Psychology Schools in Colorado

The following guide to psychology schools in Colorado includes essential information for prospective students who hope to pursue an undergraduate or a graduate degree in psychology.

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Colorado Psychology School Facts

Nationally Ranked Top Psychology Programs in Colorado

Our curated list of third-party and proprietary rankings can be useful in measuring the overall value and reputation of a program. Lists include College Factual, Psychology Degree 411, The Princeton Review, and Times Higher Education. Note if one of these lists is not present below, no schools in the state were named on it. Generally, schools and programs ranked on multiple lists tend to be stronger in academic quality.

Schools Ranked on Multiple Lists

  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins
  • Regis University
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Denver1

College Factual’s Best Psychology Schools 2024

  • University of Colorado Boulder (#25)
  • University of Denver (#43)
  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins (#87)
  • University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus (#146)2

Psychology Degree 411’s Top Schools With Online Psychology Programs

  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins (#11)3

The Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors 2024

  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins4

Times Higher Education’s Best Universities for Psychology 2023

  • University of Colorado Boulder (#89)
  • University of Denver (#176-200)5

Lowest-Priced Schools With a Bachelor’s in Psychology

The following Colorado schools with bachelor’s degrees in psychology have the lowest average net prices. Please note that we grouped regional campuses together and included a range for the net price of these schools. We have included each school’s graduation rate, a key quality metric.

  • Colorado State University Regional Campuses ($13,033-$16,926 / Grad rate: 35%-67%)
  • Adams State University ($13,224 / Grad rate: 28%)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver ($14,805 / Grad rate: 29%)
  • Colorado Mesa University ($15,085 / Grad rate: 39%)
  • Fort Lewis College ($15,685 / Grad rate: 39%)
  • University of Colorado Regional Campuses ($16,079-$21,836 / Grad rate: 43%-75%)
  • Western Colorado University ($16,672 / Grad rate: 47%)
  • University of Northern Colorado ($18,310 / Grad rate: 52%)
  • Colorado Christian University ($23,313 / Grad rate: 61%)
  • Regis University ($26,377 / Grad rate: 67%)1

Top 6 Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs in Colorado

This table compares the top 6 bachelor’s in psychology programs from not-for-profit schools in Colorado based on a graduation rate above 50% and an annual net price below $34,000. A high graduation rate is a top indicator of student success, and affordability is a key consideration for prospective undergrad students. Programs in bold text offer hybrid or online options.

SchoolGrad Rate*1Accept Rate1Median Debt*6Median Earnings*6Full Price In State1Full Price Out of State1Net Price*1
Colorado State University-Fort Collins67%91%$20,000$58,388$26,602$46,462$16,926
University of Northern Colorado52%79%$20,470$48,942$24,202$37,592$18,310
University of Colorado Boulder75%81%$19,500$65,273$29,252$56,502$21,836
Colorado Christian University61%N.Av.$28,312$48,890$48,626$48,626$23,313
Regis University67%76%$25,000$67,164$55,636$55,636$26,377
Colorado College86%16%$18,257$61,590$79,404$79,404$33,178

*See Table Notes at bottom of page.

Comparison of All Graduate Psychology Programs in Colorado

This table compares all of Colorado’s graduate-level psychology programs from not-for-profit schools on multiple factors.

We’ve included accreditation status by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC), and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). We also highlight the levels offered, 2020-2022 pass rates for the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), and tuition information. Note EPPP scores are reported by degree type (clinical, counseling, or school psychology) and level (PhD or PsyD), so some schools may be listed more than once to include all pass rates. Schools in bold text offer hybrid or online options. Tuition per credit hour is more relevant for master’s and PsyD programs due to the fact that PhD students typically receive more program-awarded funding.

