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2022 Best Colleges for Forensic Psychology

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804

Graduates Per Year

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$38K

Average Salary

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#236

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Average Popularity

804

87% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

25

87% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

235

Sustainability Studies

812

236

Forensic Psychology

804

237

Comparative Literature

803

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$25,710

20% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

274

Interior Architecture

$25,713

275

Forensic Psychology

$25,710

276

Bible Studies

$25,669

Salary

Low Salary

$30,187

22% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

302

Nutrition Sciences

$30,211

303

Forensic Psychology

$30,187

304

Counseling Psychology

$30,187

Professors

Very Good

4.3/5

7.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

62

Critical Theory and Analysis

63

Forensic Psychology

64

American Sign Language

Students

Diverse

4.1/5

11.87% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

117

Interdisciplinary Studies

118

Forensic Psychology

119

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SUMMARY

Majoring in Forensic Psychology is not only a valuable choice, but ordinarily a critical first step for scholars desiring to begin a career as a probation officer, a correctional counselor, or a court liaison. In fact, forensic psychology is a ​unique degree ranking as the 236th most popular major. Last year alone, there were 804 forensic psychology degrees conferred. In-state tuition for forensic psychology at private institutions is, on average, 5 times more pricey than their public fellows.

With just 25 colleges having programs for forensic psychology there might be a smaller selection of institutions that will have an option for you. If you're looking to surround yourself with other forensic psychology majors, consider looking at universities in New York which have the most undergrads admitted to forensic psychology annually. Zooming out, the top region to study forensic psychology is in the Mid East region with CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The College of Saint Rose best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the best conference to study forensic psychology is the City University of New York Athletic Conference with CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice representing the conference. Based on our extensive list of the best colleges, our choice for the best university for forensic psychology is CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The objectively best school does not have to be the 'best' school for you. There can be many more factors to consider when choosing school. External stuff such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely refashion your feelings of where to go to university. At Authority, we have examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which forensic psychology college boasts the best campus, the answer is CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. If, for example, you are very interested in which university boasts the finest campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more in order to compare every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our well researched list for the universities with the best student life and from that list, our pick of the college with the best student life for forensic psychology is The College of Saint Rose. Are you curious why? Keep reading to learn more about Authority's top selections. Some of our picks will probably shock you.

If expense is a primary influence in your decision on where to go to college, you might be cautious about Florida Institute of Technology. Florida Institute of Technology is our most expensive college for forensic psychology, at least for out of state enrollment. We do have a list of the most expensive schools that could put the expense at Florida Institute of Technology into perspective. You could also want to know that forensic psychology is the 275th most expensive program in the nation, with an average expense of $25,700. On a broader scale, the most costly state for forensic psychology in the country is Florida with costs at the main institution, Florida Institute of Technology, of $41,720. Even more broadly, the most costly region of the U.S. for forensic psychology is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for forensic psychology is the Great Lakes region which is represented by National Louis University with a cost of $13,200 and Tiffin University with a cost of $25,710. More optimistically, the most affordable university for forensic psychology is University of Puerto Rico-Ponce. Authority's comprehensive list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state learners can expect to pay about $6,000 for a degree in forensic psychology. The cost inflates dramatically to a median of $10,100 for the out-of-state public-school undergrad. As such, you might be interested in our choice for the university constituting the best value for forensic psychology: Saint Ambrose University. Here you can see our comprehensive list of the colleges we believe to be the best value in general. With that said, this idea is predicated on out-of-state tuition costs. The value proposition changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for forensic psychology students range widely, but within two years graduation graduates will regularly make around $38,100. While there can be a lot of variation in pay; top earners can bring in up to $76,800. Even straight out of college, the lowest earning positions within the forensic psychology field make $18,100, which isn't that bad. The highest earning grads from forensic psychology come from Florida Institute of Technology and if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of forensic psychology is solid, coming in the 70th percentile of all majors. The university with the most composite diversity for forensic psychology is Walden University and here you can find our comprehensive list for the universities which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of Forensic Psychology sits only in the 3rd percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, in the 83rd percentile. White collegians compose the largest proportion at 43% of those majoring in forensic psychology. Additionally, 82% of undergraduates seeking a forensic psychology major are women.

