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2021 Best Value Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

921 Colleges
$9,378 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$28,141 Avg Salary

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 Value Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 921 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value bachelor's degree programs for psychology students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

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

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Psychology Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Bachelor's in Psychology

Our analysis found The University of Texas of the Permian Basin to be the best value school for psychology students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. UT Permian Basin is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Odessa.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UT Permian Basin are $7,566 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, UT Permian Basin is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list.

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Out of the 921 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, American Public University System landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at American Military University are $7,324 a year.

American Military University also claimed a spot on our Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. CMU CGES is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Fayette.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at CMU CGES are $6,550 per year.

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#4

Peru State College

Peru, NE

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Peru State College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Peru State is a small public school located in the rural area of Peru.

Peru State undergraduate students pay an average of $7,704 in tuition and fees each year.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Brigham Young University - Provo. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo.

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

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With a ranking of #6, Bemidji State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for psychology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Bemidji State University is a small public school located in the town of Bemidji.

Bemidji State University undergraduate students pay an average of $8,940 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Bemidji State University also did well on our Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Brigham Young University - Idaho came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. BYU - I is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Rexburg.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU - I are $4,208 a year.

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With a ranking of #8, Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Ponce did quite well on this year’s best value schools for psychology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Ponce is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Mercedita.

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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Southwest Minnesota State University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the remote town of Marshall, Southwest Minnesota State University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Southwest Minnesota State University undergraduate students pay an average of $8,874 in tuition and fees each year.

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Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Fort Wayne, Trine 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 Trine are $9,576 a year.

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#11

Franklin University

Columbus, OH

Franklin 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 #11 on the list. Located in the large city of Columbus, Franklin University is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Franklin University are $9,577 a year.

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Brigham Young University - Hawaii came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the fringe town of Laie, BYU - H is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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

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#13

John F. Kennedy University

Pleasant Hill, CA

John F. Kennedy University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. JFKU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Pleasant Hill.

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

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Carlos Albizu University - San Juan came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of San Juan, Carlos Albizu University - San Juan is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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

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#15

Park University

Parkville, MO

With a ranking of #15, Park University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for psychology students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Parkville, Park University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Park University undergraduate students pay an average of $8,399 in tuition and fees each year.

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University of Maryland Global Campus 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 suburb of Adelphi, UMGC is a public college with a very large student population.

UMGC undergraduate students pay an average of $12,336 in tuition and fees each year.

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

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the rural area of University Park, Penn State World Campus is a public school with a small student population.

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

Penn State World Campus excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list.

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#18

Granite State College

Concord, NH

With a ranking of #18, Granite State College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for psychology students working on their bachelor’s degree. GSC is a small public school located in the fringe town of Concord.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at GSC are $9,015 a year.

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#19

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the suburb of New Castle, Wilmington University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Wilmington University undergraduate students pay an average of $11,480 in tuition and fees each year.

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Florida Institute of Technology - Online ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Melbourne, Florida Institute of Technology - Online is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Florida Institute of Technology - Online are $12,240 per year.

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#21

National University

La Jolla, CA

National 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 #21 on the list. Located in the city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at National University are $13,320 a year.

National University also claimed a spot on our Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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South Dakota State University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Brookings.

South Dakota State undergraduate students pay an average of $12,589 in tuition and fees each year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, South Dakota State also is in the top 20% of our Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking.

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#23

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

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

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Brandman are $12,440 per year.

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#24

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UND is a fairly large public school located in the city of Grand Forks.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UND are $15,895 per year.

UND excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools list.

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#25

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, LA

Nicholls State 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 #25 on the list. Located in the small city of Thibodaux, Nicholls State University is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Nicholls State University undergraduate students pay an average of $8,991 in tuition and fees each year.

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

#27

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#28

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
#31

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#32

Ashford University

San Diego, CA
#33

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
#34

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, NY
#37

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
#38

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN
#40

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, TX
#42

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL
#44

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA
#45

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#46

Baruch College

New York, NY
#48

Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN

Additional Award Winners

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

Rank College Location
51 Winona State University Winona, MN
52 John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY
53 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
54 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
55 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
56 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
57 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
58 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
59 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
60 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
61 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, NC
61 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
63 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
64 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
65 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
66 York College Jamaica, NY
66 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
68 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
68 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
70 Baker College Flint, MI
71 University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Sarasota, FL
71 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
73 University of Minnesota - Morris Morris, MN
73 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
73 Salem State University Salem, MA
76 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
76 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
78 Carlos Albizu University - Miami Miami, FL
79 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
79 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
79 Framingham State University Framingham, MA
82 Lehman College Bronx, NY
83 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
83 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
85 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
86 University of South Florida - St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, FL
86 Queens College Queens, NY
88 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
89 Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
89 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
91 University of Florida-Online Gainesville, FL
91 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
91 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
94 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
94 The City College of New York New York, NY
96 Coppin State University Baltimore, MD
97 Delaware State University Dover, DE
97 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
99 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
100 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
101 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
102 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
102 Kean University Union, NJ
104 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
104 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
106 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
107 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
107 Clayton State University Morrow, GA
109 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
109 University of Houston - Victoria Victoria, TX
111 Hunter College New York, NY
111 Florida International University Miami, FL
111 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
114 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
115 Central State University Wilberforce, OH
115 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
115 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
115 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
119 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
119 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
119 City University of Seattle Seattle, WA
122 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
122 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
124 Southeastern Oklahoma State University Durant, OK
124 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
124 Washington State University Pullman, WA
127 Wright State University - Lake Campus Celina, OH
127 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
127 Illinois State University Normal, IL
127 Post University Waterbury, CT
131 Bowie State University Bowie, MD
132 Black Hills State University Spearfish, SD
132 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
134 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
135 College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick, GA
135 National Louis University Chicago, IL
137 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
137 SUNY Old Westbury Old Westbury, NY

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 Value Psychology Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
139 Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville, GA
139 University of Houston Houston, TX
141 Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, PA
142 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
143 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
144 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
145 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
146 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
146 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
146 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
146 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
146 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
146 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
152 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
153 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
153 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Portales, NM
153 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
153 Ohio Christian University Circleville, OH
157 Endicott College Beverly, MA
157 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
159 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
160 University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA
160 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
160 McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA
163 Rhode Island College Providence, RI
163 Iowa State University Ames, IA
163 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
166 Alliant International University San Diego, CA
166 Pennsylvania State University - Beaver Monaca, PA
166 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
166 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
166 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY
171 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
171 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
171 Kentucky State University Frankfort, KY
171 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
175 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
175 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
177 Point University West Point, GA
177 Pennsylvania State University - Greater Allegheny McKeesport, PA
177 SUNY Polytechnic Institute Utica, NY
180 University of Maine at Farmington Farmington, ME
180 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
180 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
180 Indiana University - Southeast New Albany, IN
184 University of Wisconsin - Parkside Kenosha, WI
184 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX

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.

  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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