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Psychology Schools in California

The following guide to psychology schools in California provides important information that will allow you to choose the best psychology program for your career goals. California’s colleges and universities offer psychology degrees focused on such areas as behavioral psychology, clinical psychology, and cognitive psychology. Online programs, because of their flexibility, are often a viable alternative to traditional on-campus programs. Southern California University, for example, allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology entirely online.

Psychology Program Stats

  • There are 201 not-for-profit colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in California.1
  • 106 schools offer an associate’s degree in psychology.1
  • 82 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in psychology.1
  • 72 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.1
  • 11 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017: University of California-Los Angeles, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of California-San Diego, University of California-Riverside, University of California-Davis, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Berkeley, California State University-Long Beach, San Diego State University.2
  • 10 schools ranked in the Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors for 2018: Mills College, Pitzer College, Stanford University, University of California-Davis, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Riverside, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of San Francisco, University of Southern California.3

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Pomona College 97%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Marymount California University 54%.1
  • Highest net price*: Loyola Marymount University $40,946.1
  • Lowest net price*: California State University-Dominguez Hills $3,297.1

*For not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities with psychology degree programs.

Continue reading to learn more about the psychology programs offered in California, including profiles of several popular programs at California’s leading universities.

Schools in California with Psychology Programs

Traditional Undergraduate Programs

The University of California at Los Angeles

The University of California at Los Angeles offers three undergraduate psychology-related degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Cognitive Science, and a BS in Psychobiology. The psychology department at UCLA encourages psychology majors to become involved in academic activities such as the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, which brings together psychology majors from across the country to discuss the latest research in the field. Psychology majors are also invited to join the UCLA Psych Society and qualified students may opt to join Psi Chi, a national honor society in psychology. Students may also share research findings with the school’s Undergraduate Psychology Journal.

California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Los Angeles features a 180-credit undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Psychology majors must complete between 76 and 79 credits to fulfill major requirements, focusing on such topics as inferential statistics in psychology, the psychology of violence and aggression, social psychology, history and systems of psychology, and media psychology. Undergraduate students can hone their research skills by working with the on-campus psychology research labs. Field experiences place students in volunteer assignments that allow for observation and participation in a variety of settings, such as a clinical facility. Psychology majors may join Psi Chi, if eligible, and the Black Psychology Society.

Traditional Graduate Programs

California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo affords students the opportunity to earn a Master of Science (MS) in Psychology. Graduates of the 90 quarter credit program will be eligible to sit for the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license exam in California. In addition to completing core graduate coursework, all graduate students will gain real-world experience by participating in on-campus clinical labs and in fieldwork in the local community. Psychology students generally complete the graduate program in two-and-a-half to three years. Individual classes are offered once each year in the afternoon or in the evening. Successful applicants to the program must have first completed the required prerequisite courses, including abnormal psychology and research methods in psychology.

California Lutheran University

California Lutheran University awards the Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Psychology to students who successfully complete its 34 credit graduate program. Graduate students begin the program in the fall semester, which allows for full-time or part-time study, the latter of which generally takes two-and-a-half years to complete. The program prepares students for work in psychology roles that do not require licensing and to continue on to doctoral study. Graduate students will focus on research rather than gaining direct experience with clients and will be able to take such courses as psychopathology, applied behavior analysis, theories of Latino counseling, and survey of psychological testing.

Online Psychology Programs

California Baptist University

The online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at California Baptist University aims to prepare graduates for careers in human and social services, as well as for graduate study in fields including social work, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. In addition to learning the principles of behavioral science and psychology, students learn how to assess client needs and act as advocates for clients through empathy and best practices records-keeping. Course requirements in the major include Theories of Personality, Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Theories of Counseling. Students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and a minimum GPA of 2.0; admissions preference is given to applicants who have at least 24 transferable units. Classes are offered on an eight-week schedule and are designed to provide flexibility to working professionals. Students have access to personal advising as well as 24/7 online tutoring support in multiple subjects. CBU also maintains educational service centers in Brea, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, and Temecula that can assist students with a variety of needs in person. Online students use the latest technologies to promote an interactive environment with peers and faculty, including high definition video, Blackboard, and Voice Thread.

