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Psychology Schools in Pennsylvania

The following guide to psychology schools in Pennsylvania contains important information on the many undergraduate and graduate psychology programs in the state, including profiles of specific programs, and is designed to help you find the best psychology program for your academic and career goals. Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities offer a full spectrum of psychology concentrations, including school psychology and positive psychology. Students seeking a more flexible and convenient alternative to a traditional psychology program may want to consider an online bachelor’s or master’s in psychology degree program.

Psychology Program Stats

  • There are 127 not-for-profit colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Pennsylvania.1
  • 18 schools offer an associate’s degree in psychology.1
  • 109 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in psychology.1
  • 45 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.1
  • 4 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017: Penn State University-University Park (#44 in-state, #65 out-of-state), University of Pittsburgh (#41 in-state, #36 out-of-state), West Chester University of Pennsylvania (#99 in-state, #91 out-of-state), Temple University (#86 in-state, #86 out-of-state).2
  • 8 schools ranked in the Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors for 2018: Allegheny College, Bucknell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Gettysburg College, Moravian College, Temple University, University of Pittsburgh, Washington & Jefferson College.3

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Pennsylvania 95%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 51%.1
  • Highest net price*: Drexel University $39,021.1
  • Lowest net price*: Cheyney University of Pennsylvania $12,013.1

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

Keep reading to learn more about the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offered on campus and online in Pennsylvania.

Schools in Pennsylvania with Psychology Programs

Traditional Undergraduate Programs

Point Park University

Point Park University awards the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology to students who successfully complete the 123 credit, four-year undergraduate program. Psychology majors will complete both general college and major requirements with psychology offerings encompassing clinical psychology, child psychology, community psychology, and forensic psychology. Psychology majors are encouraged to complete an internship with past interns working at locations including Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Operation Better Block, Mercy Behavioral Health, and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape. Students may join the campus organization, the Confluence Psychology Alliance or become involved in the school’s annual hosting of the Undergraduate Research Conference.

California University of Pennsylvania

Undergraduate students at California University of Pennsylvania may pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology. The four-year, 120 credit program requires psychology majors to complete a combination of general college courses and core and elective psychology requirements. Students may also specialize in one of four areas including cognitive and experimental psychology, social and applied psychology, educational and school psychology, or clinical and counseling psychology. Specializations require psychology majors to complete five courses in the specific area of psychology. Internships are also recommended for any student studying psychology. Psychology majors may join the Psychology Club or, if academically eligible, apply for induction into Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students.

Traditional Graduate Programs

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania confers the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) to students who successfully complete the nine-course program. Graduate students must enroll full-time as the program works on a hybrid format with classes commencing on campus for one weekend each month and through distance learning at all other times. The program admits students in September with the program taking one year to complete. All students will complete the same curriculum, which includes courses in positive psychology, research methods and evaluation, foundations of positive interventions, and humanities and human flourishing. The program culminates in a capstone project, which is completed in the summer semester.

Temple University

Temple University allows students to pursue a Counseling Psychology Masters of Education (EdM). The program, which can be completed full-time or part-time, consists of 60 credits with full-time students generally fulfilling degree requirements in two years; part-time students generally finish in three years. Graduate students opt for one of two tracks: the agency counseling track and the school counseling track. An internship, which allows for videotaping of all of a student’s counseling sessions, is mandatory. Students will also complete such core psychology courses as theories of counseling psychology, multicultural counseling, introduction to assessment, and concepts in human development. A limited number of assistantships may be available for qualified students.

Online Psychology Programs

Alvernia University

Alvernia University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Psychology that requires 123 credit hours to complete. In addition to electives and general education credits, students take 29 credit hours of major courses within the psychology core. Required courses include Exploring Research; Human Development Across the Lifespan; and Introduction to Psychopathology. Students also take a practicum as well as courses exploring ethical and professional issues in psychology. Tuition for the online psychology program is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students, which can position the degree as a cost-competitive option. Financial aid options, including scholarships and grants, are also available based on merit as well as need. Online programs at Alvernia University emphasize small class sizes with collaborative learning environments and flexible course schedules.

