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Best Colleges for Psychology

Individuals looking at psychology programs will want to know which are the most prestigious, which offer the best training, and whose students have the best prospects after graduation. This is a difficult question to answer for undergraduate programs because The American Psychological Association, the largest American professional organization representing psychology in the United States, chooses not to rank undergraduate programs.

Generally speaking however, strong graduate programs in psychology tend to have strong undergraduate programs in psychology. Top programs tend to be very competitive. Three excellent colleges for psychology are Stanford, Yale, and the University of Michigan.

Stanford generally admits students with exceptionally high GPA and SAT scores (4.0 GPA and SAT score of 800 are not uncommon) in addition to outstanding extracurricular experience. The undergraduate psychology program at Stanford allows students to concentrate in one of four specializations: Cognitive Sciences; Health and Development; Mind, Culture and Society; and Neuroscience. They also help students prepare for careers in a number of fields including business, education, law and medicine in addition to psychology.

Yale is an extremely prestigious university with admission percentages in the single digits. Again, it not uncommon for admitted students to have perfect SAT scores and high GPAs. The undergraduate program in psychology uniquely allows students to choose to receive a bachelor's of science or a bachelor's of arts. Most students gain research experience during their studies. There is also the option to combine a computer science and psychology major as well as the opportunity to pursue a neuroscience track.

The University of Michigan is one of the most prestigious public universities in the United States. Admission is competitive, especially for students coming from out of the state. The undergraduate psychology program is consistently considered on of the best in the United States. Like Yale, there is an emphasis on undergraduate research opportunities at UMich. UMuch offers areas of study in psychology as well as biopsychology, cognition and neuroscience (BCN)

Best Graduate Programs in Psychology

The best graduate schools in psychology really depend on a student's chosen area of focus. For instance, the best program for clinical psychology is Yale. The best program for Behavioral Neuroscience is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The best program for Development psychology is the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. As any reader will see, there is great diversity in graduate programs.

Admission to Yale's Clinical Psychology doctoral program is very competitive. The doctoral program is multidisciplinary with an emphasis on research and practical training. Students should undertake their own research. Prospective students must submit an application, personal essays, a transcript and letters of reference.

The best program for behavioral neuroscience is at MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Students specialize in molecular and cellular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, cognitive science, computation or in cognitive neuroscience. Research and laboratory experience are integral to the degree. Like Yale. admissions is extremely competitive. An outstanding undergraduate degree as reflected on a transcript high GRE scores, and relevant research experience are necessary for consideration to this program. Over 400 applicants are received and 40 are admitted.

The best university for an advanced degree in Developmental Psychology is the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. It is an extremely competitive degree. Over 50 students apply for each Ph.D track and just a few are admitted. Those that are admitted have over a 3.7 GPA and very high GRE scores. The Institute for Child Development at UMN has been around for nearly a century as a research institution and academic center offering degrees in child psychology and education. They collaborate with a number of other research centers. The Ph.D program in child psychology focuses on human development.

Psychology Concentrations

Psychology concentrations depend somewhat on the university a student attends and whether a student is receiving a undergraduate or graduate degree. Still, a number of common concentrations are available at most reputable schools. Universities often has different names for very similar concentrations. Overall, neuroscience, developmental psychology, and social and/or behavioral psychology tend to be popular concentrations. For instance, students at Boston College may focus on the following specializations: behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, quantitative psychology, and social psychology. To compare, students at George Mason University may choose to focus in the following specializations: Work and Organizational psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Human Factors and Cognition. Finally, students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County may specialize in biopsychology, developmental psychology, or human services psychology.

