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2021 Best Psychology Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

658 Colleges
123,980 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,510 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Psychology Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Psychology Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 2018-2019, 123,980 psychology students received their bachelor's degrees, making the major the 6th most popular in the country.

For this year's Best Psychology Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 658 colleges that offer a bachelor's in psychology. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great psychology programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the psychology program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

One Size Does Not Fit All

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 Psychology Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Psychology Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

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Top 25 Psychology Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional psychology students. Walden University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.9%. There are approximately 50,360 students at Walden University and they are all exclusively distance learners. 29,283 of Walden University students are attending part time. Walden University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - San Diego as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public school with a very large student population. UCSD also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Psychology rankings.

About 1.7% of UCSD students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,297 students are part time.

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#3

Bay Path University

Longmeadow, MA

Bay Path University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best psychology schools for non-traditional students. Bay Path is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Longmeadow. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Bay Path is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

The student loan default rate at Bay Path is lower than is typical, just 4.8% of students default in three years. 1,501 of Bay Path students are exclusively distance learners. 1,489 students are part time.

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#4

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at Capella University is lower than is typical, just 6.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 37,171 students at Capella University and they are all exclusively distance learners. 33,962 of Capella University students are attending part time. Capella University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best psychology schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. Boston College not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

About 1.5% of Boston College students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 316 students at Boston College that take at least one class online. 1,555 of Boston College students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

Kean University

Union, NJ

Our rankings recognize Kean University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Kean is a large public school located in the large suburb of Union.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.9%. Approximately 826 students take at least one class online at Kean. There are roughly 3,382 part time students in attendance at Kean. Kean does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#7

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Our rankings recognize George Mason University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, GMU also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Psychology ranking.

About 2.1% of GMU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 10,589 students at GMU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 11,606 part time students in attendance at GMU. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. UCLA did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

The student loan default rate at UCLA is lower than is typical, just 1.3% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,288 students take at least one class online at UCLA. About 1,642 of the students at UCLA are attending part time.

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Grace College and Theological Seminary earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Winona Lake, Grace College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional 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.

The student loan default rate at Grace College is lower than is typical, just 2.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 476 students take at least one class online at Grace College. About 539 of the students at Grace College are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

Lesley University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Lesley is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Lesley is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

About 3.0% of Lesley students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 510 students at Lesley are exclusively online. 2,469 students are part time.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #11 spot in our 2021 best psychology schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a fairly large student population. UMN Twin Cities excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

About 2.2% of UMN Twin Cities students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 13,571 students take at least one class online at UMN Twin Cities. 10,971 of UMN Twin Cities students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Southern New Hampshire University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

96,912 of SNHU students are exclusively distance learners. About 74,621 of the students at SNHU are attending part time. SNHU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#13

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, University of Virginia also did well on our Best Colleges for Psychology list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at University of Virginia is lower than is typical, just 1.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,445 students take at least one class online at University of Virginia. About 2,130 of the students at University of Virginia are attending part time.

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#14

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Tucson, University of Arizona is a public school with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, University of Arizona also did well on our Best Colleges for Psychology list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at University of Arizona is lower than is typical, just 6.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 12,701 students take at least one class online at University of Arizona. There are roughly 7,884 part time students in attendance at University of Arizona. University of Arizona does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#15

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Brandman University earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Irvine.

The student loan default rate at Brandman is lower than is typical, just 5.2% of students default in three years. 6,199 students at Brandman are exclusively online. There are roughly 5,521 part time students in attendance at Brandman. Brandman does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#16

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

San Jose State University landed the #16 spot in our 2021 best psychology schools for non-traditional students. San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Jose. San Jose State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

The student loan default rate at San Jose State is lower than is typical, just 3.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 8,114 students take at least one class online at San Jose State. About 8,139 of the students at San Jose State are attending part time. San Jose State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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William Jessup University landed the #17 spot in our 2021 best psychology schools for non-traditional students. Located in the rural area of Rocklin, William Jessup University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

About 6.7% of William Jessup University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 474 students take at least one class online at William Jessup University. About 315 of the students at William Jessup University are attending part time. William Jessup University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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California State University - East Bay landed the #18 spot in our 2021 best psychology schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Hayward, Cal State East Bay is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.4%. There are approximately 6,927 students at Cal State East Bay that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,742 part time students in attendance at Cal State East Bay. Cal State East Bay does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#19

Boston University

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Boston University as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. Boston U also made our Best Colleges for Psychology list, coming in at #5.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.7%. 2,534 of Boston U students are exclusively distance learners. 6,370 students are part time.

