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2022 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

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2,433

Graduates Per Year

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$39K

Average Salary

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#130

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Popular

2,433

60% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

72

62% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

129

Dental Hygiene

2,443

130

Behavioral Sciences

2,433

131

Rhetoric and Composition

2,427

Cost

Affordable

$19,533

39% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

349

Recreational Therapy

$19,600

350

Behavioral Sciences

$19,533

351

Community Health Services

$19,478

Salary

Low Salary

$31,002

20% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

284

Chinese Language and Literature

$31,060

285

Behavioral Sciences

$31,002

286

Developmental and Child Psychology

$30,730

Professors

Average

4/5

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

159

Art History

160

Behavioral Sciences

161

International Relations and Affairs

Students

Diverse

4/5

10.78% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

126

Communication and Media Studies

127

Behavioral Sciences

128

Music Performance

SUMMARY

Majoring in Behavioral Sciences is not only a valuable choice, but usually a mandatory first step for students planning to pursue a career as a behavior technician, a behavioral interventionist, or a behavioral health specialist. Interestingly, nationally, behavioral sciences is a ​unique major coming in at the 130th most popular major. In the last year, there were 2,433 behavioral sciences diplomas received. In-state tuition for behavioral sciences at private schools is, on average, 3.7 times more costly than their public counterparts.

With just 72 schools offering behavioral sciences you could have limited options as to the institutions that will have an option for you. If you're looking to surround yourself with other behavioral sciences undergraduates, look at institutions in Arizona which have more undergrads admitted to behavioral sciences than any other state. less precisely, the top region to pursue behavioral sciences is in the Southwest region with University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Phoenix-Texas, and University of Phoenix-Arizona best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the top conference to major in behavioral sciences is the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference with Wilmington University representing the conference. Based on our list of the best colleges, our choice for the best school for behavioral sciences is Harvard University.

The 'best' school might not actually be the 'best' school for every student. There are a bunch of facets to weigh when choosing ​university. Features such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food might affect one's feelings of which school to attend. At authority.org, we've examined the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are intrigued by which behavioral sciences college is home to the best campus, the answer is Harvard University. If you are very interested in which school has the finest campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more to compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the colleges with the best student life and, from that list, our selection of the college with the best student life for behavioral sciences is Brown University. Curious why? Keep scrolling to find out more about Authority's top choices. Some of our picks will probably shock you.

If price is a significant deciding factor in your choice of where you attend school, you might be cautious about Franklin and Marshall College. Franklin and Marshall College is our most expensive college for behavioral sciences, at least regarding out of state students. That being said, we have a list of the most expensive schools that could put the cost at Franklin and Marshall College into perspective. You may also be interested to know that behavioral sciences is the 350th most expensive program in America, with an average cost of $19,500. On a broader scale, the most costly state for behavioral sciences nationally is Rhode Island with expenses at the main school, Brown University, of $57,112. To zoom out even further, the most costly region of the country for behavioral sciences is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Harvard University with a cost of $47,730, and Brown University with a cost of $57,112.

Our cheapest region for behavioral sciences is the Southwest region which is represented by University of Houston-Clear Lake with a cost of $19,176, University of Phoenix-Texas with a cost of $9,552, and University of Phoenix-Arizona with a cost of $9,552. On the bright side, the most affordable school for behavioral sciences is University of Phoenix-Arizona. Authority's full list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying around $9,100 for a degree in behavioral sciences. That price swells significantly to a median of $18,500 for the out-of-state public-school student. Our pick for the school representing the best value for behavioral sciences: Harvard University. On this page you will find our comprehensive list of the colleges we see as being the best value overall. With that said, this list is based on out-of-state tuition costs. 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 behavioral sciences students vary a lot, but two years after leaving college students will typically make in the neighborhood of $39,200. There can be much variation in earnings; top earners can enjoy pay up to $62,200. Even right out of school, the minimum earning positions within the behavioral sciences field earn $24,900, which could be worse. The highest earning grads from behavioral sciences studied at Harvard University and if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The general diversity of behavioral sciences ranks solid, coming in the 68th percentile of all majors. The university with the highest composite diversity for behavioral sciences is University of Phoenix-Arizona and here you can find our general list for the colleges which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Behavioral Sciences stands only in the 5th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually greater, in the 79th percentile. White collegians make up the largest share at 50% of students studying behavioral sciences. Additionally, 83% of undergrads seeking a behavioral sciences major are women.

