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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421Grand Valley State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$2,800
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,100
422Hampton University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$2,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,700
423Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$1,100
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,300
424University of New Orleans (UNO)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$900
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,900
425University of Alabama - Birmingham Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($1,300)
Total 4 Year Cost$93,200
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
426University of Toledo(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($1,600)
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
427University of Akron - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($1,700)
Total 4 Year Cost$97,400
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
428University of Delaware(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($2,000)
Total 4 Year Cost$175,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,400
429Millersville University of Pennsylvania(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($2,300)
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,400
430Illinois State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($4,400)
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
431Eastern Illinois University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($4,900)
Total 4 Year Cost$95,700
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
432Wittenberg University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($7,900)
Total 4 Year Cost$203,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,800
433East Stroudsburg University (ESU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($8,500)
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$35,600
434Southern Oregon University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($9,600)
Total 4 Year Cost$89,200
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
435Western Illinois University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($9,700)
Total 4 Year Cost$117,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,800

*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.