SchoolAccreditation7-10Levels OfferedEPPP Pass Rate 2020-2211EPPP # Taking 2020-2211Grad Tuition Per Credit Hour
Colorado Christian UniversityMS$565
Colorado State University-Fort CollinsAPAMA, MS, PhD93%15$620
Naropa UniversityMA$1,000
University of Colorado BoulderAPAPhD100%7$2,169
University of Colorado Colorado SpringsAPAMA, PhD100%7$798
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus (Clinical PhD)APA, NASPPhD, PsyD92%13$526
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus (School PsyD)APA, NASPPhD, PsyD56%18$526
University of Denver (Clinical PsyD)APA, MPCAC, NASPMA, EdS, PhD, PsyD80%90$1,348
University of Denver (Counseling PhD)APA, MPCAC, NASPMA, EdS, PhD, PsyD86%22$1,348
University of Denver (School PhD)APA, MPCAC, NASPMA, EdS, PhD, PsyD75%8$1,348
University of Northern Colorado (Counseling PhD)APA, NASPMA, Eds, PhD69%16$618
University of Northern Colorado (School PhD)APA, NASPMA, Eds, PhD93%14$618

Colorado Schools With Psychology Programs

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and not everyone has the same results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews, and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

University of Colorado
Boulder, CO
(303) 492-1411

Student Review: “I am very pleased that I chose The University of Colorado’s psychology department for my undergraduate education. The first two years were a bit of a challenge for me as most of the classes were quite large lecture courses. It was difficult for me to feel invested when I was just one of four hundred other students. That said, the professors were great and were able to use their passion and experience to engage the students. My last two years in the program were fantastic. I really enjoyed the smaller classes taught by professors who were leading researchers/writers on the topic they were teaching. They prepared me for a successful career in psychology with the great amount of knowledge they shared with me. The campus is absolutely stunning with a great diversity among the students. The surrounding area is gorgeous and helped me thoroughly enjoy my undergraduate experience. I am very pleased that I made the choice to attend University of Colorado’s psychology program.” – Student at University of Colorado

Student Review: “I’ve really enjoyed my time as a student here at CU. I feel that I’ve learned a lot even though the courses are not exactly challenging. My favorite class so far has been an interdisciplinary course – Language Development. It’s incredibly interesting to learn about how children learn language. I have enjoyed connecting with my professors and I cannot wait to see what the next two years hold.” – Student at University of Colorado

University of Northern Colorado
501 20th St.
Greeley, CO 80639
(970) 351-1890

Student Review: “I spent four years pursuing my BA in psychology at the University of Northern Colorado, and I felt it was an extremely worthwhile experience. The rigor of the courses varied from lax to quite challenging, but I always felt I was learning something new and relevant to my future trade (teaching). The faculty was all extremely knowledgeable and, from what I could tell, highly qualified in their areas of expertise. UNC’s tuition was, furthermore, the lowest for any state school in Colorado – which was a major plus. They even offered a $1000 scholarship for graduating high school seniors with fairly good grades (GPA 3.3 and above). The campus is quite nice (better, I’d say, than either CU’s or CSU’s), and the city’s got plenty of things to keep students entertained. I’m quite pleased with my decision to attend UNC.” -Student at University of Northern Colorado

*Table Notes:
-N.Av. indicates data is not available.
-Metrics are institution-wide unless otherwise noted.
-Graduation rate is completion percentage within six years of start.
-Median (average) debt is cumulative federal loan debt for undergraduate completers in 2020-2021.
-Median earnings are from the 2020-2021 cohort 10 years post school entry.
-Net price is the average yearly price paid by full-time, first-year undergraduate students receiving financial aid. See NCES for more in-depth information.

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. College Factual, Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Psychology (Nationwide): https://www.collegefactual.com/majors/psychology/rankings/top-ranked/#
3. Psychology Degree 411 Top Schools With Online Psychology Programs: https://www.psychologydegree411.com/degrees/online/
4. The Princeton Review. The Best 388 Colleges, 2023 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2022.
5. Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 – Psychology: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2023/subject-ranking/psychology
6. Department of Education College Scorecard: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/data/
7. American Psychological Association Accredited Programs: https://accreditation.apa.org/accredited-programs
8. Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, Directory: https://www.cacrep.org/directory/
9. Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council Accredited Programs: https://mpcacaccreditation.org/accredited-programs/
10. National Association for School Psychologists, Approved Programs: https://apps.nasponline.org/standards-and-certification/graduate-program-approval-and-accreditation/approved-accredited.aspx
11. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, 2023 Psychology Licensing Exam Scores by Doctoral Program: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.asppb.net/resource/resmgr/eppp_/doctoralreportoct2023.pdf