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2022 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

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2,422

Graduates Per Year

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$54K

Average Salary

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#133

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Popular

2,422

61% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

26

86% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

132

Zoology

2,425

133

Experimental Psychology

2,422

134

Theological and Ministerial Studies

2,404

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TOP

50

Cost

Very Expensive

$53,145

66% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

25

Mathematics

$53,315

26

Experimental Psychology

$53,145

27

Fine Art

$52,928

Salary

Low Salary

$30,730

20% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

286

Developmental and Child Psychology

$30,730

287

Experimental Psychology

$30,730

288

Physiological Psychology

$30,730

Professors

Bad

4/5

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

218

Music History, Literature, and Theory

219

Experimental Psychology

220

Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management

Students

Very Diverse

4.3/5

16.93% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

63

Gerontology

64

Experimental Psychology

65

Molecular Biology

SUMMARY

Choosing to study Experimental Psychology is a valuable choice and often a mandatory first step for students wishing to pursue a career as a human factors engineer, an user experience researcher, or a behavioral health researcher. Interestingly, experimental psychology is a ​unique degree coming in at the 133rd most popular degree. Last academic year alone, there were 2,422 experimental psychology diplomas received. In-state tuition for experimental psychology at private schools is, on average, 4.4 times more spendy than their public equivalents.

With just 26 schools offering this degree you may have a more finite list of the institutions which will have a degree program for you. If you're hoping to immerse yourself with other experimental psychology undergraduates, look at colleges in California which have more undergrads admitted to experimental psychology than any other state. Zooming out, the best region to study experimental psychology is in the Great Lakes region with University of Chicago, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Purdue University-Main Campus best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the top conference to study experimental psychology is the Big Ten Conference with University of Michigan-Ann Arbor representing the conference. Based on our comprehensive list on the best colleges, our choice for the best college for experimental psychology is Harvard University.

The overall 'best' school is not necessarily the best school for you. There are lots of perspectives to consider when selecting college. Features like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might definitely refashion one's feelings on where to go to university. At authority.org, we've evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which experimental psychology school is home to the top campus, the winner is Harvard University. If you are primarily interested in which college has the top campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, government databases, professor reviews, and more to compare every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the universities with the best student life and our selection of the university with the best student life for experimental psychology is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about our top selections. Many of our picks might shock you.

If expense is a significant deciding factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about University of Chicago. University of Chicago is our most expensive school for experimental psychology, at least for out of state students. We have an entire page for the most expensive schools that could put the expense of University of Chicago into perspective. You could also care to know that experimental psychology is the 26th most expensive program in America, with an average expense of $53,100. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for experimental psychology in the nation is Illinois with expenses at the main university, University of Chicago, of $57,642. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region for experimental psychology is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Tufts University with a cost of $57,324, Dartmouth College with a cost of $55,605, and Brown University with a cost of $57,112.

Our cheapest region for experimental psychology is the Southeast region which is represented by University of South Carolina-Columbia with a cost of $33,528. On the bright side, the most affordable university for experimental psychology is Purdue University Fort Wayne. Authority.org's full list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state learners can expect to pay around $12,300 for a degree in experimental psychology. That price inflates significantly to an average of $35,900 for an out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our pick for the school representing the best value for experimental psychology: Harvard University. On this page you can see our comprehensive list about the universities we believe to be the best value in general. With that said, this list is based on being an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition is considered, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for experimental psychology students vary a lot, but within two-years of leaving college students will often make around $53,800. There is a lot of variation in pay; top earners can experience pay up to $101,100. Even straight out of university, the minimum earning positions within the experimental psychology field make $29,100, which could be worse. The top earning graduates for experimental psychology studied at Harvard University and if you are looking for schools with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The all-around diversity of experimental psychology ranks quite high, falling in the 84th percentile of all programs. The college with the most composite diversity for experimental psychology is Brown University and here you can find our comprehensive list of the schools with the most diversity. The financial diversity of Experimental Psychology sits only in the 15th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, in the 80th percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest proportion, 53%, of scholars majoring in experimental psychology. Additionally, 74% of undergraduates pursuing an experimental psychology major are women.

