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2021 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans

779 Colleges
127,340 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,242 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Psychology Schools for Vets

Best Psychology Colleges for VeteransIn 2019-2020, 127,340 psychology students received their bachelor's degrees, making the major the #6 most popular in the country.

This year's Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans ranking analyzed 779 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in psychology. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent psychology programs, but they also offer a lot of support to 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. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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 Veterans list to help you make the college decision.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. 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 Psychology Schools for Veterans in the United States

Check out the psychology programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for vets.

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 city of Minneapolis.

Among the 49,695 students enrolled at Walden University, 2,657 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,791 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,191. To help with additional expenses, 17 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. Boston College did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

Of the 14,934 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $24,987. In addition to receiving other benefits, 74 students qualified for 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. Located in the suburb of Hazleton, Penn State Hazleton is a public school with a student population. Penn State Hazleton excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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 college with a very large student population.

According to our most recent data, Capella University supports 38,930 students, and 2,741 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 2,001 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,027. During this same period, 12 students received scholarships through 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 city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public school with a very large student population. UCSD not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

According to our most recent data, UCSD supports 39,576 students, and 730 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 396 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,762. In addition to receiving other benefits, 4 students qualified for 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 large city of Boston. Boston U did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

Our most recent data shows that 438 of the 32,718 students enrolled at Boston U were GI Bill® students, of which 321 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,944. On top of their other funding sources, 48 students qualified for 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 suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

According to our most recent data, SNHU supports 134,345 students, and 10,271 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 8,328 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,316. On top of their other funding sources, 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, University of Arizona is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Arizona also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Psychology ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 1,914 of the 45,601 students enrolled at University of 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. On top of their other funding sources, 37 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. University of Arizona does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 list.

Among the 3,224 students enrolled at Bay Path, 66 are 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 large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a very large student population. GMU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Psychology list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 38,541 students enrolled at GMU, 2,265 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,599 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,143. During this same period, 44 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 college 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 ranking.

Among the 40,709 students enrolled at UMCP, 896 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 672 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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 large public school located in the large suburb of Union.

Among the 14,064 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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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 school with a very 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 ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 824 of the 52,017 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities were GI Bill® students, of which 585 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients 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 fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. Georgetown not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

Among the 19,371 students enrolled at Georgetown, 870 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 809 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,728. In addition to receiving other benefits, 254 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at Georgetown University Report

#15

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 medium-sized city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, U of U also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Psychology ranking.

According to our most recent data, U of U supports 33,081 students, and 988 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 723 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,580. To help with additional expenses, 39 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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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus. Pitt is a fairly large public school located in the city of Pittsburgh. Pitt also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Psychology list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, Pitt supports 32,277 students, and 513 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 419 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,875. Pitt does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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

Among the 40,953 students enrolled at UNT, 1,839 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,135 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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 very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, CU Anschutz also did well on our Best Colleges for Psychology list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 24,723 students enrolled at CU Anschutz, 1,080 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 880 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,008. On top of their other funding sources, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. UCLA is a very large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. UCLA also made our Best Colleges for Psychology list, coming in at #6.

According to our most recent data, UCLA supports 44,589 students, and 623 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 444 are 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 large city of Bronx. Fordham U also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Psychology list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Among the 16,364 students enrolled at Fordham U, 401 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 341 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $18,889. In addition to receiving other benefits, 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 school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Florida State is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Psychology list.

Our most recent data shows that 986 of the 43,569 students enrolled at Florida State were GI Bill® students, of which 582 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,897. On top of their other funding sources, 20 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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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 fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, FIU also did well on our Best Colleges for Psychology list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 1,099 of the 58,836 students enrolled at FIU were GI Bill® students, of which 646 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,649. FIU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 college with a large student population.

Our most recent data shows that 4,555 of the 18,070 students enrolled at National University were GI Bill® students, of which 4,032 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,141. In addition to receiving other benefits, 19 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earned the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly 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 list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 641 of the 30,092 students enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill were GI Bill® students, of which 419 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients 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 fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Binghamton University also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Psychology ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 104 of the 18,148 students enrolled at Binghamton University were GI Bill® students, of which 56 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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

#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 remainder of the schools awarded a Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans badge. Showing in this list means the college 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 Queens College Queens, NY
53 William & 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 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 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 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 The City College of New York 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 110,394
Child Development & Psychology 12,742
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 3,759
Other Psychology 445

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 155,417
Communication & Journalism 95,797
Education 90,265
History 26,120
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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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