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2020 Best Colleges for General Psychology

Approximately 131,061 general psychology degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for General Psychology ranking analyzed 840 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general psychology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 25 colleges 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 take this into account we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 7% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 13%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 99 to 1 )
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. schools results in an average starting salary of $27,985, graduates of colleges on this list average $34,767.

Starting Salary  ( 30886 to 39613 )
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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 colleges 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 840 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best Psychology Colleges

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
98th Most Popular In CA
$41,300 Median Starting Salary

Any student who is interested in general psychology needs to take a look at Stanford University. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Colleges rank of 7 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great college overall.

With 72 students enrolled, Stanford University is one of most popular schools to study psychology in United States. General Psychology graduates from Stanford University receive an earnings boost of around $6,533 above the typical income of general psychology graduates.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In CA
$30,000 Median Starting Salary

It is difficult to beat University of California - Los Angeles if you want to study general psychology. UCLA is a very large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. This college ranks 49th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are approximately 645 general psychology undergrads enrolled in this program at UCLA. Students who complete this degree report average early career income of $30,000.

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#3

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In TN
6.8% Growth in Graduates

Vanderbilt University is among your top options if you want to study general psychology. Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville. A Best Colleges rank of 18 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great school overall.

With 103 undergraduates, Vanderbilt University is one of most popular schools to study psychology in United States. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career income of $32,100.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In PA
7.7% Growth in Graduates

University of Pennsylvania is a great choice for individuals pursuing a General Psychology degree. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great college overall.

There are approximately 142 general psychology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UPenn. Graduates of the psychology program make an average of $35,500 for their early career.

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#5

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In CT
$41,300 Median Starting Salary

Located in the medium-sized city New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 4 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Yale is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Yale also offers 3 different higher degree levels in general psychology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates from the general psychology program at Yale University get $6,533 more than the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NC
4.3% Growth in Graduates

UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill. This college ranks 50th out of 1,727 schools 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. Graduates of the psychology program state that they receive average early career earnings of $28,100.

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#7

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In NC
3.1% Growth in Graduates

Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham. A Best Colleges rank of 1 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great college overall.

A popular choice for general psychology undergraduates, there are roughly 161 individuals studying this degree at Duke. Duke University general psychology graduates receive $4,333 more than the average psychology graduate.

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#8

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
$35,400 Median Starting Salary

Located in the small city Waltham, Brandeis is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 68th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

After getting their bachelor's degree, psychology students usually earn around $35,400 in their early careers.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In VA
$35,700 Median Starting Salary

University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Colleges rank of 33 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great school overall.

There are approximately 275 general psychology undergrads studying this degree at University of Virginia. Students who graduate from the psychology program earn about $35,700 for their early career.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
201st Most Popular In CA
$35,700 Median Starting Salary

UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the city of Berkeley. This college ranks 65th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

A popular choice for general psychology undergrads, there are roughly 0 learners enrolled in this degree at UC Berkeley. Graduates of the psychology program make an average of $35,700 for their early career.

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#11

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In DC
17.3% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 42nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

For those interested in something more advanced, Georgetown also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general psychology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Graduates from the general psychology program at Georgetown University earn $4,233 more than the standard college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#12

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In NC
$32,600 Median Starting Salary

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 1,727 schools nationwide means Wake Forest University is a great college overall.

Wake Forest University is a fairly popular college to study psychology in United States exceeding 125 graduations last year. Graduates of the psychology program make about $32,600 for their early career.

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#13

George Washington University

Washington, DC
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC
4.1% Growth in Graduates

GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. This college ranks 105th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There are about 169 general psychology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at GWU. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career income of $35,600.

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#14

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In IN
$35,100 Median Starting Salary

Located in the suburb Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 13 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Notre Dame also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general psychology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from the psychology program make an average of $35,100 in the first couple years of working.

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#15

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In MA
3.4% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. This college ranks 56th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are approximately 268 general psychology undergraduates studying this program at Boston U. Grads of the psychology program state that they receive average early career income of $33,700.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
30th Most Popular In MO
$28,200 Median Starting Salary

WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis. A Best Colleges rank of 19 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means WUSTL is a great school overall.

Washington University in St Louis is a fairly popular college to study psychology in United States with over 11 graduations last year. After graduating, psychology students generally make an average of $28,200 in the first five years of their career.