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is home to an online Master of Science in Applied Psychology. Students can choose to concentrate in either Organizational Psychology or Consumer Psychology; both tracks prepare students to successfully manage workforces and marketing services in organizations operating in a global marketplace. Many of the faculty in this MS program have senior-level executive experience, which combined with diverse peer cohorts provides students with challenging, interactive learning experiences. Core courses include Research Methods in Applied Social Psychology, Principles of Consumer Psychology, and Organizational Psychology. A practicum based on a student-written treatise, which may include an internship, is also part of the required curriculum. A total of 34 credit hours are required to graduate from the program. The Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, through which the MS in Applied Psychology is offered, is nationally recognized for its faculty and student contributions to research and scholarship. As of 2017, the school had graduated 35 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows and 73 Fulbright Fellows since 2008. Four USC Dornsife graduates are also Nobel Prize recipients.

EPPP Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Psychology Programs in California

The table below is designed to help you compare not-for-profit psychology schools in California on a variety of factors. Clicking on the arrows in the top row allows you to sort the table. In addition to factors such as focus areas offered and tuition costs, accreditation is an important consideration when researching psychology programs. Depending on the type of program and the ultimate career path you are considering, accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs (CACREP), or the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) can make it easier to become licensed in your desired area of practice. For more information on these accreditations, see our overview of accreditation for psychology programs. You should also ensure that the program you are considering will meet the licensure requirements in the state where you wish to practice. The Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), a licensing exam administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), is required in most US states in order to qualify for psychologist licensure. The EPPP results shown below are provided are for the exam period from February 1, 2015 to March 21, 2016.6 Only results from APA-accredited or ASPPB-designated doctoral programs with at least four test-takers during the exam period are included.6