Edinboro University

Edinboro University’s online Master of Education in Educational Psychology program provides both theoretical and practical backgrounds in education as well as psychology to prepare students for careers in school counseling and related fields, as well as for doctoral study. The program requires 30 credit hours to complete and does not require field experience. Throughout the program, students learn how to monitor and benchmark student progress in accordance with research-supported best practices. Courses in the required core include Learning Theories; Psychoeducational Counseling and Interviewing; and Crisis Management and Violence Prevention in Schools. Full-time students can complete the degree in as little as two years. To graduate, students must maintain a 3.5 GPA and pass the program’s comprehensive exam. Financial aid is available to graduate students who qualify.

EPPP Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Psychology Programs in Pennsylvania

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

SchoolBA/BS ProgramGraduate ProgramOnline Psych ProgramsNational Accred.*Grad Rate**EPPP Pass Rate6Number Taking6College Factual Undergrad
Ranking4
US News Grad Rank5Net Price
Albright CollegeYesNoNo54%$24,888
Allegheny CollegeYesNoNo76%154$26,517
Alvernia UniversityYesNoBachelor’sCACREP53%$24,675
Arcadia UniversityYesYesNo61%$27,471
Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaYesNoNo62%$16,027
Bryn Athyn College of the New ChurchYesNoNo50%$16,857
Bryn Mawr CollegeYesYesNo83%100%582148^$31,900
Bucknell UniversityYesYesNo88%48$34,339
Cabrini UniversityYesNoNo60%$24,958
Cairn University-LanghorneYesNoNo61%$19,596
California University of PennsylvaniaYesYesMaster’sCACREP, NASP50%$17,819
Carlow UniversityYesYesNoAPA57%100%6$18,252
Carnegie Mellon UniversityYesYesNo90%9117^$35,250
Cedar Crest CollegeYesNoNo56%$19,231
Chatham UniversityYesYesBachelor’sAPA52%$26,393
Chestnut Hill CollegeYesYesNoAPA48%64%14$24,418
Cheyney University of PennsylvaniaYesNoNo16%$12,013
Clarion University of PennsylvaniaYesNoBachelor’s49%$17,972
Clarks Summit UniversityYesYesNo55%$17,482
Delaware Valley UniversityYesYesNo57%$29,517
DeSales UniversityYesNoBachelor’s68%$25,549
Dickinson CollegeYesNoNo84%98$34,409
Drexel UniversityYesYesBachelor’s, Master’sAPA70%100%11148^$39,021
Duquesne University (School PhD)YesYesNoAPA, CACREP, NASP79%33%6190^$28,930
Duquesne University (Clinical PhD)YesYesNoAPA, CACREP, NASP79%100%6190^$28,930
East Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaYesNoNo57%$16,377
Eastern UniversityYesYesNo58%$22,877
Edinboro University of PennsylvaniaYesYesMaster’sCACREP, NASP44%$14,323
Elizabethtown CollegeYesNoNo74%$28,518
Franklin and Marshall CollegeYesNoNo87%99$23,182
Gannon UniversityYesYesNoCACREP65%$22,003
Geneva CollegeYesYesNoCACREP66%$20,223
Gettysburg CollegeYesNoNo87%79$34,636
Grove City CollegeYesNoNo81%$20,483
Gwynedd Mercy UniversityYesNoBachelor’s51%$24,254
Haverford CollegeYesNoNo90%$21,144
Holy Family UniversityYesYesNo60%$15,611
Immaculata UniversityYesYesNoAPA, CACREP67%59%22$29,386
Indiana University of PennsylvaniaYesYesNoAPA, CACREP, NASP54%100%10$17,264
Juniata CollegeYesNoNo76%$28,142
Keystone CollegeYesNoNo42%$19,857
King’s CollegeYesNoNo65%$25,914
Kutztown University of PennsylvaniaYesYesNoCACREP55%$19,385
La Roche CollegeYesNoNo55%$22,426
La Salle UniversityYesYesNoAPA, CACREP65%94%17$26,772
Lafayette CollegeYesNoNo89%109$26,208
Lancaster Bible CollegeYesNoNo62%$19,732
Lebanon Valley CollegeYesNoNo76%$26,335
Lehigh University (Counseling PhD)YesYesNoAPA, NASP89%67%6147148^$27,478
Lehigh University (School PhD)YesYesNoAPA, NASP89%100%8147148^$27,478
Lincoln UniversityYesNoNo43%$17,516
Lock Haven UniversityYesNoNoCACREP48%$16,207
