Psychology Schools in New York

The following guide to psychology schools in New York is designed to provide you with essential information to make choosing the best undergraduate or graduate psychology program for your needs easier.

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New York Psychology School Facts

Nationally Ranked Top Psychology Programs in New York

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

  • City University of New York-City College
  • City University of New York-Hunter College
  • City University of New York-Queens College
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Stony Brook University
  • The New School

College Factual’s Best Psychology Schools 2024

  • Cornell University (#15)
  • Syracuse University (#62)
  • University at Buffalo (#73)
  • Fordham University (#76)
  • The Graduate Center, CUNY (#78)
  • Binghamton University (#105)
  • Stony Brook University (#110)
  • Queens College (#111)
  • University at Albany (#144)
  • Hunter College (#163)
  • Marist College (#164)
  • The City College of New York (#169)2

The Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors 2024

  • Barnard College
  • City University of New York-Brooklyn College
  • City University of New York-City College
  • City University of New York-Hunter College
  • City University of New York-Queens College
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School
  • LeMoyne College
  • New York University
  • Siena College
  • State University of New York-Geneseo
  • Union College
  • Vassar College4

Times Higher Education’s Best Universities for Psychology 2023

  • New York University (#15)
  • Columbia University (#16)
  • Cornell University (#21)
  • University of Rochester (#64)
  • Stony Brook University (#101-125)
  • The New School (#201-250)5

Lowest-Priced Schools With a Bachelor’s in Psychology

The following New York 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.

  • CUNY Regional Campuses ($4,848-$8,250 / Grad rate: 24%-74%)
  • Farmingdale State College ($8,111 / Grad rate: 54%)
  • Empire State University ($9,704 / Grad rate: 25%)
  • SUNY Regional Campuses ($12,329-$17,714 / Grad rate: 33%-66%)
  • Mercy University ($15,879 / Grad rate: 47%)
  • Hilbert College ($16,930 / Grad rate: 58%)
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent ($17,084 / Grad rate: 57%)
  • Stony Brook University ($17,213 / Grad rate: 78%)
  • Maria College of Albany ($17,537 / Grad rate: 36%)
  • St. Joseph’s University-New York ($18,001 / Grad rate: 69%)1

Top 25 Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs in New York

This table compares the top 25 bachelor’s in psychology programs from not-for-profit schools in New York based on a graduation rate above 50% and an annual net price of $20,000 or below. 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
CUNY Hunter College56%48%$11,000$58,822$18,190$26,140$4,848
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College74%50%$11,512$71,078$25,816$33,766$4,991
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice54%51%$11,000$54,207$25,839$33,339$5,001
CUNY City College59%67%$11,990$58,052$24,506$32,366$5,181
CUNY Brooklyn College55%55%$11,000$57,665$25,359$33,309$5,972
CUNY Queens College56%69%$10,298$58,348$23,084$31,034$6,434
SUNY Polytechnic Institute62%82%$17,250$62,275$22,586$33,346$13,799
SUNY at Fredonia60%85%$24,250$48,236$22,947$32,857$15,795
SUNY Brockport63%68%$20,000$51,733$24,062$33,972$16,261
Hilbert College58%95%$24,750$44,617$43,400$43,400$16,930
College of Mount Saint Vincent57%89%$25,000$56,282$54,480$54,480$17,084
Stony Brook University78%49%$18,228$70,686$26,968$44,888$17,213
State University of New York at Oswego64%83%$20,880$52,421$24,209$34,119$17,376
SUNY College at Plattsburgh65%70%$21,196$52,309$24,261$34,171$17,625
SUNY at Albany66%68%$19,500$63,760$26,006$43,846$17,714
St. Joseph’s University-New York69%77%$22,000$60,260$40,870$40,870$18,001
SUNY Oneonta75%73%$19,812$53,975$23,845$33,755$18,129
Niagara University72%90%$25,475$55,429$49,880$49,880$18,165
SUNY Cortland69%60%$21,500$57,352$22,435$32,345$18,304
University at Buffalo74%68%$19,000$65,856$26,994$44,914$18,524
SUNY at Purchase College67%75%$21,067$44,940$23,901$33,811$19,434
Binghamton University83%42%$18,500$77,436$27,869$45,709$19,535
SUNY College at Geneseo74%75%$19,500$60,136$23,132$33,042$19,557
State University of New York at New Paltz73%58%$18,750$54,978$23,548$33,458$19,592
Canisius College66%78%$24,250$57,447$43,958$43,958$19,635

*See Table Notes at bottom of page.

