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2022 Best Value Colleges for General Psychology

1,110 Ranked Colleges
134,326 Degrees Awarded
$10,600 Avg Net Price*
Best Value Psychology Schools

When pursuing a degree in today’s world, students have many different options to choose from. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our “Best Value Psychology Schools” ranking - to help you make that decision.

With 134,326 degrees handed out in 2019-2020, general psychology is the 4th most popular major in the United States. In 2017-2018, general psychology graduates who were awarded their degree in 2015-2017, earned an average of $28,999 and had an average of $26,247 in loans still to pay off.

This year’s “Best Value Psychology Schools” ranking analyzed 1,110 colleges that offered a degree in general psychology. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent general psychology programs, but they also cost less that schools of similar quality.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as the cost to attend the school after aid is awarded and overall quality of the general psychology program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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The psychology 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 “Best Value Psychology Schools”.

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Best Value Psychology Schools

The colleges and universities below are the best for psychology students.

Top 25 Best Value Colleges for General Psychology

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brigham Young University - Provo. It ranked #1 on our 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools list. BYU is a large school located in Provo, Utah that handed out 316 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

In addition to being on this list, BYU is in the top on our “Best General Psychology Schools” list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis. It costs about $13,322 for Psychology students per year to attend BYU.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. The student loan default rate at the school is 1.7%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

Read more about General Psychology at BYU

#2

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend American Public University System. The school came in at #2 for the Best Value Psychology Schools. American Public University System is a large private for-profit school situated in Charles Town, West Virginia. It awarded 355 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

It costs about $10,222 for Psychology students per year to attend American Military University.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

Read full report on General Psychology at American Military University

#3

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, Connecticut

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Charter Oak State College. The school came in at #3 for the Best Value Psychology Schools. New Britain, Connecticut is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out ’s psychology degrees to 35 students in 2019-2020.

The yearly cost to attend Charter Oak State College is $10,724 for psychology students.

The low student loan default rate of 4.1% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

Full Charter Oak State College General Psychology Report

Out of the 1,110 schools in the Best Value Psychology Schools that were part of this year’s ranking, Arizona State University - Skysong landed the #4 spot on the list. ASU - Skysong is a large public school situated in Scottsdale, Arizona. It awarded 560 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

In addition to being on this list, ASU - Skysong is in the top on our “Best General Psychology Schools” list. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our “Best General Psychology Schools” list. It costs about $13,971 for psychology students per year to attend Arizona State University - Skysong.

Full Arizona State University - Skysong General Psychology Report

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Southwest Minnesota State University. The school came in at #5 for the Best Value Psychology Schools. Southwest Minnesota State University is located in Marshall, Minnesota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 24 ’s psychology degrees to qualified students.

It costs about $14,397 for psychology students per year to attend Southwest Minnesota State University.

Full Southwest Minnesota State University General Psychology Report

#6

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas

With a ranking of #6, South Texas College did quite well on the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools list. This large school is located in McAllen, Texas, and it awarded 148 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

The yearly cost to attend South Texas College is $1,174 for psychology students.

Full South Texas College General Psychology Report

#7

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, California

College of the Canyons landed the #7 spot on the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools ranking. College of the Canyons is a large public school situated in Santa Clarita, California. It awarded 248 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

On top of its placing in this ranking, College of the Canyons also did well on our “Best General Psychology Schools” list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis. It costs about $4,088 for Psychology students per year to attend College of the Canyons.

Read full report on General Psychology at College of the Canyons

#8

Merced College

Merced, California

Merced College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Schools list. This fairly large school is located in Merced, California, and it awarded 310 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

Merced Community College District excels when it comes to psychology quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our “Best General Psychology Schools” list. It costs about $10,565 for Psychology students per year to attend Merced College.

Read more about General Psychology at Merced College

North Dakota State University - Main Campus ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Schools list. North Dakota State University - Main Campus is a fairly large public school situated in Fargo, North Dakota. It awarded 110 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

In addition to being on this list, North Dakota State University is in the top on our “Best General Psychology Schools” list. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our “Best General Psychology Schools” list. The estimated yearly cost for North Dakota State University is $16,584 for psychology students.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.1%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

Full North Dakota State University - Main Campus General Psychology Report

#10

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Schools list. This fairly large school is located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and it awarded 207 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

UW - La Crosse excels when it comes to psychology quality. It’s in the top [COLLEGE_QUALITY_PECTENTILE_ALL_LEVES]% of all schools in this category. The estimated yearly cost for UW - La Crosse is $14,580 for psychology students.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 1.6%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

Read full report on General Psychology at UW - La Crosse

Brigham Young University - Idaho did quite well in the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools ranking, coming in at #11. Rexburg, Idaho is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out ’s psychology degrees to 200 students in 2019-2020.

