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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.

    Quick Facts

    • There are 112 not-for-profit colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in New York.1
    • 6 schools offer an associate’s degree in psychology.1
    • 105 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in psychology.1
    • 48 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.1
    • 11 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values for 2019.2
    • 10 schools ranked in the Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors for 2018.3
    • No schools ranked in PsychologyDegree411’s Top Schools with Online Psychology Programs.4
    • 6 schools ranked in Times Higher Education’s Best Universities for Psychology 2019.5

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

    Top-Ranked Schools with Psychology Programs in New York

    Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019*

    • Baruch College of the City of New York (#44)
    • Binghamton University, State University of New York (#18)
    • Hunter College of the City of New York (#45)
    • Purchase College, State University of New York (#86)
    • State University of New York at New Platz (#76)
    • State University of New York College at Geneseo (#53)
    • State University of New York College at Oneonta (#96)
    • Stony Brook University, State University of New York (#32)
    • Queens College of the City of New York (#77)
    • University at Albany, State University of New York (#100)
    • University at Buffalo, State University of New York (#54)

    *Institution-wide ranking.

    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

    Times Higher Education Best Universities for Psychology 2019

    • Cornell University (#13)
    • Columbia University (#16)
    • New York University (#22)
    • University of Rochester (#45)
    • Stony Brook University (#126-150)
    • Fordham University (#151-175)

    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, or the Bronx. 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, 2017.6 Only results from APA-accredited or ASPPB-designated doctoral programs with at least four test-takers during the exam period are included.6