Comparison of All Graduate Psychology Programs in New York

This table compares all of New York’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
Adelphi UniversityAPA, NASPMA, PhD, PsyD82%50$1,490
Alfred UniversityAPAMA, PsyD44%9$613
Binghamton UniversityAPAPhD100%21$471
Columbia University in the City of New York (Clinical PhD)PhD95%21$1,488
Columbia University in the City of New York (Counseling PhD)PhD73%15$1,488
Columbia University in the City of New York (School PhD)PhD80%5$1,488
Cornell UniversityPhD$1,378
CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeMS$462
CUNY Brooklyn CollegeNASPMA, MS$462
CUNY City CollegeAPAMA, PhD85%27$462
CUNY Graduate School and University CenterAPAMS, PhD$462
CUNY Hunter CollegeMA$462
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal JusticeAPAMA, PhD100%12$462
CUNY Queens CollegeAPA, NASPMA, PhD95%21$462
Daemen UniversityMS$1,072
Empire State UniversityMS$471
Fordham University (Clinical PhD)APA, NASPMS, PhD96%27$1,657
Fordham University (Counseling PhD)APA, NASPMS, PhD81%21$1,657
Fordham University (School PhD)APA, NASPMS, PhD56%45$1,657
Hofstra University (Clinical PhD)APA, NASPMA, PhD, PsyD92%36$1,665
Hofstra University (School PsyD)APA, NASPMA, PhD, PsyD72%25$1,665
Iona UniversityMA$1,313
Long Island University-Brooklyn CampusAPAMA, MSEd, PhD89%46$1,352
Long Island University-Post CampusAPAPsyD90%61$1,352
Manhattanville CollegeMPS$1,050
Marist CollegeNASPMA$920
Mercy CollegeNASPMS$885
New York UniversityAPAMA, PhD70%10$2,157
Niagara UniversityNASPMSEd$900
Pace UniversityAPA, NASPMA, MSed, PhD, PsyD84%45$1,390
Roberts Wesleyan UniversityAPAMS, PsyD80%10$770
Rochester Institute of TechnologyMS$2,370
Russell Sage CollegeMPCACMA$780
St. Francis CollegeMA$1,778
St. John’s University-New York (Clinical PhD)APAMA, MS, PhD, PsyD100%21$1,470
St. John’s University-New York (School PsyD)APAMA, MS, PhD, PsyD65%48$1,470
St. Joseph’s University-New YorkMS$815
State University of New York at New PaltzMS$471
State University of New York at OswegoNASPMS$471
Stony Brook UniversityMA, PhD100%13$471
SUNY at Albany (Clinical PhD)APAMA, MS, PhD, PsyD100%9$471
SUNY at Albany (Counseling & School PhD)APAMA, MS, PhD, PsyD86%21$471
SUNY BrockportMA$471
SUNY Buffalo State UniversityMS$471
SUNY College at PlattsburghMA$471
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences UniversityMS$471
Syracuse University (Clinical PhD)APA, NASPPhD100%12$1,872
Syracuse University (School PhD)APA, NASPPhD83%6$1,872
Teachers College at Columbia University (Clinical PhD)APA, MPCAC, NASPEdD, EdM, MA, PhD95%21$1,970
Teachers College at Columbia University (Counseling PhD)APA, MPCAC, NASPEdD, EdM, MA, PhD73%15$1,970
Teachers College at Columbia University (School PhD)APA, MPCAC, NASPEdD, EdM, MA, PhD80%5$1,970
The College of Saint RoseMSEd$863
The New SchoolAPAMA, PhD86%50$2,339
Touro UniversityMA, MS, PsyD$650
University at Buffalo (Clinical PhD)APAMA, PhD100%16$471
University at Buffalo (Counseling & School PhD)APAMA, PhD71%24$471
University of RochesterAPAMS, PhD100%10$1,970
Upstate Medical UniversityMS$1,885
Yeshiva University (Clinical PhD)APA, NASPPhD, PsyD81%36$1,589
Yeshiva University (Clinical PsyD)APA, NASPPhD, PsyD93%54$1,589
Yeshiva University (School & Clinical PsyD)APA, NASPPhD, PsyD78%59$1,589

New York 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.

