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2022 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

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941

Graduates Per Year

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$38K

Average Salary

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#218

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Average Popularity

941

85% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

51

73% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

217

Biotechnology

944

218

Applied Psychology

941

219

Accounting and Finance

933

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$24,920

22% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

289

Physical Sciences

$25,251

290

Applied Psychology

$24,920

291

Rhetoric and Composition

$24,888

Salary

Low Salary

$30,187

22% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

304

Counseling Psychology

$30,187

305

Applied Psychology

$30,187

306

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

$30,187

Professors

Good

4.1/5

2.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

134

Music Theory and Composition

135

Applied Psychology

136

Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services

Students

Average Diversity

3.9/5

7.24% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

158

Mechanical Engineering

159

Applied Psychology

160

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SUMMARY

Going to school for Applied Psychology is a valuable choice and frequently an essential first step for undergraduates endeavoring to enter a career as an applied psychologist, a mental health specialist, or an aba therapist. In fact, applied psychology is a very rare degree being the 218th most popular degree. Last year alone, there were 941 applied psychology degrees conferred. In-state tuition for applied psychology at private institutions is, on average, 3.4 times more costly than their public counterparts.

With only 51 colleges having programs for this degree you might have a smaller selection of institutions that will have an option for you. If you're hoping to surround yourself with other applied psychology students, look at universities in New York which have more undergrads admitted to applied psychology than any other state. less precisely, the top region to get a degree in applied psychology is in the Mid East region with New York University, Pace University, and Farmingdale State College best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to study applied psychology is the Atlantic Coast Conference with Boston College representing the conference. That said, our choice for the best college for applied psychology is New York University. You may also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The 'best' school might not actually be the 'best' school for you. There can be a bunch of perspectives to think about when deciding on institution. Things like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely alter your feelings on where to go to college. Here at Authority, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which applied psychology school has the top campus, the answer is New York University. If you are very interested in which school has the finest campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more in order to evaluate each major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life and, from that list, our selection for the university with the best student life for applied psychology is Boston College. Are you curious why? Continue reading to find out more about Authority's top choices. Some of our decisions will probably shock you.

If price is a primary factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about Boston College. Boston College is the most expensive college for applied psychology, at least for out of state students. We do have a list of the most expensive colleges that could put the expense at Boston College into perspective. Additionally, you could want to know that applied psychology is the 290th most expensive degree in the United States, with an average bill of $24,900. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for applied psychology nationally is Massachusetts demonstrated by a tuition of $56,780 at Boston College. Even more broadly, the most expensive region for applied psychology is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Boston College with a cost of $56,780, Bryant University with a cost of $44,498, and Champlain College with a cost of $41,728.

Our cheapest region for applied psychology is the Plains region which is represented by Bellevue University with a cost of $7,176 and Mayville State University with a cost of $8,690. On the bright side, the most affordable university for applied psychology is Mayville State University. Authority's full list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state students can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $9,200 for a degree in applied psychology. The price increases substantially to an average of $18,800 for the out-of-state public-school student. Our choice for the college representing the best value for applied psychology: Boston College. Through this link you can find our comprehensive list on the colleges we see as being the best value in general. Do know, this section is predicated on being an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for applied psychology majors vary widely, but within two-years of leaving college students will regularly make in the neighborhood of $38,200. There is a lot of variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can experience pay up to $76,800. Straight out of college, the lowest end jobs within the applied psychology field earn $17,900, which could be worse. The highest earning grads for applied psychology attended Bryant University and if you are looking for universities with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The overall diversity of applied psychology ranks solid, ranking in the 60th percentile of majors nationally. The college with the highest composite diversity for applied psychology is New York University and here you can find our general list for the colleges with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Applied Psychology major only is within the 28th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, ranking in the 56th percentile. White students make up the largest share at 60% of those studying applied psychology. Additionally, 78% of scholars pursuing an applied psychology major are women.

The median score for applied psychology's professors is 4.1 stars, a score which is 2% higher than the average score across all majors; this is a good score. If you are looking for the most popular applied psychology professor nationally, look no further than William Pelz at Herkimer County Community College. This may come as a surprise, but the top rated professors of applied psychology by student are at Florida International University. As we including data beyond basic rankings it becomes clear that the university with the overall best instructors for applied psychology is New York University. One will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with some of the finest professors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest university to get into for applied psychology is United States Military Academy. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a detailed list of the hardest colleges to get into. But, here at Authority we do hope you believe that approaching academics from context mainly formed from superlatives can cause issues. We at Authority hope you explore our other pages on different topics and peruse a few of our helpful background articles on useful things to think about as you continue your school search.