SchoolBA/BS ProgramGraduate ProgramOnline Psych ProgramsNational Accred.*Grad Rate**EPPP Pass Rate6Number Taking6College Factual Undergrad
Ranking4
US News Grad Rank5Net Price
American Jewish UniversityYesNoNo44%$28,389
Antioch University-Los AngelesYesYesMaster’sN/A
Antioch University-Santa BarbaraNoYesNoN/A
Azusa Pacific UniversityYesYesBachelor’s, Master’sAPA, NASP70%75%20137$28,506
Azusa Pacific University – University College (Online)YesYesBachelor’s, Master’s137$22,318
Biola University (Clinical PhD)YesYesBachelor’sAPA72%100%10$32,273
Biola University (Clinical PsyD)YesYesBachelor’sAPA72%88.89%9$32,273
Brandman UniversityYesYesBachelor’s, Master’sN/A
California Baptist UniversityYesYesBachelor’s60%$25,875
California Institute of Integral StudiesNoYesPhDN/A
California Lutheran UniversityYesYesNoAPA73%$29,038
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoYesYesNo80%178$18,530
California State Polytechnic University-PomonaYesYesNo69%$12,598
California State University-BakersfieldYesYesNo43%$6,143
California State University-Channel IslandsYesNoNo58%$14,461
California State University-ChicoYesYesNoNASP69%$13,645
California State University-Dominguez HillsYesYesNo42%$3,297
California State University-East BayYesYesNoNASP48%$10,758
California State University-FresnoYesYesNoNASP, CACREP57%$6,177
California State University-FullertonYesYesNoCACREP62%$8,170
California State University-Long BeachYesYesNoNASP69%$9,867
California State University-Los AngelesYesYesNoNASP, CACREP46%$3,933
California State University-Monterey BayYesYesNoNASP55%$11,390
California State University-NorthridgeYesYesNoNASP, CACREP50%$6,574
California State University-SacramentoYesYesNoNASP, CACREP49%$9,127
California State University-San BernardinoYesYesNoCACREP55%$6,444
California State University-San MarcosYesYesNo52%$8,985
California State University-StanislausYesYesNo57%$7,557
Chapman UniversityYesYesNoNASP79%188$40,709
Claremont Graduate UniversityNoYesNo112^N/A
Claremont McKenna CollegeYesNoNo93%$30,527
Concordia University-IrvineYesNoBachelor’s54%$26,180
Dominican University of CaliforniaYesNoNo72%$34,339
Fielding Graduate UniversityNoYesMaster’s, PhDAPA67.76%34N/A
Fresno Pacific UniversityYesYesNo$18,245
Fuller Theological Seminary in California (Clinical PhD)NoYesNoAPA75.00%20202^N/A
Fuller Theological Seminary in California (Clinical PsyD)NoYesNoAPA94.12%17202^N/A
Golden Gate University-San FranciscoYesYesBachelor’s, Master’sN/A
Holy Names UniversityYesYesNo45%$21,464
Hope International UniversityYesYesMaster’s43%$20,087
Humboldt State UniversityYesYesNo46%$13,147
John F. Kennedy UniversityYesYesMaster’sAPA64.29%14N/A
La Sierra UniversityYesYesNo52%$23,414
Loma Linda University (Clinical PhD)YesYesNoAPA66.67%6N/A
Loma Linda University (Clinical PsyD)YesYesNoAPA66.67%6N/A
Loyola Marymount UniversityYesYesNoNASP83%78$40,946
Marymount California UniversityYesYesNo34%$27,412
Menlo CollegeYesNoNo53%$29,439
Mills CollegeYesYesNo67%$27,647
Mount Saint Mary’s UniversityYesNoNo59%143$27,134
National UniversityYesYesBachelor’s, Master’s38%$22,377
Notre Dame de Namur UniversityYesYesNo50%$28,873
Occidental CollegeYesNoNo81%103$31,990
Pacific Union CollegeYesNoNo50%$24,555
Palo Alto University (MA Counseling)NoYesBachelor’s, Master’sCACREPN/A
Palo Alto University (Clinical PhD)YesYesBachelor’s, Master’sAPA81.67%60N/A
Palo Alto University (Clinical PsyD)YesYesBachelor’s, Master’sAPA100%27N/A
Pepperdine UniversityYesYesMaster’sAPA87%80.77%2649$39,637
Phillips Graduate UniversityNoYesNoN/A
Pitzer CollegeYesYesNo88%$25,521
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityYesYesNo71%$29,954
Pomona CollegeYesNoNo97%45$18,140
Saint Mary’s College of CaliforniaYesYesNo73%63$35,696
San Diego Christian CollegeYesNoBachelor’s52%$27,770
San Diego State UniversityYesYesNoNASP, CACREP73%$14,344
San Diego State University-University of California-San Diego (Joint Program)NoYesNoAPA100%18N/A
San Francisco State UniversityYesYesNoCACREP53%$13,250
San Jose State UniversityYesYesNo62%$13,777
Santa Clara UniversityYesYesNo89%120$37,657
Saybrook UniversityNoYesMaster’s, PhDN/A
Scripps CollegeYesNoNo84%$37,860
Simpson UniversityYesYesBachelor’s47%$20,574
Sonoma State UniversityYesYesNoCACREP61%$16,204
Southern California SeminaryNoYesNo50%$25,518
Stanford UniversityYesYesNo94%61^$16,695
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at IrvineNoYesBachelor’s, Master’s, PhDN/A
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los AngelesYesYesBachelor’s, Master’s, PhDN/A
Touro UniversityNoYesBachelor’s, Master’s, PhD78%$10,572
University of California-Berkeley (Clinical PhD)YesYesNoAPA, PCSAS92%80%5321^$17,160
University of California-Berkeley (School PhD)YesYesNoAPA, PCSAS92%321^$17,160
University of California-DavisYesYesNo85%26^$16,039
University of California-IrvineYesYesMaster’s87%1236^$13,780
University of California-Los AngelesYesYesNoAPA, PCSAS91%100%1523^$14,236
University of California-MercedYesYesNo66%90^$12,805
University of California-RiversideYesYesNoAPA, NASP73%866^$12,841
University of California-San DiegoYesYesNoCACREP87%113^$14,770
University of California-Santa BarbaraYesYesNoAPA, NASP82%100%1253^$15,149
University of California-Santa CruzYesYesNo77%3690^$16,261
University of La VerneYesYesNoAPA66%58.82%17$22,284
University of RedlandsYesYesNo74%$34,200
University of San DiegoYesNoNo78%$38,596
University of San FranciscoYesYesNo72%83$35,054
University of Southern CaliforniaYesYesMaster’sAPA, PCSAS92%90%1010226^$32,932
University of the PacificYesYesNoNASP68%$33,794
University of the WestYesYesNo50%$12,474
Vanguard UniversityYesYesNo56%$21,827
Westmont CollegeYesNoNo77%159$34,974
Whittier CollegeYesNoNo64%112$25,638
William Jessup UniversityYesYesNo65%$22,263
Woodbury UniversityYesNoNo44%$30,399
Wright InstituteNoYesNo81.48%54N/A