The yearly cost to attend BYU - I is $7,167 for Psychology students.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.2%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

Full Brigham Young University - Idaho General Psychology Report

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin ranked #12 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Schools list. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is located in Odessa, Texas and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 110 ’s psychology degrees to qualified students.

The estimated yearly cost for UT Permian Basin is $10,092 for Psychology students.

Read more about General Psychology at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

#13

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota

With a ranking of #13, Bemidji State University did quite well on the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools list. Bemidji State University is a public institution located in Bemidji, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 71 ’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The estimated yearly cost for Bemidji State University is $15,868 for Psychology students.

Read full report on General Psychology at Bemidji State University

With a ranking of #14, Austin Community College District did quite well on the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools list. This large school is located in Austin, Texas, and it awarded 104 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

In addition to being on this list, Austin Community College District is in the top on our “Best General Psychology Schools” list. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our “Best General Psychology Schools” list. The estimated yearly cost for Austin Community College District is $6,861 for psychology students.

Full Austin Community College District General Psychology Report

#15

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Community College did quite well in the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools ranking, coming in at #15. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out ’s psychology degrees to 109 students in 2019-2020.

The estimated yearly cost for Oklahoma City Community College is $6,842 for psychology students.

Read more about General Psychology at OCCC

#16

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Whitewater, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Schools list. UW - Whitewater is a fairly large public school situated in Whitewater, Wisconsin. It awarded 105 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UW - Whitewater also did well on our “Best General Psychology Schools” list. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our “Best General Psychology Schools” list. The estimated yearly cost for University of Wisconsin - Whitewater is $15,249 for Psychology students.

Read more about General Psychology at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

#17

Lansing Community College

Lansing, Michigan

Lansing Community College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Schools ranking. Located in Lansing, Michigan, this fairly large public school awarded 35 diplomas to qualified ’s psychology students in 2019-2020.

The yearly cost to attend Lansing Community College is $4,828 for Psychology students.

Full LCC General Psychology Report

Sinclair Community College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Schools ranking. Located in Dayton, Ohio, this fairly large public school handed out 88 diplomas to qualified ’s psychology students in 2019-2020.

It costs about $4,208 for Psychology students per year to attend Sinclair Community College.

Read more about General Psychology at Sinclair Community College

#19

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

With a ranking of #19, University of North Dakota did quite well on the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools list. Located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, this fairly large public school handed out 134 degrees to qualified ’s psychology students in 2019-2020.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UND also did well on our “Best General Psychology Schools” list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis. The estimated yearly cost for UND is $15,738 for Psychology students.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

Read full report on General Psychology at UND

#20

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, Texas

Tyler Junior College did quite well in the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools ranking, coming in at #20. Tyler, Texas is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out ’s psychology degrees to 63 students in 2019-2020.

It costs about $9,277 for psychology students per year to attend Tyler Junior College.

Read more about General Psychology at Tyler Junior College

#21

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, California

Pasadena City College did quite well in the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools ranking, coming in at #21. Pasadena City College is a large public school situated in Pasadena, California. It awarded 278 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

Pasadena City College also claimed a top spot on our “Best General Psychology Schools” list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis. The estimated yearly cost for Pasadena City College is $2,920 for Psychology students.

Read more about General Psychology at Pasadena City College

#22

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona

Grand Canyon University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Schools ranking. Grand Canyon University is a large private for-profit school situated in Phoenix, Arizona. It awarded 139 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

The estimated yearly cost for Grand Canyon University is $21,020 for Psychology students.

Read full report on General Psychology at Grand Canyon University

#23

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

River Falls, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - River Falls came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Schools ranking. University of Wisconsin - River Falls is a medium-sized school located in River Falls, Wisconsin that handed out 64 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

It costs about $13,748 for psychology students per year to attend UW - River Falls.

