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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. New York’s universities and colleges offer psychology degrees in a vast range of concentrations, from general psychology to animal behavior and conservation. If you need added convenience and flexibility to earn a psychology degree, consider one of the many bachelor’s and master’s psychology degree programs offered either partially or fully online.

Psychology Program Stats

  • There are 105 not-for-profit colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in New York.1
  • 2 schools offer an associate’s degree in psychology.1
  • 102 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in psychology.1
  • 47 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.1
  • 10 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017: Queens College, CUNY (#64 in-state, #43 out-of-state), Binghamton University, (#40 in-state, #23 out-of-state), SUNY Geneseo (#40 in-state, #23 in-state), SUNY Purchase (#95 in-state, #71 out-of-state), Stony Brook University (#35 in-state, #32 out-of-state), SUNY Plattsburgh (#97 in-state, #81 out-of-state), CUNY Baruch College (#26 in-state, #25 out-of-state), CUNY Hunter College (#80 in-state, #38 out-of-state), SUNY New Paltz (#75 in-state, #53 out-of-state), University at Buffalo (#57 in-state, #74 out-of-state).2
  • 9 schools ranked in the Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors for 2018: Barnard College, CUNY Brooklyn, CUNY City College, CUNY Hunter College, CUNY Queens College, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, Union College, Vassar College.3

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Columbia University 94%, Cornell University 94%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: D’Youville College 45%.1
  • Highest net price*: The New School $45,504.1
  • Lowest net price*: CUNY Lehman College $6,159.1

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

Keep reading to learn more about the graduate and undergraduate psychology programs offered at New York’s leading colleges and universities.

Schools in New York with Psychology Programs

Traditional Undergraduate Programs

Mercy College

Mercy College awards both the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. Both degree programs allow students to complete courses, or the entire degree requirements, online or at one of the college’s campuses in Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan, the Bronx, or Yorktown. Psychology majors will complete such core psychology requirements as modern psychology in historical perspective, psychobiology, experimental psychology, and classics in social and behavioral psychology. The program prepares undergraduate students to continue on to graduate studies or to begin entry-level positions in such fields as business.

The New School

The New School allows undergraduates to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology upon successful completion of the four-year, 120-credit program. The psychology major requires 39 credits, including in such foundational courses as Introduction to Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Statistics for the Social Sciences, Research Methods, Neuropsychology, and Theories of Personality. Students will complete the program with a senior capstone course. Applicants to the program do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores but must hold a high school diploma or a GED for consideration.

Traditional Graduate Programs

New York University

New York University confers the Master of Arts (MA) in General Psychology and the Master of Arts (MA) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Graduate students pursuing a general psychology degree may opt to specialize in biopsychology, cognition and perception, forensic psychology, and social and consumer psychology. The general psychology program consists of 36 credits, 24 of which must be in psychology. Courses cover such topics as psychology of violence, child development, and cognitive neuroscience. Graduate students will also complete a fieldwork experience. The industrial and organizational program, which is primarily research-based, requires 36 credits to fulfill degree requirements with 21 of those credits in psychology. Graduate students may take such courses as personnel selection, training in organizations, and performance measurements and rewards. Students may choose between a thesis or a comprehensive exam.

Hunter College

Graduate students at Hunter College may pursue a Master of Arts (MA) in General Psychology or a Master of Arts (MA) in Animal Behavior and Conservation. The general psychology program consists of 30 credits and students may opt to specialize in applied and evaluative psychology; social, cognitive, and developmental psychology; or biopsychology and comparative psychology. A thesis, which generally takes a year to complete, and a comprehensive exam are required. Graduate students in the animal behavior and conservation program will complete 36 credits, including core requirements in such topics as basic psychological processes, experimental psychology, and statistical methods in psychology. Students may also choose from such electives as Animal Thinking and Communication, Psychology of Learning, and Comparative Psychology.