Binghamton University
4400 Vestal Pkwy E
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 777-2000

Student Review: “The psychology program at Binghamton is excellent, if overcrowded. The professors are extremely knowledgeable and accomplished, as well as interested in helping undergraduates learn rather than just focused on their research. The program is difficult, but if you work hard and are intelligent you will succeed. The downside is that it is the third largest major at a school of over 10,000 students, and the program has not quite adapted to that level of interest. It is quite difficult to get into classes, which are prerequisites for the major, and most of the classes are large lectures with 150 plus students. This makes connecting with your professors quite difficult.” – Student at Binghamton University

Student Review: “Binghamton University’s psychology program has been an enjoyable experience thus far. My classmates share my passion and all of my professors are leaders in their field. This is a research university, so they are all up to date on their fields and use this knowledge to enhance the students’ classroom experience. Binghamton’s applied behavior analysis program lets me use my psychological training in a hands-on approach and prepares me for a career. The only downside is that since psychology is a popular major, it can be difficult to register for classes. They need more sections or to limit the number of non-majors taking the courses. Once you get into the classes, they are great, but getting them can be a challenge.” – Student at Binghamton University

Canisius College
2001 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14208
(716) 883-7000

Student Review: “Canisius College offered an excellent psychology program. They had several concentrations you could do including child psychology, or you could just study general psychology, which is what I did. The class sizes were small, only about thirty students at the most, which I liked, and the teachers were always available to give you help after class or during their office hours if you needed it. We were required to take quite a few “core” psychology classes that covered different areas of psychology, but we also had the freedom to take additional classes. I enjoyed taking classes on abnormal psychology and neurobiology because I got different perspectives on psychology – both an overview of mental disorders and the science aspect of what causes mental disorders. Overall, I learned a lot in my four years at Canisius and really enjoyed attending.” – Student at Canisius College

Columbia University
116th St & Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-1754

Student Review: “Since Columbia University has a world-class reputation, one would think the psychology undergraduate program would live up to its name. Unfortunately, this was not the case. The program focused less on the subject of psychology and more on the core curriculum. Students were forced to take a standard set of liberal arts courses that ranged from art history to music theory. These courses, while interesting, did not contribute to my mastery of the major at hand. What I did like about the psychology program was the classes tended to be small, so I got individual attention from my professors. The professors often knew my name and would stay after class to help me. Overall, I could have gotten a better experience as a psychology major at a university that was known for it.” – Student at Columbia University

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 254-4636

Student Review: “I got into the psychology program after taking psychology 101, which is the largest class in the university (about 1,000 students each semester). The professor has been teaching this intro class for almost 30 years, so he really knows what he is teaching. It was this course that initially got me interested in psychology. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the broad courses my program offers and the ability to choose your focus/concentration. There are also many research opportunities, where you learn basic IRB protocol, learn to interact with human subjects, learn many statistical techniques, and learn to present your research findings to broader audiences. Cornell also has a fMRI machine, which allowed me to get involved with cool and cutting-edge NeuroImage based study. All these experiences helped me so much, later on, to find a really good research job after graduation.” – Student at Cornell University

