Best Value Colleges for Psychology Majors

Jeb Bush may not have a lot of compliments for psychology majors, but the truth is that you can get a job as a psych major, and you can make money; you just have to be smart about where you choose to go to school.

Based on PayScale's College ROI Report, psychology majors can get more out of their studies than helping people become the best versions of themselves, they can also get nice attractive returns from this do-good field of work.  Read More

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166University of Kansas(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$145,000
Total 4 Year Cost$152,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,300
167University of Illinois at Chicago(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$144,000
Total 4 Year Cost$117,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
168University of California - Riverside (UCR)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$143,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
169 (tie)Morgan State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$142,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,900
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
169 (tie)University of Arkansas - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$142,000
Total 4 Year Cost$138,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,800
171 (tie)San Diego State University (SDSU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$141,000
Total 4 Year Cost$148,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,900
171 (tie)William Paterson University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$141,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
173Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$140,000
Total 4 Year Cost$173,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,700
174 (tie)University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$137,000
Total 4 Year Cost$161,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,500
174 (tie)University of Oklahoma(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$137,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,800
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
176 (tie)Iowa State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$136,000
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,500
176 (tie)University of Texas (UT) - Austin(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$136,000
Total 4 Year Cost$201,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
178 (tie)Central Washington University (CWU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$135,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,700
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
178 (tie)Christopher Newport University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$135,000
Total 4 Year Cost$105,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
180 (tie)Arizona State University (ASU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$132,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,200
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,200

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

But not all psychology majors see a positive ROI for the money they spend on tuition. Use PayScale's College ROI report to find out where psychology majors find success. (It's important to note that this list does not include salary data for people who go on to get graduate degrees. This can make a huge difference in earning potential if you study psychology.)

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor often tops our list of best value colleges for psychology majors. As an added bonus for being one of the best value colleges for psychology majors, "Michigan" also offers it students one of the best college towns in the nation, Ann Arbor; that's probably good for their mental health.

Other top choices for psychology majors are UCLA, George Mason University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Students who earn a bachelor's degree in psychology often go on to find work as a research associate, a data analyst, or working with children or people in care facilities. To become a counselor or psychologist, you must go on to earn an advanced degree.