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2022 Best Value Psychology Schools

1,228 Ranked Colleges
183,889 Degrees Awarded
$11,100 Avg Net Price*
Best Value Psychology Schools

Students have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. At College Factual, we’re committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our “Best Value Psychology Schools” ranking.

In 2019-2020, 183,889 psychology students received their degree, making the major the 7th most popular in the country. In 2017-2018, psychology graduates who were awarded their degree in 2015-2017, earned an average of $33,496 and had an average of $36,227 in loans still to pay off.

This year’s “Best Value Psychology Schools” ranking analyzed 1,228 colleges that offered a degree in psychology. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality psychology programs that also have a lower cost than schools of similar quality.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the psychology program at the school and the cost of the school after aid is awarded among other things. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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Best Value Psychology Schools

The following schools top our list of the Best Best Value Psychology Schools.

Top 25 Best Value Colleges for Psychology

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Brigham Young University - Provo. The school came in at #1 for the Best Value Psychology Schools. BYU is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Provo, Utah. It awarded 351 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

BYU excels when it comes to psychology quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our “Best Psychology Schools” list. The yearly cost to attend Brigham Young University - Provo is $13,322 for psychology students.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. The low student loan default rate of 1.7% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

Read more about Psychology at Brigham Young University - Provo

#2

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia

Out of the 1,228 schools in the Best Value Psychology Schools that were part of this year’s ranking, American Public University System landed the #2 spot on the list. American Military University is located in Charles Town, West Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 355 ’s psychology degrees to qualified students.

It costs about $10,222 for Psychology students per year to attend American Military University.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

Full American Public University System Psychology Report

#3

Touro University Worldwide

Los Alamitos, California
Top 5% in overall quality

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Touro University Worldwide. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools list. TUW is a private not-for-profit institution located in Los Alamitos, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 235 ’s degrees in 2019-2020.

TUW also claimed a top spot on our “Best Psychology Schools” list. It’s in the top [COLLEGE_QUALITY_PECTENTILE_ALL_LEVES]% of all schools in this category. The estimated yearly cost for Touro University Worldwide is $19,972 for psychology students.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

Full Touro University Worldwide Psychology Report

#4

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, Connecticut

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Charter Oak State College. The school came in at #4 for the Best Value Psychology Schools. Charter Oak State College is located in New Britain, Connecticut and, has a small student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 35 ’s psychology degrees to qualified students.

It costs about $10,724 for psychology students per year to attend Charter Oak State College.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.1%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

Read more about Psychology at Charter Oak State College

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Arizona State University - Skysong. The school came in at #5 for the Best Value Psychology Schools. ASU - Skysong is a large public school situated in Scottsdale, Arizona. It awarded 909 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

It costs about $13,971 for Psychology students per year to attend Arizona State University - Skysong.

Full ASU - Skysong Psychology Report

With a ranking of #6, Southwest Minnesota State University did quite well on the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools list. Located in Marshall, Minnesota, this medium-sized public school awarded 24 diplomas to qualified ’s psychology students in 2019-2020.

The estimated yearly cost for Southwest Minnesota State University is $14,397 for psychology students.

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#7

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas

With a ranking of #7, South Texas College did quite well on the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools list. McAllen, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out ’s psychology degrees to 148 students in 2019-2020.

It costs about $1,174 for Psychology students per year to attend South Texas College.

Full South Texas College Psychology Report

#8

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, California

College of the Canyons did quite well in the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools ranking, coming in at #8. This large school is located in Santa Clarita, California, and it awarded 248 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

On top of its placing in this ranking, College of the Canyons also did well on our “Best Psychology Schools” list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis. The estimated yearly cost for College of the Canyons is $4,088 for Psychology students.

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#9

Merced College

Merced, California

Merced College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Schools list. Located in Merced, California, this fairly large public school handed out 310 degrees to qualified ’s psychology students in 2019-2020.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Merced Community College District also did well on our “Best Psychology Schools” list. It’s in the top [COLLEGE_QUALITY_PECTENTILE_ALL_LEVES]% of all schools in this category. The estimated yearly cost for Merced Community College District is $10,565 for Psychology students.

Full Merced Community College District Psychology Report

With a ranking of #10, North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well on the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools list. This fairly large school is located in Fargo, North Dakota, and it awarded 117 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, North Dakota State University is also in the top of our “Best Psychology Schools” ranking. It’s in the top [COLLEGE_QUALITY_PECTENTILE_ALL_LEVES]% of all schools in this category. The estimated yearly cost for North Dakota State University is $16,584 for psychology students.