Schools marked with a caret (^) in US News Best Graduate Psychology Programs ranked in a tie with other programs in their respective positions.
*See our guide to psychology program accreditation for more information on these accrediting bodies.
**The graduation rate is for first-time, full-time undergraduate degree- or certificate-seeking students in cohort years 2008 to 2010 and is calculated based on the percentage of students earning their degree or certificate within 150% of the normal time for program completion.1

Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in California

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

American River College
4700 College Oak Dr
Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 484-8011
http://www.arc.losrios.edu/

Student Review: “I really enjoyed the vast majority of professors I had in my psychology program. Each semester was new and I had new experiences (mostly good) with each new professor. This made things a little more difficult, but it conditioned me to become a better student throughout the years and I really enjoyed all the different aspects of psychology that I learned from many different people. I also enjoyed the support I was given, and many of my professors continued to help me even after I had finished and passed their classes. All-in-all, I loved the entire feeling I got from the school. I had minimal problems, I loved most of my professors and classes, and overall I would do it all over again if I could.” – student at American River College
stars-4

Brandman University
16355 Laguna Canyon Rd
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 753-4774
https://www.brandman.edu/

Student Review: “I attended and recently completed the BA Psychology program at Brandman University. Overall I had a pleasant experience. I was assigned a counselor who was very attentive and helped me lock in the courses I needed ahead of time to keep my student plan organized and up to date, allowing me to apply and receive the student aid that I was qualified for. The courses were 8 weeks long, so it was imperative to stay on top of all coursework and assignments and plan as far ahead as possible. It was essential to have your books on the first day of class to get familiar with the material and what was expected of you by the professors. The courses were challenging. They forced me to think outside the box, be creative, and learn to research both qualitative and quantitative data and be able to produce reports and properly present the information I had gathered. Overall I give Brandman an A+ for excellent counselors, professors, a well-structured curriculum, and for having night classes as well as online classes. I would recommend Brandman University to anyone who willing to work hard for their degree!” – student at Brandman University
stars-5

California State, Channel Islands
1 University Dr
Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 437-8400
https://www.csuci.edu/

Student Review: “The Psychology program at Cal State Channel Islands is phenomenal. From the very beginning of my freshman year, the Psych program nurtures and teaches you how to utilize methods and theories that can be applied to real life. The classes offered to try to integrate other majors into the program so that the psych students are able to have a broader spectrum on how psychology is in our everyday life. The department chair of the program not only runs the program but actually teaches some of the upper division classes. Since our school is so small it’s so easy for your professor to know your name and it’s very likely you will have that professor for multiple classes. The one way I think they can improve is if they offered more online classes for certain classes.” – student at California State, Channel Islands
stars-5

California State, Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-2011
http://www.fullerton.edu/

Student Review: “My experience with Cal State Fullerton’s psychology department was very positive. The professors seemed very knowledgeable about their specialties and the classes themselves were structured very well. Several of my professors had published books on the topic of psychology and were well-respected in their fields. My abnormal psychology professor was a particular favorite. She was very skilled at teaching and the subject was extremely interesting. The best part was the case studies from former patients. Without identifying anyone, she provided real-life examples of session notes and behaviors of the patients. It was far more useful than the textbook examples and greatly helped the students to understand the disorders.” – student at California State, Fullerton
stars-4

California State, San Marcos
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92078
(760) 750-4000
http://www.csusm.edu/

Student Review: “Cal State San Marcos’s psychology program was very enriching for me. The curriculum was always very interesting and hands-on, and undergrad students got to participate in studies organized by the graduate students. Additionally, we are given the opportunity to do research alongside professors. One thing that could have been better was having more guest speakers from various specializations within the psychology world. We never really had any, other than our professors, so specific questions that we may have had often got broad answers, which was not very helpful. However, the professors were extremely helpful when it came to their specific subject and understanding the material. They worked very closely with us to keep us from falling behind.” – student at California State, San Marcos
stars-4

Columbia College
11600 Columbia College Dr
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 588-5100
http://www.gocolumbia.edu/

Student Review: “Attending Columbia College was a great experience for me. The campus is natural and scenic and my instructors were knowledgeable and available. During my time taking courses for a sports psychology degree, I gained a wealth of information. Some of my coursework was online and this portion went very smoothly. My instructors were available weekly between classes to help with questions and exam preparation. I am pleased with what I have learned in psychology and sports psychology, and I have been able to use my degree to further my career and to be better qualified for advancement. I think Columbia College is a good choice for anyone who is reasonably local and is interested in coursework involving psychology and/or sports psychology.” – student at Columbia College
stars-4