Online Psychology Programs

CUNY School of Professional Studies

The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Professional Studies (SPS), the online arm of the CUNY system, offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology that emphasizes social behavior, lifespan development, research, and effective communication in sociocultural and international contexts. The program can be completed fully online and offers three specialization tracks: Organizational Psychology; Psychological Development; or Psychopathology. Students may also complete a formal minor through the selection of electives. Minor areas available online include Autism Spectrum Disorder; Mental and Behavioral Health; Cultural Sociology; and Psychology of Management and Organizations. To be considered for admission to the online BA in Psychology, students must have at least 24 transferable credits from an accredited school with a minimum GPA of 2.5. CUNY SPS maintains formal articulation agreements with numerous two-year colleges and universities, which can ease the process of transferring credits from other institutions towards a bachelor’s degree. Opportunities to earn credit towards the degree through experience, workplace training, and other learning assessments are offered.

Medaille College

Medaille College offers an online Master of Arts in Psychology that requires 36 credit hours to complete. Courses are offered in seven-week formats; students may take anywhere from one to four courses per semester, providing flexible scheduling for those with other work and life commitments. An optional concentration in Sports Psychology is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in sports management, rehabilitation, and coaching. Regardless of concentration, graduates of the MA program are prepared to pursue doctoral study towards a PhD or PsyD. To be considered for admission, students must have a bachelor’s degree and provide a resume, personal/professional statement, and two professional references. Residents of western New York who enroll in the program may be eligible for graduate-level internships at the Medaille Family Counseling Center, a mental health outpatient treatment facility. All students enrolled in Medaille College’s online programs receive personalized support and may be eligible for financial aid and scholarship packages.

EPPP Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Psychology Programs in New York