The low student loan default rate of 3.1% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

Read full report on Psychology at North Dakota State University - Main Campus

Brigham Young University - Idaho came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Schools ranking. Rexburg, Idaho is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out ’s psychology degrees to 200 students in 2019-2020.

The yearly cost to attend BYU - I is $7,167 for Psychology students.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.2%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

Read full report on Psychology at BYU - I

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin landed the #12 spot on the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools ranking. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is a public institution located in Odessa, Texas. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 110 ’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The yearly cost to attend UT Permian Basin is $10,092 for Psychology students.

Read more about Psychology at UT Permian Basin

#13

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Schools list. Located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, this fairly large public school handed out 231 degrees to qualified ’s psychology students in 2019-2020.

UW - La Crosse excels when it comes to psychology quality. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis. The estimated yearly cost for UW - La Crosse is $14,580 for psychology students.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. The student loan default rate at the school is 1.6%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

Read more about Psychology at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

#14

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, California
Top 10% in overall quality

Fielding Graduate University landed the #14 spot on the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools ranking. Fielding Graduate University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Santa Barbara, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 194 ’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Fielding excels when it comes to psychology quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our “Best Psychology Schools” list.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.3%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#15

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota

Bemidji State University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Schools ranking. Bemidji State University is a small public school situated in Bemidji, Minnesota. It awarded 71 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

The estimated yearly cost for Bemidji State University is $15,868 for psychology students.

Read more about Psychology at Bemidji State University

Austin Community College District did quite well in the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools ranking, coming in at #16. Austin Community College District is a large public school situated in Austin, Texas. It awarded 104 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

Austin Community College District also claimed a top spot on our “Best Psychology Schools” list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis. The yearly cost to attend Austin Community College District is $6,861 for psychology students.

Read more about Psychology at Austin Community College District

#17

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Community College ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Schools list. Oklahoma City Community College is a fairly large school located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that handed out 109 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

The yearly cost to attend OCCC is $6,842 for psychology students.

Read full report on Psychology at Oklahoma City Community College

#18

Lansing Community College

Lansing, Michigan

Lansing Community College did quite well in the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools ranking, coming in at #18. Lansing Community College is a fairly large public school situated in Lansing, Michigan. It awarded 35 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

The yearly cost to attend LCC is $4,828 for psychology students.

Read full report on Psychology at Lansing Community College

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Schools list. SMU MN is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Winona, Minnesota. It awarded 135 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

It costs about $19,514 for Psychology students per year to attend SMU MN.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.1%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

Read more about Psychology at SMU MN

#20

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, Texas

With a ranking of #20, Tyler Junior College did quite well on the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools list. Located in Tyler, Texas, this fairly large public school handed out 63 diplomas to qualified ’s psychology students in 2019-2020.

The estimated yearly cost for Tyler Junior College is $9,277 for Psychology students.

Read more about Psychology at Tyler Junior College

Sinclair Community College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Schools ranking. Sinclair Community College is located in Dayton, Ohio and, has a fairly large student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 92 ’s psychology degrees to qualified students.

The estimated yearly cost for Sinclair Community College is $4,208 for Psychology students.

Read full report on Psychology at Sinclair Community College

#22

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, California

Pasadena City College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Schools list. This large school is located in Pasadena, California, and it awarded 278 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

In addition to being on this list, Pasadena City College is in the top on our “Best Psychology Schools” list. It’s in the top [COLLEGE_QUALITY_PECTENTILE_ALL_LEVES]% of all schools in this category. The yearly cost to attend Pasadena City College is $2,920 for psychology students.

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#23

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Whitewater, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Schools list. UW - Whitewater is a fairly large public school situated in Whitewater, Wisconsin. It awarded 129 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

UW - Whitewater excels when it comes to psychology quality. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis. The estimated yearly cost for UW - Whitewater is $15,249 for psychology students.

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#24

Bellevue University

Bellevue, Nebraska

Bellevue University did quite well in the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools ranking, coming in at #24. Bellevue University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Bellevue, Nebraska. It awarded 61 ’s psychology degrees in 2019-2020.

It costs about $15,616 for psychology students per year to attend Bellevue University.

Full Bellevue University Psychology Report

#25

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Capella University landed the #25 spot on the 2022 Best Value Psychology Schools ranking. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this large private for-profit school awarded 2,219 diplomas to qualified ’s psychology students in 2019-2020.