The median ranking of experimental psychology professors is 4 stars, which is surprisingly the average across all majors; which is a fine. If you are curious about the most popular experimental psychology professor in the country, consider looking up Michael Meehan at Southwestern College. It may be surprising, but the best ranked professors of experimental psychology according to students are found at Kennesaw State University. If we incorporate information beyond basic rankings we find that the school possessing comprehensively the best professors for experimental psychology is Johns Hopkins University. One will find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with some of the top professors nationwide.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for experimental psychology is Harvard University. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we do have a comprehensive page of the hardest colleges to get into. Although, we do hope you understand that looking at academics from context only informed by superlatives might cause problems. We encourage you to look at some of our more nuanced pages on different schools and explore some of our helpful background 'blog posts' on important things to look for as your college search continues.

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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#1 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is a very large public university located in Ann Arbor, MI ranked 37th in the nation. It has a total of 31,206 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting more or less 2 in 9 applicants. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Experimental Psychology, Data Modeling and Database Administration, and German Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $15,230 for students from Michigan and $50,872 for those from out-of-state, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is exceptionally pricey. 86.28% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home more or less $63,400 per year, which is 53% greater than the national median.

Ann Arbor, MI

https://umich.edu/

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

48,218

Students

#37

Ranking

$50,872

Tuition

University of California-Santa Barbara

#2 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

University of California-Santa Barbara is a very large public university located in Santa Barbara, CA ranked 97th in the US. It has a total of 24,638 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 29.56% of applicants. University of California-Santa Barbara offers 182 different majors and is best known for its Actuarial Science, Sociology, and Experimental Psychology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,442 for in-state students and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Santa Barbara is quite expensive. 64.93% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to take in roughly $55,300 per year, which is 33% greater than the national median.

Santa Barbara, CA

www.ucsb.edu

A

Rating

30%

Acceptance

27,685

Students

#97

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Yale University

#3 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

Yale University is a large private university located in New Haven, CT ranked 4th in the United States. It has a total of 6,748 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.08% of applicants. Yale University offers 297 different majors and is best known for its American Studies, Religious Studies, and History programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,500 per year, Yale University is very pricey. 89.63% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to generate about $83,200 per year, which is 100% greater than the national median.

New Haven, CT

https://www.yale.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

14,389

Students

#4

Ranking

$55,500

Tuition

Brandeis University

#4 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

Brandeis University is a mid-sized private university located in Waltham, MA ranked 61st in the United States. It has a total of 3,871 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 29.9% acceptance rate. Brandeis University offers 111 different majors and is best known for its Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Experimental Psychology, and Public Policy Analysis programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,340 per year, Brandeis University is exceptionally expensive. 87.1% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to bring in roughly $57,900 per year, which is 39% greater than the national median.

Waltham, MA

www.brandeis.edu/

A+

Rating

30%

Acceptance

6,400

Students

#61

Ranking

$55,340

Tuition

Harvard University

#5 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

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

University of Chicago

#6 Best Colleges for Experimental 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

Washington University in St Louis

#7 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

Washington University in St Louis is a large private university located in Saint Louis, MO ranked 15th in the nation. It has a total of 8,774 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 13.85% of applicants. Washington University in St Louis offers 291 different majors and is best known for its Anthropology, Design and Visual Communications, and Environmental Biology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,250 per year, Washington University in St Louis is exceptionally costly. 88.9% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in approximately $70,100 per year, which is 69% greater than the national median.

