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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496Chicago State University (CSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($69,300)
Total 4 Year Cost$121,000
Grad Rate19%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$27,900
497Keene State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($70,800)
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,300
498University at Brockport(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($72,300)
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
499Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($73,900)
Total 4 Year Cost$138,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,800
500Central Connecticut State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($74,800)
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
501Fort Lewis College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($76,000)
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
502Wright State University - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($76,100)
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
503Oregon State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($77,000)
Total 4 Year Cost$97,800
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,200
504University of Arkansas - Little Rock Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($78,000)
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate27%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
505Regis University - Denver, CO(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($79,000)
Total 4 Year Cost$188,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,200
506University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Dartmouth Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($82,100)
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,800
507Seattle Pacific University (SPU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($86,500)
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
508Wichita State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($87,000)
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,300
509University of New Mexico (UNM)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($87,700)
Total 4 Year Cost$80,100
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
510Marshall University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($89,500)
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,400

*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.