Lycoming CollegeYesNoNo72%$19,455
Mansfield University of PennsylvaniaYesNoNo51%$17,080
Marywood UniversityYesYesNoAPA, CACREP66%63%8$23,609
Mercyhurst UniversityYesYesNo67%$21,648
Messiah CollegeYesNoNoCACREP76%$27,029
Millersville University of PennsylvaniaYesYesNoNASP61%$18,624
Misericordia UniversityYesNoNo74%$24,715
Moravian CollegeYesNoNo69%$29,260
Mount Aloysius CollegeYesYesNo38%$22,241
Muhlenberg CollegeYesNoNo83%$36,679
Neumann UniversityYesNoNoCACREP54%$22,621
Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusYesYesNoAPA, CACREP, NASP86%4626^$25,055
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State AbingtonYesNoNo47%$12,268
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State AltoonaYesNoNo67%$22,383
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State BeaverYesNoNo47%$16,799
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State BerksYesNoNo56%$20,767
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State BrandywineYesNoNo43%$13,410
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend CollegeYesNoNo63%$22,227
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- EberlyYesNoNo45%$12,899
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Greater AlleghenyYesNoNo39%$15,227
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State HarrisburgYesYesNo63%$20,951
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State HazletonYesNoNo51%$17,866
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh ValleyYesNoNo57%$13,165
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New KensingtonYesNoNo49%$13,521
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State SchuylkillYesNoNo39%$15,772
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Worthington ScrantonYesNoNo39%$12,961
Pennsylvania State University-World CampusYesNoBachelor’s, Master’s25%$23,129
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Clinical PsyD)NoYesNoAPA, NASPN/A79%24N/A
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (School PsyD)NoYesNoAPA, NASPN/A38%8N/A
Philadelphia UniversityYesYesNo58%$28,596
Point Park UniversityYesYesNo58%$22,262
Robert Morris UniversityYesNoNo61%$24,536
Rosemont CollegeYesYesNo48%$16,742
Saint Francis UniversityYesNoNo67%$24,827
Saint Joseph’s UniversityYesYesNo80%161$36,058
Saint Vincent CollegeYesNoNo73%$22,903
Seton Hill UniversityYesYesNo56%$23,228
Shippensburg University of PennsylvaniaYesYesNoCACREP56%$18,342
Slippery Rock University of PennsylvaniaYesYesNoCACREP68%$17,443
Susquehanna UniversityYesNoNo74%182$26,561
Swarthmore CollegeYesNoNo94%132$19,641
Temple University (Clinical PhD)YesYesNoAPA, NASP71%100%1160^$21,237
Temple University (School PhD)YesYesNoAPA, NASP71%100%760^$21,237
Thiel CollegeYesNoNo42%$23,020
University of PennsylvaniaYesYesNo95%138^$22,944
University of Pittsburgh-BradfordYesNoNo50%$17,018
University of Pittsburgh-GreensburgYesNoNo58%$16,720
University of Pittsburgh-JohnstownYesNoNo53%$17,804
University of Pittsburgh-PittsburghYesYesNoAPA, CACREP81%100%53926^$23,572
University of ScrantonYesYesNoCACREP79%$33,701
University of the SciencesYesYesNo70%$34,796
University of Valley ForgeYesNoBachelor’s39%$21,437
Ursinus CollegeYesNoNo78%179$31,537
Villanova UniversityYesYesNoCACREP90%74$33,270
Washington & Jefferson CollegeYesNoNo76%186$27,139
Waynesburg UniversityYesYesNoCACREP60%$18,504
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaYesYesNoCACREP70%$18,651
Westminster CollegeYesNoNo71%$20,869
Widener UniversityYesYesNoAPA57%97%35$28,335
Wilkes UniversityYesNoNo62%$25,025
Wilson CollegeYesNoNo59%$20,598
York College PennsylvaniaYesNoNo61%$22,318

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 Pennsylvania

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.

