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2023 Psychology Popularity

There are about 570,593 students enrolled in Psychology in the USA.

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Psychology is the 5th most popular degree in America, with 123,980 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #6 Education, and narrowly lost to #4 Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

The degree is offered at a total of 1,492 colleges across the nation, and is the 2nd most widely offered degree. Given that psychology is offered at 89% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that close to 44.4% of colleges offering psychology are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The southeast produces the most psychology graduates, largely led by University of Central Florida, while it’s the Big Ten Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from California State University-Northridge and University of California-Irvine.

All that being said, no individual school produces more psychology graduates than Cochise County Community College District, which graduated 1402 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study psychology). More students studied psychology as a percentage of total students at Saint Augustine College than any other college.

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