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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106 (tie)Sacred Heart University - Fairfield, CT(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$200,000
Total 4 Year Cost$215,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,700
106 (tie)University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$200,000
Total 4 Year Cost$144,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,500
108 (tie)University of California - Irvine (UCI)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$199,000
Total 4 Year Cost$218,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$21,300
108 (tie)University of Oregon(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$199,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,300
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
110California State University - Fresno (Fresno State)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$197,000
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,300
111 (tie)Boston University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$194,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,900
111 (tie)California State University - Fullerton (CSUF)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$194,000
Total 4 Year Cost$142,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,800
111 (tie)University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$194,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,500
114University of Notre Dame(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$193,000
Total 4 Year Cost$245,000
Grad Rate96%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,300
115 (tie)Biola University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,200
115 (tie)California State University - Hayward(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,600
117 (tie)SUNY - Geneseo(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$191,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,100
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
117 (tie)University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$191,000
Total 4 Year Cost$176,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,100
119 (tie)Montclair State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$190,000
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,200
119 (tie)Southern Methodist University (SMU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$190,000
Total 4 Year Cost$251,000
Grad Rate77%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,000

*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.