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Boston College

#1 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Boston College is a large private university located in Chestnut Hill, MA ranked 40th in the United States. It has a total of 10,369 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 27.22% of applicants. Boston College offers 176 different majors and is best known for its Applied Psychology, Operations Management and Supervision, and Theological and Ministerial Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,780 per year, Boston College is extremely costly. 89.53% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn about $72,500 per year, which is 75% above the national median.

Chestnut Hill, MA

www.bc.edu

A+

Rating

27%

Acceptance

15,981

Students

#40

Ranking

$56,780

Tuition

New York University

#2 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

New York University is a very large private university located in New York, NY ranked 25th in America. It has a total of 29,902 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 16.2% of applicants. New York University offers 564 different majors and is best known for its Drama, Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, and Management Information Systems programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $50,684 per year, New York University is exceptionally expensive. 73.93% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $61,900 per year, which is 49% over the national median.

New York, NY

www.nyu.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

58,091

Students

#25

Ranking

$50,684

Tuition

Bryant University

#3 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Bryant University is a small private college located in Smithfield, RI ranked 142nd in the United States. It has a total of 3,575 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 70.99% of applicants. Bryant University offers 44 different majors and is best known for its Applied Psychology, Applied Economics, and International Business programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 5th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,498 per year, Bryant University is rather costly. 76.67% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in roughly $69,300 per year, which is 67% above the national median.

Smithfield, RI

https://www.bryant.edu/

A

Rating

71%

Acceptance

4,098

Students

#142

Ranking

$44,498

Tuition

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach

#4 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach is a mid-sized private college located in Daytona Beach, FL ranked 12th in Florida. It has a total of 6,387 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 60.94% acceptance rate. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach offers 46 different majors and is best known for its Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Air Transportation, and Homeland Security programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $35,424 per year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach is somewhat moderately high-priced. 40.76% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make approximately $66,200 per year, which is 59% over the national median.

Daytona Beach, FL

daytonabeach.erau.edu/

B+

Rating

61%

Acceptance

7,156

Students

#336

Ranking

$35,424

Tuition

Pace University

#5 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Pace University is a large private university located in New York, NY ranked 56th in New York. It has a total of 9,686 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.71% of applicants. Pace University offers 136 different majors and is best known for its Theatre Management, Directing and Theatrical Production, and Applied Psychology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,714 per year, Pace University is rather costly. 51.86% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make around $60,300 per year, which is 45% over the national median.

New York, NY

www.pace.edu

B

Rating

79%

Acceptance

15,478

Students

#415

Ranking

$44,714

Tuition

Los Angeles Pacific University

#7 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Los Angeles Pacific University is a small private university located in San Dimas, CA ranked 77th in California. It has a total of 2,920 full-time undergraduate students. Los Angeles Pacific University offers 17 different majors and is best known for its Organizational Leadership and Applied Psychology programs, which are respectively ranked 1st and 7th in the nation. With an annual tuition of $10,800 per year, Los Angeles Pacific University is relatively inexpensive. 54.52% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home roughly $51,100 per year, which is 23% above the national median.

San Dimas, CA

https://www.lapu.edu

C+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,474

Students

#798

Ranking

$10,800

Tuition

Farmingdale State College

#8 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Farmingdale State College is a mid-sized public college located in Farmingdale, NY ranked 89th in New York. It has a total of 12,774 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 54.89% acceptance rate. Farmingdale State College offers 60 different majors and is best known for its Science, Technology and Society, Computer Programming, and Electrical Engineering Technologies programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,070 for students from New York and $16,980 for those from out-of-state, Farmingdale State College is moderately priced. 39.55% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to make near $51,700 per year, which is 24% greater than the national median.