The median ranking for forensic psychology professors is 4.3 stars, a ranking which is 8% higher than the average across every major; which is a fairly good ranking. If you want the most popular forensic psychology professor nationally, look no further than Kelly Brennan from Clackamas Community College. This might surprise you, but the top ranked professors of forensic psychology by student are found at Tarrant County College District. As we including data other than just rankings it becomes clear that the school with the best instructors for forensic psychology is Florida Institute of Technology. One can find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the top examples of professors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest university to get into for forensic psychology is University of Puerto Rico-Carolina. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have an extensive list of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, here at Authority we hope you understand that looking at academics from context mainly built on superlatives can cause problems. We encourage you to explore our more focused pages on individual universities and read a few of our background articles on important things to think about as your university search continues.

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CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

#1 Best Colleges for Forensic Psychology

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a large public college located in New York, NY ranked 62nd in New York. It has a total of 16,573 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 40.53% of applicants. CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers 65 different majors and is best known for its Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology, and Public Administration programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,930 for students from New York and $14,880 for those from out-of-state, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice is moderately priced. 48.97% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home around $44,900 per year, which is 8% above the national median.

New York, NY

www.jjay.cuny.edu

B

Rating

41%

Acceptance

19,194

Students

#435

Ranking

$14,880

Tuition

Florida Institute of Technology

#2 Best Colleges for Forensic Psychology

Florida Institute of Technology is a mid-sized private university located in Melbourne, FL ranked 22nd in Florida. It has a total of 3,954 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 65.75% of applicants. Florida Institute of Technology offers 156 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Psychology, Air Transportation, and Construction Engineering Technology programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 7th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,720 per year, Florida Institute of Technology is quite high-priced. 14.15% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring home near $56,600 per year, which is 36% above the national median.

Melbourne, FL

www.fit.edu

B-

Rating

66%

Acceptance

7,311

Students

#564

Ranking

$41,720

Tuition

The College of Saint Rose

#3 Best Colleges for Forensic Psychology

The College of Saint Rose is a small private college located in Albany, NY ranked 87th in New York. It has a total of 2,577 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 87.47% acceptance rate. The College of Saint Rose offers 91 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Psychology, Commercial and Advertising Art, and Mathematics Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 8th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,218 per year, The College of Saint Rose is somewhat moderately pricey. 60.42% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After college, alumni go on to make roughly $43,800 per year, which is 5% greater than the national median.

Albany, NY

www.strose.edu

C+

Rating

87%

Acceptance

4,652

Students

#778

Ranking

$32,218

Tuition

Saint Ambrose University

#4 Best Colleges for Forensic Psychology

Saint Ambrose University is a small private college located in Davenport, IA ranked 9th in Iowa. It has a total of 2,492 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 76.79% of applicants. Saint Ambrose University offers 123 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Psychology, Computer Systems Analysis, and Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations programs (nationally ranked 4th, 9th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $31,532 per year, Saint Ambrose University is somewhat moderately expensive. 60.71% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make around $47,300 per year, which is 14% greater than the national median.

Davenport, IA

www.sau.edu

B

Rating

77%

Acceptance

3,352

Students

#509

Ranking

$31,532

Tuition

University of Puerto Rico-Carolina

#5 Best Colleges for Forensic Psychology

University of Puerto Rico-Carolina is a small public college located in Carolina, PR ranked 7th in Puerto Rico. It has a total of 3,962 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting practically 3/8ths of applicants. University of Puerto Rico-Carolina offers 19 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Psychology, Technology Teacher Education, and Advertising programs (nationally ranked 5th, 13th, and 46th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,952 for in-state students and $8,403 for those from out-of-state, University of Puerto Rico-Carolina is pretty cheap. 25.31% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working.

