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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180 (tie)California State University - Chico(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$132,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,800
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,400
180 (tie)California State University - Northridge (CSUN)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$132,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,900
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,800
183 (tie)Georgia Southern University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$131,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,900
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
183 (tie)Kansas State University (KSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$131,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,500
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,500
183 (tie)Portland State University (PSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$131,000
Total 4 Year Cost$93,500
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,600
183 (tie)The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$131,000
Total 4 Year Cost$165,000
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$39,100
187 (tie)James Madison University (JMU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$128,000
Total 4 Year Cost$152,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,600
187 (tie)North Carolina State University (NCSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$128,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,200
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
189 (tie)Washington State University (WSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$127,000
Total 4 Year Cost$164,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
189 (tie)Weber State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$127,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,700
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000
191Florida State University (FSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$126,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,100
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,700
192 (tie)University of Houston (UH)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$125,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,400
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
192 (tie)University of Wyoming (UW)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$125,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,700
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,700
194Villanova University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$124,000
Total 4 Year Cost$239,000
Grad Rate89%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,400
195 (tie)Sonoma State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$123,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,400

*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.