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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346Salisbury University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$40,500
Total 4 Year Cost$91,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,700
347 (tie)Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$40,300
Total 4 Year Cost$105,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,500
347 (tie)Western Kentucky University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$40,300
Total 4 Year Cost$76,100
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,300
349University of Minnesota - Duluth Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$40,100
Total 4 Year Cost$93,700
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,000
350Worcester State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$38,900
Total 4 Year Cost$117,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,800
351Clark University - Worcester, MA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$38,800
Total 4 Year Cost$198,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
352Georgia College & State University (GCSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$38,600
Total 4 Year Cost$98,400
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,300
353Pace University - New York, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$37,200
Total 4 Year Cost$232,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,500
354Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$36,600
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
355Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$35,900
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
356University of Toledo(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$35,300
Total 4 Year Cost$97,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
357University of Maine at Orono(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$35,100
Total 4 Year Cost$164,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,900
358University of South Dakota(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$33,100
Total 4 Year Cost$81,100
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
359 (tie)Troy University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$33,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,300
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
359 (tie)University of Nebraska - Lincoln(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$33,000
Total 4 Year Cost$144,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,000

*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.