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#20

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Saint Joseph's University. St. Joe's is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. St. Joe's excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

About 3.6% of St. Joe’s students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,074 of St. Joe’s students are exclusively distance learners. 2,816 students are part time. St. Joe’s does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin landed the #21 spot in our 2021 best psychology schools for non-traditional students. UT Permian Basin is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Odessa.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.7%. 2,879 students at UT Permian Basin are exclusively online. 3,686 students are part time.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the #22 school in this year's rankings. UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UNC Chapel Hill also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Psychology ranking.

About 1.7% of UNC Chapel Hill students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,101 students at UNC Chapel Hill that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,791 part time students in attendance at UNC Chapel Hill. UNC Chapel Hill does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#23

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Georgetown University. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. Georgetown also made our Best Colleges for Psychology list, coming in at #9.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.2%. 2,151 students at Georgetown are exclusively online. About 4,463 of the students at Georgetown are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#24

Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN

The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Metropolitan State University. Metro State is a medium-sized public school located in the large city of Saint Paul.

The student loan default rate at Metro State is lower than is typical, just 6.0% of students default in three years. There are approximately 2,235 students at Metro State that take at least one class online. 4,679 of Metro State students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Colorado Christian University earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Lakewood, CCU is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The student loan default rate at CCU is lower than is typical, just 6.7% of students default in three years. 4,042 of CCU students are exclusively distance learners. 5,369 of CCU students are attending part time. CCU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Psychology Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

#26

New York University

New York, NY
#27

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#31

Simpson University

Redding, CA
#32

National University

La Jolla, CA
#35

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#36

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
#40

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#42

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#43

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#45

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ
#46

Peru State College

Peru, NE
#49

Towson University

Towson, MD
#50

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Psychology Colleges for Non-Traditional Students badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 658 different United States psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Washington State University Pullman, WA
52 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
53 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
54 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
55 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
56 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
57 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
58 California State University - Channel Islands Camarillo, CA
59 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
60 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
61 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
62 Fordham University Bronx, NY
63 Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, OR
64 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
65 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
66 Mary Baldwin University Staunton, VA
67 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
68 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
69 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
70 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
71 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
72 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
73 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
74 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
75 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
76 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
77 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
78 Point University West Point, GA
79 Rivier University Nashua, NH
80 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
81 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
82 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
83 University of Denver Denver, CO
84 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
85 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
86 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
87 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
88 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
89 Utica College Utica, NY
90 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
91 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
92 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
93 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY
94 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
95 Granite State College Concord, NH
96 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
97 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
98 Pace University - New York New York, NY

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 Psychology Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
99 Georgian Court University Lakewood, NJ
100 Endicott College Beverly, MA
101 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
102 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
103 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
104 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
105 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
106 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
107 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
108 North Carolina Wesleyan College Rocky Mount, NC
109 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
110 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
111 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
112 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
113 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
114 Radford University Radford, VA
115 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
116 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
117 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
118 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
119 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
120 Salem State University Salem, MA
121 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
122 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
123 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
124 University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, CT
125 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
126 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
127 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
128 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
129 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
130 Trinity Washington University Washington, DC
131 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ

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Psychology Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Psychology 130,560
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 28,126
Child Development & Psychology 12,985
Other Psychology 2,784

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Majors Similar to Psychology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 269,156
Social Sciences 199,377
Communication & Journalism 116,237
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 37,407
History 32,643

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

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 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Nevit Dilmen.

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