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2021 Most Popular General Psychology Schools

1,672 Colleges
$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 Most Popular General Psychology Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 1,672 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the General Psychology program at each school on the list.

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

Our 2021 rankings named Southern New Hampshire University the most popular school in the United States for general psychology students. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester.

Psychology majors at SNHU take out an average of $28,200 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $316.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Florida International University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular General Psychology Schools list. FIU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Miami.

After completing their degree, psychology graduates from FIU carry an average student debt load of $17,500. 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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#3

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Out of the 1,672 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Liberty University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Liberty University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Lynchburg.

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Out of the 1,672 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Central Florida landed the # 4 spot on the list. UCF is a very large public school located in the suburb of Orlando.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at UCF take out is $28,624. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $322.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend California State University - Northridge. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular General Psychology Schools list. CSUN is a very large public school located in the large city of Northridge.

Psychology majors at CSUN take out an average of $13,000 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $135.

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#6

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Psychology Schools ranking. Florida State is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Tallahassee.

While working on their degree, psychology majors at Florida State accumulate an average of around $30,722 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 $344.

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#7

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

Ashford University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general psychology programs. Ashford University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

Psychology majors at Ashford University take out an average of $42,103 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 $462.

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California State University - Fullerton did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general psychology students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Fullerton, Cal State Fullerton is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, psychology majors at Cal State Fullerton accumulate an average of around $12,698 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $132.

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#9

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general psychology programs. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, psychology majors at Walden University accumulate an average of around $72,945 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $833, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Hunter College

New York, NY

Hunter College ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular General Psychology Schools list. Located in the city of New York, Hunter is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, psychology graduates from Hunter take out $12,500 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $130.

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#11

Queens College

Queens, NY

Queens College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Queens, QC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Psychology majors at QC take out an average of $9,000 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $93.

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With a ranking of #12, University of California - Los Angeles did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at UCLA take out is $13,918. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $144.

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California State University - San Bernardino came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the city of San Bernardino, CSUSB is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Psychology majors at CSUSB take out an average of $14,708 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $153, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

University of Houston

Houston, TX

With a ranking of #14, University of Houston did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students. UH is a very large public school located in the large city of Houston.

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#15

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

San Diego State University ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular General Psychology Schools list. SDSU is a very large public school located in the large city of San Diego.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at SDSU take out is $14,998. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $156.

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With a ranking of #16, Rutgers University - New Brunswick did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick.

On average, psychology graduates from Rutgers New Brunswick take out $42,616 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 $481.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular General Psychology Schools list. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, psychology graduates from USF Tampa take out $25,070 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 $280.

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#18

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

With a ranking of #18, University at Buffalo did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students. University at Buffalo is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Buffalo.

While working on their degree, psychology majors at University at Buffalo accumulate an average of around $27,025 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $302.

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California State University - Long Beach came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Long Beach, CSULB is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, psychology majors at CSULB accumulate an average of around $13,512 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $140, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Virginia Commonwealth University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general psychology programs. VCU is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Richmond.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general psychology programs. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general psychology students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public school with a very large student population.

Psychology majors at UMass Amherst take out an average of $23,527 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $244.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general psychology programs. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

Psychology majors at UMN Twin Cities take out an average of $19,909 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 $207.

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#24

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

With a ranking of #24, University of Florida did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, UF is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, psychology majors at UF accumulate an average of around $17,263 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $179.

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#25

Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA

Georgia State University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia State is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, psychology graduates from Georgia State take out $25,000 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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#26

