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2021 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans in the United States

779 Colleges
123,980 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,242 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Psychology Schools for Vets

Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesPsychology 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.

This year's Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking analyzed 779 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in psychology. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great psychology programs and a strong support system for veterans and active service members.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as veteran satisfaction, veteran affordability, and overall quality of the psychology program at the school. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Psychology Schools for Veterans ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Psychology Schools for Veterans in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for vets studying psychology.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Psychology Schools

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Our rankings recognize Walden University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Walden University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

Our most recent data shows that 2,657 of the 50,360 students enrolled at Walden University were GI Bill® students, of which 1,791 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,191. On top of their other funding sources, 17 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Walden University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#2

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Boston College also made our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States list, coming in at #2.

Of the 14,720 students enrolled at Boston College, 164 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 130 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $24,987. During this same period, 74 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Penn State Hazleton is a fairly small public school located in the suburb of Hazleton. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Penn State Hazleton is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Penn State Hazleton supports 676 students, and 28 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 20 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,306. Penn State Hazleton does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Our rankings recognize Capella University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Among the 37,171 students enrolled at Capella University, 2,741 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 2,001 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,027. On top of their other funding sources, 12 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Capella University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of California - San Diego landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value psychology schools. Located in the large city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, UCSD has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 730 of the 37,887 students enrolled at UCSD were GI Bill® students, of which 396 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,762. During this same period, 4 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#6

Boston University

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Boston University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Boston U has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States ranking.

Among the 34,657 students enrolled at Boston U, 438 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 321 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,944. During this same period, 48 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Southern New Hampshire University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value psychology schools. Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Our most recent data shows that 10,271 of the 104,068 students enrolled at SNHU were GI Bill® students, of which 8,328 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,316. In addition to receiving other benefits, 14 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

Our rankings recognize University of Arizona as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Tucson, Arizona is a public school with a fairly large student population. Arizona excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,914 of the 44,097 students enrolled at Arizona were GI Bill® students, of which 1,561 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,490. In addition to receiving other benefits, 37 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#9

Bay Path University

Longmeadow, MA

Bay Path University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Bay Path is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Longmeadow. Bay Path excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States list.

Of the 3,444 students enrolled at Bay Path, 66 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 43 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,967. During this same period, 3 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#10

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to George Mason University. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, GMU also did well on our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, GMU supports 37,316 students, and 2,265 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,143. To help with additional expenses, 44 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Maryland - College Park earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMCP also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States ranking.

Of the 41,200 students enrolled at UMCP, 896 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 672 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,240. In addition to receiving other benefits, 7 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UMCP does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#12

Kean University

Union, NJ

Kean University landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value psychology schools. Kean is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Union.

Among the 14,056 students enrolled at Kean, 244 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 134 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,953. Kean does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMN Twin Cities also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States ranking.

Among the 50,734 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities, 824 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 585 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,664. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#14

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Georgetown University. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Georgetown, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 870 of the 19,204 students enrolled at Georgetown were GI Bill® students, of which 809 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,728. In addition to receiving other benefits, 254 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value psychology schools. Located in the city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public school with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, U of U also did well on our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 988 of the 33,023 students enrolled at U of U were GI Bill® students, of which 723 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,580. During this same period, 39 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. U of U does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus. Pitt is a very large public school located in the city of Pittsburgh. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Pitt also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States ranking.

Of the 28,673 students enrolled at Pitt, 513 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 419 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,875. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of North Texas earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Denton, UNT is a public college with a fairly large student population.

According to our most recent data, UNT supports 38,241 students, and 1,839 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,135 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,180. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #18 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus. Located in the city of Denver, CU Anschutz is a public college with a fairly large student population. CU Anschutz excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,080 of the 25,645 students enrolled at CU Anschutz were GI Bill® students, of which 880 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,008. During this same period, 3 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. 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 #19 in this year's ranking. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UCLA, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States ranking.

Of the 44,537 students enrolled at UCLA, 623 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 444 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $26,825.

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#20

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. Fordham U is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bronx. Fordham U excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 401 of the 16,515 students enrolled at Fordham U were GI Bill® students, of which 341 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $18,889. On top of their other funding sources, 159 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#21

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value psychology schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Florida State also did well on our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, Florida State supports 41,005 students, and 986 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 582 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,897. During this same period, 20 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Florida International University as the #22 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Miami, FIU is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, FIU also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States ranking.

Among the 57,942 students enrolled at FIU, 1,099 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 646 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,649. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#23

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University comes in at #23 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

According to our most recent data, National University supports 16,930 students, and 4,555 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 4,032 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,141. On top of their other funding sources, 19 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earned the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UNC Chapel Hill also did well on our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 30,011 students enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill, 641 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 419 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,668. To help with additional expenses, 18 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. UNC Chapel Hill does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#25

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

The #25 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Binghamton University. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Vestal, Binghamton University is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Binghamton University is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 104 of the 17,768 students enrolled at Binghamton University were GI Bill® students, of which 56 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,647. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans in the United States

#31

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#33

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
#34

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#39

University of Denver

Denver, CO
#44

Duke University

Durham, NC
#45

New York University

New York, NY
#50

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans in the United States badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 779 different United States psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Grace College and Theological Seminary Winona Lake, IN
52 CUNY Queens College Queens, NY
53 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
54 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
55 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
56 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
57 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
58 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
59 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
60 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
61 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
62 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
63 Simpson University Redding, CA
64 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
65 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
66 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
67 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
68 Towson University Towson, MD
69 University of Houston Houston, TX
70 CUNY Hunter College New York, NY
71 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
72 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
73 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
74 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
75 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
76 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
77 Lesley University Cambridge, MA
78 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
79 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
80 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
81 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
82 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
83 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
84 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
85 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN
86 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
87 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
88 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
89 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
90 Providence College Providence, RI
91 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
92 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
93 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
94 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
95 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
96 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
97 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
98 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
99 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
100 Bowie State University Bowie, MD
101 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
102 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
103 Peru State College Peru, NE
104 Pennsylvania State University - Schuylkill Schuylkill Haven, PA
105 Salem State University Salem, MA
106 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
107 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
108 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
109 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
110 Rhode Island College Providence, RI
111 Coppin State University Baltimore, MD
112 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
113 William Jessup University Rocklin, CA
114 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
115 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College New York, NY
116 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI

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 Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
117 Iowa State University Ames, IA
118 Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC
119 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
120 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
121 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
122 Villanova University Villanova, PA
123 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
124 California State University - Channel Islands Camarillo, CA
125 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
126 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
127 University at Albany Albany, NY
128 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
129 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
130 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
131 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
132 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
133 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
134 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
135 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
136 Pace University - New York New York, NY
137 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
138 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
139 SUNY Old Westbury Old Westbury, NY
140 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
141 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
142 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
143 Portland State University Portland, OR
144 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
145 American University Washington, DC
146 Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, OR
147 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
148 CUNY City College New York, NY
149 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
150 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
151 Radford University Radford, VA
152 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
153 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
154 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
155 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI

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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
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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

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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