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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16Tufts University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$381,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,900
17University of Michigan - Ann Arbor(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$379,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
18Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$361,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,400
19CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$341,000
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,900
20 (tie)Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$340,000
Total 4 Year Cost$258,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,800
20 (tie)University of California - San Diego (UCSD), Warren College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$340,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
22University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$322,000
Total 4 Year Cost$224,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
23University of Virginia (UVA) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$321,000
Total 4 Year Cost$220,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,300
24University of Colorado at Colorado Springs(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$317,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,300
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
25 (tie)CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$315,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,900
25 (tie)California State University - Sacramento (CSUS)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$315,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,600
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,200
27 (tie)George Mason University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$314,000
Total 4 Year Cost$180,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,100
27 (tie)George Washington University (GWU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$314,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
29 (tie)SUNY - Binghamton University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$313,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,800
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,800
29 (tie)University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$313,000
Total 4 Year Cost$135,000
Grad Rate77%
Time to Graduate4 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.