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Finding the Best General Psychology Bachelor's Degree 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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best General Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 860 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for psychology majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Psychology

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC

Our 2021 rankings named Duke University the best school in the United States for general psychology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Psychology majors at Duke take out an average of $12,549 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. 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

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Cornell University is a great place for general psychology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

On average, psychology graduates from Cornell take out $14,887 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's 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

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Harvard University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a very 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 Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, psychology graduates from Colgate take out $15,127 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's 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 860 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.

Psychology majors at Lafayette take out an average of $20,383 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. 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 came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. 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 $15,406 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. 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 did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general psychology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the small city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Psychology majors at Lehigh take out an average of $21,691 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. 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 landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general psychology programs. 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 $13,090 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. 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 did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general psychology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, psychology graduates from Notre Dame carry an average student debtload of $18,212. 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 Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Dickinson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Carlisle.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, psychology graduates from Dickinson carry an average student debtload of $18,575. 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

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

With a ranking of #11, Northwestern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

On average, psychology graduates from Northwestern U take out $16,236 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $164.

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#12

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general psychology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #12 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 $23,827 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. 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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#13

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general psychology programs. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, psychology graduates from Georgetown carry an average student debtload of $15,565. 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 landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general psychology programs. Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Lewisburg.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at Bucknell take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $21,646. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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#15

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

With a ranking of #15, University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students working on their bachelor’s degree. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, psychology graduates from University of Virginia carry an average student debtload of $16,586. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $176, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

Endicott College landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general psychology programs. Located in the suburb of Beverly, Endicott is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, psychology graduates from Endicott carry an average student debtload of $22,972. 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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#17

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general psychology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, psychology graduates from Rice take out $11,292 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $78, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Stonehill College

Easton, MA

Stonehill College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general psychology programs. Located in the suburb of Easton, Stonehill is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, psychology majors at Stonehill accumulate an average of around $23,482 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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#19

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

Rider University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, Rider is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, psychology graduates from Rider carry an average student debtload of $23,845. 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 did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general psychology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

Psychology majors at Providence take out an average of $25,008 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. 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 did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general psychology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the city of Odessa, UT Permian Basin is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at UT Permian Basin take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $15,816. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $156.

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#22

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

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

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, psychology graduates from Gettysburg carry an average student debtload of $21,668. 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 did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general psychology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. 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 $20,195 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's 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 came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. U of Richmond is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of University of Richmond.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, psychology graduates from U of Richmond carry an average student debtload of $21,054. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $255.

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University of Minnesota - Duluth landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general psychology programs. UMN Duluth is a fairly large public school located in the city of Duluth.

On average, psychology graduates from UMN Duluth take out $21,691 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $236.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best General Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#27

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
#28

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#29

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA
#30

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#31

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#32

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#33

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH
#34

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#35

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#36

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#37

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN
#40

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#41

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN
#43

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ
#44

St Olaf College

Northfield, MN
#47

Boston University

Boston, MA
#48

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#50

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best General Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 860 different United States general psychology schools we analyzed.

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

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for General Psychology students that almost earned our Best General Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
130 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
131 University of Portland Portland, OR
132 Drake University Des Moines, IA
133 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
134 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
135 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
136 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
137 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
138 University of Denver Denver, CO
139 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
140 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
141 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
142 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
143 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
144 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
145 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
146 University of Arizona-South Sierra Vista, AZ
147 Saint Mary - of - the - Woods College Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
148 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
149 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
150 Peru State College Peru, NE
151 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
152 Lasell College Newton, MA
153 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
154 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
155 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
156 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
157 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
158 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
159 Bradley University Peoria, IL
160 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
161 Palo Alto University Palo Alto, CA
162 Salem State University Salem, MA
163 University of Houston Houston, TX
164 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
165 Kean University Union, NJ
166 Clark University Worcester, MA
167 Rhode Island College Providence, RI
168 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
169 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
170 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
171 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
172 Towson University Towson, MD

General Psychology by Region

View the Best General Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

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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