Genesee Community College
1 College Rd
Batavia, NY 14020
(585) 343-0055

Student Review: “I was quite uncertain when I started the Psychology major, as the first class of Psychology 101 is boring and very dry as I had to learn the basics and the beginnings. As I started going through different classes such as Abnormal Psych, Childhood Psych, Human Sexuality and others I started to enjoy the classes more and more. The teachers were wonderful and very open minded and well educated. They made the classes fun and instead of writing paper on top of paper, they provided projects with and without other students. My favorite was the Human Sexuality class. As I was one of the older students, I found it amusing to watch the younger ones squirm when the professor actually brought in toys and a movie to watch weekly. We had to discuss openly sexual issues in all age groups including the geriatric group. I would love to go back and take them over again to see if anything changed.” – Student at Genesee Community College

Hunter College
695 Park Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 772-4000

Student Review: “The Hunter College psychology program was a very good experience for me. There are many psychology majors at this school, which sometimes makes registration difficult, but there are so many courses in so many different subfields that it makes up for it. Every week there are panels in which professors, guests, and students are able to discuss their own research. Additionally, there are many opportunities to work as a lab assistant or gain admission to an internship because of the prime location of the school. I think the only thing that could be improved is to have smaller class sizes because I never took a course under 40 people while studying there.” – Student at Hunter College

Iona College
715 North Ave
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(914) 633-2000

Student Review: “The psychology program at IONA College was challenging, yet very rewarding. The professors were always thorough, and the level of work demanded from the academia was often rather demanding. That being said, it was an extremely rewarding experience that has helped me excel in my current master’s program, and will surely help my career reach altitudes it would not have been able to have had I not gained such a great foundation of knowledge at IONA College. The availability of TA’s as well as professors for additional help and office hours were great. Everybody goes the extra mile to help you achieve your goals! The campus is small but pretty and I would recommend the psychology program here to anyone considering a career in psychology.” – Student at Iona College

Ithaca College
953 Danby Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-3011

Student Review: “It may sound cliche, but my experience at Ithaca College was truly the best four years of my life. I transferred into the psychology program after two years in, and am so glad I made the change. The professors were all so knowledgeable and talented in different ways. Every psychology course I took – from General Psychology to the final Research Labs – was beneficial without an ounce of wasted time or energy. I enjoyed every minute and learned the practical knowledge and experience I would need in my current profession. In particular, one professor helped ignite a passion for body image and self-esteem through my work on her research team. I will always look back fondly on my days at Ithaca College and am grateful for the education I received there.” – Student at Ithaca College

LeMoyne College
1419 Salt Springs Rd
Syracuse, NY 13214
(315) 445-4100

Student Review: “Studying psychology at LeMoyne College only enhanced my interest in the field and desire to learn more. The professors there knew their subject material very well and I never encountered a problem meeting one on one with a professor to further discuss academic pursuits or interests in the field. LeMoyne offered many various psych classes that enabled students to dive further into certain areas that interested them most. My favorites that I would highly recommend were abnormal child psychology, social psychology, and psychology of women. Students had many opportunities to listen to guest speakers and/or attend events on the subject that only brightened the future for our psychology learning and careers.” – Student at LeMoyne College

Marist College
3399 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 575-3000

Student Review: “I enjoyed my experience at Marist College as a psychology student. Many of the professors in the psychology department are engaging and are able to really teach on a more personal level due to the smaller class sizes at the college especially the further you go into your college career. And while the coursework could be challenging, I never felt overwhelmed because I knew if I had any problems I could contact my professors about it and get the help I needed. One thing I disliked was that there wasn’t too much of a variety of courses in the different fields of psychology available. However, it is understandable considering the campus and faculty size.” – Student at Marist College

Monroe Community College
4400 Vestal Pkwy E
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 777-2000

Student Review: “My experience with the psychology program at MCC was actually really great, though I expected much less The course material was nice and I found that the things that we were all taught were easy to understand and actually very interesting. I had my doubts about going into the program because I didn’t believe that a community college could offer a worthwhile program for psychology, but I was wrong. For me, taking psychology and getting the professor I had was a stroke of luck and a great experience. What tends to make or break a course in college, or any school really, is the professor and their teaching methods. I learn best when the professor includes the class in on the lectures and makes their lectures interesting and not just reading verbatim what it says in a powerpoint presentation. My psychology professor included us in everything she did during our lectures. Another important note is that our tests were easy to understand and we were able to take them when we were able to at the computer lab. It was great.” – Student at Monroe Community College