It costs about $17,619 for psychology students per year to attend Capella University.

Read more about Psychology at Capella University

Rest of the Best 50 in Best Value Psychology Schools

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
#27

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky
#28

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota
#29

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
#31

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota
#31

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

River Falls, Wisconsin
#33

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware
#34

Brandman University

Irvine, California
#35

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, New York
#37

Purdue University Global

Indianapolis, Indiana
#39

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota
#40

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Green Bay, Wisconsin
#42

Valley City State University

Valley City, North Dakota
#43

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
#44

Park University

Parkville, Missouri
#45

Bucks County Community College

Newtown, Pennsylvania
#48

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, Wisconsin
#49

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

Rest of the Top 15% Colleges in Best Value Psychology Schools

While not in the ‘top 50’, these schools make the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

Rank College Location
51 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
52 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA
53 Hunter College New York, NY
54 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
54 Peru State College Peru, NE
56 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
57 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
58 Texas A & M University - Central Texas Killeen, TX
59 Canada College Redwood City, CA
60 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
61 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
62 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
63 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
64 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
65 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
Rank College Location
66 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
67 University of Houston Houston, TX
68 Excelsior College Albany, NY
69 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
70 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
71 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN
72 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
73 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
74 Imperial Valley College Imperial, CA
75 Chadron State College Chadron, NE
76 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Washington DC Washington, DC
77 San Diego Mesa College San Diego, CA
78 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
79 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
80 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
81 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
82 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
82 Columbia College Columbia, MO
84 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
85 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
86 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
87 Illinois State University Normal, IL
88 Wayne State College Wayne, NE
89 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
90 Ventura College Ventura, CA
Rank College Location
91 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
92 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
93 Florida International University Miami, FL
94 University of Wisconsin - Parkside Kenosha, WI
95 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
96 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
97 Ashland University Ashland, OH
98 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
99 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
100 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
101 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
102 Queens College Queens, NY
102 Iowa State University Ames, IA
104 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
105 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
105 Northcentral University San Diego, CA
107 Lindsey Wilson College Columbia, KY
108 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
109 University of North Texas Denton, TX
110 California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco, CA
111 Carlos Albizu University - San Juan San Juan, PR
111 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
113 University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez Mayaguez, PR
114 University of Puerto Rico - Carolina Carolina, PR
115 Middle Georgia State University Macon, GA
Rank College Location
116 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
117 Spalding University Louisville, KY
117 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
119 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
120 Adams State University Alamosa, CO
121 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
122 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
123 Antioch University - Los Angeles Culver City, CA
124 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
125 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
126 Rose State College Midwest City, OK
127 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
128 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
128 Lehman College Bronx, NY
130 The City College of New York New York, NY
131 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, PA
131 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
133 Black Hills State University Spearfish, SD
134 Alaska Pacific University Anchorage, AK
135 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
136 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
137 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
138 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
138 John F. Kennedy University Pleasant Hill, CA
140 Avila University Kansas City, MO
Rank College Location
141 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
142 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
142 SUNY Old Westbury Old Westbury, NY
144 Harding University Searcy, AR
145 National University La Jolla, CA
146 William Carey University Hattiesburg, MS
146 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
148 Carlos Albizu University - Miami Miami, FL
149 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
150 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Irvine Irvine, CA
151 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY
152 University of Wisconsin - Superior Superior, WI
153 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
154 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
155 National Louis University Chicago, IL
156 Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, TX
157 Cambridge College Boston, MA
158 Russell Sage College Troy, NY
159 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, NC
160 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
161 Granite State College Concord, NH
162 Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK
163 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
164 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
165 Central College Pella, IA
Rank College Location
165 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
167 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
168 MSU Texas Wichita Falls, TX
169 Southeastern Oklahoma State University Durant, OK
170 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
171 Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
172 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA
173 Lake Superior State University Sault Ste Marie, MI
174 Henderson State University Arkadelphia, AR
174 Delaware County Community College Media, PA
176 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
177 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
178 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
179 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
180 California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside, CA
181 University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD
182 Palo Alto University Palo Alto, CA
183 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
184 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
185 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY

Notes and References

References

  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

Read more about our data sources and methodologies

Footnotes

  • *Average salary, average net price, and average tuition and fees are for the top schools only.
  • Some schools otherwise deserving of recognition may have been removed from this ranking in the event that new data identified post-publication warranted it, or at the request of the school.

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