College of the Redwoods
7351 Tompkins Hill Rd
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 476-4100
https://www.redwoods.edu/

Student Review: “I took a variety of classes at CR before narrowing my field of study to psychology. I found some related electives, such as crime and delinquency (administration of justice) and intro to race and ethnic relations (sociology) which really helped me broaden my understanding. My favorite class by far was lifespan development, which focused on mental abilities and specific psychological issues from infancy to end of life. Another interesting class was abnormal psychology, in which we learned about mood disorders, personality disorders, and other issues. The one mistake I made was taking intro to psych after the other classes, which meant that it was mostly review. With regard to CR in general, I found it to be a welcoming and easy-to-navigate campus, tucked into the scenic redwoods of Humboldt County. It was also very affordable: at the time, I paid about 26 dollars per credit. CR also has a transfer agreement with Humboldt State University, for those looking to get into a higher-level program. Overall, aside from the commute, I found it very enjoyable.” – student at College of the Redwoods
stars-4

Fielding Graduate University
2020 De La Vina St
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(800) 340-1099
http://www.fielding.edu/

Student Review: “I have worked in the Federal Bureau of Prisons system at Butner FCI II, a medium custody unit, and found that particular experience to be a mixed bag. While it was a great experience to be involved in the federal prison system itself, I was not at all satisfied with my supervisor. I did not get the face-to-face time as expected. I am currently completing my doctoral internship within the NCDPS and am enjoying nearly all aspects of this internship. I have had access to both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment, in group and individual sessions, suicide risk assessments, and crisis intervention. I’ve had excellent supervision from multiple supervisors and am completing my last rotation with potential job offers. My program has offered support if problems occurred and have adeptly handled any issues with positive outcomes. Additionally, my clinical internship director has personally congratulated me on my mid-term evaluation.” – student at Fielding Graduate University
stars-5

San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 594-5200
https://www.sdsu.edu/

Student Review: “When I decided to go to San Diego State University, I entered as an undeclared freshman, unaware and naive as to what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I took a medley of classes hoping to find my true calling. It wasn’t until I took Psychology 101 when I realized that was what I truly wanted to study. It all seemed like common sense which gave me a new perspective on human interactions and how the brain truly works. It highly intrigued and captivated me from the first class to my graduation this past spring. While writing 30-page research papers and studies definitely occupied me in my final year or two, I never stopped loving the subject matter. It only drove me to work harder to reach my goal. Taking a dive into the human psyche was the most exhilarating feeling and experience. While many may not agree with my decision in diving into such a difficult job market, I am still happy with the choice I made to take that Psychology 101 class my freshman year to help me find my true calling.” – student at San Diego State University
stars-4

San Jose State
1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 924-1000
http://www.sjsu.edu/

Student Review: “I really love the psychology program at San Jose State. As a freshman, I was undeclared but I took an intro psychology class and I fell in love with it. The professor teaching that class helped me a lot with making my decision and almost all the professors I’ve met in my major are awesome and really help the students. Psychology is actually pretty hard and not easy like everyone thinks, and I struggled a bit sometimes, but with the support of my fellow students and professors, I was able to pull through and succeed. Honestly, without the professors, I would’ve failed. I love everything about the psychology program, except for one or two professors that I’ve encountered. They weren’t terrible, but they weren’t great either. However, there are way more good professors than bad ones and overall, my experience has been wonderful.” – Student at San Jose State
stars-4

Stanford University
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 723-2300
https://www.stanford.edu/

Student Review: “Considering Stanford has one of the best psychology programs in the world, my experience was probably the best it could have been. Learning from Zimbardo and other famous, groundbreaking researchers in the field was an experience that I couldn’t have had anywhere else. I was able to take classes on things that were extremely interesting and applicable to everyday life, such as judgment and decision making, perception psychology, neuroscience and personality, cultural psychology, and more. The teachers were easy to talk to at any time, understanding, available, and always willing to help me go above and beyond in my research. I thoroughly enjoyed writing every paper I had to write in my college career because the subject material was so fascinating. Everything I learned, I still use and think about on a daily basis.” – Student at Stanford University
stars-5

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
(510) 642-6000
http://www.berkeley.edu/