New York University
70 Washington Square
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-1212

Student Review: “I had a great experience in New York University’s specialized psychology program. The classes were extremely unique and interesting. I had wonderful professors who were not only extremely knowledgeable teachers but also had in-field experience dealing with psychology in children and adolescents. I was given the opportunity to observe and assist in making a diagnosis from my very first course which helped me realize initially if this area was the right career path for me. The only frustrating part of the program is that the classes are open to most majors so sometimes the really interesting classes fill up too quickly.” – Student at New York University

Student Review: “The New York University BA program in psychology was an eye-opening experience for me. The biggest gripe I had with the university was that I felt like I didn’t have anyone to go to that I could ask for help. The disjointed nature of NYU’s community is probably the reason for that. However, I did vastly enjoy how personable and knowledgeable my professors were; many were very passionate about what they taught and held various accolades in the fields they taught in. My favorite experience majoring in psychology happened my first year when I participated in various psychological experiments that allowed me to be part of the scientific research; something that I wouldn’t be able to get from reading textbooks. Overall, I would say that undergraduate psychology at NYU was worth my time.” – Student at New York University

Rochester Institute of Technology
1 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-2411

Student Review: “I studied psychology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The reason I did this was that right out of high school, I initially had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I figured psychology was an easy enough major that I would be able to pursue while looking into other programs to transfer into within the college. The coursework itself wasn’t too difficult, thankfully, and I passed most of my courses with relative ease. The professors were highly regarded in their respective fields of psychology so I was generally satisfied with what I was learning from them. Overall, The program was decent and I would recommend it to my friends.” – Rochester Institute of Technology

Siena College
515 Loudon Rd
Loudonville, NY 12211
(518) 783-2300

Student Review: “Siena College offers a wonderful psychology undergraduate program with a huge range of courses that introduced me to a wide variety of fields I could pursue with a psychology degree. The professors were always available during office hours or by appointment. The course load is challenging but extremely interesting. Siena offers upper-level psychology classes that allowed me to plan and implement my own research project. I was able to attend multiple events with guest speakers and research panels. The psychology professors and advisors not only helped me succeed while I was at Siena, but they also were extremely helpful in recommending graduate schools and possible jobs. Studying psychology at Siena College was a life-changing experience and truly prepared me for a career in the field.” – Student at Siena College

Student Review: “I really enjoyed my experience at Siena College. I came in as a declared psychology major as a freshman. I found the classes to be exciting, interesting, and challenging. I was able to make very good connections with my professors and learn a lot from them. Siena allowed me to study abroad for a semester as well which was a life-changing experience. I am very grateful that Siena has such a strong study abroad program and great advisors who help make the application process easy. I was also a member of many of the clubs at Siena, which has many different clubs and sports teams. Siena truly was a wonderful experience and I wouldn’t trade my four years there for anything.” – Student at Siena College

SUNY Cortland
38 Graham Ave
Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 753-2011

Student Review: “I originally started as a psychology major, but found the program to be too intense and competitive. Homework exceeded two hours for each class, with two classes per week. The professors were good but more often than not, I found myself bored in class. The professors were very knowledgeable but did not teach the content in a way that engaged me. Students were crazy about the work, and were often competitive to the extent of a point on a test – for example, a grade of 99 versus 98. Each still technically qualifies as excellent, so I wasn’t sure what the fuss was about. I spoke to other high school friends enrolled as psych majors and neither of them was having the same experience. Could it have possibly been the fact that there weren’t as many psych-majoring students at my school? Can’t say for sure. But, I happily switched to a Communications major/PR Marketing minor, where I found the professors and content to be much more engaging.”- Student at SUNY Cortland

SUNY Empire State College
2 Union Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 587-2100

Student Review: “SUNY Empire State College provides an excellent opportunity for working adults. It’s predominantly online program is accommodating to those with jobs and/or families. What I liked the best was that they do not make everyone in the same area of study take the same program. They have a class called educational planning where you get to pick the classes you take, as long as all of your gen ed requirements and advanced courses in your area are included. Another awesome option they have is to earn credits based on life experiences. Although the college is very flexible, I did have some negative experiences with some of the professors. Overall, I earned my Bachelor’s degree while I maintained a full time job and took care of my son with medical issues.” – Student at SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Fredonia
280 Central Ave
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3111

