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2021 Best General Psychology Colleges for Veterans

775 Colleges
110,394 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,816 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best General Psychology Schools for Vets

Best General Psychology Colleges for VeteransIn 2019-2020, 110,394 general psychology students received their bachelor's degrees, making the major the #3 most popular in the country.

For this year's Best General Psychology Colleges for Veterans ranking, we looked at 775 colleges that offer a bachelor's in psychology. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality general psychology programs as well as strong veteran support.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as veteran satisfaction, veteran affordability, and overall quality of the general psychology program at the school. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Psychology Schools for Veterans ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best General Psychology Schools for Veterans in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for vets studying psychology.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly General Psychology Schools

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Our rankings recognize Walden University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Walden University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

Of the 49,695 students enrolled at Walden University, 2,657 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,791 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,191. In addition to receiving other benefits, 17 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general psychology schools. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

According to our most recent data, Capella University supports 38,930 students, and 2,741 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 2,001 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,027. To help with additional expenses, 12 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Maryland - College Park earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMCP also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for General Psychology ranking.

According to our most recent data, UMCP supports 40,709 students, and 896 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 672 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,240. In addition to receiving other benefits, 7 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#4

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, GMU also did well on our Best Colleges for General Psychology list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 2,265 of the 38,541 students enrolled at GMU were GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,143. To help with additional expenses, 44 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Our rankings recognize Georgetown University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Georgetown has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for General Psychology ranking.

According to our most recent data, Georgetown supports 19,371 students, and 870 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 809 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,728. During this same period, 254 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Southern New Hampshire University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

According to our most recent data, SNHU supports 134,345 students, and 10,271 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 8,328 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,316. To help with additional expenses, 14 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#7

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Our rankings recognize Boston College as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. Boston College also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for General Psychology rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 164 of the 14,934 students enrolled at Boston College were GI Bill® students, of which 130 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $24,987. To help with additional expenses, 74 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. Boston U did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for General Psychology list.

Of the 32,718 students enrolled at Boston U, 438 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 321 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,944. On top of their other funding sources, 48 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#9

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public college with a fairly large student population. U of U excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Psychology list.

Of the 33,081 students enrolled at U of U, 988 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 723 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,580. On top of their other funding sources, 39 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Fordham U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Bronx. Fordham U also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for General Psychology list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 401 of the 16,364 students enrolled at Fordham U were GI Bill® students, of which 341 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,889. To help with additional expenses, 159 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Arizona State University - Tempe earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. ASU - Tempe is a very large public school located in the city of Tempe. ASU - Tempe also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for General Psychology list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Among the 74,795 students enrolled at ASU - Tempe, 7,047 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 6,145 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,977. In addition to receiving other benefits, 156 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. ASU - Tempe does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#12

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Our rankings recognize Florida State University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a very large student population. Florida State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Psychology list.

Among the 43,569 students enrolled at Florida State, 986 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 582 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,897. In addition to receiving other benefits, 20 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Florida State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#13

National University

La Jolla, CA

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to National University. Located in the city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Our most recent data shows that 4,555 of the 18,070 students enrolled at National University were GI Bill® students, of which 4,032 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,141. To help with additional expenses, 19 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. National University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the #14 school in this year's rankings. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UNC Chapel Hill also did well on our Best Colleges for General Psychology list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 641 of the 30,092 students enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill were GI Bill® students, of which 419 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,668. In addition to receiving other benefits, 18 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#15

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Binghamton University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general psychology schools. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Vestal, Binghamton University is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Binghamton University also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for General Psychology ranking.

Among the 18,148 students enrolled at Binghamton University, 104 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 56 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,647. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. USF Tampa is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tampa. USF Tampa also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for General Psychology list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Among the 50,626 students enrolled at USF Tampa, 2,349 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,482 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,646. To help with additional expenses, 14 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Florida International University landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general psychology schools. Located in the suburb of Miami, FIU is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, FIU is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Psychology list.

According to our most recent data, FIU supports 58,836 students, and 1,099 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 646 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,649. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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American Public University System earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 50,047 students enrolled at American Military University, 17,648 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 15,614 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $3,733. During this same period, 10 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. American Military University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#19

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Arizona. Located in the large city of Tucson, University of Arizona is a public school with a fairly large student population. University of Arizona also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for General Psychology list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, University of Arizona supports 45,601 students, and 1,914 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,561 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,490. To help with additional expenses, 37 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Maryland Global Campus comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Adelphi, UMGC is a public college with a very large student population.

According to our most recent data, UMGC supports 58,526 students, and 13,366 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 12,647 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,330. In addition to receiving other benefits, 3361 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#21

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

San Jose State University comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of San Jose. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, San Jose State also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for General Psychology ranking.

Of the 36,208 students enrolled at San Jose State, 658 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 403 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,381. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Rutgers University - New Brunswick as the #22 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Rutgers New Brunswick also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for General Psychology ranking.

Among the 50,411 students enrolled at Rutgers New Brunswick, 442 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 256 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,136. On top of their other funding sources, 4 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Hazleton, Penn State Hazleton is a public college with a student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Penn State Hazleton is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Psychology list.

The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,306. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst. UMass Amherst excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Psychology list.

Of the 31,642 students enrolled at UMass Amherst, 460 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 300 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,069. On top of their other funding sources, 17 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UMass Amherst does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW - Madison is a very large public school located in the large city of Madison. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW - Madison also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for General Psychology ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 554 of the 44,640 students enrolled at UW - Madison were GI Bill® students, of which 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,489. During this same period, 21 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. UW - Madison does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best General Psychology Colleges for Veterans

#27

Duke University

Durham, NC
#32

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

#34

University of Denver

Denver, CO
#41

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA

#45

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#48

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#49

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best General Psychology Colleges for Veterans badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 775 different United States general psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
52 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
53 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
54 Brandman University Irvine, CA
55 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
56 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
57 Kean University Union, NJ
58 University of Houston Houston, TX
59 Towson University Towson, MD
60 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
61 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
62 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
63 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
64 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
65 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
66 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
67 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
68 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
69 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
70 Iowa State University Ames, IA
71 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
72 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
73 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
74 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
75 Providence College Providence, RI
76 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, TX
77 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
78 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
79 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
80 Queens College Queens, NY
81 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
82 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
83 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
84 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
85 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
86 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
87 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
88 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
89 New York University New York, NY
90 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
91 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
92 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
93 American University Washington, DC
94 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
95 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
96 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
97 Bowie State University Bowie, MD
98 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
99 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
100 Salem State University Salem, MA
101 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
102 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
103 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
104 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
105 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
106 University at Albany Albany, NY
107 Rhode Island College Providence, RI
108 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
109 Utah State University Logan, UT
110 Portland State University Portland, OR
111 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
112 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
113 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
114 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
115 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
116 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best General Psychology Colleges for Veterans award.

Rank College Location
117 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
118 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
119 Hunter College New York, NY
120 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
121 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
122 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
123 University of North Texas Denton, TX
124 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
125 Coppin State University Baltimore, MD
126 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
127 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
128 Rice University Houston, TX
129 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
130 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
131 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
132 Radford University Radford, VA
133 Columbia College Columbia, MO
134 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
135 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
136 Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC
137 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
138 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
139 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
140 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
141 Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO
142 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
143 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
144 University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn, MI
145 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
146 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
147 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
148 Illinois State University Normal, IL
149 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
150 SUNY Old Westbury Old Westbury, NY
151 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
152 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
153 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
154 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
155 California State University - Channel Islands Camarillo, CA

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

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 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to BruceBlaus.

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