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2021 Best Colleges for General Psychology in the Far Western US Region

Approximately 130,357 general psychology degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for General Psychology in the Far Western US Region ranking analyzed 87 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general psychology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for General Psychology students in the Far Western US Region.

Choosing a Great General Psychology School

Best Colleges for General Psychology in the Far Western US Region 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. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

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 school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination 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 31% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 22%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 351 to 50 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

General Psychology graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average general psychology bachelors degree from Far Western US schools results in an average starting salary of $28,184, graduates of colleges on this list average $30,800.

Starting Salary  ( 28083 to 34116 )
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$35,600

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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for General Psychology students in the Far Western US Region.

Best Schools to Study General Psychology in the Far Western US Region

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for general psychology majors. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 13 Best Psychology Colleges in the Far Western US Region

University of California - Los Angeles is a good decision for students interested in a General Psychology major. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 65 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UCLA is a great college overall.

There are about 697 general psychology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UCLA. After getting their bachelor's degree, psychology students generally make an average of $30,000 in their early careers.

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University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

University of San Francisco is among your best bets if you want to study general psychology. Located in the large city San Francisco, USFCA is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 34th out of 173 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

With 120 undergrads, University of San Francisco is one of most popular schools to study psychology in Far Western US. University of San Francisco general psychology graduates receive $5,712 more than the average psychology student.

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Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

It is hard to beat Pepperdine University if you want to study general psychology. Pepperdine is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Malibu. A Best Colleges rank of 149 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Pepperdine is a great college overall.

With 115 undergrads, Pepperdine University is one of most popular colleges to study psychology in Far Western US. Pepperdine University general psychology graduates earn $2,312 more than the average psychology student.

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University of Southern California is among your best bets if you want to study general psychology. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means USC is a great school overall.

With 170 students enrolled, University of Southern California is one of most popular colleges to study psychology in Far Western US. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, psychology students typically make around $31,700 in their early careers.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Santa Clara. A Best Colleges rank of 68 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means SCU is a great college overall.

Santa Clara University is a fairly popular school to study psychology in Far Western US with over 90 graduations last year. Students from the general psychology degree program at Santa Clara University get $3,912 above the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

Located in the midsize city Eugene, UO is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 38th out of 173 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

There are about 331 general psychology undergrads studying this degree at UO. Graduates of the psychology program earn about $27,400 in their early career salary.

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Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Located in the city Seattle, Seattle U is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 30th out of 173 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are about 103 general psychology undergrads studying this program at Seattle U. Students who graduate from the psychology program make about $30,400 for their early career.

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Located in the rural area Merced, University of California - Merced is a public school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 54th out of 173 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

A preferred choice for general psychology undergrads, there are roughly 231 learners studying this degree at University of California - Merced. After graduation, psychology students generally earn around $27,000 in the first five years of their career.

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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. A Best Colleges rank of 155 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a great school overall.

A popular major for general psychology undergrads, there are approximately 137 learners studying this degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Graduates of the psychology program report average early career earnings of $31,400.

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UC Santa Cruz is a large public school located in the small city of Santa Cruz. This college ranks 41st out of 173 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There are roughly 464 general psychology undergraduates enrolled in this program at UC Santa Cruz. Graduates of the psychology program make around $25,800 in the first couple years of working.

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Wazzu is a fairly large public school located in the town of Pullman. This college ranks 59th out of 173 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are roughly 460 general psychology undergraduates enrolled in this program at Wazzu. After graduation, psychology students usually make an average of $31,100 in their early careers.

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San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

Located in the city San Jose, San Jose State is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 70th out of 173 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are roughly 453 general psychology undergrads studying this program at San Jose State. General Psychology graduates from San Jose State University earn a boost of around $5,212 above the typical earnings of general psychology graduates.

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Located in the city La Jolla, UCSD is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 94 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UCSD is a great college overall.

There are about 243 general psychology undergrads enrolled in this degree at UCSD. Grads of the psychology program report average early career income of $28,900.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for General Psychology students in the Far Western US Region that almost earned our Best Colleges for General Psychology in the Far Western US Region award.

Rank College Location
14 University of Portland Portland, OR
15 Willamette University Salem, OR
16 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
17 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
18 Chapman University Orange, CA
19 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
20 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
21 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA

Best General Psychology Colleges by State

Explore the best general psychology colleges for a specific state in the Far Western US region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 316 24,691
Washington 293 1,736
Oregon 252 1,484
Nevada 190 792
Hawaii 162 382
Alaska 120 94

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 6,014
Child Development & Psychology 4,273
Other Psychology 633

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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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