Saint Louis, MO

www.wustl.edu

A+

Rating

14%

Acceptance

17,794

Students

#15

Ranking

$54,250

Tuition

Johns Hopkins University

#8 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

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

Claremont McKenna College

#9 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

Claremont McKenna College is a small private liberal arts college located in Claremont, CA ranked 55th in the nation. It has a total of 1,355 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting just about 10% of applicants. Claremont McKenna College offers 56 different majors and is best known for its Systems Science and Theory, Experimental Psychology, and Industrial Management programs (nationally ranked 4th, 9th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,190 per year, Claremont McKenna College is exceptionally costly. After graduation, alumni go on to take home more or less $72,900 per year, which is 76% over the national median.

Claremont, CA

www.cmc.edu

A+

Rating

10%

Acceptance

1,358

Students

#55

Ranking

$56,190

Tuition

Dartmouth College

#10 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

Dartmouth College is a mid-sized private university located in Hanover, NH ranked 14th in the US. It has a total of 4,797 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.93% acceptance rate. Dartmouth College offers 113 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Science, Latin American Studies, and Native American Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,605 per year, Dartmouth College is extremely expensive. 90.38% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home more or less $75,500 per year, which is 82% greater than the national median.

Hanover, NH

www.dartmouth.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

7,081

Students

#14

Ranking

$55,605

Tuition

University of Rochester

#11 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

University of Rochester is a large private university located in Rochester, NY ranked 51st in the United States. It has a total of 7,308 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 29.71% acceptance rate. University of Rochester offers 277 different majors and is best known for its Computational Science, Music Performance, and Jazz programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,040 per year, University of Rochester is extremely expensive. 79.93% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After college, alumni go on to bring in roughly $61,200 per year, which is 47% above the national median.

Rochester, NY

https://www.rochester.edu

A+

Rating

30%

Acceptance

13,269

Students

#51

Ranking

$55,040

Tuition

Tufts University

#12 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

Tufts University is a large private university located in Medford, MA ranked 30th in the nation. It has a total of 6,134 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting just above one in seven applicants. Tufts University offers 220 different majors and is best known for its Biopsychology, Critical Theory and Analysis, and Child Development programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $57,324 per year, Tufts University is very pricey. 82.88% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $75,800 per year, which is 82% greater than the national median.

Medford, MA

https://www.tufts.edu

A+

Rating

15%

Acceptance

12,781

Students

#30

Ranking

$57,324

Tuition

Princeton University

#13 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

Princeton University is a mid-sized private university located in Princeton, NJ ranked 5th in the nation. It has a total of 5,535 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 5.78% of applicants. Princeton University offers 125 different majors and is best known for its Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, and Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,870 per year, Princeton University is extremely costly. 88.56% 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 $74,700 per year, which is 80% greater than the national median.

Princeton, NJ

www.princeton.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

8,720

Students

#5

Ranking

$51,870

Tuition

George Washington University

#14 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

George Washington University is a very large private university located in Washington, DC ranked 69th in the US. It has a total of 13,428 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 40.84% of applicants. George Washington University offers 462 different majors and is best known for its International Relations and Affairs, Computer and Information Systems Security, and Information Technology Administration and Management programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,845 per year, George Washington University is very expensive. 75.47% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to make approximately $69,600 per year, which is 68% above the national median.

Washington, DC

https://www.gwu.edu

A+

Rating

41%

Acceptance

31,641

Students

#69

Ranking

$56,845

Tuition

Purdue University-Main Campus

#15 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

Purdue University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in West Lafayette, IN ranked 133rd in America. It has a total of 35,481 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 59.83% acceptance rate. Purdue University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Technologies, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Computer Graphics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,208 for students from Indiana and $28,010 for those from out-of-state, Purdue University-Main Campus is reasonably expensive. 69.04% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in more or less $55,100 per year, which is 33% greater than the national median.