The median rating of behavioral sciences' professors is 4 stars, which is exactly the average across every major; this is a fine. If you want the most popular behavioral sciences professor in the country, consider looking up Theresa Schrantz from Tarrant County College District. This may be surprising, but the highest ranked instructors of behavioral sciences by student come from California State University-Northridge. As we including data beyond simply rankings it becomes clear that the school possessing comprehensively the best professors for behavioral sciences is Johns Hopkins University. You will find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as some of the best examples of professors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest college to get into for behavioral sciences is Harvard University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have a general list for the hardest colleges to get into. But, here at Authority we hope you believe that looking at college from context only formed from superlatives could cause issues. We hope you look at some of our other pages on individual universities and read a couple of our insightful background articles on beneficial things to look for as your school search continues.

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Harvard University

#1 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

Harvard University is a very large private university located in Cambridge, MA ranked 3rd in America. It has a total of 14,467 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 4.64% of applicants. Harvard University offers 375 different majors and is best known for its History, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $47,730 per year, Harvard University is very high-priced. 77.7% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make more or less $89,700 per year, which is 116% above the national median.

Cambridge, MA

www.harvard.edu

A+

Rating

5%

Acceptance

41,987

Students

#3

Ranking

$47,730

Tuition

Brown University

#2 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

Brown University is a large private university located in Providence, RI ranked 12th in the US. It has a total of 7,428 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 7.07% of applicants. Brown University offers 265 different majors and is best known for its Entrepreneurship, African Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,112 per year, Brown University is very high-priced. 87.69% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn about $67,500 per year, which is 63% greater than the national median.

Providence, RI

www.brown.edu

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

10,760

Students

#12

Ranking

$57,112

Tuition

Johns Hopkins University

#3 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

Johns Hopkins University is a very large private university located in Baltimore, MD ranked 7th in the United States. It has a total of 8,185 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting more or less one in every ten applicants. Johns Hopkins University offers 362 different majors and is best known for its Public Health, Neuroscience, and Biophysics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $55,350 per year, Johns Hopkins University is very expensive. 83.58% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $73,200 per year, which is 76% over the national median.

Baltimore, MD

www.jhu.edu

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

33,543

Students

#7

Ranking

$55,350

Tuition

Franklin and Marshall College

#4 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

Franklin and Marshall College is a small private liberal arts college located in Lancaster, PA ranked 92nd in the nation. It has a total of 2,460 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 30.39% of applicants. Franklin and Marshall College offers 42 different majors and is best known for its Behavioral Sciences, German Language and Literature, and Creative Writing programs (nationally ranked 4th, 12th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $58,615 per year, Franklin and Marshall College is very pricey. 82.95% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make approximately $58,900 per year, which is 42% greater than the national median.

Lancaster, PA

WWW.FANDM.EDU

A+

Rating

30%

Acceptance

2,460

Students

#92

Ranking

$58,615

Tuition

Rowan University

#5 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

Rowan University is a large public institution located in Glassboro, NJ ranked 14th in New Jersey. It has a total of 18,659 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.34% of applicants. Rowan University offers 127 different majors and is best known for its Music Teacher Education, Behavioral Sciences, and Music Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 5th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,076 for in-state students and $18,908 for those from out-of-state, Rowan University is reasonably priced. 65.13% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate close to $50,000 per year, which is 20% over the national median.

Glassboro, NJ

https://www.rowan.edu

B-

Rating

74%

Acceptance

23,011

Students

#554

Ranking

$18,908

Tuition

University of Kansas

#7 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

University of Kansas is a very large public university located in Lawrence, KS ranked 3rd in Kansas. It has a total of 21,107 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 93.1% of applicants. University of Kansas offers 369 different majors and is best known for its German Studies, Physical Education, and Behavioral Sciences programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,092 for students from Kansas and $26,960 for those from out-of-state, University of Kansas is reasonably high-priced. 55.48% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take home around $48,800 per year, which is 17% over the national median.

