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2021 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools

490 Colleges
$45,872 Avg Salary
$65,193 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology School for You

In 2018-2019, 30,532 people earned a degree or certificate in clinical, counseling and applied psychology, making the major the #43 most popular in the United States.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools ranking. This report analyzed 490 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in Clinical Psychology

#1

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Our 2021 rankings named Boston College the best school in the United States for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, clinical psychology graduates from Boston College carry an average student debtload of $16,125. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $167, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Chicago. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools list. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

While working on their degree, clinical psychology majors at UChicago accumulate an average of around $15,250 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $158.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

The excellent programs at Harvard University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best clinical, counseling and applied psychology schools in the United States. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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#4

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Lehigh University is a great place for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. Lehigh is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bethlehem.

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#5

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Fielding Graduate University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools list. Located in the city of Santa Barbara, Fielding is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Clinical Psychology majors at Fielding take out an average of $93,050 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,084.

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#6

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

Endicott College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools list. Endicott is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Beverly.

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With a ranking of #7, Columbia University in the City of New York did quite well on this year’s best schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Southern California did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at USC take out is $56,345. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $657.

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#9

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

With a ranking of #9, Loyola Marymount University did quite well on this year’s best schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Clinical Psychology majors at Loyola Marymount take out an average of $68,902 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $803.

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With a ranking of #10, Emmanuel College Massachusetts did quite well on this year’s best schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. Emmanuel Boston is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

After completing their degree, clinical psychology graduates from Emmanuel Boston carry an average student debtload of $27,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

With a ranking of #11, Marquette University did quite well on this year’s best schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. Located in the city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#12

Simmons University

Boston, MA

Simmons University landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Located in the city of Boston, Simmons is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their degree, clinical psychology majors at Simmons accumulate an average of around $40,848 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $476.

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#13

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#14

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. It came in at #14 on the list. Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville.

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#15

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Fairfield.

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#16

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Saint Joseph’s University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools list. St. Joe's is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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#17

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

With a ranking of #17, Binghamton University did quite well on this year’s best schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. Located in the suburb of Vestal, Binghamton University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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California State University - Long Beach ranked #18 on this year’s Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools list. Located in the large city of Long Beach, Cal State Long Beach is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from Cal State Long Beach take out $30,302 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $353.

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#19

Tufts University

Medford, MA

With a ranking of #19, Tufts University did quite well on this year’s best schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at Tufts take out is $43,500. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $507.

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Florida Institute of Technology ranked #20 on this year’s Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools list. Florida Tech is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Melbourne.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from Florida Tech take out $23,250 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $254, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#21

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, OR

Oregon Institute of Technology came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the remote town of Klamath Falls, OIT is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Clinical Psychology majors at OIT take out an average of $25,687 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $267.

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#22

Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools list. Pacific Graduate School of Psychology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Palo Alto.

While working on their degree, clinical psychology majors at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology accumulate an average of around $111,127 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,286, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#23

Aurora University

Aurora, IL

Aurora University landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Located in the suburb of Aurora, Aurora is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Clinical Psychology majors at Aurora take out an average of $33,070 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $385.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the city of Austin.

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#25

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools ranking. Syracuse is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse.

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Rest of the Top Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools

#26

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#29

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#31

Albright College

Reading, PA
#32

Suffolk University

Boston, MA
#34

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#35

William James College

Newton, MA
#38

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY
#39

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#40

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ
#45

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#47

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#49

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 490 different United States clinical, counseling and applied psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
52 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
53 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
54 New York University New York, NY
55 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
56 George Washington University Washington, DC
57 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
58 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
59 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
60 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
61 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College New York, NY
62 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
63 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
64 National University La Jolla, CA
65 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
66 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
67 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
68 Drake University Des Moines, IA
69 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
70 Boston University Boston, MA
71 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
72 Teachers College at Columbia University New York, NY
73 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology students that almost earned our Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools award.

Rank College Location
74 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
75 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
76 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
77 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
78 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
79 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
80 Assumption University Worcester, MA
81 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
82 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
83 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
84 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
85 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
86 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
87 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
88 Franklin University Columbus, OH
89 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
90 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
91 Pace University - New York New York, NY
92 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
93 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
94 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
95 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
96 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
97 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
98 Golden Gate University - San Francisco San Francisco, CA

Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology is one of 3 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
General Psychology 130,917
Child Development & Psychology 13,150
Other Psychology 3,056

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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