The table below is designed to help you compare not-for-profit psychology schools in New York 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 ProgramNational Accred.*Grad Rate**EPPP Pass Rate6Number Taking6College Factual Undergrad
Ranking4
US News Grad Rank5Net Price
Adelphi UniversityYesYesAPA, NASP68%67%18119217^$28,095
Alfred UniversityYesYesAPA, CACREP, NASP61%$22,075
Barnard CollegeYesNo91%31$22,815
Canisius CollegeYesNoCACREP71%$20,767
Cazenovia CollegeYesNo43%$17,349
Clarkson UniversityYesNo71%$31,181
Colgate UniversityYesNo90%51$22,463
College of Mount Saint VincentYesNo55%$17,244
College of Staten Island CUNYYesNo31%$10,627
Columbia University in the City of New YorkYesYes94%$22,973
Cornell UniversityYesYes94%4324^$30,014
CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeYesYes66%176181^$9,510
CUNY Brooklyn CollegeYesYesCACREP, NASP51%190^$9,771
CUNY City CollegeYesYes47%100%11148^$8,547
CUNY Graduate School and University CenterYesYesAPAN/A67%698^N/A
CUNY Hunter CollegeYesYesCACREP53%114167^$10,201
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal JusticeYesYesAPA44%83%6167^$8,530
CUNY Lehman CollegeYesNoCACREP44%$6,159
CUNY Medgar Evers CollegeYesNo13%$9,901
CUNY Queens CollegeYesYesAPA, NASP60%100%1415398^$8,704
CUNY York CollegeYesNo30%$7,528
Daemen CollegeYesNo55%$17,106
Dominican College of BlauveltYesNo43%$19,742
D’Youville CollegeYesNo45%$20,174
Elmira CollegeYesNo60%$26,024
Excelsior CollegeYesNoN/AN/A
Farmingdale State CollegeYesNo49%$8,687
Fordham University (Clinical Phd)YesYesAPA80%92%1387131^$38,008
Fordham University (Counseling PhD)YesYesAPA80%100%987131^$38,008
Fordham University (School PhD)YesYesAPA, NASP80%78%987131^$38,008
Hamilton CollegeYesNo92%$24,397
Hartwick CollegeYesNo60%$25,421
Hilbert CollegeYesNo43%$16,869
Hobart William Smith CollegesYesNo77%148$38,805
Hofstra University (Clinical PhD)YesYesAPA, CACREP64%94%16190^$32,169
Hofstra University (School PsyD)YesYesAPA, NASP64%63%8190^$32,169
Houghton CollegeYesNo72%141$21,518
Iona CollegeYesYesNASP68%174$27,021
Ithaca CollegeYesNo75%155$35,049
Keuka CollegeYesNo60%$24,126
Le Moyne CollegeYesNo67%195$23,361
LIU BrooklynYesYesAPA33%89%19217^$25,952
LIU Hudson at WestchesterNoYesN/AN/A
LIU PostYesYesAPA, CACREP46%75%12$27,757
Manhattan CollegeYesNo71%$32,576
Manhattanville CollegeYesNo48%$25,450
Maria College of AlbanyYesNo15%$11,135
Marist CollegeYesYesNASP83%85$35,817
Marymount Manhattan CollegeYesNo45%$35,875
Medaille CollegeYesYesCACREP43%$14,205
Mercy CollegeYesYesNASP39%$16,060
Molloy CollegeYesNo76%$27,839
Morrisville State CollegeYesNo28%$16,388
Mount Saint Mary CollegeYesNo54%$26,356
Nazareth CollegeYesNo69%$28,379
New York Institute of TechnologyYesNoCACREP44%$23,647
New York UniversityYesYesAPA85%40%51536^$35,147
Niagara UniversityYesYesCACREP, NASP67%$18,523
Nyack CollegeYesNo35%$17,987
Pace University-New YorkYesYesAPA, NASP59%86%28192$31,040
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteYesYes83%98^$37,434
Roberts Wesleyan CollegeYesYesNASP59%$22,681
Rochester Institute of TechnologyYesYesNASP66%$29,111
Saint John Fisher CollegeYesNoCACREP73%$27,291
Siena CollegeYesNo75%$26,816
Skidmore CollegeYesNo89%105$23,941
St. Bonaventure UniversityYesYesCACREP64%$23,336
St. Francis CollegeYesYes52%$14,830
St. John’s University-New York (Clinical PhD)YesYesAPA, CACREP58%92%12167^$26,582
St. John’s University-New York (School PsyD)YesYesAPA, CACREP, NASP58%93%14167^$26,582
St. Lawrence UniversityYesYes84%40$31,590
St. Joseph’s College-New YorkYesNo72%$16,831
St. Thomas Aquinas CollegeYesNo62%$20,823
State University of New York at New PaltzYesYes72%$14,605
Stony Brook UniversityYesYesAPA72%14239^$13,615
SUNY at Albany (Clinical PhD)YesYesAPA66%100%512181^$15,114
SUNY at Albany (Counseling PhD)YesYesAPA66%86%712181^$15,114
SUNY at Albany (School PsyD)YesYesAPA, NASP66%100%512181^$15,114
SUNY at BinghamtonYesYesAPA83%3081^$16,540
SUNY at FredoniaYesNo62%$16,622
SUNY at Purchase CollegeYesNo62%$18,123
SUNY Buffalo StateYesNo50%94%1675^$12,046
SUNY College at BrockportYesYesCACREP68%$14,267
SUNY College at GeneseoYesNo81%149$17,283
SUNY College at Old WestburyYesNo43%$10,050
SUNY College at OswegoYesYesNASP66%$16,381
SUNY College at PlattsburghYesYesCACREP, NASP63%$14,287
SUNY College at PotsdamYesNo52%$14,209
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at CobleskillYesNo41%$14,815
SUNY College of Technology at CantonYesNo36%$12,347
SUNY CortlandYesNo74%$17,422
SUNY Empire State CollegeYesNo22%$13,733
SUNY OneontaYesNo72%$15,498
SUNY Polytechnic InstituteYesNo44%$14,410
Syracuse UniversityYesYesAPA, CACREP, NASP82%11190^$31,823
Teachers College at Columbia University (Clinical PhD)NoYesAPA, NASPN/A86%760^N/A
Teachers College at Columbia University (Counseling PhD)NoYesAPA, NASPN/A100%860^N/A
The College of New RochelleYesYes35%$33,856
The College of Saint RoseYesYesNASP60%$23,246
The New SchoolYesYesAPA68%90%20167^$45,504
The Sage CollegesYesYes58%$20,077
Touro CollegeYesYes45%$18,928
Union CollegeYesNo87%94$38,621
United States Military AcademyYesNo86%N/A
University at BuffaloYesYesAPA, CACREP, NASP74%165$15,987
University of RochesterYesYesAPA, CACREP85%100%5750^$34,170
Utica CollegeYesNo45%$24,153
Vassar CollegeYesNo91%56$21,933
Wagner CollegeYesNo67%$27,217
Wells CollegeYesNo53%$19,209
Yeshiva University (Clinical PsyD)YesYesAPA82%97%29148^$30,968
Yeshiva University (Health Clinical PhD)YesYesAPA82%73%15148^$30,968
Yeshiva University (Clinical-School Psychology)YesYesAPA, NASP82%94%17148^$30,968

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 New York

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.