Student Review: “My undergraduate experience as a psychology major at UC Berkeley has been amazing. I was initially intimidated by the cap for the major, believing it competitive to get in, but I strongly feel that the GPA requirements (3.2 when I applied) and timeline are completely reasonable. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with professors who were not only world-renowned researchers but also approachable individuals. Furthermore, as a research university, UC Berkeley provides countless opportunities for participation in research. Students had to participate in studies to pass most upper-division psychology classes, and those interested in pursuing lab work could do so through a research apprenticeship program or by working as a research assistant. There are also many extracurricular opportunities for psychology students. My one complaint is that the material, which is very reasonable, can be a little too easy. Some of the tests were too easy. I have achieved a GPA of 3.75 overall, which I am told is very good, but I don’t think it was particularly impressive given the ease of some of my midterms and finals. Psychology is not considered a difficult major, but truth be told, it can be — but only if professors stop dumbing down exams. Overall, though, great program!” – Student at University of California, Berkeley
stars-4

University of California, Davis
1 Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616, United States
(530) 752-1011
https://www.ucdavis.edu/

Student Review: “The psychology program at the University of California, Davis, was a great experience for me. With an outstanding faculty at the forefronts of research in their respective fields in psychology, I was able to obtain research experience that further solidified in my understanding in contemporary psychology. Getting an internship at UC Davis was not difficult as it often integrated as coursework notation. My lab experiences as an undergraduate research assistant gave me the opportunity to work with leaders in neuroscience and cognitive psychology. This connection has provided me with numerous connections with potential employers associated with fields in marketing and research. In addition to the research opportunities, I liked that the UC Davis faculty and teaching assistants were very open to helping their students during both open office hours and appointments. Students in the psychology club form a very large support network in helping their colleagues in academic work. Seminars are also offered during the school year, with topics such as Psychology in Hollywood, which offer interesting applications in psychology on to various fields of work. One thing that UC Davis could have improved on their psychology program is with the use of more online or hybrid coursework.” – Student at University of California, Davis
stars-5

Student Review: “The University of California, Davis psychology program was an exceptional experience. All of the classes were challenging but I feel that I was pushed to my full potential and succeeded. I learned a great deal in many different topics such as development, the psychology of religion, social psychology, criminal psychology, and much more. The faculty is extremely competent and well-educated. All of the psychology professors hold PhDs and Master’s degrees in various subjects. The professors were always kind, understanding, and readily available for questions and test review. Getting my degree in psychology at this school made me extremely proud and confident. That I could handle some of the hardest work I have ever done in my life, taught to me by some of the greatest minds, was a huge accomplishment.” – Student at University of California, Davis
stars-5

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-4321
http://www.ucla.edu/

Student Review: “The psychology program at UCLA was extremely enjoyable for me. I started out as a pre-med student, but quickly changed my mind after taking organic chemistry and found my home in the psychology department. The curriculum taught me a great deal about the subject and prepared me to continue my studies in graduate school. My professors were all passionate about the subject and allowed me to thrive because of their expertise. The only issue I had with the psychology program was the large class sizes in the lower division classes, which prevented me from feeling connected to my classmates. However, the professors were always very available during office hours.” – Student at University of California, Los Angeles
stars-4

University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5555
https://www.usfca.edu/

Student Review: “I really enjoyed my study of psychology at the University of San Francisco. The professors made my courses diverse and challenging. The faculty came from all walks of life and incorporated their diverse backgrounds into the curriculum. I always felt I was in the hands of a professional. The program helped me to explore all facets of psychology from forming experiments/analyzing the results, to understanding brain biology, to studying different forms of mental illness. My one complaint is that I do not feel the program gave me a good understanding of how to streamline my interests into actual jobs while I was studying there.” – Student at University of San Francisco
stars-4

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 740-2311
https://www.usc.edu/

Student Review: “The USC psychology program and department was an unforgettable experience for me. The program itself and the people I worked with taught me a lot of lessons over the span of time I spent there. The professors were very professional, kind, and easy to approach when I needed help. Every week they would have different guest speakers that allowed the students to be absorbed in the studies and weekly discussions about different issues. I found that incredibly helpful to my studies. At the end of the program, if there was one thing I could improve, it would be the office hours and being able to keep in contact with the professors at any time whenever the students have concerns or problems about the program.” – Student at University of Southern California
stars-5

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php
3. The Princeton Review. The Best 382 Colleges, 2018 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2017.
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