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2021 Best General Psychology Schools in Illinois

34 Colleges
$28,628 Avg Salary
$27,034 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Psychology School for You

In 2018-2019, general psychology students earned 3,596 degrees and certificates from an Illinois school, making the subject the 8th in the state.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best General Psychology Schools in Illinois to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 34 schools in Illinois to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best General Psychology Schools in Illinois

The colleges and universities below are the best for psychology majors pursuing a .

Top 10 Best General Psychology Schools

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Our 2021 rankings named Northwestern University the best school in Illinois for general psychology students. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Psychology majors at Northwestern U take out an average of $15,834 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 $164.

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#2

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Illinois Wesleyan University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best General Psychology Schools in Illinois list. Located in the small city of Bloomington, Illinois Wesleyan is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Psychology majors at Illinois Wesleyan take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Lewis University is a great place for general psychology students. Located in the suburb of Romeoville, Lewis is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Psychology majors at Lewis take out an average of $24,037 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $249.

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#4

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Bradley University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best General Psychology Schools in Illinois list. Bradley is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Peoria.

After completing their degree, psychology graduates from Bradley carry an average student debtload of $27,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 34 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, Illinois State University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, psychology graduates from Illinois State take out $23,198 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $256, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

McKendree University

Lebanon, IL

With a ranking of #6, McKendree University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students. Located in the large suburb of Lebanon, McKendree is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, psychology graduates from McKendree take out $24,450 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 $254.

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University of Illinois at Springfield ranked #7 on this year’s Best General Psychology Schools in Illinois list. Located in the city of Springfield, UIS is a public school with a small student population.

On average, psychology graduates from UIS take out $19,157 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $199, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general psychology students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

While working on their degree, psychology majors at Augustana accumulate an average of around $26,992 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Chicago did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general psychology students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the large city of Chicago, UIC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, psychology majors at UIC accumulate an average of around $22,094 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 $246.

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#10

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL

With a ranking of #10, Elmhurst University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students. Elmhurst is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Elmhurst.

Psychology majors at Elmhurst take out an average of $19,750 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 $205.

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Best General Psychology Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best General Psychology Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 2,581
Ohio 3,728
Indiana 1,877
Wisconsin 2,206

General Psychology is one of 3 different types of programs to choose from.

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).
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