Lawrence, KS

https://ku.edu

B-

Rating

93%

Acceptance

31,088

Students

#563

Ranking

$26,960

Tuition

University of Houston-Clear Lake

#8 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

University of Houston-Clear Lake is a mid-sized public institution located in Houston, TX ranked 21st in Texas. It has a total of 7,737 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting slightly less than three fourths of applicants. University of Houston-Clear Lake offers 84 different majors and is best known for its Legal Support Services, Behavioral Sciences, and Public Administration programs (nationally ranked 6th, 8th, and 31st respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,740 for students from Texas and $19,176 for those from out-of-state, University of Houston-Clear Lake is reasonably priced. 65.08% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home near $47,900 per year, which is 15% above the national median.

Houston, TX

www.uhcl.edu/

B-

Rating

74%

Acceptance

10,992

Students

#600

Ranking

$19,176

Tuition

Concordia University-Irvine

#9 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

Concordia University-Irvine is a small private institution located in Irvine, CA ranked 76th in California. It has a total of 2,014 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 70.81% of applicants. Concordia University-Irvine offers 48 different majors and is best known for its Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Behavioral Sciences, and Theological and Ministerial Studies programs (nationally ranked 6th, 9th, and 30th respectively). With an annual tuition of $35,990 per year, Concordia University-Irvine is reasonably costly. 53% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn near $46,400 per year, which is 12% over the national median.

Irvine, CA

www.cui.edu

C+

Rating

71%

Acceptance

5,795

Students

#770

Ranking

$35,990

Tuition

George Fox University

#10 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

George Fox University is a small private institution located in Newberg, OR ranked 11th in Oregon. It has a total of 2,829 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting barely shy of five in every six applicants. George Fox University offers 94 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Business Management, Religious Education, and Organizational Communication programs (nationally ranked 6th, 8th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,750 per year, George Fox University is quite expensive. 71.91% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home about $45,100 per year, which is 9% above the national median.

Newberg, OR

www.georgefox.edu

B-

Rating

82%

Acceptance

4,595

Students

#597

Ranking

$36,750

Tuition

San Jose State University

#11 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

San Jose State University is a very large public institution located in San Jose, CA ranked 51st in California. It has a total of 29,357 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a tad north of five out of eight applicants. San Jose State University offers 172 different majors and is best known for its Industrial Production Technologies, Computer Engineering, and Behavioral Sciences programs (nationally ranked 6th, 10th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for students from California and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, San Jose State University is reasonably priced. 57.74% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take in about $56,100 per year, which is 35% over the national median.

San Jose, CA

www.sjsu.edu

B

Rating

64%

Acceptance

38,805

Students

#490

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

Purdue University Northwest

#12 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

Purdue University Northwest is a large public institution located in Hammond, IN ranked 16th in Indiana. It has a total of 11,409 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 28.57% of applicants. Purdue University Northwest offers 109 different majors and is best known for its Electromechanical Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies, Electrical Engineering Technologies, and Computer Graphics programs (nationally ranked 5th, 8th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,047 for in-state students and $13,730 for those from out-of-state, Purdue University Northwest is relatively affordable. 38.9% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working.

Hammond, IN

www.pnw.edu

B-

Rating

29%

Acceptance

12,578

Students

#585

Ranking

$13,730

Tuition

York College of Pennsylvania

#13 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

York College of Pennsylvania is a small private institution located in York, PA ranked 70th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 4,455 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 68.96% of applicants. York College of Pennsylvania offers 66 different majors and is best known for its Military Technologies, Behavioral Sciences, and Nuclear Medical Technology programs (nationally ranked 9th, 13th, and 14th respectively). With an annual tuition of $18,910 per year, York College of Pennsylvania is moderately priced. 55.22% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make approximately $50,400 per year, which is 21% greater than the national median.

York, PA

www.ycp.edu

C+

Rating

69%

Acceptance

4,823

Students

#790

Ranking

$18,910

Tuition

University of Phoenix-Arizona

#15 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

University of Phoenix-Arizona is a very large for-profit university located in Phoenix, AZ ranked 59th in Arizona. It has a total of 110,739 full-time undergraduate students. University of Phoenix-Arizona offers 150 different majors and is best known for its Data Modeling and Database Administration, Health Care Facilities Administration, and Accounting and Business Management programs (nationally ranked 8th, 9th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,552 per year, University of Phoenix-Arizona is pretty affordable. 22.31% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to make near $47,100 per year, which is 13% greater than the national median.

