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2022 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

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510

Graduates Per Year

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$45K

Average Salary

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#277

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

510

92% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

36

81% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

276

Horticultural Science

528

277

Counseling Psychology

510

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$26,532

17% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

261

Physical Education

$26,549

262

Counseling Psychology

$26,532

263

Critical Theory and Analysis

$26,496

Salary

Low Salary

$30,187

22% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

303

Forensic Psychology

$30,187

304

Counseling Psychology

$30,187

305

Applied Psychology

$30,187

Professors

Very Good

4.3/5

7.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

67

Real Estate

68

Counseling Psychology

69

Educational Administration and Supervision

Students

Average Diversity

3.7/5

2.15% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

208

Art History

209

Counseling Psychology

210

Music History, Literature, and Theory

SUMMARY

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.

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University of Chicago

#1 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

University of Chicago is a large private university located in Chicago, IL ranked 10th in the nation. It has a total of 7,674 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.17% of applicants. University of Chicago offers 218 different majors and is best known for its Econometrics and Quantitative Economics, Economics, and Counseling Psychology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,642 per year, University of Chicago is exceptionally expensive. 79.52% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $68,100 per year, which is 64% over the national median.

Chicago, IL

WWW.UCHICAGO.EDU

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

19,659

Students

#10

Ranking

$57,642

Tuition

Boston University

#2 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Boston University is a very large private university located in Boston, MA ranked 35th in the US. It has a total of 23,235 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting about one in five applicants. Boston University offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology, Athletic Training, and Archeology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,720 per year, Boston University is extremely high-priced. 77.85% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw about $65,300 per year, which is 57% above the national median.

Boston, MA

www.bu.edu

A+

Rating

19%

Acceptance

42,779

Students

#35

Ranking

$54,720

Tuition

Clarks Summit University

#3 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Clarks Summit University is a very small private seminary located in South Abington Township, PA ranked 69th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 797 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 40.58% acceptance rate. Clarks Summit University offers 40 different majors and is best known for its Bible Studies and Counseling Psychology programs, which are respectively ranked 1st and 3rd in the US. With an annual tuition of $26,082 per year, Clarks Summit University is somewhat moderately pricey. 44.3% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in roughly $32,000 per year, which is 23% below the national median.

South Abington Township, PA

https://www.clarkssummitu.edu/

C+

Rating

41%

Acceptance

1,073

Students

#779

Ranking

$26,082

Tuition

Johnson & Wales University-Providence

#4 Best Colleges for Counseling 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

Emmanuel College

#5 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Emmanuel College is a small private college located in Boston, MA ranked 42nd in Massachusetts. It has a total of 2,241 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.14% of applicants. Emmanuel College offers 59 different majors and is best known for its Developmental and Child Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and Art Therapy programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 5th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,028 per year, Emmanuel College is rather costly. 62.64% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home near $49,700 per year, which is 20% above the national median.

Boston, MA

www.emmanuel.edu

B-

Rating

78%

Acceptance

2,398

Students

#593

Ranking

$41,028

Tuition

Maryville College

#6 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Maryville College is a small private institution located in Maryville, TN ranked 9th in Tennessee. It has a total of 1,226 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 55.57% acceptance rate. Maryville College offers 58 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Finance, Counseling Psychology, and American Sign Language programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $34,752 per year, Maryville College is somewhat moderately high-priced. 52.15% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home about $39,000 per year, which is 6% under the national median.

Maryville, TN

www.maryvillecollege.edu

C+

Rating

56%

Acceptance

1,226

Students

#682

Ranking

$34,752

Tuition

Bob Jones University

#7 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Bob Jones University is a small private university located in Greenville, SC ranked 11th in South Carolina. It has a total of 2,971 full-time undergraduate students. Bob Jones University offers 158 different majors and is best known for its Missionary Studies, Counseling Psychology, and Bible Studies programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $18,100 per year, Bob Jones University is reasonably priced. 47% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working.

Greenville, SC

www.bju.edu

C+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,455

Students

#763

Ranking

$18,100

Tuition

Newman University

#8 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Newman University is a small private college located in Wichita, KS ranked 8th in Kansas. It has a total of 3,637 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a bit north of two in every three applicants. Newman University offers 50 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Ultrasound Technology, and Theological and Ministerial Studies programs (nationally ranked 8th, 18th, and 23rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $30,386 per year, Newman University is somewhat moderately costly. 50.23% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make close to $44,000 per year, which is 6% above the national median.

Wichita, KS

www.newmanu.edu

C+

Rating

67%

Acceptance

4,482

Students

#733

Ranking

$30,386

Tuition

Crown College

#9 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Crown College is a small private institution located in Saint Bonifacius, MN ranked 32nd in Minnesota. It has a total of 1,296 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 49.82% acceptance rate. Crown College offers 57 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology, Religious Education, and Bible Studies programs (nationally ranked 9th, 12th, and 30th respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,480 per year, Crown College is reasonably pricey. 42.9% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $35,100 per year, which is 15% less than the national median.

Saint Bonifacius, MN

www.crown.edu

C

Rating

50%

Acceptance

1,760

Students

#1439

Ranking

$26,480

Tuition

South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary

#10 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Deerfield Beach, FL

www.sfbc.edu

C+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

383

Students

#968

Ranking

$6,600

Tuition

Delaware Valley University

#11 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Delaware Valley University is a small private institution located in Doylestown, PA ranked 98th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 2,149 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 92.72% of applicants. Delaware Valley University offers 45 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology, Agricultural Production Operations, and Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services programs (nationally ranked 11th, 18th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $38,070 per year, Delaware Valley University is rather pricey. 50.59% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn about $42,100 per year, which is 1% greater than the national median.