Student Review: “During my 4 years at SUNY Fredonia, I enjoyed the experience immensely. I found that this school was the absolute perfect size for me, and I was able to walk around campus and recognize a lot of people, but not know many as well. My psychology program was pretty rewarding, and I felt like I learned a lot. There are some challenging classes in this program. For example, you have to choose whether to take cognitive neuroscience or physiology of psychology and both classes are extremely hard, and one is required to graduate. Getting through physiology was a hurdle, but there were other classes I loved immensely, like introduction to counseling. In general, the professors in this department are great, with a few exceptions. One professor really made an impact on me and entirely inspired me to go to graduate school. This school encourages an internship, and I did one, which was very inspiring. I feel as though completing an internship really looks amazing on my resume and has made future employers interested. The career development office at this school is also helpful, and I found without them I might not have been accepted to graduate school!” – Student at SUNY Fredonia

SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Dr
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 257-7869

Student Review: “The experience at SUNY New Paltz’s cozy, tight-knit community is something that you simply can’t get at a larger university. Their psychology department is an intimate group of compassionate people who genuinely care about your well-being and progress throughout your career at SUNY New Paltz and beyond. The bond that I share with my advisor (and favorite professor) is second to none, and we still speak regularly. The New Paltz campus and community gives a psychology student a serene oasis in what can be a seemingly overwhelming world. The small group classrooms provide the perfect setting to help each individual develop into what they want to become. The knowledge and insight they provided at SUNY New Paltz are simply invaluable.” – Student at SUNY New Paltz

SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Ave
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 267-2000

Student Review: “My time at SUNY Potsdam, where I studied abnormal psych, left a lot to be desired. While the material was typically stimulating, I didn’t feel like I had a great support system of faculty, and many times felt like I was left on my own. Several of my professors were great, but my academic adviser was usually nowhere to be found. I did have the opportunity to study abroad, which was probably the best decision I ever made, but my time on the physical Potsdam campus was less than spectacular with regards to my course of study. All in all, I would not recommend this program, and I generally would advise against going into psych at all, unless you’re committed to pursuing a PhD, because a bachelor’s degree in this discipline doesn’t go very far, unfortunately.” – Student at SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Purchase
735 Anderson Hill Rd
Purchase, NY 10577
(914) 251-6000

Student Review: “I majored in psychology at Purchase and I was always satisfied with my experience. The professors there were generally more concerned with imparting knowledge on their students than with doing research. This might not appeal to everyone but I feel that research is more important in graduate school. My professors and advisor encouraged and helped get into graduate school and gave me more of their time than was required of them. I know they cared about me and my fellow students, or at least the ones that showed they cared about learning what was taught. The psychology program at Purchase is said to be more difficult than that at Harvard. I don’t know if that’s true, but it certainly was not easy. The major had more required classes than any other liberal arts major at Purchase and several of my friends had to change their major midway through the program because it was too difficult for them.” – Student at SUNY Purchase

SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11790
(631) 632-6000

Student Review: “I completed a bachelor of arts degree in psychology at SUNY Stony Brook, and greatly enjoyed my time as a student at the university and in the psychology department. Every psychology class was challenging, thought-provoking, enriching, and even fun. Stony Brook offers a wide array of classes — from clinical, to developmental, to biological psychology. The professors are knowledgeable and approachable, even in large lecture classes which can often be a bit alienating and impersonal. The graduate teaching assistants are also helpful, especially in the smaller methods classes. Depending on your own personal interests and goals, students are able (and encouraged) to participate in the faculty’s research labs and to assist them with their ongoing research projects. I had the invaluable opportunity to work in one such lab during my senior year. It was a wonderful experience and the best preparation for deciding whether or not to pursue graduate work in psychology.” – Student at SUNY Stony Brook

