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2021 Best Colleges for General Psychology

Approximately 130,357 general psychology degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for General Psychology ranking analyzed 779 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general psychology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 25 schools for General Psychology students.

Choosing a Great General Psychology School

Best Colleges for General Psychology The psychology program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality psychology program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 6%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 93 to 4 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

General Psychology graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average general psychology bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $27,985, graduates of colleges on this list average $36,180.

Starting Salary  ( 32087 to 39912 )
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$43,300

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on General Psychology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other general psychology students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized general psychology related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for General Psychology students.

Best Schools to Study General Psychology in United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study general psychology. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 779 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best Psychology Colleges

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC

Any student pursuing a degree in general psychology has to look into Duke University. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham. A Best Colleges rank of 2 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Duke also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general psychology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Duke University general psychology majors make $2,920 more than the average psychology graduate.

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#2

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

It's difficult to beat Boston College if you wish to study general psychology. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. This school ranks 61st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Boston College also offers a Master's Degree in general psychology. General Psychology majors from Boston College get a earnings boost of about $4,620 over the typical income of general psychology majors.

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#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University is a wonderful option for individuals interested in a General Psychology degree. Located in the city Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This school ranks 55th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There are approximately 99 general psychology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Georgetown. General Psychology majors from Georgetown University get a earnings boost of around $2,820 over the average income of general psychology majors.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus is among your best bets if you want to study general psychology. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Colleges rank of 42 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great college overall.

There are approximately 245 general psychology undergrads studying this degree at University of Virginia. Graduates of the psychology program earn about $35,700 in their early career salary.

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#5

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Worcester. A Best Colleges rank of 31 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Holy Cross is a great college overall.

A preferred major for general psychology undergraduates, there are about 107 individuals enrolled in this program at Holy Cross. Graduates of the psychology program earn an average of $36,800 in the first couple years of their career.

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#6

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Located in the city Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Northwestern U is a great school overall.

There are about 171 general psychology undergrads enrolled in this degree at Northwestern U. Soon after graduation, psychology students usually make around $36,000 in their early careers.

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#7

Boston University

Boston, MA

Located in the city Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. This college ranks 49th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are about 273 general psychology undergrads studying this degree at Boston U. Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career income of $33,700.

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#8

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Located in the city Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 34 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Emory is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Emory also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general psychology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, psychology students generally make around $34,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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#9

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Located in the city Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

With 67 undergraduates, Cornell University is one of most popular colleges to study psychology in United States. Graduates from the general psychology major at Cornell University get $7,120 more than the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#10

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Hamilton. A Best Colleges rank of 29 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Colgate is a great college overall.

With 10 undergrads, Colgate University is one of most popular schools to study psychology in United States. General Psychology graduates from Colgate University earn a boost of approximately $6,920 over the average earnings of general psychology majors.

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Located in the large suburb College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 117th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMCP also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general psychology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). After graduating, psychology students usually make about $34,800 at the beginning of their careers.

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UCLA is a very large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. This school ranks 65th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There are about 697 general psychology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UCLA. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career earnings of $30,000.

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#13

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Located in the small city Carlisle, Dickinson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 79th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

With 42 students enrolled, Dickinson College is one of most popular colleges to study psychology in United States. General Psychology students from Dickinson College get a earnings boost of approximately $4,720 over the average earnings of general psychology majors.

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#14

Providence College

Providence, RI

Located in the city Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 145th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There are about 79 general psychology undergraduates studying this degree at Providence. Soon after graduating, psychology students typically make about $37,400 at the beginning of their careers.

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#15

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

Lafayette is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Easton. This college ranks 53rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A popular choice for general psychology undergrads, there are about 62 learners enrolled in this degree at Lafayette. Lafayette College general psychology majors earn $3,820 more than the average psychology grad.

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#16

Rice University

Houston, TX

Located in the large city Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 11 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Rice is a great school overall.

With 62 students enrolled, Rice University is one of most popular schools to study psychology in United States. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, psychology students typically make around $34,800 in the first five years of their career.

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#17

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Located in the large city New Orleans, Tulane is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. This school ranks 108th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Louisiana.

