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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226Boston College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$101,000
Total 4 Year Cost$248,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$18,000
227University of Iowa (UI)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$98,900
Total 4 Year Cost$84,400
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,400
228University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$98,600
Total 4 Year Cost$83,500
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,100
229Stonehill College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$98,000
Total 4 Year Cost$213,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,700
230 (tie)Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$97,600
Total 4 Year Cost$187,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,200
230 (tie)University of St. Thomas - St Paul, MN(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$97,600
Total 4 Year Cost$198,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$39,100
232California State University - Dominguez Hills (CSUDH)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$97,100
Total 4 Year Cost$89,100
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$15,600
233SUNY - College at Plattsburgh(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$95,900
Total 4 Year Cost$87,200
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,100
234University of Rhode Island (URI)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$95,300
Total 4 Year Cost$172,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,600
235University of Wisconsin (UW) - Oshkosh Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$95,200
Total 4 Year Cost$71,600
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,800
236Kean University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$94,500
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,400
237University of Illinois at Chicago(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$94,200
Total 4 Year Cost$167,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
238Christopher Newport University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$94,100
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
239Florida International University (FIU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$93,300
Total 4 Year Cost$92,700
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
240Weber State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$93,100
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000

*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.