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2021 Most Popular General Psychology Schools

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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.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. 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 Most Popular General Psychology Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 394 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.

Check out the psychology programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Our 2021 rankings named Walden University the most popular school in the United States for general psychology students. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southern New Hampshire University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular General Psychology Schools list. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Manchester.

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#3

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ashford University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular General Psychology Schools list. Ashford University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of San Diego.

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#4

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA

Out of the 394 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northcentral University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of San Diego, Northcentral University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#5

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Capella University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular General Psychology Schools list. Capella University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

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#6

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

With a ranking of #6, Grand Canyon University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students. Grand Canyon University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Phoenix.

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#7

New York University

New York, NY

New York University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general psychology students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#8

William James College

Newton, MA

With a ranking of #8, William James College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students. Located in the city of Newton, William James College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general psychology programs. Located in the city of Los Angeles, The Chicago School Los Angeles Campus is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #10, American Public University System did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general psychology students. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Lowell, UMass Lowell is a public college with a large student population.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular General Psychology Schools list. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick.

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#13

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular General Psychology Schools list. GMU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax.

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#14

The New School

New York, NY

The New School did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general psychology students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the city of New York, New School University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#15

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, NY

The Graduate Center, CUNY did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general psychology students. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the city of New York, The Graduate Center is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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Florida International University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Psychology Schools ranking. FIU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Miami.

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University of California - Los Angeles ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular General Psychology Schools list. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#18

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Psychology Schools ranking. National University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of La Jolla.

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#19

Utah State University

Logan, UT

Utah State University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general psychology programs. Located in the city of Logan, USU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Claremont Graduate University ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular General Psychology Schools list. Claremont Graduate University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Claremont.

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#21

Adler University

Chicago, IL

Adler University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Psychology Schools ranking. Adler is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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#22

Kean University

Union, NJ

Kean University 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 Union, Kean is a public college with a large student population.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general psychology students. It came in at #23 on the list. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the city of University Park.

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#23

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general psychology programs. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#25

Divine Mercy University

Arlington, VA

Divine Mercy University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general psychology students. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the suburb of Arlington, DMU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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#28

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#29

Boston University

Boston, MA
#29

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA
#32

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
#32

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH
#32

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#35

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#35

Saybrook University

Oakland, CA
#38

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL
#40

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN
#42

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#43

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#43

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
#46

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular General Psychology Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 394 different United States general psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
53 LIU Post Brookville, NY
53 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
53 Ponce Health Sciences University Ponce, PR
53 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
53 Towson University Towson, MD
58 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
58 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
58 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH

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
61 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
61 Yeshiva University New York, NY
63 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
63 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
63 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
63 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
67 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
67 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
67 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
67 Medaille College Buffalo, NY
67 Radford University Radford, VA
67 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
67 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
74 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
74 American University Washington, DC
74 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
74 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
74 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL
74 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
74 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL

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.

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 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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