Phoenix, AZ

https://www.phoenix.edu

F

Rating

100%

Acceptance

149,556

Students

#3166

Ranking

$9,552

Tuition

Wilmington University

#16 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

Wilmington University is a large private university located in New Castle, DE ranked 3rd in Delaware. It has a total of 12,413 full-time undergraduate students. Wilmington University offers 93 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Law Studies, Behavioral Sciences, and Computer Graphics programs (nationally ranked 11th, 16th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,430 per year, Wilmington University is pretty low-priced. 46.16% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to make around $42,500 per year, which is 2% greater than the national median.

New Castle, DE

www.wilmu.edu

C

Rating

100%

Acceptance

20,268

Students

#1426

Ranking

$11,430

Tuition

Concordia University-Nebraska

#17 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

Concordia University-Nebraska is a small private institution located in Seward, NE ranked 10th in Nebraska. It has a total of 2,114 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.47% of applicants. Concordia University-Nebraska offers 105 different majors and is best known for its Teaching English as a Second Language, Religious Education, and Behavioral Sciences programs (nationally ranked 9th, 14th, and 17th respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,890 per year, Concordia University-Nebraska is reasonably expensive. 61.03% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to bring in close to $40,100 per year, which is 3% below the national median.

Seward, NE

www.cune.edu

C+

Rating

78%

Acceptance

2,888

Students

#839

Ranking

$32,890

Tuition

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

#18 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a mid-sized public institution located in Green Bay, WI ranked 40th in Wisconsin. It has a total of 9,744 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 85.24% acceptance rate. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay offers 58 different majors and is best known for its Human Biology, Environmental Control Technologies, and Behavioral Sciences programs (nationally ranked 16th, 17th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,298 for students from Wisconsin and $14,516 for those from out-of-state, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is reasonably priced. 48.36% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take in more or less $40,800 per year, which is 2% under the national median.

Green Bay, WI

www.uwgb.edu

C

Rating

85%

Acceptance

10,185

Students

#1684

Ranking

$14,516

Tuition

Saint Francis University

#19 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

Saint Francis University is a small private institution located in Loretto, PA ranked 81st in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 2,893 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.54% of applicants. Saint Francis University offers 95 different majors and is best known for its Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Occupational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 9th, 10th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,970 per year, Saint Francis University is rather expensive. 38.32% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn more or less $52,200 per year, which is 26% above the national median.

Loretto, PA

www.francis.edu

C+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

3,670

Students

#884

Ranking

$36,970

Tuition

Tennessee Wesleyan University

#21 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

Tennessee Wesleyan University is a small private institution located in Athens, TN ranked 14th in Tennessee. It has a total of 1,071 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 61.46% acceptance rate. Tennessee Wesleyan University offers 49 different majors and is best known for its Behavioral Sciences program, which is ranked 21st in the US. With an annual tuition of $23,900 per year, Tennessee Wesleyan University is reasonably high-priced. 48.87% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. After college, alumni go on to bring in about $38,500 per year, which is 7% less than the national median.

Athens, TN

www.tnwesleyan.edu

C+

Rating

61%

Acceptance

1,108

Students

#941

Ranking

$23,900

Tuition

Martin Methodist College

#22 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

Martin Methodist College is a very small private institution located in Pulaski, TN ranked 54th in Tennessee. It has a total of 966 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting a little less than 100% of applicants. Martin Methodist College offers 27 different majors and is best known for its Behavioral Sciences program, which is ranked 22nd in the nation. With an annual tuition of $23,200 per year, Martin Methodist College is reasonably pricey. 24.25% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to make more or less $32,700 per year, which is 21% less than the national median.

Pulaski, TN

www.martinmethodist.edu

F

Rating

99%

Acceptance

985

Students

#3044

Ranking

$23,200

Tuition

Missouri Baptist University

#25 Best Colleges for Behavioral Sciences

Missouri Baptist University is a mid-sized private college located in Saint Louis, MO ranked 32nd in Missouri. It has a total of 4,697 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 61.04% of applicants. Missouri Baptist University offers 84 different majors and is best known for its Behavioral Sciences program, which is ranked 25th in the nation. With an annual tuition of $26,860 per year, Missouri Baptist University is somewhat moderately pricey. 46.29% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to make about $35,600 per year, which is 14% under the national median.

Saint Louis, MO

www.mobap.edu

C

Rating

61%

Acceptance

5,888

Students

#1448

Ranking

$26,860

Tuition