General Psychology

2022 Best General Psychology Schools

1,110 Colleges in the United States
134,326 Psychology Degrees Awarded
$28,999 Avg Early-Career Salary
Ranked #4 in popularity, general psychology is one of the most sought-after degree programs in the nation. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

College Factual reviewed 1,110 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of general psychology. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 134,326 degrees in general psychology during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great General Psychology School

Best General Psychology Schools The psychology program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for General Psychology rankings. We derive our Best Overall General Psychology School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

General Psychology Rankings by Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best General Psychology Schools list to help you make the college decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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Best Schools for General Psychology in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of psychology degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Psychology

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In MA
43 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Harvard University is a good option for students pursuing a degree in general psychology. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 43 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
163 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Northwestern University is a great option for students interested in a degree in general psychology. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were approximately 163 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available. General Psychology degree recipients from Northwestern University receive an earnings boost of approximately $7,001 over the typical earnings of general psychology graduates.

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#3

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
78 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Cornell University is a wonderful decision for students interested in a degree in general psychology. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were approximately 78 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general psychology major at Cornell University get $14,301 above the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#4

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
84 Psychology Degrees Awarded

University of Notre Dame is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in general psychology. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were about 84 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year. General Psychology degree recipients from University of Notre Dame receive an earnings boost of approximately $6,101 over the typical earnings of general psychology graduates.

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#5

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$10,600 Median Student Debt

Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 29 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general psychology major at Duke University earn $10,101 above the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#6

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
54 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Williams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the town of Williamstown. A Best Schools rank of #23 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Williams is a great college overall.

There were about 54 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Williams in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general psychology degree program at Williams College get $7,101 more than the average graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#7

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
48 Psychology Degrees Awarded

UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Philadelphia. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were about 48 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Those general psychology students who get their degree from University of Pennsylvania earn $6,501 more than the standard psychology student.

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#8

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
59 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Bethlehem. This university ranks 7th out of 134 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 59 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Lehigh in the most recent data year. Those general psychology students who get their degree from Lehigh University receive $11,001 more than the typical psychology graduate.

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#9

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
99 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 99 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year. General Psychology degree recipients from Georgetown University earn a boost of approximately $10,001 over the average income of general psychology graduates.

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#10

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
111 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 113 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were approximately 111 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general psychology degree program at Wake Forest University get $3,601 above the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#11

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
48 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Easton, Lafayette is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 6th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 48 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Lafayette in the most recent data year. Those general psychology students who get their degree from Lafayette College receive $11,001 more than the typical psychology student.

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#12

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
110 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #32 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Holy Cross is a great college overall.

There were approximately 110 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Holy Cross in the most recent year we have data available. General Psychology degree recipients from College of the Holy Cross get an earnings boost of about $7,801 over the average earnings of general psychology graduates.

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#13

Colby College

Waterville, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In ME
32 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Colby is a small private not-for-profit college located in the remote town of Waterville. This college ranks 2nd out of 23 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were about 32 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Colby in the most recent data year.

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#14

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Located in the distant town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #30 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Colgate is a great university overall.

There were approximately 11 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent data year. Those general psychology students who get their degree from Colgate University make $14,101 more than the average psychology graduate.

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#15

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
110 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 8th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 110 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent data year. Those general psychology students who get their degree from Boston College receive $11,801 more than the standard psychology student.

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#16

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$27,000 Median Student Debt

Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Pittsburgh. A Best Schools rank of #20 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

There were approximately 30 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the psychology program report average early career earnings of $30,700.

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#17

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In VA
256 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 256 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
165 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 9th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 165 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year. General Psychology degree recipients from University of Southern California earn a boost of about $2,701 above the average earnings of general psychology graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In TX
449 Psychology Degrees Awarded

UT Austin is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Austin. This university ranks 2nd out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 449 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent data year.

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#20

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
106 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Villanova. This university ranks 8th out of 134 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 106 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Villanova in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the general psychology degree program at Villanova University get $6,601 above the typical graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#21

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
48 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit university located in the town of Lewisburg. This university ranks 5th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 48 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Bucknell in the most recent year we have data available. Those general psychology students who get their degree from Bucknell University make $7,001 more than the standard psychology student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
684 Psychology Degrees Awarded

UCLA is a fairly large public university located in the city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 11th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 684 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available. Those general psychology students who get their degree from University of California - Los Angeles earn $12,551 more than the average psychology grad.