The low student loan default rate of 2.7% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

Read full report on General Psychology at University of Wisconsin - River Falls

#24

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Capella University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Schools ranking. Capella University is a large private for-profit school situated in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It awarded 626 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

The yearly cost to attend Capella University is $17,619 for Psychology students.

Read full report on General Psychology at Capella University

#25

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas

El Paso Community College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Schools ranking. El Paso Community College is a large public school situated in El Paso, Texas. It awarded 177 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

It costs about $4,594 for Psychology students per year to attend El Paso Community College.

Read more about General Psychology at El Paso Community College

Rest of the Best 50 in Best Value Psychology Schools

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota
#27

Bellevue University

Bellevue, Nebraska
#29

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota
#30

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware
#31

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota
#32

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, New York
#34

Chadron State College

Chadron, Nebraska
#35

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Green Bay, Wisconsin
#38

Valley City State University

Valley City, North Dakota
#39

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
#40

Bucks County Community College

Newtown, Pennsylvania
#41

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri
#43

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
#44

Hunter College

New York, New York
#45

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, Utah
#46

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, Georgia
#47

Peru State College

Peru, Nebraska
#49

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

Platteville, Wisconsin
#50

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, Wisconsin

Rest of the Top 15% Colleges in Best Value Psychology Schools

While not in the ‘top 50’, these schools make the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

Rank College Location
51 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
52 Canada College Redwood City, CA
53 Texas A & M University - Central Texas Killeen, TX
54 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
54 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
56 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
57 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
58 Brandman University Irvine, CA
59 Excelsior College Albany, NY
60 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
61 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
62 University of Houston Houston, TX
63 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
64 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
65 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN
Rank College Location
66 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
67 Imperial Valley College Imperial, CA
68 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
69 San Diego Mesa College San Diego, CA
70 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
71 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
71 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
73 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
74 Northcentral University San Diego, CA
75 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY
76 Columbia College Columbia, MO
76 Palo Alto University Palo Alto, CA
78 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
79 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
80 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
81 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
82 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
83 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
84 Ventura College Ventura, CA
85 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
86 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
87 Queens College Queens, NY
88 Florida International University Miami, FL
89 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
89 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
Rank College Location
91 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
92 University of Wisconsin - Parkside Kenosha, WI
93 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
94 University of North Texas Denton, TX
95 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
96 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
97 Iowa State University Ames, IA
98 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
98 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
100 Illinois State University Normal, IL
101 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
102 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
103 University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez Mayaguez, PR
104 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
105 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
106 Middle Georgia State University Macon, GA
106 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
108 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
109 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
110 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
110 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
112 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
113 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
114 Rose State College Midwest City, OK
115 National University La Jolla, CA
Rank College Location
115 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
117 William Carey University Hattiesburg, MS
118 Lehman College Bronx, NY
119 The City College of New York New York, NY
120 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
121 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
121 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, PA
123 Black Hills State University Spearfish, SD
124 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
125 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
126 Harding University Searcy, AR
127 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
127 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
129 Baruch College New York, NY
130 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
131 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
131 SUNY Old Westbury Old Westbury, NY
133 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
134 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
135 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
135 Henderson State University Arkadelphia, AR
137 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY
138 University of Wisconsin - Superior Superior, WI
139 Carlos Albizu University - San Juan San Juan, PR
140 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
Rank College Location
141 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
142 Troy University Troy, AL
143 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, NC
144 Granite State College Concord, NH
144 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
146 Central College Pella, IA
146 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
148 Park University Parkville, MO
149 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
150 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
151 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
152 Southeastern Oklahoma State University Durant, OK
153 California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside, CA
154 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
154 Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
156 MSU Texas Wichita Falls, TX
157 Lake Superior State University Sault Ste Marie, MI
158 Delaware County Community College Media, PA
159 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA
160 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
161 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Portales, NM
162 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
163 Carlos Albizu University - Miami Miami, FL
164 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
165 University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD
Rank College Location
166 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
167 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY

Notes and References

References

  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

Read more about our data sources and methodologies

Footnotes

  • *Average salary, average net price, and average tuition and fees are for the top schools only.
  • Some schools otherwise deserving of recognition may have been removed from this ranking in the event that new data identified post-publication warranted it, or at the request of the school.

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