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2021 Best General Psychology Schools

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$28,999 Avg Salary
$26,247 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Psychology School for You

General Psychology is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 4th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 130,917 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

The Best General Psychology Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 882 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best General Psychology Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best General Psychology Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in Psychology

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC

Our analysis found Duke University to be the best school for general psychology students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Psychology majors at Duke take out an average of $10,600 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $110, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The excellent programs at Cornell University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best general psychology schools in the United States. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

On average, psychology graduates from Cornell take out $16,500 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $171.

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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 general psychology schools in the United States. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#4

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Colgate University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best General Psychology Schools list. Located in the distant town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, psychology graduates from Colgate take out $16,125 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $167.

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#5

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

Out of the 882 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Lafayette College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Lafayette is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Easton.

While working on their degree, psychology majors at Lafayette accumulate an average of around $25,596 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $266, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College ranked #6 on this year’s Best General Psychology Schools list. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill.

Psychology majors at Boston College take out an average of $16,500 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $171.

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#7

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Psychology majors at Lehigh take out an average of $23,250 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $241.

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#8

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Schools ranking. Williams is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Williamstown.

Psychology majors at Williams take out an average of $14,114 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $146.

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#9

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general psychology programs. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, psychology majors at Notre Dame accumulate an average of around $19,000 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $197, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Dickinson College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Schools ranking. Dickinson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Carlisle.

After completing their degree, psychology graduates from Dickinson carry an average student debtload of $19,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $197, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general psychology students. It came in at #11 on the list. Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Worcester.

Psychology majors at Holy Cross take out an average of $27,000 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 $280.

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#12

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

With a ranking of #12, Northwestern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

On average, psychology graduates from Northwestern U take out $15,834 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $164.

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#13

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

With a ranking of #13, Georgetown University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

On average, psychology graduates from Georgetown take out $17,500 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 $182.

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#14

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University ranked #14 on this year’s Best General Psychology Schools list. Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Lewisburg.

While working on their degree, psychology majors at Bucknell accumulate an average of around $25,000 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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#15

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

Endicott College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general psychology programs. Located in the large suburb of Beverly, Endicott is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Psychology majors at Endicott take out an average of $27,000 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 $280.

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#16

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus ranked #16 on this year’s Best General Psychology Schools list. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

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#17

Stonehill College

Easton, MA

With a ranking of #17, Stonehill College did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students. Located in the large suburb of Easton, Stonehill is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their degree, psychology graduates from Stonehill carry an average student debtload of $26,000. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $270.

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#18

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#19

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

With a ranking of #19, Rider University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students. Located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville, Rider is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their degree, psychology majors at Rider accumulate an average of around $26,000 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $270.

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#20

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Schools ranking. Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

After completing their degree, psychology graduates from Providence carry an average student debtload of $27,000. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Odessa, UT Permian Basin is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#22

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg College ranked #22 on this year’s Best General Psychology Schools list. Gettysburg is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Gettysburg.

Psychology majors at Gettysburg take out an average of $22,616 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $235, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The College of New Jersey came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Ewing, TCNJ is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

On average, psychology graduates from TCNJ take out $21,260 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $221, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

University of Richmond did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general psychology students. It came in at #24 on the list. U of Richmond is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of University of Richmond.

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#25

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Schools ranking. Middlebury is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Middlebury.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best General Psychology Schools

#26

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA
#27

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#28

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#29

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#31

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#32

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH
#33

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#34

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN
#35

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#36

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#37

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#39

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#40

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#41

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN
#42

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ
#44

St Olaf College

Northfield, MN
#45

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#48

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#49

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN
#50

Boston University

Boston, MA

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best General Psychology Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 882 different United States general psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
52 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
53 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
54 Assumption University Worcester, MA
55 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
56 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
57 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
58 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
59 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
60 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
61 Simmons University Boston, MA
62 William James College Newton, MA
63 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
64 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
65 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
66 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
67 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
68 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
69 Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA
70 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
71 Suffolk University Boston, MA
72 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
73 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
74 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
75 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
76 Northcentral University San Diego, CA
77 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
78 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
79 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
80 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
81 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
82 William Jessup University Rocklin, CA
83 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
84 National University La Jolla, CA
85 University of Maryland - University College Adelphi, MD
86 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
87 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
88 Simpson University Redding, CA
89 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
90 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
91 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
92 Connecticut College New London, CT
93 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
94 Fordham University Bronx, NY
95 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
96 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
97 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
98 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
99 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
100 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
101 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
102 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
103 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
104 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
105 New York University New York, NY
106 Johnson State College Johnson, VT
107 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
108 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
109 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
110 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
111 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
112 Washington College Chestertown, MD
113 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
114 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
115 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
116 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
117 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
118 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
119 Brandman University Irvine, CA
120 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
121 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
122 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
123 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
124 Siena College Loudonville, NY
125 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
126 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
127 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
128 Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
129 Iowa State University Ames, IA
130 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
131 University of Portland Portland, OR
132 Drake University Des Moines, IA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best General Psychology Schools award.

Rank College Location
133 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
134 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
135 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
136 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
137 CUNY Graduate School and University Center New York, NY
138 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
139 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
140 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
141 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
142 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
143 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
144 University of Arizona-South Sierra Vista, AZ
145 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
146 Saint Mary - of - the - Woods College Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
147 University of Denver Denver, CO
148 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
149 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
150 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
151 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
152 Peru State College Peru, NE
153 Lasell College Newton, MA
154 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
155 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
156 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
157 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
158 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
159 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
160 Bradley University Peoria, IL
161 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
162 Salem State University Salem, MA
163 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
164 University of Houston Houston, TX
165 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
166 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
167 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
168 LeTourneau University Longview, TX
169 Clemson University Clemson, SC
170 Rhode Island College Providence, RI
171 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
172 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
173 Clark University Worcester, MA
174 Northwest University-College of Adult and Professional Studies Kirkland, WA
175 Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton Hazleton, PA
176 University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, CT

General Psychology by Region

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

One of 3 majors within the area of study, general psychology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 30,532
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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to BruceBlaus.

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