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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405 (tie)University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stevens Point Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$12,300
Total 4 Year Cost$68,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
407University of Central Florida (UCF)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$11,200
Total 4 Year Cost$84,700
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,800
408Oakland University - Rochester Hills, MI(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$10,400
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,100
409Canisius College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$10,300
Total 4 Year Cost$193,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,600
410Humboldt State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$9,900
Total 4 Year Cost$92,200
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,700
411University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$9,100
Total 4 Year Cost$82,600
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,800
412Ohio State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$8,900
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,700
413Hope College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$8,700
Total 4 Year Cost$162,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,700
414Radford University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$8,600
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,400
415Eastern Kentucky University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$7,900
Total 4 Year Cost$77,300
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,100
416 (tie)Salisbury University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$7,200
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,700
416 (tie)Western Illinois University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$7,200
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,800
418Rhode Island College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$7,000
Total 4 Year Cost$125,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,400
419Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$4,700
Total 4 Year Cost$94,800
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
420Old Dominion University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$3,300
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,000

*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.