Carolina, PR

www.uprc.edu/

C+

Rating

39%

Acceptance

3,962

Students

#1218

Ranking

$8,403

Tuition

University of Puerto Rico-Ponce

#6 Best Colleges for Forensic Psychology

University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is a small public institution located in Ponce, PR ranked 13th in Puerto Rico. It has a total of 2,918 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 73.41% of applicants. University of Puerto Rico-Ponce offers 17 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Psychology program, which is ranked 6th in America. With an annual tuition of $3,968 for in-state students and $5,952 for those from out-of-state, University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is very low-priced. 44.07% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force.

Ponce, PR

www.uprp.edu

C

Rating

73%

Acceptance

2,918

Students

#1464

Ranking

$5,952

Tuition

Thomas College

#7 Best Colleges for Forensic Psychology

Thomas College is a small private business school located in Waterville, ME ranked 13th in Maine. It has a total of 1,796 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 83.81% acceptance rate. Thomas College offers 31 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Psychology program, which is ranked 7th in America. With an annual tuition of $26,740 per year, Thomas College is somewhat moderately high-priced. 48.69% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $38,100 per year, which is 8% under the national median.

Waterville, ME

www.thomas.edu

C

Rating

84%

Acceptance

1,987

Students

#1903

Ranking

$26,740

Tuition

Tiffin University

#8 Best Colleges for Forensic Psychology

Tiffin University is a small private business school located in Tiffin, OH ranked 87th in Ohio. It has a total of 2,672 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 68.9% of applicants. Tiffin University offers 93 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Psychology, Non-Profit Management, and Computer Systems Analysis programs (nationally ranked 8th, 20th, and 28th respectively). With an annual tuition of $25,710 per year, Tiffin University is reasonably high-priced. 9.4% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in about $42,600 per year, which is 3% above the national median.

Tiffin, OH

www.tiffin.edu

C

Rating

69%

Acceptance

3,845

Students

#1865

Ranking

$25,710

Tuition

Bay Path University

#9 Best Colleges for Forensic Psychology

Bay Path University is a small private college located in Longmeadow, MA ranked 55th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 2,140 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a touch north of 5/7ths of applicants. Bay Path University offers 64 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Psychology, Developmental and Child Psychology, and Legal Studies programs (nationally ranked 9th, 11th, and 42nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $35,081 per year, Bay Path University is somewhat moderately expensive. 59.37% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take in more or less $42,700 per year, which is 3% above the national median.

Longmeadow, MA

www.baypath.edu

C+

Rating

72%

Acceptance

4,270

Students

#1017

Ranking

$35,081

Tuition

Walden University

#10 Best Colleges for Forensic Psychology

Walden University is a very large for-profit university located in Minneapolis, MN ranked 61st in Minnesota. It has a total of 13,676 full-time undergraduate students. Walden University offers 129 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Psychology, Human Services, and Public Administration programs (nationally ranked 10th, 39th, and 40th respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,700 per year, Walden University is relatively inexpensive. 26.79% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make near $50,100 per year, which is 21% over the national median.

Minneapolis, MN

www.waldenu.edu

D+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

80,300

Students

#2298

Ranking

$11,700

Tuition

National Louis University

#11 Best Colleges for Forensic Psychology

National Louis University is a mid-sized private university located in Chicago, IL ranked 66th in Illinois. It has a total of 3,956 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 97.67% of applicants. National Louis University offers 77 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Psychology and Culinary Arts programs, which are respectively ranked 11th and 22nd in the United States. With an annual tuition of $10,260 per year, National Louis University is pretty low-priced. 37.48% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $44,600 per year, which is 7% over the national median.

Chicago, IL

www.nl.edu

C

Rating

98%

Acceptance

8,921

Students

#1824

Ranking

$10,260

Tuition