Binghamton University
4400 Vestal Pkwy E
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 777-2000
http://www.binghamton.edu

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
stars-4

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
stars-4

Canisius College
2001 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14208
(716) 883-7000
https://www.canisius.edu/

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
stars-4

Columbia University
116th St & Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-1754
http://www.columbia.edu/

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
stars-4

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 254-4636
http://www.cornell.edu/

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
stars-5

Genesee Community College
1 College Rd
Batavia, NY 14020
(585) 343-0055
https://www.genesee.edu/

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
stars-4

Hunter College
695 Park Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 772-4000
http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/main/

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
stars-4

Iona College
715 North Ave
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(914) 633-2000
https://www.iona.edu/home.aspx

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
stars-5

Ithaca College
953 Danby Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-3011
https://www.ithaca.edu/

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
stars-5

LeMoyne College
1419 Salt Springs Rd
Syracuse, NY 13214
(315) 445-4100
https://www.lemoyne.edu/

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
stars-5

Marist College
3399 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 575-3000
http://www.marist.edu/

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
stars-4

Monroe Community College
4400 Vestal Pkwy E
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 777-2000
http://www.monroecc.edu/

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
stars-4

New York University
70 Washington Square
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-1212
http://www.nyu.edu/

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
stars-4

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
stars-4

Nyack College
1 South Blvd
Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 358-1710
http://www.nyack.edu/

Student Review: “I studied psychology at Nyack College as an undergraduate student. I had a memorable experience there throughout my years there. The professors made my experience worthwhile. I gained so much wisdom from my psychology professors. Their teaching style was extremely effective. Because our class was small in number, we were given undivided attention by our professors. They were able to adjust their teaching style to meet each student’s needs. They genuinely cared about their students and I felt that they genuinely wanted me to learn and grow as a student. They wanted me to understand psychology and how to apply it to my life and others. They were very patient and outgoing. Often times, I would just stop by my professor’s office to just chat with them.” – Student at Nyack College
stars-5

Rochester Institute of Technology
1 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-2411
https://www.rit.edu/

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
stars-3

Siena College
515 Loudon Rd
Loudonville, NY 12211
(518) 783-2300
https://www.siena.edu/

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
stars-4

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
stars-4

SUNY Cortland
38 Graham Ave
Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 753-2011
http://www2.cortland.edu/home/

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
stars-4

SUNY Empire State College
2 Union Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 587-2100
https://www.esc.edu/

Student Review: “SUNY Empire State College provides an excellent opportunity for working adults. Its 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 general education 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
stars-4

SUNY Fredonia
280 Central Ave
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3111
http://home.fredonia.edu/

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
stars-5

SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Dr
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 257-7869
http://www.newpaltz.edu/

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
stars-5

SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Ave
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 267-2000
http://www.potsdam.edu/

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
stars-2

SUNY Purchase
735 Anderson Hill Rd
Purchase, NY 10577
(914) 251-6000
https://www.purchase.edu/

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
stars-5

SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11790
(631) 632-6000
http://www.stonybrook.edu/

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
stars-5

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
stars-2

Syracuse University
900 S Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 443-1870
https://www.syracuse.edu/

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
stars-5

Touro College
27, 33 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 463-0400
https://www.touro.edu/

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
stars-5

University of Buffalo
2 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
(716) 645-6900
http://www.buffalo.edu/

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
stars-5

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
stars-3

University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
(585) 275-2121
http://www.rochester.edu/

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
stars-4

Vasser College
124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
(845) 437-7000
https://www.vassar.edu/

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
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.
4. College Factual, Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Psychology (Nationwide): https://www.collegefactual.com/majors/psychology/rankings/top-ranked/#
5. US News & World Report Best Graduate Psychology Programs: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-humanities-schools/psychology-rankings
6. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, Psychology Licensing Exam Scores by Doctoral Program: http://www.asppb.net/?ScoresByDrProgram