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2021 Best Value General Psychology Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

882 Colleges
$8,881 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$28,999 Avg Salary

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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Value General Psychology Schools ranking. This report analyzed 882 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for psychology students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value General Psychology Schools in the United States

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

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Psychology

Our analysis found The University of Texas of the Permian Basin to be the best value school for general psychology students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the medium-sized city of Odessa, UT Permian Basin is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UT Permian Basin are $7,566 a year.

UT Permian Basin also claimed a spot on our Best General Psychology Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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Out of the 882 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, American Public University System landed the # 2 spot on the list. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

American Military University undergraduate students pay an average of $7,324 in tuition and fees each year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, American Military University also is in the top 10% of our Best General Psychology Schools ranking.

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$6,550 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies 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 distant town of Fayette, CMU CGES is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

CMU CGES undergraduate students pay an average of $6,550 in tuition and fees each year.

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#4

Peru State College

Peru, NE

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Peru State College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value General Psychology Schools list. Located in the rural area of Peru, Peru State is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Peru State are $7,704 a year. Psychology majors at Peru State take out an average of $25,826 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $268.

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$5,790 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Brigham Young University - Provo is a great value for general psychology students. Located in the city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

BYU undergraduate students pay an average of $5,790 in tuition and fees each year.

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$7,271 Average Tuition & Fees

Sinclair Community College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value General Psychology Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Dayton, Sinclair Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Sinclair Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $7,271 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their degree, psychology graduates from Sinclair Community College carry an average student debtload of $11,999. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $125.

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Bemidji State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value General Psychology Schools list. Located in the town of Bemidji, Bemidji State University is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Bemidji State University are $8,940 a year. After completing their degree, psychology graduates from Bemidji State University carry an average student debtload of $22,366. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $232, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Bemidji State University also is in the top 15% of our Best General Psychology Schools ranking.

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$4,208 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #8, Brigham Young University - Idaho did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general psychology students. Located in the town of Rexburg, BYU - I is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU - I are $4,208 a year. The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at BYU - I take out is $13,643. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $142.

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$5,986 Average Tuition & Fees

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Ponce came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the midsize suburb of Mercedita, Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Ponce is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Ponce are $5,986 a year.

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#10

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY
$8,098 Average Tuition & Fees

LaGuardia Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general psychology students. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the large city of Long Island City, LaGuardia is a public school with a fairly large student population.

LaGuardia undergraduate students pay an average of $8,098 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their degree, psychology graduates from LaGuardia carry an average student debtload of $4,905. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $51.

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With a ranking of #11, Southwest Minnesota State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general psychology students. Southwest Minnesota State University is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Marshall.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Southwest Minnesota State University are $8,874 a year. While working on their degree, psychology majors at Southwest Minnesota State University accumulate an average of around $19,346 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 $201.

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$7,410 Average Tuition & Fees

Central New Mexico Community College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general psychology programs. Located in the city of Albuquerque, CNM is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at CNM are $7,410 a year. While working on their degree, psychology majors at CNM accumulate an average of around $7,784 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $81.

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Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general psychology programs. Trine is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Fort Wayne.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Trine are $9,576 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Trine also is in the top 10% of our Best General Psychology Schools ranking.

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$4,858 Average Tuition & Fees

El Paso Community College landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general psychology programs. El Paso Community College is a very large public school located in the large city of El Paso.

El Paso Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,858 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,720 Average Tuition & Fees

Brigham Young University - Hawaii did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general psychology students. It came in at #15 on the list. BYU - H is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Laie.

BYU - H undergraduate students pay an average of $5,720 in tuition and fees each year.

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#16

John F. Kennedy University

Pleasant Hill, CA
$8,500 Average Tuition & Fees

John F. Kennedy University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general psychology students. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the suburb of Pleasant Hill, JFKU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at JFKU are $8,500 per year.

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$7,434 Average Tuition & Fees

Carlos Albizu University - San Juan ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value General Psychology Schools list. Carlos Albizu University - San Juan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Juan.

Carlos Albizu University - San Juan undergraduate students pay an average of $7,434 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #18, University of Maryland Global Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general psychology students. UMGC is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Adelphi.

