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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195 (tie)University of Cincinnati (UC)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$123,000
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,200
197 (tie)Towson University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$122,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,200
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
197 (tie)University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$122,000
Total 4 Year Cost$167,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
197 (tie)University of North Texas (UNT)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$122,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
197 (tie)Wayne State University - Detroit, MI(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$122,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,800
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
197 (tie)West Virginia University (WVU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$122,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,700
202Kean University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$120,000
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,400
203California State University - Los Angeles (CSULA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$119,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$14,500
204 (tie)Colorado State University (CSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$118,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,900
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,500
204 (tie)University of New Hampshire (UNH) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$118,000
Total 4 Year Cost$174,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,400
206 (tie)Minnesota State University - Mankato Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$117,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,400
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,500
206 (tie)University of Oregon(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$117,000
Total 4 Year Cost$179,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
206 (tie)University of Utah(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$117,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,700
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,900
209 (tie)Chapman University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$116,000
Total 4 Year Cost$244,000
Grad Rate74%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,600
209 (tie)Michigan State University (MSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$116,000
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,200

*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.