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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61University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$255,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,500
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,500
62Westfield State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$254,000
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,100
63University of Idaho(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$253,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,200
64American University - Washington D.C.(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$252,000
Total 4 Year Cost$232,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
65Wellesley College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$251,000
Total 4 Year Cost$241,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$17,700
66California State University - Long Beach (CSULB)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$250,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000
67Ithaca College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$249,000
Total 4 Year Cost$225,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,700
68University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$248,000
Total 4 Year Cost$119,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,100
69 (tie)Elon University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$246,000
Total 4 Year Cost$178,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,400
69 (tie)Texas Tech University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$246,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,100
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
69 (tie)University of California - San Diego (UCSD), Warren College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$246,000
Total 4 Year Cost$217,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
72San Francisco State University (SFSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$243,000
Total 4 Year Cost$143,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
73 (tie)California State University - Fresno (Fresno State)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$242,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,900
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,300
73 (tie)Georgetown University - Washington D.C.(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$242,000
Total 4 Year Cost$254,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,100
75University of Colorado - Boulder (CU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$240,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,900

*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.