List of accredited psychology programs

  1. Stanford University : Department of Psychology
  2. University of Michigan--Ann Arbor : Department of Psychology
  3. Yale University : Department of Psychology
  4. University of California--Los Angeles : Department of Psychology
  5. University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana : Department of Psychology
  6. Harvard University : Department of Psychology
  7. University of Minnesota--Twin Cities : Department of Psychology
  8. University of Pennsylvani : Department of Psychology
  9. University of California--Berkeley : Department of Psychology
  10. University of California--San Diego : Department of Psychology
  11. Carnegie Mellon University : Department of Psychology
  12. University of Washington : Department of Psychology
  13. Princeton University : Department of Psychology
  14. Cornell University : Department of Psychology
  15. University of Wisconsin--Madison : Department of Psychology
  16. Columbia University : Department of Psychology
  17. University of Texas at Austin : Department of Psychology
  18. University of Chicago : Department of Psychology
  19. Indiana University at Bloomington : Department of Psychology
  20. University of Virginia : Department of Psychology
  21. Ohio State University--Columbus : Department of Psychology
  22. University of Oregon : Department of Psychology
  23. University of Colorado at Boulder : Department of Psychology
  24. Northwestern University : Department of Psychology
  25. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill : Department of Psychology
  26. University of California--Irvin : Department of Psychology
  27. University of Massachusetts at Amherst : Department of Psychology
  28. Rutgers State University--New Brunswick : Department of Psychology
  29. University of Southern California : Department of Psychology
  30. Purdue University : Department of Psychology
  31. University of Rochester : Department of Psychology
  32. Pennsylvania State University : Department of Psychology
  33. Duke University : Department of Psychology
  34. Johns Hopkins University : Department of Psychology
  35. New York University : Department of Psychology
  36. University of Iowa : Department of Psychology
  37. Brown University : Department of Psychology
  38. University of Florida : Department of Psychology
  39. State University of New York at Stony Brook : Department of Psychology
  40. Vanderbilt University : Department of Psychology
  41. Uniformed Services U. of the Health Sciences : Medical Department of Psychology
  42. City University of New York Graduate School : Department of Psychology
  43. University of Arizona : Department of Psychology
  44. Emory University : Department of Psychology
  45. Peabody College/Vanderbilt University : Department of Psychology
  46. Michigan State University : Department of Psychology
  47. University of California--Davis : Department of Psychology
  48. University of Pittsburgh : Department of Psychology
  49. Arizona State University : Department of Psychology
  50. Clark University : Department of Psychology
  51. University of California--Santa Barbara : Department of Psychology
  52. University of Connecticut : Department of Psychology
  53. University of Maryland at College Park : Department of Psychology
  54. University of Utah : Department of Psychology
  55. University of South Florida : Department of Psychology
  56. University of Kansas : Department of Psychology
  57. University of Miami : Department of Psychology
  58. University of Delaware : Department of Psychology
  59. University of California--Santa Cruz : Department of Psychology
  60. State University of New York at Albany : Department of Psychology
  61. State University of New York at Buffalo : Department of Psychology
  62. University of Denver : Department of Psychology
  63. Temple University : Department of Psychology
  64. Washington University in Saint Louis : Department of Psychology
  65. University of Georgia : Department of Psychology
  66. Rice University : Department of Psychology
  67. University of Missouri--Columbia : Department of Psychology
  68. University of Illinois at Chicago : Department of Psychology
  69. University of Houston : Department of Psychology
  70. University of California--Riverside : Department of Psychology
  71. Texas A&M University : Department of Psychology
  72. Brandeis University : Department of Psychology
  73. Northeastern University : Department of Psychology
  74. State University of New York--Binghamton : Department of Psychology
  75. University of Alabama--Birmingham : Department of Psychology
  76. Syracuse University : Department of Psychology
  77. Georgia Institute of Technology : Department of Psychology
  78. University of Hawaii at Manoa : Department of Psychology
  79. Iowa State University : Department of Psychology
  80. Wayne State University : Department of Psychology
  81. Dartmouth College : Department of Psychology
  82. Colorado State University : Department of Psychology
  83. Florida State University : Department of Psychology
  84. University of Vermont : Department of Psychology
  85. Case Western Reserve University : Department of Psychology
  86. Bowling Green State Universit : Department of Psychology
  87. University of Notre Dame : Department of Psychology
  88. West Virginia University : Department of Psychology
  89. University of Kentucky : Department of Psychology
  90. U. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center : Department of Psychology
  91. University of South Carolina : Department of Psychology
  92. Virginia Polytechnical Institute & State U : Department of Psychology
  93. University of North Carolina--Greensboro : Department of Psychology
  94. University of Tennessee--Knoxville : Department of Psychology
  95. Boston University : Department of Psychology
  96. University of Nebraska--Lincoln : Department of Psychology
  97. Virginia Commonwealth University : Department of Psychology
  98. Kent State University : Department of Psychology
  99. Southern Illinois University : Department of Psychology
  100. University of Rhode Island : Department of Psychology
  101. University of New Hampshire : Department of Psychology
  102. University of Texas at Arlington : Department of Psychology
  103. Georgia State University : Department of Psychology
  104. George Washington University : Department of Psychology
  105. Loyola University of Chicago : Department of Psychology
  106. George Mason University : Department of Psychology
  107. University of Cincinnati : Department of Psychology
  108. Tufts University : Department of Psychology
  109. University of Louisville : Department of Psychology
  110. Miami University of Ohio : Department of Psychology
  111. Yeshiva University : Department of Psychology
  112. University of Alabama : Department of Psychology
  113. University of Tulsa : Department of Psychology
  114. University of Maryland--Baltimore County : Department of Psychology


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