    SchoolBA/BSGrad Prog.Online Prog.Nat’l Accred.*Grad Rate**EPPP Pass Rate6# Taking6College Factual Under-
    grad Rank7
    US News Grad Rank8Net Price
    Adelphi UniversityYesYesNoAPA, NASP68%70%3397217^$28,406
    Alfred UniversityYesYesNoAPA, CACREP, NASP60%$20,892
    Barnard CollegeYesNoNo92%13$26,681
    Canisius CollegeYesNoNoCACREP68%$20,542
    Cazenovia CollegeYesNoNo60%$17,588
    Clarkson UniversityYesNoNo75%$31,376
    Colgate UniversityYesNoNo89%51$23,058
    College of Mount Saint VincentYesNoNo51%$18,810
    College of Staten Island CUNYYesNoNo31%$6,761
    Columbia University in the City of New YorkYesYesNo96%$21,220
    Concordia University-New YorkYesNoNo43%4924^$17,,593
    Cornell UniversityYesYesNo95%4924^$28,890
    CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeYesYesNo69%179181^$4,119
    CUNY Brooklyn CollegeYesYesNoCACREP, NASP58%190^$4,211
    CUNY City CollegeYesYesNoAPA55%100%16232148^$4,674
    CUNY Graduate School and University CenterYesYesNoAPAN/A55%1198^N/A
    CUNY Hunter CollegeYesYesNoCACREP56%88167^$4,332
    CUNY John Jay College of Criminal JusticeYesYesNoAPA46%92%13167^$4,745
    CUNY Lehman CollegeYesNoNoCACREP49%$3,467
    CUNY Medgar Evers CollegeYesNoNo13%$6,677
    CUNY Queens CollegeYesYesNoAPA, NASP55%95%1916498^$4,776
    CUNY York CollegeYesNoNo30%$5,097
    Daemen CollegeYesNoNo57%$17,672
    Dominican College of BlauveltYesNoBachelor’s43%$20,210
    D’Youville CollegeYesNoNo60%$21,240
    Elmira CollegeYesNoNo68%$24,378
    Excelsior CollegeYesNoBachelor’sN/AN/A
    Farmingdale State CollegeYesNoNo50%$7,970
    Fordham University (Clinical Phd)YesYesNoAPA83%96%2476131^$39,011
    Fordham University (Counseling PhD)YesYesNoAPA83%100%1776131^$39,011
    Fordham University (School PhD)YesYesNoAPA, NASP83%88%17131^$39,011
    Hamilton CollegeYesNoNo93%$27,809
    Hartwick CollegeYesNoNo58%$23,873
    Hilbert CollegeYesNoNo59%$15,274
    Hobart William Smith CollegesYesNoNo78%164$38,311
    Hofstra University (Clinical PhD)YesYesNoAPA, CACREP63%96%28218190^$32,443
    Hofstra University (School PsyD)YesYesNoAPA, NASP63%70%23218190^$32,443
    Houghton CollegeYesNoBachelor’s71%215$24,938
    Iona CollegeYesYesNoNASP67%217$28,131
    Ithaca CollegeYesNoNo79%186$34,827
    Keuka CollegeYesNoNo53%$25,730
    Le Moyne CollegeYesNoNo75%169$23,681
    LIU BrooklynYesYesNoAPA46%87%30217^$24,266
    LIU Hudson at WestchesterNoYesNoN/AN/A
    LIU PostYesYesNoAPA, CACREPN/A84%31N/A
    Manhattan CollegeYesNoNo74%$34,143
    Manhattanville CollegeYesNoNo59%$24,541
    Maria College of AlbanyYesNoNo12%$17,118
    Marist CollegeYesYesNoNASP83%147$37,421
    Marymount Manhattan CollegeYesNoNo48%$37,989
    Medaille CollegeYesYesMaster’sCACREP37%$11,929
    Mercy CollegeYesYesNoNASP44%$13,972
    Molloy CollegeYesNoBachelor’s75%143$29,189
    Mount Saint Mary CollegeYesNoNo57%$24,770
    Nazareth CollegeYesNoNo66%$29,881
    New York Institute of TechnologyYesNoNoCACREP51%$22,187
    New York UniversityYesYesNoAPA85%64%111836^$39,935
    Niagara UniversityYesYesNoCACREP, NASP71%$19,106
    Nyack CollegeYesNoBachelor’s42%$20,217
    Pace University-New YorkYesYesNoAPA, CACREP, NASP56%83%53$31,923
    Paul Smiths College of Arts and ScienceYesNoNo51%$26,343
    Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteYesNoNo86%98^$39,308
    Roberts Wesleyan CollegeYesYesNoAPA, NASP68%$23,673
    Rochester Institute of TechnologyYesYesNoNASP67%$31,798
    Saint John Fisher CollegeYesNoNoCACREP73%$27,794
    Siena CollegeYesNoNo74%180$28,355
    Skidmore CollegeYesNoNo86%118$24,087
    St. Bonaventure UniversityYesYesNoCACREP68%$21,613
    St. Francis CollegeYesYesNo55%$14,819
    St. John’s University-New York (Clinical PhD)YesYesNoAPA, CACREP61%90%20238167^$25,816
    St. John’s University-New York (School PsyD)YesYesNoAPA, CACREP, NASP61%85%27238167^$25,816
    St. Lawrence UniversityYesYesNo82%43$33,580
    St. Joseph’s College-Long IslandYesNoBachelor’s68%$19,072
    St. Joseph’s College-New YorkYesNoBachelor’s68%$16,973
    St. Thomas Aquinas CollegeYesNoNo55%$20,266
    State University of New York at New PaltzYesYesNo76%$14,882
    Stony Brook UniversityYesYesNoAPA74%92%1312139^$14,874
    SUNY at Albany (Clinical PhD)YesYesNoAPA64%100%107481^$15,844
    SUNY at Albany (Counseling PhD)YesYesNoAPA64%92%127481^$15,844
    SUNY at Albany (School PsyD)YesYesNoAPA, NASP64%100%681^$15,844
    SUNY BinghamtonYesYesNoAPA81%57$16,440
    SUNY FredoniaYesNoNo62%$14,775
    SUNY Purchase CollegeYesNoNo63%$17,308
    SUNY Buffalo StateYesNoNo48%94%1675^$12,024
    SUNY BrockportYesYesNoCACREP65%$14,723
    SUNY College at GeneseoYesNoNo81%96$17,673
    SUNY College at MorrisvilleYesNoNo33%$16,872
    SUNY College at Old WestburyYesNoNo47%$10,710
    SUNY College at OswegoYesYesNoCACREP, NASP64%$15,780
    SUNY College at PlattsburghYesYesNoCACREP, NASP68%$13,614
    SUNY College at PotsdamYesNoNo56%$13,749
    SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at CobleskillYesNoNo40%$14,722
    SUNY College of Technology at CantonYesNoNo40%$12,954
    SUNY CortlandYesNoNo71%$16,386
    SUNY Empire State CollegeYesNoNo26%$13,415
    SUNY OneontaYesNoNo76%$15,012
    SUNY Polytechnic InstituteYesNoNo57%$12,784
    Syracuse UniversityYesYesNoAPA, CACREP, NASP83%8690^$39,005
    Teachers College at Columbia University (Clinical PhD)NoYesNoAPA, NASPN/A93%1460^N/A
    Teachers College at Columbia University (Counseling PhD)NoYesNoAPA, NASPN/A83%1260^N/A
    Teachers College at Columbia University (School EdD)NoYesNoAPA, NASPN/A100%960^N/A
    The College of New RochelleYesYesNo35%$27,821
    The College of Saint RoseYesYesMaster’sNASP61%$21,892
    The New SchoolYesYesNoAPA72%90%39167^$48,447
    The Sage CollegesYesYesNo62%$21,340
    Touro CollegeYesYesNo47%$19,643
    Union CollegeYesNoNo88%110$39,538
    United States Military AcademyYesNoNo85%N/A
    University at BuffaloYesYesNoAPA, CACREP, NASP76%92%26123$15,895
    University of RochesterYesYesNoAPA, CACREP86%100%82050^$35,452
    Utica CollegeYesNoNo54%$22,991
    Vassar CollegeYesNoNo92%50$25,211
    Villa Maria CollegeYesNoNo37%$10,374
    Wagner CollegeYesNoNo69%$29,961
    Wells CollegeYesNoNo60%$20,997
    Yeshiva University (Clinical PsyD)YesYesNoAPA83%94%53148^$32,995
    Yeshiva University (Health Clinical PhD)YesYesNoAPA83%88%43148^$32,995
    Yeshiva University (Clinical-School Psychology)YesYesNoAPA, NASP83%84%37148^$32,995

    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 who began studies in Fall 2012 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
    https://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
    https://hunter.cuny.edu/

    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/

    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
    https://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
    https://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
    https://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
    https://www.nyack.edu/site/

    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
    https://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.suny.edu/

    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
    stars-4

    SUNY Fredonia
    280 Central Ave
    Fredonia, NY 14063
    (716) 673-3111
    https://www.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
    https://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
    https://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
    https://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
    https://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
    https://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

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    1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
    2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-best-college-values-college-finder/index.php#Table
    3. The Princeton Review. The Best 382 Colleges, 2018 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2017.
    4. PsychologyDegree411 Top Schools with Online Psychology Programs: https://www.psychologydegree411.com/degrees/online/
    5. Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 – Psychology: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2019/subject-ranking/psychology
    6. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, Psychology Licensing Exam Scores by Doctoral Program: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.asppb.net/resource/resmgr/eppp_/2017_Doctoral_Report.pdf
    7. College Factual, Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Psychology (Nationwide): https://www.collegefactual.com/majors/psychology/rankings/top-ranked/#
    8. US News & World Report Best Graduate Psychology Programs: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-humanities-schools/psychology-rankings