Studying Counseling Psychology is not only a valuable choice, but typically a mandatory first step for scholars wishing to begin a career as a marriage and family therapist, a mental health counselor, or a substance abuse counselor. In fact, counseling psychology is a very rare degree ranking as the 277th most popular major. In the last year, there were 510 counseling psychology graduates. In-state tuition for counseling psychology at private colleges is, on average, 4.4 times more costly than their public peers.
With only 36 colleges offering counseling psychology you may have limited options as to the institutions that will have an option for you. If you are hoping to immerse yourself with other counseling psychology majors, look at schools in Massachusetts which have more students admitted to counseling psychology than any other state. Zooming out, the top region to study counseling psychology is in the New England region with Boston University, Johnson & Wales University-Providence, and Emmanuel College best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the top conference to major in counseling psychology is the Great Northeast Athletic Conference with Johnson & Wales University-Providence representing the conference. That said, our choice for the best school for counseling psychology is University of Chicago, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.
The best school is not necessarily the 'best' school for every student. There can be many more perspectives to weigh when choosing school. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might alter your choice on where to go to university. At Authority, we have weighed the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are interested in which counseling psychology school has the top campus, the answer is Boston University. If you are mostly interested in which school is home to the finest campus, then we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, student reviews, government databases, and more to compare every major in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our well researched list for the schools with the best student life here and from that list, our choice of the school with the best student life for counseling psychology is University of Chicago. Curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about Authority's top recommendations. Some of our decisions just might surprise you.
If expense is a major deciding factor in your decision on where to go to college, you might consider avoiding University of Chicago. University of Chicago appears to be the most expensive university for counseling psychology, at least regarding out of state enrollment. That being said, we have a page for the most expensive colleges that could put the cost at University of Chicago into perspective. You may also be interested to know that counseling psychology is the 262nd most expensive degree in the United States, with an average associated cost of $26,500. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for counseling psychology in the nation is Illinois with tuition and fees at the main institution, University of Chicago, of $57,642. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region of the U.S. for counseling psychology is the Great Lakes region which is best demonstrated with University of Chicago with a cost of $57,642, and Cornerstone University with a cost of $25,360.
Our cheapest region for counseling psychology is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Johnson & Wales University-Denver with a cost of $33,054 and Aspen University with a cost of $3,600. On the bright side, the most affordable college for counseling psychology is Aspen University. Authority's full list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.
In-state learners can anticipate paying about $7,200 for a degree in counseling psychology. The price balloons significantly to an average of $12,700 for the out-of-state public-school undergrad. Our choice for the school with the best value for counseling psychology: University of Chicago. On this page you can find our comprehensive list on the universities we believe to be the best value overall. Bear in mind, this idea is predicated on out-of-state tuition costs. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).
Earnings for counseling psychology majors vary widely, but two-years after finishing the degree graduates will regularly earn around $45,100. While there can be a lot of variation in earnings potential; top earners can experience pay up to $81,100. Right out of university, the lowest end opportunities within the counseling psychology field make $25,100, which isn't that bad. The top earning grads for counseling psychology come from University of Chicago and if you are looking for colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.
The prevailing diversity of counseling psychology lies below average, ranking within the 47th percentile of all programs. The school with the most composite diversity for counseling psychology is South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary and here you can find our comprehensive list for the colleges with the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Counseling Psychology major sits only in the 37th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, ranking in the 51st percentile. White students make up the largest share, 62%, of those majoring in counseling psychology. Additionally, 86% of undergrads seeking a counseling psychology major are women.
The median rating of counseling psychology's professors is 4.3 stars, a score which is 8% above the average for every major; this is a fairly good ranking. If you are interested in the most popular counseling psychology professor in the country, look no further than Ron Hammond at Utah Valley University. It may be surprising, but the best ranked professors of counseling psychology from student rankings come from University of Colorado Boulder. As we consider data other than basic rankings it becomes clear that the college with comprehensively the best professors for counseling psychology is University of Chicago. One will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the top professors nationwide.
Finally, the hardest university to get into for counseling psychology is University of Chicago. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a comprehensive page of the hardest colleges to get into. But, here at Authority we do hope you believe that approaching university with a perspective only informed by superlatives can cause issues. We at Authority encourage you to read our other pages on different schools and peruse some of our background pages on important things to look for as your school search continues.