weeks to five years). One-, two-, and three-bedroom units are available for student families at three different off-campus residential communities.

  38. Rank
    37
    School

    Eastern Michigan University

    Location
    Ypsilanti, MI
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    202 Welch Hall
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197
    (734) 487-1849

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Children's Institute at Eastern Michigan University provides daytime care for children between the ages of eighteen months and six years; part-time and evening care services are also available, as well as the annual Flight of Imagination summer camp program. Daily fee rates for enrolled students will vary between $37 and $52 (depending on the age of the child(ren)).

  39. Rank
    38
    School

    University of Central Missouri

    Location
    Warrensburg, MO
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    202 Administration Building
    Warrensburg, MO 64093
    (660) 543-4111

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The University of Central Missouri features two on-campus child care centers, as well as the Child Development Lab. Students living with a spouse and/or dependent children will be given priority when they apply for residency at either the Central Village Apartments (which include one-, two-, and three-bedroom units) or Greenwood Park Apartments (which include two- bedroom units).

  40. Rank
    39
    School

    Kansas State University

    Location
    Manhattan, KS
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    Anderson Hall
    Manhattan, KS 66506
    (785) 532-6011

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Early Childhood Education Center is located on the K-State campus at the Hoeflin Stone House, and provides full-time care services for children between the ages of six weeks and five years. Another on-campus facility, the K-State Center for Child Development, accommodates children from six weeks to fifth grade (typically 10 or 11 years of age). The university also provides after-school and summer care programs.

  41. Rank
    40
    School

    University of South Carolina – Columbia

    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    Columbia-Campus
    Columbia, SC 29208
    (803) 777-7000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The USC Child Development and Research Center accommodates up to 200 children between the ages of six weeks and eleven years, who are admitted on a first-come basis. The center is a 28,000-square-foot building funded by a grant from USC Foundations. Two off-campus residential communities, Carolina Gardens and Cliff Apartments, give priority to student applicants who live with dependent children.

  42. Rank
    41
    School

    Idaho State University

    Location
    Pocatello, ID
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    921 S 8th Ave
    Pocatello, ID 83209
    (208) 282-2700

    Accreditation

    NCCU

    School Description

    The Early Learning Center at Idaho State is designed to serve children between the ages of six weeks and eleven years. Student parents who wish to enroll their child(ren) at the center must have a current course load of at least six credit hours. After-school and drop-in care services are also available to Idaho State students and faculty members.

  43. Rank
    42
    School

    Western Oregon University

    Location
    Monmouth, OR
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    345 North Monmouth Ave
    Monmouth, OR 97361-1394
    (503) 838-8000

    Accreditation

    NCCU

    School Description

    Western Oregon University's Teaching Research Child Development Center provides care for children of students and faculty members who fall between the ages of thirty months and six years. A small percentage of the fees for all parents who enroll their children in the center will go toward students with childcare needs. The off-campus communities of Knox-Street and Alder Apartments feature units designed for students living with dependent children.

  44. Rank
    43
    School

    Mississippi State University

    Location
    Mississippi State, MS
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    Lee Boulevard
    Mississippi State, MS 39762
    (662) 325-2323

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Established in 1999, the Early Childhood Institute at Mississippi State University administers the Aiken Village Preschool program for children between the ages of three and five years; monthly tuition is $465 per child, and funds are directly received from the student or faculty member's MSU account. Other MSU campus-based child care programs include Excel By 5 and the Delta Early Learning Project.

    Quick Facts

    • Students get to choose six-credits of elective courses during their MBA studies.
    • This MBA program is designed to be completed within two years, however students have a maximum of eight years to finish the required courses.
    • Each term runs for eight weeks.
  45. Rank
    44
    School

    University of Kansas

    Location
    Lawrence, KS
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230
    Lawrence, KS 66045
    (785) 864-2700

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Founded in 1972, the Hilltop Child Development Center is located on the University of Kansas campus. Care services are available at the center for children as young as three months, while there are also two programs specifically geared toward children of elementary school age. Residential units in Jayhawker Towers and Stouffer Place are designed for students living with dependent children.