Farmingdale, NY

www.farmingdale.edu/

C+

Rating

55%

Acceptance

12,831

Students

#793

Ranking

$16,980

Tuition

Christian Brothers University

#9 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Christian Brothers University is a small private institution located in Memphis, TN ranked 7th in Tennessee. It has a total of 1,855 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting around one in every two applicants. Christian Brothers University offers 84 different majors and is best known for its Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Natural Sciences, and Applied Psychology programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,920 per year, Christian Brothers University is reasonably costly. 46.54% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn roughly $44,200 per year, which is 6% above the national median.

Memphis, TN

https://www.cbu.edu

B

Rating

50%

Acceptance

2,330

Students

#469

Ranking

$32,920

Tuition

Loyola University Chicago

#10 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Loyola University Chicago is a large private university located in Chicago, IL ranked 201st in the United States. It has a total of 13,742 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 67.22% acceptance rate. Loyola University Chicago offers 324 different majors and is best known for its Office Management and Supervision, Physical Therapy, and Legal Support Services programs (nationally ranked 1st, 5th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,105 per year, Loyola University Chicago is quite pricey. 70.42% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to earn around $54,100 per year, which is 30% above the national median.

Chicago, IL

https://www.luc.edu

A

Rating

67%

Acceptance

19,332

Students

#201

Ranking

$44,105

Tuition

Biola University

#11 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Biola University is a mid-sized private university located in La Mirada, CA ranked 298th in America. It has a total of 4,159 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 69.85% acceptance rate. Biola University offers 86 different majors and is best known for its Multicultural and Diversity Studies, Religious Education, and Bible Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,976 per year, Biola University is quite costly. 67.55% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw near $44,500 per year, which is 7% above the national median.

La Mirada, CA

https://www.biola.edu

A-

Rating

70%

Acceptance

6,522

Students

#298

Ranking

$41,976

Tuition

Champlain College

#12 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Champlain College is a small private institution located in Burlington, VT ranked 6th in Vermont. It has a total of 4,925 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 85.15% of applicants. Champlain College offers 88 different majors and is best known for its Writing, Health Care Facilities Administration, and Computer Graphics programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,728 per year, Champlain College is rather pricey. 57.33% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to draw near $45,400 per year, which is 9% over the national median.

Burlington, VT

www.champlain.edu

B-

Rating

85%

Acceptance

6,060

Students

#549

Ranking

$41,728

Tuition

Regis University

#13 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Regis University is a mid-sized private institution located in Denver, CO ranked 8th in Colorado. It has a total of 4,755 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 70.96% acceptance rate. Regis University offers 157 different majors and is best known for its Applied Psychology and Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution programs, which are respectively ranked 13th and 26th in America. With an annual tuition of $37,830 per year, Regis University is rather expensive. 43.43% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to bring in close to $56,400 per year, which is 36% over the national median.

Denver, CO

www.regis.edu/

C+

Rating

71%

Acceptance

10,092

Students

#750

Ranking

$37,830

Tuition

Johnson & Wales University-Providence

#14 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Johnson & Wales University-Providence is a mid-sized private institution located in Providence, RI ranked 9th in Rhode Island. It has a total of 7,399 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 92.72% acceptance rate. Johnson & Wales University-Providence offers 62 different majors and is best known for its Culinary Arts, Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, and Counseling Psychology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $33,054 per year, Johnson & Wales University-Providence is somewhat moderately high-priced. 54.78% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home around $38,800 per year, which is 7% less than the national median.

Providence, RI

www.jwu.edu/campuses/providence/index.html

C+

Rating

93%

Acceptance

8,227

Students

#732

Ranking

$33,054

Tuition

Florida Institute of Technology-Online

#15 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Florida Institute of Technology-Online is a small private university located in Melbourne, FL ranked 78th in Florida. It has a total of 2,566 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting a little south of 100% of applicants. Florida Institute of Technology-Online offers 38 different majors and is best known for its Applied Psychology and Accounting and Business Management programs, which are respectively ranked 15th and 23rd in the United States. With an annual tuition of $12,240 per year, Florida Institute of Technology-Online is relatively cheap. 14.15% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make close to $56,600 per year, which is 36% greater than the national median.

Melbourne, FL

www.fit.edu

C

Rating

99%

Acceptance

3,904

Students

#1876

Ranking

$12,240

Tuition

Hodges University

#16 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Hodges University is a very small private institution located in Naples, FL ranked 74th in Florida. It has a total of 1,369 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 61.21% acceptance rate. Hodges University offers 42 different majors and is best known for its Applied Psychology, Computer Graphics, and Computer Programming programs (nationally ranked 16th, 20th, and 26th respectively). With an annual tuition of $13,800 per year, Hodges University is pretty low-priced. 33.97% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn near $37,100 per year, which is 11% less than the national median.