Bucknell University
701 Moore Ave
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 577-2000
http://www.bucknell.edu/

Student Review: “The psychology program at Bucknell offers a wide range of classes with a good student to teacher ratio. The professors are very involved in with the students and always available to discuss material covered in classes. Additionally, there are many opportunities to do research with professors, not only in the psych department but through biology as well. The department sponsors lectures with visiting faculty members in order to keep the students updated on research being conducted around them and help make sure they know the most recent information. The students are also very involved in the department and help each other with research and learning the tough material. There are tutoring programs available and student clubs for different areas of interest.” – Student at Bucknell University
stars-5

Harrisburg Area Community College
1 Hacc Dr
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 780-2400
http://www.hacc.edu/

Student Review: “The psychology program at Harrisburg Area Community College at the Lancaster campus was extremely valuable to me. The psychology professors were knowledgeable, experienced, and always able to help me after class or during office hours. My professors helped me start a group for students while I was attending. I was even able to contribute by suggesting texts the library could stock for the multicultural psychology course; the professor, librarian, and I worked together to decide on some new books, and some were ordered. If you are willing to work hard, the psychology professors are willing to go above and beyond their duties to help you. The program itself was fun, interesting, and challenging. There are a variety of courses, such as Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology. Another great thing about the program at HACC is that classes are held at a variety of times and online, so even if you are working full-time you can fit a class in. They are extremely flexible. All in all, a wonderful experience.” -Student at Harrisburg Area Community College
stars-5

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
1011 South Dr
Indiana, PA 15705
(724) 357-2100
https://www.iup.edu/

Student Review: “The IUP psychology program was excellent in introducing research methods and statistics. The program and the professors really pushed the importance of graduate school and how to get in by improving research experience, grades, and internships. The honors program was particularly effective at slowly introducing me to graduate school work and getting accepted. I feel as if I know more about statistics than my entire current cohort. The introduction classes on each subfield of psychology were adequate, with my only dislike being that the program was very clinically oriented, with few professors outside of clinical, cognitive, developmental, or biological specialties. One who wishes to continue to graduate school in psychology should attend here first.” – Student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
stars-4

Lehigh Carbon Community College
4525 Education Park Dr
Schnecksville, PA 18078
(610) 799-2121
https://www.lccc.edu/

Student Review: “The Lehigh Carbon Community College psychology program was an overall positive experience for me. The courses were not difficult as long as I attended my classes, and the teachers were willing to work with me when my grades were suffering. My psychology professor was fair and offered numerous extra credit opportunities. I did not like that the introduction to psychology course was primarily centered online, as it made studying difficult and did not offer any student-to-teacher interaction aside from in class. In the classroom, we went over slides that were pre-made by Pearson, which often had mistakes and grammatical errors that made comprehension difficult. I went to the teacher and discussed the issue, and he replied that he did not enjoy that aspect of the course either, but his hands were tied as the college was the creator of the curriculum. The other teachers in the program were just as friendly and receptive to suggestions, and I found the rest of the program to be fair and structured.” – Student at Lehigh University
stars-3

Lehigh University
27 Memorial Dr W
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-3000
https://www1.lehigh.edu/

Student Review: “The psychology program at Lehigh University is very flexible, only about 48 credits. This allowed me to double major in Economics and to study abroad in my junior year. We have both the B.A. and B.S. allowing you to have one of the many concentrations. At the moment I am also doing an experiment lab group, where we help a professor conduct experiments and collect data to then be analyzed. The professors within this major have been nothing but helpful to me. They are almost always open for office hours. We also have the opportunity to do a thesis paper in the psychology honors class which includes a presentation to the psychology staff at the end of the year. The thing I dislike about this major at this school is that they do not really prepare us for the real world after graduation. Many other students after graduation do not have job offers and are unsure of what to do career-wise.” – Student at Lehigh University
stars-3

Pennsylvania State
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-4700
http://www.psu.edu/