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#17

Barnard College

New York, NY
96th Most Popular In NY
$44,000 Median Starting Salary

Barnard is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. This school ranks 104th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

Barnard College is one of the most popular school to study psychology in United States exceeding 0 graduates last year. General Psychology majors from Barnard College earn a boost of approximately $9,233 over the typical earnings of general psychology graduates.

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#18

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NH
12.1% Growth in Graduates

Located in the remote town Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 9 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Dartmouth is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Dartmouth also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general psychology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Dartmouth College general psychology majors make $4,133 more than the average psychology graduate.

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#19

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In VA
3.8% Growth in Graduates

GMU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax. This college ranks 230th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

For those interested in something more advanced, GMU also offers 3 different higher degree levels in general psychology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After graduation, psychology students generally make an average of $31,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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#20

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In PA
6.7% Growth in Graduates

Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. This college ranks 171st out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

With 119 undergrads, Drexel University is one of most popular schools to study psychology in United States. Graduates of the psychology program make about $30,900 for their early career.

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#21

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In GA
$34,300 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 27 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Emory is a great school overall.

There are approximately 144 general psychology undergraduates enrolled in this program at Emory. After graduation, psychology students usually earn an average of $34,300 in the first five years of their career.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NJ
$27,900 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 151st out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

For those interested in something more advanced, Rutgers New Brunswick also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general psychology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from the psychology program earn an average of $27,900 for their early career.

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#23

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
12th Most Popular In MA
10.0% Growth in Graduates
$36,800 Median Starting Salary

Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Worcester. A Best Colleges rank of 24 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Holy Cross is a great school overall.

College of the Holy Cross is a fairly popular school to study psychology in United States with more than 110 graduations last year. College of the Holy Cross general psychology graduates make $2,033 more than the typical psychology grad.

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#24

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
Master Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In VA
$32,000 Median Starting Salary

William & Mary is a medium-sized public school located in the small suburb of Williamsburg. This college ranks 61st out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, William & Mary also offers a Master's Degree in general psychology. Graduates of the psychology program report average early career earnings of $32,000.

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#25

Colby College

Waterville, ME
5th Most Popular In ME
15.6% Growth in Graduates

Colby is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Waterville. This college ranks 83rd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There are approximately 32 general psychology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Colby.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for General Psychology

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Colleges for General Psychology badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 840 different United States general psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Bates College Lewiston, ME
52 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
53 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
54 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
55 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
56 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
57 Villanova University Villanova, PA
58 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
59 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
60 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
61 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
62 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
63 Washington State University Pullman, WA
64 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
65 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
66 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
67 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
68 Rice University Houston, TX
69 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
70 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
71 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
72 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
73 Davidson College Davidson, NC
74 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
75 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
76 University of Georgia Athens, GA
77 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
78 Fordham University Bronx, NY
79 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
80 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
81 University at Albany Albany, NY
82 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
83 Stonehill College Easton, MA
84 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
85 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
86 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
87 Providence College Providence, RI
88 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
89 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
90 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
91 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
92 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
93 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
94 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
95 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
96 Pomona College Claremont, CA
97 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
98 Seattle University Seattle, WA
99 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
100 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
101 Rhodes College Memphis, TN
102 American University Washington, DC
103 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
104 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
105 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
106 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
107 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
108 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
109 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
110 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
111 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
112 Spelman College Atlanta, GA
113 Creighton University Omaha, NE
114 Florida International University Miami, FL
115 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
116 Lafayette College Easton, PA
117 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
118 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
119 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
120 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
121 Southwestern University Georgetown, TX
122 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
123 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
124 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
125 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
126 University of Chicago Chicago, IL

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
127 Iowa State University Ames, IA
128 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
129 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
130 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
131 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
132 University of Denver Denver, CO
133 Connecticut College New London, CT
134 Denison University Granville, OH
135 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
136 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
137 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
138 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
139 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
140 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
141 Carleton College Northfield, MN
142 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
143 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
144 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
145 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
146 Elon University Elon, NC
147 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
148 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
149 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
150 Presbyterian College Clinton, SC
151 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
152 Willamette University Salem, OR
153 The College of Wooster Wooster, OH
154 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
155 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
156 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
157 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
158 Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, MI
159 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
160 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
161 Assumption College Worcester, MA
162 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
163 Reed College Portland, OR
164 Hope College Holland, MI
165 Clark University Worcester, MA
166 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
167 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
168 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO

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Related Major Annual Graduates
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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.

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