Naples, FL

https://www.hodges.edu

C

Rating

61%

Acceptance

1,637

Students

#1810

Ranking

$13,800

Tuition

Mount Saint Mary's University

#17 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Mount Saint Mary's University is a small private institution located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 97th in California. It has a total of 2,610 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting close to 8 in 9 applicants. Mount Saint Mary's University offers 97 different majors and is best known for its Clinical Psychology, Developmental and Child Psychology, and Applied Psychology programs (nationally ranked 7th, 16th, and 17th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,592 per year, Mount Saint Mary's University is quite costly. 63.46% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to draw roughly $53,200 per year, which is 28% over the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

https://www.msmu.edu

C+

Rating

90%

Acceptance

3,485

Students

#975

Ranking

$41,592

Tuition

Oregon Institute of Technology

#18 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Oregon Institute of Technology is a mid-sized public school of engineering and technology located in Klamath Falls, OR ranked 16th in Oregon. It has a total of 7,839 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 97.1% of applicants. Oregon Institute of Technology offers 51 different majors and is best known for its Computer Engineering Technologies, Nuclear Medical Technology, and Applied Psychology programs (nationally ranked 11th, 15th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,775 for students from Oregon and $27,927 for those from out-of-state, Oregon Institute of Technology is somewhat moderately costly. 45.75% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take home about $56,600 per year, which is 36% greater than the national median.

Klamath Falls, OR

https://www.oit.edu

C+

Rating

97%

Acceptance

8,010

Students

#1067

Ranking

$27,927

Tuition

Belhaven University

#19 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Belhaven University is a small private institution located in Jackson, MS ranked 5th in Mississippi. It has a total of 2,843 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 49.41% of applicants. Belhaven University offers 84 different majors and is best known for its Applied Psychology and Bible Studies programs, which are respectively ranked 19th and 34th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $25,826 per year, Belhaven University is reasonably expensive. 41.6% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn more or less $37,300 per year, which is 10% less than the national median.

Jackson, MS

www.belhaven.edu

C+

Rating

49%

Acceptance

5,647

Students

#1033

Ranking

$25,826

Tuition

University of Michigan-Flint

#20 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

University of Michigan-Flint is a mid-sized public college located in Flint, MI ranked 36th in Michigan. It has a total of 7,045 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 65.96% acceptance rate. University of Michigan-Flint offers 96 different majors and is best known for its Applied Psychology, Molecular Biology, and Writing programs (nationally ranked 20th, 28th, and 29th respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,770 for students from Michigan and $23,070 for those from out-of-state, University of Michigan-Flint is reasonably pricey. 45.39% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate near $40,600 per year, which is 2% under the national median.

Flint, MI

www.umflint.edu

C

Rating

66%

Acceptance

8,806

Students

#1287

Ranking

$23,070

Tuition

Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global

#21 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global is a large private university located in Marion, IN ranked 24th in Indiana. It has a total of 10,679 full-time undergraduate students. Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global offers 78 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, Applied Psychology, and Bible Studies programs (nationally ranked 9th, 21st, and 36th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,970 per year, Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global is relatively cheap. 51.63% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working.

Marion, IN

https://www.indwes.edu

C+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

17,577

Students

#1107

Ranking

$8,970

Tuition

City University of Seattle

#22 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Seattle, WA

www.cityu.edu

C+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,177

Students

#1168

Ranking

$13,120

Tuition

Mayville State University

#24 Best Colleges for Applied Psychology

Mayville State University is a small public institution located in Mayville, ND ranked 10th in North Dakota. It has a total of 1,580 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 70.13% of applicants. Mayville State University offers 33 different majors and is best known for its Applied Psychology program, which is ranked 24th in the US. With an annual tuition of $5,793 for in-state students and $8,690 for those from out-of-state, Mayville State University is relatively affordable. 38.33% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in around $39,300 per year, which is 5% below the national median.

Mayville, ND

www.mayvillestate.edu

C

Rating

70%

Acceptance

1,628

Students

#1712

Ranking

$8,690

Tuition