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#23

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
105 Psychology Degrees Awarded

SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Santa Clara. This university ranks 12th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 105 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at SCU in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the general psychology major at Santa Clara University get $4,801 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#24

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
311 Psychology Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 12th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 311 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent data year. Those general psychology students who get their degree from Boston University earn $4,701 more than the average psychology student.

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WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Saint Louis. A Best Schools rank of #28 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means WUSTL is a great university overall.

There were about 9 general psychology students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the psychology program state that they receive average early career earnings of $28,200.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best General Psychology Schools

#27

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA
#29

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#30

Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

#33

Rice University

Houston, TX
#35

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH
#36

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY
#37

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#39

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#40

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN

#41

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

#42

Providence College

Providence, RI
#43

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#44

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA
#46

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#47

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#48

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best General Psychology Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 1110 different United States general psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Trinity College Hartford, CT
51 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
52 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
53 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
54 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
55 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
56 Connecticut College New London, CT
57 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
58 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
59 Emory University Atlanta, GA
60 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
61 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
62 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
63 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
64 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
65 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
66 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
67 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
68 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
69 Iowa State University Ames, IA
70 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
71 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
72 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
73 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
74 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
75 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
76 University of Houston Houston, TX
77 Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA
78 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
79 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
80 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
81 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
82 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
83 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
84 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
85 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
86 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
87 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
88 Clemson University Clemson, SC
89 William James College Newton, MA
90 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
91 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
92 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
93 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
94 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
95 American University Washington, DC
96 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
97 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
98 Baruch College New York, NY
99 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
100 Fordham University Bronx, NY
101 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
102 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
103 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
104 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
105 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
106 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
107 Marian University Fond Du Lac, WI
108 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
109 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
110 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
111 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
112 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
113 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
114 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
115 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
116 Clark University Worcester, MA
117 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
118 Bradley University Peoria, IL
119 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
120 Towson University Towson, MD
121 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
122 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
123 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
124 Western New England University Springfield, MA
125 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
126 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
127 University at Albany Albany, NY
128 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
129 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
130 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
131 University of Denver Denver, CO
132 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
133 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
134 Washington State University Pullman, WA
135 Canada College Redwood City, CA
136 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
137 Endicott College Beverly, MA
138 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
139 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
140 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
141 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
142 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
143 Trinity Christian College Palos Heights, IL
144 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
145 Queens College Queens, NY
146 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
147 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
148 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
149 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
150 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
151 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
152 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
153 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
154 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
155 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
156 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
157 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
158 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
159 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
160 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
161 Chapman University Orange, CA
162 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
163 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
164 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
165 Merced College Merced, CA
166 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for General Psychology students that almost earned our Best General Psychology Schools award.

Rank College Location
167 Suffolk University Boston, MA
168 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
169 Assumption University Worcester, MA
170 Illinois State University Normal, IL
171 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
172 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
173 University of North Texas Denton, TX
174 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
175 Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA
176 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
177 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
178 Biola University La Mirada, CA
179 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
180 The City College of New York New York, NY
181 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
182 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
183 Belmont University Nashville, TN
184 Winona State University Winona, MN
185 Florida International University Miami, FL
186 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
187 Siena College Loudonville, NY
188 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
189 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
190 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
191 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
192 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
193 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
194 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
195 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
196 Simpson College Indianola, IA
197 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
198 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
199 Otterbein University Westerville, OH
200 Kean University Union, NJ
201 Northcentral University San Diego, CA
202 Baylor University Waco, TX
203 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
204 Brandman University Irvine, CA
205 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
206 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
207 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
208 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
209 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
210 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
211 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
212 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
213 Seattle University Seattle, WA
214 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
215 University of Minnesota - Morris Morris, MN
216 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
217 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
218 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
219 McDaniel College Westminster, MD
220 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
221 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
222 Hunter College New York, NY

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One of 3 majors within the Psychology area of study, General Psychology has other similar majors worth exploring.

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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).
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