  46. Rank
    45
    School

    Western Michigan University

    Location
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1903 West Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200
    (269) 387-1000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The WMU Children's Place Learning Center is designed to accommodate children between the ages of eighteen months and nine years. The facility can serve up to 38 children at any time throughout the day; enrollment is awarded on a first-come basis. Four apartment communities (one of which is located on-campus) include units specifically geared toward students living with a spouse and/or dependent children.

  47. Rank
    46
    School

    Western Illinois University

    Location
    Macomb, IL
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1 University Circle
    Macomb, IL 61455
    (309) 295-1414

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The WIU College of Education maintains the on-campus Infant and Preschool Center, which functions as both a daycare facility and a resource for students who are earning degrees in early childhood education. Students with one or two children are given top priority for Graduate & family Housing; eligible students may apply online for residency.

  48. Rank
    47
    School

    Elmhurst College

    Location
    Elmhurst, IL
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    190 Prospect Ave
    Elmhurst, IL 60126-3096
    (630) 617-3500

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Elmhurst College students and faculty members with children can enlist in campus child care services at respective rates of $6 and $7 per hour. A half-day summer camp program is also offered every year during the months of July and August. The Elmhurst Terrace Apartments include more than 150 one- and two-bedroom units designed to accommodate student families.

  49. Rank
    48
    School

    Kent State University

    Location
    Kent, OH
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    800 E. Summit St.
    Kent, OH 44240
    (330) 672-3000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Child Development Center (CDC) at Kent State features two classrooms for toddlers (between the ages of eighteen months and three years), four classrooms for preschoolers (three to five years), and one classroom for kindergarten (five to six years). Enrollment is open to any parents in the Kent community, but priority is given to Kent State students and faculty (online applications are available).

    Quick Facts

    • Admission requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Capstone portfolio of student's best work required to graduate
    • Instruction from PR industry leaders
  50. Rank
    49
    School

    Emory University

    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Tuition
    $44,008 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    408 Administration Building, 201 Dowman Drive
    Atlanta, GA 30322
    (404) 727-6123

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The Emory Child Care Network offers financial assistance and enrollment priority for the children of Emory students and faculty members at more than 175 different child care facilities, including several on-campus establishments. Additionally, the Clifton School (located at the main campus) is specifically designed to serve children of Emory students and faculty members.

  51. Rank
    50
    School

    University of New Hampshire

    Location
    Durham, NH
    Tuition
    N/A
    +

    Websites

    Address

    105 Main St., Thompson Hall
    Durham, NH 03824-3547
    (603) 862-1234

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    Founded in 1929, the Child Study and Development Center at the University of New Hampshire currently offers full-time care programs for infants-toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. The off-campus Forest Park complex features nearly 100 studio, one- and two-bedroom units designed for student families, as well as a laundry room and several indoor and outdoor recreation areas.

Information & Data

Ranking Methodology

All 54 colleges and universities on our list meet the following criteria:

  • Each entry is a not-for-profit school with four-year programs
  • On-campus child care services are available to students
  • Evening and weekend courses are offered for students who cannot attend daytime classes
  • A certain number of on- and/or off-campus housing units are specifically geared toward student families
  • The net cost for students earning a degree is below the national average of $48,000 per year.

Speaking to the last data point, net cost refers to the school’s sticker price (the amount of money spent on tuition, books, administrative fees, and other academic costs) minus the amount of financial aid (scholarships, grants, etc.) that the student will not be required to pay back after graduation.

If the annual cost of earning a degree is $60,000, for instance, and the student incurs $10,000 in non-repaid financial aid, then the net cost would be $50,000. The schools on this list are ranked in ascending order of their annual net price; this was the only data point that influenced the sequence of the list.

Data pertaining to family housing was curated from each respective school’s website; all other data was obtained from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, which is managed by the National Center for Education Statistics.

How to Interpret the Data

It should be noted that only five private institutions made our list of 54, including the last two entries; the highest-ranked private school, Elmhurst College, placed 47th. However, this should not indicate that private colleges and universities are lacking in child care services ― only that their annual tuition tends to be higher than public universities.

Another important consideration is the city in which a given college or university is located. If a certain school did not make our list but the campus is located in a major metro area, then it’s more likely students will be able to secure reliable off-campus child care than those seeking out the same services in a small town or rural community.

Finally, please note that any on- or off-campus child care facilities you are considering should be licensed by the state in which they are located, and staffed by certified child care providers.