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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436Northeastern State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($12,100)
Total 4 Year Cost$58,900
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000
437Rutgers University - Camden Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($12,400)
Total 4 Year Cost$117,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
438Baylor University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($14,400)
Total 4 Year Cost$214,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$47,000
439Western Kentucky University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($14,600)
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,300
440Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($14,800)
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
441Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($15,200)
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
442Eastern Michigan University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($15,700)
Total 4 Year Cost$148,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
443Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($16,700)
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,700
444University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stevens Point Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($18,700)
Total 4 Year Cost$99,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
445University of Kentucky (UK)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($20,400)
Total 4 Year Cost$98,700
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
446Angelo State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($20,700)
Total 4 Year Cost$76,800
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
447University of Northern Colorado(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($21,900)
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
448Appalachian State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($22,100)
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,200
449CUNY - City College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($22,300)
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,000
450Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($23,600)
Total 4 Year Cost$87,500
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,800

*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.