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, NY
#29

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#32

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#35

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN
#39

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#43

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ
#44

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#45

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX
#48

Kean University

Union, NJ
#49

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Most Popular General Psychology Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 1672 different United States general psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
52 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
53 Towson University Towson, MD
53 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
55 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
56 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
57 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
57 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
59 New York University New York, NY
60 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
61 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
62 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
63 The City College of New York New York, NY
64 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
65 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
66 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
67 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
68 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
69 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
70 University of North Texas Denton, TX
71 California State University - Channel Islands Camarillo, CA
72 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
72 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
74 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
75 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
76 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
77 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
78 Touro College New York, NY
79 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
80 University at Albany Albany, NY
81 Portland State University Portland, OR
82 Merced College Merced, CA
83 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
84 Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA
85 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
86 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
87 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
88 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
89 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
90 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
90 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
92 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
92 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
94 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
95 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
96 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
97 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
98 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
99 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
99 Clemson University Clemson, SC
101 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
101 Boston University Boston, MA
103 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
104 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
105 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
106 Troy University Troy, AL
106 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
108 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
109 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
110 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
111 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
111 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
113 University of Mississippi University, MS
114 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
115 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
115 Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA
117 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
118 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
119 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
120 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
121 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
122 California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside, CA
122 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
122 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
125 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
125 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
125 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
128 Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA
129 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
130 Lehman College Bronx, NY
131 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
132 University of California - Merced Merced, CA
133 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
134 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
135 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
136 Humboldt State University Arcata, CA
137 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
138 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
138 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
140 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
141 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
142 Sierra College Rocklin, CA
142 Iowa State University Ames, IA
142 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
145 Northcentral University San Diego, CA
146 Bakersfield College Bakersfield, CA
147 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
147 Utah State University Logan, UT
149 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
150 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
151 The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
151 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
153 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
154 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
155 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
155 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
157 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
157 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
159 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
160 University of West Georgia Carrollton, GA
160 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
162 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
163 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
163 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
163 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
166 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
166 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
166 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
169 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
170 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
170 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
172 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
172 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
174 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
174 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
174 California State University - Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
177 DePaul University Chicago, IL
178 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
179 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
179 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
181 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
182 Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill, CA
183 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
184 Radford University Radford, VA
184 York College Jamaica, NY
186 Stockton University Galloway, NJ
186 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
188 East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA
189 Auburn University Auburn, AL
190 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
191 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
192 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
193 National University La Jolla, CA
194 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
195 Golden West College Huntington Beach, CA
196 Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT
196 Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX
198 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
199 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
199 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
201 University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras San Juan, PR
201 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
203 El Camino College Torrance, CA
203 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
205 South Texas College McAllen, TX
206 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
207 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
207 Duke University Durham, NC
209 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
210 Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT
210 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
212 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
212 Rhode Island College Providence, RI
212 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
212 The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN
216 Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC
217 Moorpark College Moorpark, CA
217 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
219 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
219 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
221 Fullerton College Fullerton, CA
221 Ball State University Muncie, IN
221 University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA
221 Fordham University Bronx, NY
221 University of Denver Denver, CO
226 College of Charleston Charleston, SC
226 New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ
226 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
226 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
230 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
230 Salem State University Salem, MA
232 Illinois State University Normal, IL
232 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
234 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
234 Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga, CA
234 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
237 Brandman University Irvine, CA
237 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
239 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
240 Arizona State University - West Glendale, AZ
240 Citrus College Glendora, CA
240 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, TX
243 Boise State University Boise, ID
243 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
243 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
246 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
246 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
246 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
246 Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA
250 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for General Psychology students that almost earned our Most Popular General Psychology Schools award.

Rank College Location
251 Emory University Atlanta, GA
251 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
253 Marshall University Huntington, WV
254 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
255 Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, NY
256 Imperial Valley College Imperial, CA
256 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
256 Cypress College Cypress, CA
256 Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA
260 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
260 Cerritos College Norwalk, CA
262 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
262 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
262 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
265 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
265 Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville, GA
267 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
267 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
267 American River College Sacramento, CA
267 East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
267 Southwestern College Chula Vista, CA
272 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
272 San Diego Mesa College San Diego, CA
272 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
275 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
276 Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO
277 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX
277 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
277 Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
280 SUNY Old Westbury Old Westbury, NY
281 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
282 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
283 Clovis Community College Fresno, CA
283 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL
283 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
286 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
286 College of the Desert Palm Desert, CA
288 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
288 University of South Florida - St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, FL
290 MiraCosta College Oceanside, CA
290 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
290 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
293 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
293 University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn, MI
293 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
293 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
297 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
298 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
298 Columbia College Columbia, MO
298 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
298 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
298 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
298 Ventura College Ventura, CA
304 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
304 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
304 Palomar College San Marcos, CA
304 The University of Montana Missoula, MT
308 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
308 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
308 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
311 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
311 Clark University Worcester, MA
313 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA
313 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
315 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
315 Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen, CA
315 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
315 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA
319 Hartnell College Salinas, CA
319 Valdosta State University Valdosta, GA
319 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
319 Western Oregon University Monmouth, OR
323 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
323 Governors State University University Park, IL
323 Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
323 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
323 North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
323 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
329 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
329 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
331 Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC
331 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
331 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
331 Grossmont College El Cajon, CA

General Psychology by Region

View the Most Popular General Psychology 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.

  • 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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