West Lafayette, IN

https://www.purdue.edu

A

Rating

60%

Acceptance

47,412

Students

#133

Ranking

$28,010

Tuition

Mount Holyoke College

#16 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

Mount Holyoke College is a small private liberal arts college located in South Hadley, MA ranked 101st in the United States. It has a total of 2,370 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 38.15% acceptance rate. Mount Holyoke College offers 53 different majors and is best known for its Astronomy, Experimental Psychology, and East Asian Studies programs (nationally ranked 5th, 16th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,040 per year, Mount Holyoke College is exceptionally expensive. 80.54% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn more or less $48,600 per year, which is 17% over the national median.

South Hadley, MA

https://www.mtholyoke.edu

A

Rating

38%

Acceptance

2,610

Students

#101

Ranking

$52,040

Tuition

University of South Carolina-Columbia

#17 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

University of South Carolina-Columbia is a very large public university located in Columbia, SC ranked 267th in the nation. It has a total of 28,022 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 68.65% of applicants. University of South Carolina-Columbia offers 300 different majors and is best known for its Retailing and Retail Operations, Non-Profit Management, and Exercise Physiology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,288 for students from South Carolina and $33,528 for those from out-of-state, University of South Carolina-Columbia is reasonably expensive. 65.2% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn about $44,900 per year, which is 8% over the national median.

Columbia, SC

www.sc.edu/

A-

Rating

69%

Acceptance

37,510

Students

#267

Ranking

$33,528

Tuition

Brown University

#18 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

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

Wabash College

#19 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

Wabash College is a very small private liberal arts college located in Crawfordsville, IN ranked 257th in America. It has a total of 887 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 64.19% of applicants. Wabash College offers 26 different majors and is best known for its Rhetoric and Composition, Financial Mathematics, and German Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 7th. With an annual tuition of $43,870 per year, Wabash College is rather expensive. 71.62% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make near $56,300 per year, which is 36% greater than the national median.

Crawfordsville, IN

www.wabash.edu

A-

Rating

64%

Acceptance

887

Students

#257

Ranking

$43,870

Tuition

Centenary University

#20 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

Centenary University is a small private college located in Hackettstown, NJ ranked 20th in New Jersey. It has a total of 1,443 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 75.04% of applicants. Centenary University offers 43 different majors and is best known for its Agricultural and Domestic Animal Services, Theatre Management, and Fashion Design programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 3rd, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,572 per year, Centenary University is reasonably expensive. 57.56% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn about $45,800 per year, which is 10% above the national median.

Hackettstown, NJ

www.centenaryuniversity.edu

C+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

2,180

Students

#748

Ranking

$32,572

Tuition

University of Arizona

#21 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

University of Arizona is a very large public university located in Tucson, AZ ranked 2nd in Arizona. It has a total of 37,332 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 84.59% acceptance rate. University of Arizona offers 494 different majors and is best known for its Homeland Security, Physiology, and Pre-Veterinary Studies programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,299 for students from Arizona and $35,326 for those from out-of-state, University of Arizona is reasonably costly. 57.09% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take in about $47,300 per year, which is 14% over the national median.

Tucson, AZ

https://www.arizona.edu

B+

Rating

85%

Acceptance

48,653

Students

#359

Ranking

$35,326

Tuition

Purdue University Fort Wayne

#22 Best Colleges for Experimental Psychology

Purdue University Fort Wayne is a large public institution located in Fort Wayne, IN ranked 42nd in Indiana. It has a total of 11,504 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 81.43% acceptance rate. Purdue University Fort Wayne offers 146 different majors and is best known for its Experimental Psychology, Computer Engineering Technologies, and Operations Management and Supervision programs (nationally ranked 22nd, 32nd, and 35th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,470 for students from Indiana and $19,503 for those from out-of-state, Purdue University Fort Wayne is moderately priced. 30.31% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After college, alumni go on to earn close to $36,500 per year, which is 12% below the national median.

Fort Wayne, IN

www.pfw.edu

C-

Rating

81%

Acceptance

12,080

Students

#2004

Ranking

$19,503

Tuition