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2021 Best General Psychology Schools

312 Colleges
$28,999 Avg Salary
$26,247 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Psychology School for You

In 2018-2019, 8,087 people earned a degree or certificate in general psychology, making the major the #36 most popular in the United States.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Grad Degree Search has created the Best General Psychology Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 312 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best General Psychology Schools in the United States

Check out the psychology programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools in Psychology

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC

Our 2021 rankings named Duke University the best school in the United States for general psychology students. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

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

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#3

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Lehigh University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best General Psychology Schools list. Located in the small city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#4

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Boston College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best General Psychology Schools list. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill.

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#5

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Out of the 312 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Georgetown University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#6

Rice University

Houston, TX

With a ranking of #6, Rice University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students. Located in the city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#7

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University ranked #7 on this year’s Best General Psychology Schools list. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus ranked #8 on this year’s Best General Psychology Schools list. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

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#9

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general psychology programs. Located in the suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#11

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general psychology students. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#12

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #12, Vanderbilt University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#13

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania ranked #13 on this year’s Best General Psychology Schools list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#14

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University ranked #14 on this year’s Best General Psychology Schools list. Marquette is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Milwaukee.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general psychology programs. Minnesota State University - Mankato is a large public school located in the small city of Mankato.

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With a ranking of #16, University of Southern California did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

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#17

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

University of Rochester did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general psychology students. It came in at #17 on the list. University of Rochester is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Rochester.

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#18

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Binghamton University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general psychology students. It came in at #18 on the list. Binghamton University is a large public school located in the suburb of Vestal.

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With a ranking of #19, University of Massachusetts - Lowell did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students. Located in the large suburb of Lowell, UMass Lowell is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#20

William James College

Newton, MA

William James College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general psychology students. It came in at #20 on the list. Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Newton.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general psychology programs. Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#22

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Saint Joseph’s University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general psychology students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, St. Joe's is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#23

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA

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

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University of Maryland - College Park did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general psychology students. It came in at #24 on the list. UMCP is a very large public school located in the suburb of College Park.

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#25

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#26

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#27

Boston University

Boston, MA
#29

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#30

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA
#33

New York University

New York, NY
#34

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
#36

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#40

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#42

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#44

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
47 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
48 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
49 Fordham University Bronx, NY
50 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
51 Iowa State University Ames, IA
52 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
53 CUNY Graduate School and University Center New York, NY
54 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
55 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
56 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
57 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
58 Illinois State University Normal, IL
59 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
60 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
61 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
62 San Jose State University San Jose, CA

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.

Majors Similar to Psychology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 26,624
Other Psychology 2,312
Child Development & Psychology 1,840

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 BruceBlaus.

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