Student Review: “When I was at Stony Brook I had some good and bad experiences. Positive experiences include getting a 4.0 GPA and getting invited to special dinners every semester for scholarly recognition. Negative experiences include loneliness and a lack of attention from professors. I never quite felt at home at Stony Brook. Lectures have hundreds of students, and the few times I did try to schedule office hours, the professor would often forget to show up. It’s a state school with a lot of bureaucracy and overworked teachers who can’t always give you the attention you need. That being said, college (like everything!) is what you make of it. If you join clubs and activities and make an effort to build connections with your fellow students and apply to research programs and internships, then you’ll probably have a fulfilling college experience.” – Student at SUNY Stony Brook

Syracuse University
900 S Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 443-1870

Student Review: “I received my bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Syracuse University and have nothing but positive things to say about my experience. I declared my major during my sophomore year and found the curriculum to be intellectually stimulating while at the same time challenging. I found the vast majority of my professors to be very knowledgeable. At the same time, the courses were very hands on. Many of the courses combined the traditional lecture structure with classes that would include audio/visual presentations of the course material. In a psychology curriculum, this was very impactful since it allowed students to see these psychological principles and conditions on screen. Additionally, the university’s proximity to a research hospital provided a great opportunity to get practical experience with a semester-long internship. The only advice for where the program could improve was in the area of career guidance. I felt that at the end of the program there was not a lot of advisement given for careers in psychology or advice for continuing with master’s level education in psychology.” – Student at Syracuse University

Touro College
27, 33 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 463-0400

Student Review: “During my time in the I/O Psychology Master’s Program at Touro college, I can truly say that I am leaving with a lot of valuable knowledge. I am soon graduating from the program and I feel content with what I have learned as well as my overall experience. Professors have always expressed their desire to help students and they’ve been able to apply their life experiences in the field to give us a better understanding of the topics discussed in the classroom. Although some courses could benefit from a different teaching style, I do believe that I’ve had excellent professors who are knowledgeable and want their students to succeed.” – Student at Touro College

University of Buffalo
2 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
(716) 645-6900

Student Review: “The psychology program at UB was extremely in-depth, diverse and very interesting. I took courses like abnormal psychology, psychological statistics, psychology of adolescence, and more. The classes really opened my mind to different types of psychological issues that I was unaware of prior. A big part of my program was learning and using the DSM. The DSM truly became my main resource throughout my time there. I also participated in many internships in the psychology field. I worked at a school for children with autism and was able to assess their behavioral issues and truly use my psychological background in my work there.”- Student at University of Buffalo

Student Review: “The University at Buffalo has a large student body, and the largest major is psychology. Many of the entry-level classes are vague and the content is somewhat common sense, however, several 400 classes are more intricate and applied to real-world situations. There is a wealth of research opportunity at UB, which makes it a great school for anyone considering work in a research field or continuing on for a Ph.D. Overall, class sizes are large until you reach the senior year and take more focused classes. The requirements are not too demanding, but you are encouraged to do research or publish your own material if you want to get some recognition in order to stand out of the large student body.”- Student at University of Buffalo

University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
(585) 275-2121

Student Review: “University of Rochester Psychology program was a great experience for me. Since we have a great foundation of psychology, with many great names in the field, the professors provided us with great lectures and knowledge outside of lectures. Since we are a research-focused university, there were many opportunities for students to participate in research. The one thing I like the best about the program was that the professors were quite understanding and designed the curriculum as well as exams in ways that allow students to understand the material the best, without stressing too much about grades and other logistic issues.”- Student at University of Rochester

Vasser College
124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
(845) 437-7000

Student Review: “I loved my time at Vassar College. I spent a great deal of time with my professors outside of the classroom, who were always willing to meet for coffee and discuss issues in psychology. They thoroughly prepared me for the application process to graduate school. The course material itself is above and beyond what you would find at most colleges. There are opportunities to serve as a research assistant, although they can be hard to get. Exams were challenging as well, but preparing for them ensured that you had a good grasp of the material. Professors were always ready to write recommendations for their students. Since the student body is very small, you quickly get to know everyone in the department.”- Student at Vasser College

*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.

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