Doylestown, PA

www.delval.edu

C+

Rating

93%

Acceptance

2,879

Students

#1144

Ranking

$38,070

Tuition

Toccoa Falls College

#12 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Toccoa Falls College is a small private institution located in Toccoa Falls, GA ranked 32nd in Georgia. It has a total of 2,224 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 59.78% acceptance rate. Toccoa Falls College offers 36 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology and Missionary Studies programs, which are respectively ranked 12th and 17th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $22,414 per year, Toccoa Falls College is reasonably expensive. 50.37% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make near $29,500 per year, which is 29% below the national median.

Toccoa Falls, GA

tfc.edu

C

Rating

60%

Acceptance

2,224

Students

#1590

Ranking

$22,414

Tuition

Lesley University

#13 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Lesley University is a small private college located in Cambridge, MA ranked 48th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 2,707 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 74.68% acceptance rate. Lesley University offers 102 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Counseling Psychology, and Developmental and Child Psychology programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 13th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $28,500 per year, Lesley University is somewhat moderately costly. 55.13% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to earn more or less $38,700 per year, which is 7% less than the national median.

Cambridge, MA

www.lesley.edu

C+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

6,593

Students

#899

Ranking

$28,500

Tuition

Cornerstone University

#14 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Cornerstone University is a small private college located in Grand Rapids, MI ranked 45th in Michigan. It has a total of 2,006 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 77.57% of applicants. Cornerstone University offers 72 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology, Pre-Medical Studies, and Pastoral Counseling programs (nationally ranked 14th, 28th, and 45th respectively). With an annual tuition of $25,360 per year, Cornerstone University is reasonably costly. 31.31% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home roughly $35,400 per year, which is 15% below the national median.

Grand Rapids, MI

www.cornerstone.edu

C

Rating

78%

Acceptance

2,764

Students

#1807

Ranking

$25,360

Tuition

Wayne State College

#15 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Wayne State College is a small public institution located in Wayne, NE ranked 17th in Nebraska. It has a total of 3,426 full-time undergraduate students. Wayne State College offers 66 different majors and is best known for its Home Economics Teacher Education, Social Science Teacher Education, and Technology Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 9th, 10th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,460 for students from Nebraska and $10,920 for those from out-of-state, Wayne State College is relatively affordable. 49.11% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $36,100 per year, which is 13% under the national median.

Wayne, NE

https://www.wsc.edu/

C

Rating

100%

Acceptance

4,523

Students

#1514

Ranking

$10,920

Tuition

Johnson & Wales University-Denver

#17 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Johnson & Wales University-Denver is a very small private university located in Denver, CO ranked 12th in Colorado. It has a total of 1,126 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 87.91% of applicants. Johnson & Wales University-Denver offers 20 different majors and is best known for its Culinary Arts, Counseling Psychology, and Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services programs (nationally ranked 8th, 17th, and 45th respectively). With an annual tuition of $33,054 per year, Johnson & Wales University-Denver is somewhat moderately pricey. 54.78% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate more or less $38,800 per year, which is 7% less than the national median.

Denver, CO

https://www.jwu.edu/campuses/denver/index.html

C+

Rating

88%

Acceptance

1,170

Students

#936

Ranking

$33,054

Tuition

Arizona Christian University

#18 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Arizona Christian University is a very small private seminary located in Glendale, AZ ranked 20th in Arizona. It has a total of 857 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 67.93% of applicants. Arizona Christian University offers 20 different majors and is best known for its Religious Music, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Counseling programs (nationally ranked 8th, 18th, and 30th respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,240 per year, Arizona Christian University is reasonably high-priced. 34.73% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to earn approximately $32,200 per year, which is 22% below the national median.

Glendale, AZ

www.arizonachristian.edu

C

Rating

68%

Acceptance

857

Students

#1481

Ranking

$26,240

Tuition

Oklahoma Baptist University

#19 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Oklahoma Baptist University is a small private institution located in Shawnee, OK ranked 12th in Oklahoma. It has a total of 1,963 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a little above 57.1% of applicants. Oklahoma Baptist University offers 89 different majors and is best known for its Physical Therapy, Family and Community Services, and Counseling Psychology programs (nationally ranked 10th, 16th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,584 per year, Oklahoma Baptist University is somewhat moderately expensive. 45.6% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn approximately $40,500 per year, which is 2% below the national median.

Shawnee, OK

https://www.okbu.edu

C+

Rating

57%

Acceptance

2,113

Students

#1167

Ranking

$26,584

Tuition

Oakwood University

#20 Best Colleges for Counseling Psychology

Oakwood University is a small historically black private institution located in Huntsville, AL ranked 26th in Alabama. It has a total of 1,702 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 64.73% of applicants. Oakwood University offers 63 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Physical Therapy Studies, Non-Profit Management, and Counseling Psychology programs (nationally ranked 7th, 17th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $18,974 per year, Oakwood University is reasonably priced. 14% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make roughly $29,700 per year, which is 28% under the national median.

Huntsville, AL

https://www2.oakwood.edu

D+

Rating

65%

Acceptance

1,772

Students

#2421

Ranking

$18,974

Tuition