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2021 Best Value Colleges for Psychology

748 Colleges
123,980 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,494 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Psychology School for You

Best Value Colleges for PsychologyPsychology is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 6th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 123,980 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Psychology ranking, we looked at 748 colleges that offer a bachelor's in psychology. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those psychology schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The psychology school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Psychology Schools.

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. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

2021 Best Value Psychology Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Psychology Colleges for the Money.

Top 25 Best Value Psychology Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brigham Young University - Provo. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo. BYU excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

At BYU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $12,239. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from BYU is $64,132. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize University of South Florida - Main Campus as the #2 school in this year's rankings. USF Tampa is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tampa. USF Tampa excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at USF Tampa is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,095. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa is $99,308. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Grace College and Theological Seminary earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Winona Lake, Grace College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Grace College also did well on our Best Colleges for Psychology list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

It takes the average student at Grace College about 4.0 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,351. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Grace College is about $93,871. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#4

Presbyterian College

Clinton, SC

Presbyterian College comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. PC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Clinton.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at PC is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,754. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the PC is $88,756. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Our rankings recognize Florida State University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Florida State is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

It takes the average student at Florida State about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,233. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Florida State is $115,196. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value psychology schools. U of South Dakota is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Vermillion.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at U of South Dakota to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,860. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of South Dakota is $90,950. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Minnesota - Morris comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Morris, UMN Morris is a public college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMN Morris is 4.2 years, and it costs about $14,646 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UMN Morris is $62,099. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#8

The College of Idaho

Caldwell, ID

Our rankings recognize The College of Idaho as the #8 school in this year's rankings. C of I is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Caldwell.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at C of I to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,113. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the C of I is $80,083. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#9

Wells College

Aurora, NY

Wells College comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the rural area of Aurora, Wells is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

At Wells, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and it costs about $15,487 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Wells is about $62,567. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - La Crosse as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UW - La Crosse is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,185. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW - La Crosse is $85,373. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#11

Lycoming College

Williamsport, PA

Our rankings recognize Lycoming College as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Williamsport, Lycoming is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Lycoming is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

The average student at Lycoming graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,985. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Lycoming is $113,067. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#12

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

SUNY Geneseo landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value psychology schools. SUNY Geneseo is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Geneseo. On top of its placing in our value rankings, SUNY Geneseo also did well on our Best Colleges for Psychology list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average student at SUNY Geneseo graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,828. This means that the average student pays around $106,411 to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#13

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY

Our rankings recognize CUNY Hunter College as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Hunter is a fairly large public school located in the large city of New York. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Hunter also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Psychology ranking.

It takes the average student at Hunter about 4.6 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,445. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Hunter is $99,290. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#14

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

Our rankings recognize University of Wyoming as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public school with a large student population.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at U of Wyoming to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,323. This means that the average student pays around $94,299 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#15

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Elizabethtown College landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value psychology schools. Located in the suburb of Elizabethtown, E - town is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average student at E - town graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $17,380. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from E - town be around $70,910. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Minnesota - Duluth comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Duluth, UMN Duluth is a public college with a large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UMN Duluth to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,044. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMN Duluth is $98,537. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value psychology schools. UT Permian Basin is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Odessa.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UT Permian Basin is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $15,603. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UT Permian Basin is $71,462. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Our rankings recognize University of Florida as the #18 school in this year's rankings. U of F is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Gainesville. In addition to its great value ranking, U of F is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at U of F to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,230. This means that the average student pays around $120,542 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of F. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Concordia College at Moorhead comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Moorhead. In addition to its great value ranking, Concordia College Moorhead is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

At Concordia College Moorhead, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,026. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College Moorhead be around $122,206. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#20

Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

Our rankings recognize Agnes Scott College as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Decatur, Agnes Scott is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Agnes Scott also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Psychology ranking.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Agnes Scott to complete their degree, and it costs about $28,459 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott is $116,966. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average student at North Dakota State University graduates in less than 4.5 years, and it costs about $21,224 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University is $96,145. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#22

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN

College of Saint Benedict comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Saint Joseph, CSB is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, CSB also did well on our Best Colleges for Psychology list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at CSB to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,173. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from CSB is $132,231. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northern Illinois University. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a large student population.

It takes the average student at NIU about 4.6 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,171. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from NIU is $92,181. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#24

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Oneonta. Located in the town of Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at SUNY Oneonta to complete their degree, and it costs about $24,162 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta be around $100,997. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#25

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College landed the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value psychology schools. Located in the town of Saint Peter, Gustavus Adolphus is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Gustavus Adolphus also did well on our Best Colleges for Psychology list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Gustavus Adolphus is 4.0 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,332. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus is $125,955. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Value Colleges for Psychology

#26

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#27

William Jewell College

Liberty, MO
#28

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
#29

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO
#31

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, NY
#33

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA
#34

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, VA
#36

Albright College

Reading, PA
#38

Harding University

Searcy, AR
#39

Howard University

Washington, DC
#40

University of Houston

Houston, TX
#41

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#43

Drew University

Madison, NJ
#46

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI
#49

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value Colleges for Psychology badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 748 different United States psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, IN
52 Illinois College Jacksonville, IL
53 Coe College Cedar Rapids, IA
54 Arizona State University - West Glendale, AZ
55 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
56 Illinois State University Normal, IL
57 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
58 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
59 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
60 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
61 Corban University Salem, OR
62 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
63 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
64 St. Mary’s University San Antonio, TX
65 University of Georgia Athens, GA
66 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
67 Clarke University Dubuque, IA
68 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
69 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
70 Drury University Springfield, MO
71 Converse College Spartanburg, SC
72 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
73 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
74 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
75 Allegheny College Meadville, PA
76 Bridgewater College Bridgewater, VA
77 Clark University Worcester, MA
78 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
79 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
80 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
81 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
82 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
83 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
84 Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton Hazleton, PA
85 Gordon College Wenham, MA
86 University at Albany Albany, NY
87 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
88 Meredith College Raleigh, NC
89 Austin College Sherman, TX
90 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
91 Hendrix College Conway, AR
92 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
93 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
94 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
95 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
96 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
97 University of South Florida - St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, FL
98 Peru State College Peru, NE
99 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
100 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
101 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
102 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
103 Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, MI
104 Ave Maria University Ave Maria, FL
105 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, PA
106 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
107 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
108 Washington State University Pullman, WA
109 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
110 Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH
111 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
112 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
113 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
114 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
115 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
116 Touro College New York, NY
117 Siena College Loudonville, NY
118 Brigham Young University - Hawaii Laie, HI
119 CUNY Queens College Queens, NY
120 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
121 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
122 Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa, CA
123 University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
124 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
125 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
126 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
127 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
128 North Central College Naperville, IL
129 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
130 Bradley University Peoria, IL
131 Hope College Holland, MI
132 Muskingum University New Concord, OH
133 Saint Mary - of - the - Woods College Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
134 Point University West Point, GA
135 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
136 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY
137 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
138 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
139 Assumption University Worcester, MA
140 Stonehill College Easton, MA
141 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
142 Elmhurst University Elmhurst, IL
143 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
144 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
145 Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA
146 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams, MA
147 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
148 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
149 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT

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Psychology Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Psychology 108,627
Child Development & Psychology 11,247
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 3,686
Other Psychology 420

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Majors Similar to Psychology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 154,751
Communication & Journalism 96,549
Education 88,927
History 25,943
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 24,420

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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 Nevit Dilmen.

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