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2021 Best Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools

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Finding the Best Psychology Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 177,655 psychology students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #8 most popular in the country.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. 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.

The Best Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 921 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best 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

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our analysis found Stanford University to be the best school for psychology students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Yale University

New Haven, CT

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Yale University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Yale is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of New Haven.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Duke University is a great place for psychology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham.

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#4

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Cornell University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca.

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#5

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Colgate University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hamilton.

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#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

With a ranking of #6, Harvard University did quite well on this year’s best schools for psychology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

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#7

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree psychology programs. Dartmouth is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hanover.

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#8

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#9

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

Lafayette College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Easton, Lafayette is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#11

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bethlehem.

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#12

Barnard College

New York, NY

Barnard College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of New York, Barnard is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#13

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

With a ranking of #13, Williams College did quite well on this year’s best schools for psychology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the fringe town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#14

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame ranked #14 on this year’s Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.

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#15

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#16

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Dickinson College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for psychology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the small city of Carlisle, Dickinson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#17

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the midsize city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#18

Union College New York

Schenectady, NY

Union College New York came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Union College Schenectady is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Schenectady.

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#19

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

With a ranking of #19, Georgetown University did quite well on this year’s best schools for psychology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

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#20

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for psychology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the distant town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#21

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#22

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

With a ranking of #22, Endicott College did quite well on this year’s best schools for psychology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Endicott is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Beverly.

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#23

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Rice is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Houston.

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#24

Stonehill College

Easton, MA

Stonehill College ranked #24 on this year’s Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Stonehill is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Easton.

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#25

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for psychology students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the city of Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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

#27

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ
#28

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#29

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#30

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
#33

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#35

Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN
#36

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
#37

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#38

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA
#39

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#40

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#41

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#42

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH
#43

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#44

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#45

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#46

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN
#47

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 921 different United States psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
52 George Washington University Washington, DC
53 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
54 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
55 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
56 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
57 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
58 Washington State University Pullman, WA
59 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
60 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
61 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
62 National University La Jolla, CA
63 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
64 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
65 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
66 Carleton College Northfield, MN
67 Boston University Boston, MA
68 Assumption University Worcester, MA
69 Tufts University Medford, MA
70 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
71 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
72 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
73 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
74 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
75 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
76 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
77 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
78 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
78 Simmons University Boston, MA
80 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
81 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
82 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
83 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
84 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
85 Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, OR
86 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
87 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
88 Suffolk University Boston, MA
89 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
90 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
91 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
92 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
93 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
94 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
95 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
96 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
97 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
98 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
99 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
100 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
101 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
102 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
103 William Jessup University Rocklin, CA
104 Florida Institute of Technology - Online Melbourne, FL
105 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
106 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
107 University of Maryland - University College Adelphi, MD
108 Bates College Lewiston, ME
109 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
110 Simpson University Redding, CA
111 Fordham University Bronx, NY
112 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
113 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
114 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
115 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
115 CUNY Graduate School and University Center New York, NY
117 Connecticut College New London, CT
118 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
119 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
120 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
121 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
122 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
123 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
124 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
125 Northeastern University Boston, MA
126 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
127 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
128 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
129 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
130 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
131 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
132 Johnson State College Johnson, VT
133 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
134 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
135 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
136 New York University New York, NY
137 Washington College Chestertown, MD
138 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
139 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
140 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
141 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
142 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
143 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
144 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
145 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
146 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
147 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
148 Brandman University Irvine, CA
149 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
150 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
151 Iowa State University Ames, IA
152 Siena College Loudonville, NY
153 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
154 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
155 University of Portland Portland, OR
156 Drake University Des Moines, IA
157 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
158 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
159 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
160 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
161 University of Denver Denver, CO
162 Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA
163 Franklin University Columbus, OH
164 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
165 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
166 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
167 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
168 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
169 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
170 University of Arizona-South Sierra Vista, AZ
171 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
172 Saint Mary - of - the - Woods College Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
173 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
174 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
175 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
176 Peru State College Peru, NE
177 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
178 Lasell College Newton, MA
179 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
180 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
181 Albright College Reading, PA
182 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
183 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
184 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI

Psychology by Region

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

Psychology Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Psychology 130,917
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 30,532
Child Development & Psychology 13,150
Other Psychology 3,056

Majors Similar to Psychology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 306,739
Social Sciences 203,399
Communication & Journalism 122,154
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 59,281
History 32,806

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 Nevit Dilmen.

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