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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391SUNY - College at Oswego(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$18,800
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
392University of South Florida - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$18,500
Total 4 Year Cost$83,200
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
393Ohio University - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$18,200
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
394Ramapo College of New Jersey(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$16,800
Total 4 Year Cost$153,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,800
395Clemson University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$16,500
Total 4 Year Cost$185,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,500
396University of Memphis (U of M)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$15,700
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,300
397 (tie)University of Montana(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$15,600
Total 4 Year Cost$74,800
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
397 (tie)University of South Alabama(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$15,600
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,400
399Tennessee State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$15,100
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
400Florida Atlantic University (FAU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$14,400
Total 4 Year Cost$87,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,900
401Park University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$14,100
Total 4 Year Cost$94,500
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$21,800
402Eastern Washington University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$13,100
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,100
403University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$12,700
Total 4 Year Cost$84,500
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$17,700
404University of Louisville(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$12,600
Total 4 Year Cost$94,800
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
405 (tie)Merrimack College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$12,300
Total 4 Year Cost$203,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$44,400

*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.