For those interested in something more advanced, Tulane also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general psychology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Graduates of the psychology program make around $34,100 in their early career salary.

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#18

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem. A Best Colleges rank of 37 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Wake Forest University is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Wake Forest University offers a Master's Degree in general psychology. Graduates of the psychology program earn around $32,600 in the first couple years of their career.

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#19

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville. A Best Colleges rank of 24 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great college overall.

With 74 undergraduates, Vanderbilt University is one of most popular colleges to study psychology in United States. Grads of the psychology program report average early career earnings of $32,100.

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UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill. This college ranks 60th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

For those interested in something more advanced, UNC Chapel Hill also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general psychology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Grads of the psychology program state that they receive average early career income of $28,100.

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#21

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Williamstown. A Best Colleges rank of 7 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Williams is a great college overall.

With 47 students enrolled, Williams College is one of most popular colleges to study psychology in United States. Graduates of the psychology program make an average of $36,100 for their early career.

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#22

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Binghamton University is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Vestal. This school ranks 177th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Binghamton University offers a Master's Degree in general psychology. After graduation, psychology students typically make around $36,600 at the beginning of their careers.

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#23

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Located in the small city Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 44 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Lehigh is a great college overall.

Lehigh University is one of the most popular school to study psychology in United States with over 48 graduations last year. General Psychology graduates from Lehigh University earn a boost of about $3,820 above the typical earnings of general psychology graduates.

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UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Amherst. This college ranks 118th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are roughly 534 general psychology undergraduates studying this degree at UMass Amherst. Students who graduate from the psychology program earn around $33,200 in their early career salary.

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#25

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

William & Mary is a medium-sized public school located in the small suburb of Williamsburg. This school ranks 73rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

With 160 students enrolled, College of William and Mary is one of most popular schools to study psychology in United States. Grads of the psychology program state that they receive average early career earnings of $32,000.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for General Psychology

#27

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#28

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#29

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#31

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
#32

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#33

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
#34

University of Denver

Denver, CO
#35

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
#36

New York University

New York, NY
#37

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#41

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#42

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#43

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#44

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#45

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#46

Clark University

Worcester, MA
#48

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#49

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY
#50

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Colleges for General Psychology badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 779 different United States general psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
52 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
53 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
54 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
55 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
56 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
57 Connecticut College New London, CT
58 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
59 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
60 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
61 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
62 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
63 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
64 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
65 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
66 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
67 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
68 Arizona State University - West Glendale, AZ
69 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
70 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
71 Assumption University Worcester, MA
72 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
73 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
74 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
75 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
76 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
77 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
78 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
79 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
80 American University Washington, DC
81 University of Georgia Athens, GA
82 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
83 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
84 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
85 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
86 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
87 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
88 Washington College Chestertown, MD
89 Spelman College Atlanta, GA
90 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
91 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
92 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
93 Iowa State University Ames, IA
94 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
95 Seattle University Seattle, WA
96 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
97 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
98 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
99 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
100 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
101 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
102 University of California - Merced Merced, CA
103 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
104 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
105 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
106 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
107 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
108 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
109 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
110 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
111 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
112 Washington State University Pullman, WA
113 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
114 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
115 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
116 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, 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 Colleges for General Psychology award.

Rank College Location
117 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
118 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
119 University of Portland Portland, OR
120 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
121 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
122 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
123 University of Houston Houston, TX
124 Willamette University Salem, OR
125 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
126 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
127 Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton Hazleton, PA
128 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN
129 Florida International University Miami, FL
130 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
131 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
132 Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA
133 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
134 Chapman University Orange, CA
135 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
136 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
137 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
138 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
139 University at Albany Albany, NY
140 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
141 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
142 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
143 Howard University Washington, DC
144 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
145 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
146 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
147 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
148 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
149 Siena College Loudonville, NY
150 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
151 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
152 Clemson University Clemson, SC
153 Towson University Towson, MD
154 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
155 Hope College Holland, MI

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Southwest
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General Psychology is one of 3 different types of Psychology programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Psychology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 30,532
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Notes and References

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

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