UMGC undergraduate students pay an average of $12,336 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at UMGC take out is $21,029. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

In addition to its great value ranking, UMGC is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best General Psychology Schools list.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value General Psychology Schools list. Penn State World Campus is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

Penn State World Campus undergraduate students pay an average of $13,988 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Penn State World Campus also did well on our Best General Psychology Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#20

Granite State College

Concord, NH
$9,015 Average Tuition & Fees

Granite State College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the fringe town of Concord, GSC is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at GSC are $9,015 per year. On average, psychology graduates from GSC take out $16,959 in student loans while working on their degree. 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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Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Value General Psychology Schools list. Wilmington University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of New Castle.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Wilmington University are $11,480 per year. On average, psychology graduates from Wilmington University take out $20,834 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $216.

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South Dakota State University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at South Dakota State are $12,589 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, South Dakota State also did well on our Best General Psychology Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#23

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Brandman University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general psychology students. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the city of Irvine, Brandman is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Brandman undergraduate students pay an average of $12,440 in tuition and fees each year.

Brandman also claimed a spot on our Best General Psychology Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the city of Grand Forks, UND is a public college with a fairly large student population.

UND undergraduate students pay an average of $15,895 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their degree, psychology majors at UND accumulate an average of around $24,200 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $251, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

In addition to its great value ranking, UND is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best General Psychology Schools list.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general psychology programs. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the midsize city of Fargo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Dakota State University are $13,757 per year. On average, psychology graduates from North Dakota State University take out $23,000 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 $239.

North Dakota State University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best General Psychology Schools list.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value General Psychology Schools

#29

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#30

National University

La Jolla, CA
#31

Park University

Parkville, MO
#32

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
#33

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#35

Franklin University

Columbus, OH
#39

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, TX
#41

Ashford University

San Diego, CA
#42

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA
#43

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
#45

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL
#48

Baruch College

New York, NY
#48

Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Value General Psychology Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 882 different United States general psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
53 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
54 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
55 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
56 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
57 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
58 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
59 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
60 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
61 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
62 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
62 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
64 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, NC
64 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
66 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
67 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
67 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
69 York College Jamaica, NY
69 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
71 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
72 Baker College Flint, MI
73 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
74 University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Sarasota, FL
74 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
76 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
77 Salem State University Salem, MA
78 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
79 University of Minnesota - Morris Morris, MN
79 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
81 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
82 Carlos Albizu University - Miami Miami, FL
83 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
83 Framingham State University Framingham, MA
85 Lehman College Bronx, NY
86 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
87 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
88 Illinois State University Normal, IL
88 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
90 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
91 Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
91 Queens College Queens, NY
93 University of Florida-Online Gainesville, FL
93 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
93 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
96 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
97 University of South Florida - St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, FL
97 Coppin State University Baltimore, MD
99 Delaware State University Dover, DE
99 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
101 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
101 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
101 The City College of New York New York, NY
104 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
105 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
106 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
107 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
108 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
108 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
110 University of Houston - Victoria Victoria, TX
110 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
110 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
113 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
113 Kean University Union, NJ
115 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
115 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
117 Hunter College New York, NY
118 Avila University Kansas City, MO
118 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
118 Central State University Wilberforce, OH
121 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
121 Florida International University Miami, FL
123 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
124 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
124 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
124 Southeastern Oklahoma State University Durant, OK
127 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
127 Post University Waterbury, CT
129 Bowie State University Bowie, MD
129 Washington State University Pullman, WA
131 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
132 Wright State University - Lake Campus Celina, OH

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for General Psychology students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value General Psychology Schools award.

Rank College Location
133 Black Hills State University Spearfish, SD
134 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
135 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
136 College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick, GA
137 SUNY Old Westbury Old Westbury, NY
137 University of Houston Houston, TX
137 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
140 Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville, GA
141 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
142 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
143 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
143 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
145 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
146 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
146 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
146 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
149 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
150 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
150 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
150 Ohio Christian University Circleville, OH
153 Endicott College Beverly, MA
153 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
155 Rhode Island College Providence, RI
156 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
156 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
156 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Portales, NM
159 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
160 Golden Gate University - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
161 University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA
161 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
161 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
164 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY
164 Pennsylvania State University - Beaver Monaca, PA
164 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
167 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
167 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
167 Iowa State University Ames, IA
170 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
170 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
170 Kentucky State University Frankfort, KY
173 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
173 Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, PA
173 Palo Alto University Palo Alto, CA
176 Pennsylvania State University - Greater Allegheny McKeesport, PA
176 SUNY Polytechnic Institute Utica, NY
176 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS

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 27 schools only.

  • 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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