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2022 Best Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools

1,168 Colleges in the United States
127,340 Bachelor's Degrees
a bachelor's degree in psychology is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #6 out of 38 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

College Factual looked at 1,168 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 127,340 bachelor's degrees in psychology during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Psychology School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools The psychology bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their bachelor's degree from the school. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their bachelor's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on psychology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other psychology students want to attend this school to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for psychology to pay back their student loans after receiving their bachelor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized psychology related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for psychology students working on their bachelor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Psychology Schools

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 Bachelor's Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Psychology in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Psychology

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
52 Annual Graduates

Stanford University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in psychology. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Stanford.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Stanford University

#2

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
70 Annual Graduates

Yale University is a wonderful decision for students interested in a bachelor's degree in psychology. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Yale University

#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
77 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat Harvard University if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Harvard University

#4

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
129 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in psychology has to check out Duke University. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Duke University

#5

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
78 Annual Graduates

Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Ithaca.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Cornell University

#6

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
84 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from University of Notre Dame

#7

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
190 Annual Graduates

Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Northwestern University

#8

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
54 Annual Graduates

Located in the fringe town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Williams College

#9

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
119 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from University of Chicago

#10

Scripps College

Claremont, CA
21 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Claremont, Scripps is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Scripps College

#11

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
54 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Lehigh University

#12

Barnard College

New York, NY
75 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of New York, Barnard is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Barnard College

#13

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
98 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Georgetown University

#14

Pomona College

Claremont, CA
16 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Claremont, Pomona is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Pomona College

#15

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
63 Annual Graduates

Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit college located in the remote town of Hanover.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Dartmouth College

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
275 Annual Graduates

UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the city of Berkeley.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from University of California - Berkeley

#17

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
51 Annual Graduates

Colgate is a small private not-for-profit university located in the town of Hamilton.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Colgate University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
159 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Washington University in St Louis

#19

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
104 Annual Graduates

Wake Forest University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Wake Forest University

#20

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
48 Annual Graduates

Lafayette is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Easton.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Lafayette College

#21

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
110 Annual Graduates

Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit college located in the medium-sized city of Worcester.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from College of the Holy Cross

#22

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
40 Annual Graduates

Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Princeton.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Princeton University

#23

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
70 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Brown University

#24

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
251 Annual Graduates

Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit college located in the city of Chestnut Hill.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Boston College

#25

Colby College

Waterville, ME
44 Annual Graduates

Located in the remote town of Waterville, Colby is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in psychology from Colby College

Rest of the Top 50 Best Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools

#25

Colby College

Waterville, ME
#26

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#27

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
#28

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#29

Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

#32

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

#33

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#34

New York University

New York, NY
#35

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#36

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#37

Boston University

Boston, MA
#39

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

#42

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA
#44

Rice University

Houston, TX
#47

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

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Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 1168 different United States psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
51 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
52 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
53 Amherst College Amherst, MA
54 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
55 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
56 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
57 Stonehill College Easton, MA
58 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
59 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
60 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
61 University of Georgia Athens, GA
62 Providence College Providence, RI
63 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
64 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
65 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
66 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
67 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
68 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
69 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
70 Trinity College Hartford, CT
71 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
72 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
73 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
74 Carleton College Northfield, MN
75 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
76 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
77 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
78 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
79 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
80 Tufts University Medford, MA
81 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
82 Connecticut College New London, CT
83 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
84 Emory University Atlanta, GA
85 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
86 Bates College Lewiston, ME
87 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
88 Denison University Granville, OH
89 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
90 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
91 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
92 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
93 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
94 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
95 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
96 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
97 Iowa State University Ames, IA
98 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
99 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
100 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
101 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
102 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
103 Northeastern University Boston, MA
104 University of Houston Houston, TX
105 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
106 George Washington University Washington, DC
107 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
108 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
109 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
110 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
111 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
112 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
113 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
114 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
115 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
116 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
117 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
118 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
119 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
120 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
121 Clemson University Clemson, SC
122 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
123 American University Washington, DC
124 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
125 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
126 Fordham University Bronx, NY
127 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
128 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
129 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
130 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
131 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
132 Towson University Towson, MD
133 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
134 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
135 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
136 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
137 Baruch College New York, NY
138 Marian University Fond Du Lac, WI
139 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
140 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
141 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
142 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
143 Clark University Worcester, MA
144 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
145 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
146 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
147 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
148 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
149 Bradley University Peoria, IL
150 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
151 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
152 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
153 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
154 University at Albany Albany, NY
155 Western New England University Springfield, MA
156 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
157 Gordon College Wenham, MA
158 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
159 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
160 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
161 Washington State University Pullman, WA
162 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
163 University of Denver Denver, CO
164 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
165 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
166 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Daytona Beach, FL
167 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
168 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
169 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
170 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
171 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
172 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
173 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
174 Endicott College Beverly, MA
175 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Psychology students that almost earned our Best Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
176 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
177 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
178 Queens College Queens, NY
179 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
180 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
181 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
182 Trinity Christian College Palos Heights, IL
183 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
184 Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
185 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
186 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
187 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
188 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
189 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
190 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
191 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
192 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
193 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
194 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
195 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
196 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
197 University of Delaware Newark, DE
198 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
199 Chapman University Orange, CA
200 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
201 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
202 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
203 Illinois State University Normal, IL
204 Suffolk University Boston, MA
205 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
206 Assumption University Worcester, MA
207 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
208 The City College of New York New York, NY
209 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
210 Florida International University Miami, FL
211 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
212 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
213 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
214 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
215 Belmont University Nashville, TN
216 Winona State University Winona, MN
217 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
218 Biola University La Mirada, CA
219 University of North Texas Denton, TX
220 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
221 Siena College Loudonville, NY
222 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
223 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
224 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
225 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
226 Kean University Union, NJ
227 John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY
228 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
229 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
230 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
231 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
232 National University La Jolla, CA
233 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT

Psychology by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 155,417
Communication & Journalism 95,797
Education 90,265
History 26,120
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 23,644
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 10,785
Library Science 118

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Nevit Dilmen. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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