Student Review: “Studying psychology at Penn State has been a challenging but positive experience for me. I began the program with online study at Penn State’s World Campus program. Because it was self-directed, I mostly learned from reading the textbooks and doing online quizzes. Sadly, there was very little interaction with the professors. One class I took, Cognitive Psychology, was really cool. The professor set up online lab tasks that were a lot like what a person would experience in a real testing lab, and we got to see how our brains process information. The school kept online learning interesting in that way. Eventually, I transferred to Penn State’s main campus, and it was one of the better decisions I’ve ever made. Being immersed in the college culture makes it easy to really get into your studies. The offerings and class settings are so diverse. I sat in a class of 300+ students in the Forum building, basically a rite of passage at Penn State, but I’ve also had classes of just 20-30 students getting to really interact with each other and the professor. I learned a lot, and it’s been knowledge that I can use in my career.” – Student at Pennsylvania State
stars-5

Student Review: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Penn State. The psychology program offered 5 different degree paths, one of which was a BS with a focus on biology and evolution which I chose. I had some great professors (a few not-so-great that were mainly there for research, but still were great people). I loved that on top of many psych courses available I also was able to take anthropology and biology coursework toward my degree. My favorite courses, however, revolved around neuroscience and developmental psychology; my interest in these courses led me to work as a research assistant in a related lab. Today I still value the experience PSU gave me as an assistant as I got to help run experiments and work alongside professors and PhD candidates. The way in which the program was set up was enough to allow an undergraduate to see what the future would hold for them if they chose to continue down the psychology path. At first, I had thought it was terrible to have PhDs teaching courses when their main focus was research, but it really benefited the psychology research program as a whole.” – Student at Pennsylvania State
stars-5

Pennsylvania State Altoona
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
(814) 949-5000
http://altoona.psu.edu/

Student Review: “I applied to Penn State in 2011 and was accepted into the psychology program. The first psych class I took was pretty rough. The professor was nice, but the material was just too much. However, I didn’t give up on the major. I took the same class with a different professor and she brought me into the world of psychology and now I’m in love. Everything about psychology program at Penn State is fascinating and I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking to major in psychology.” – Student at Pennsylvania State
stars-5

Robert Morris University
6001 University Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15108
(800) 762-0097
http://www.rmu.edu/

Student Review: “Robert Morris University, although a smaller private school, has a fantastic psychology program. Small class size allow for students to become close to the professors. This closeness often allows for many unique experiences. As a freshman, I participated in an event that allowed psychology majors to teach local high school students about areas of psychology. This event gave me first-hand experience in applying what I had learned in the classroom to a real-life scenario. The program also had a wonderful focus on preparing me for graduate school, making sure I had the proper grade, GRE scores, and contacts necessary to become accepted. The variety of part-time faculty allows for a diverse set of views and opinions from professionals in the field to be shared. One aspect that could be improved would be the Hybrid class, which are part online, part on-campus. These classes don’t properly utilize the online aspect and simply feel like a waste of an opportunity.” – Student at Robert Morris University
stars-5

Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Dr
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-7447
http://www.ship.edu/

Student Review: “The psychology program at Shippensburg University for both the Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s of Science was a wonderful experience for me. While I was challenged to learn a lot, the professors also took an interest in their students and helped everyone to achieve success. The campus was beautiful and, for me, there was a perfect balance of things to do on campus and off. The CUB was perhaps my favorite as it had a variety of food choices and was a good place to either study or hang out.” – Student at Shippensburg University
stars-5

University of Pittsburgh
4200 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-4141
http://www.pitt.edu/

Student Review: “I really enjoyed my time at the University of Pittsburgh in the psychology department. The curriculum was engaging and I felt like I was introduced to more topics than I would have been in a program elsewhere. My professors really put in an effort to not only expose me to psychological concepts, but also the medical treatments for them where applicable. I found that there was plenty of academic support to be found on campus, such as tutoring, group study sessions, and one-on-one assistance from professors during their office hours. Also, there were many opportunities to participate in research studies. Some research was on a small scale and independent, but professors were often looking for assistance on large-scale studies that frequently resulted in publications. The only thing I did not like about my time there is that the campus is spread out quite a bit around Pittsburgh. It would be nice if it was in one central location to make commuting much easier.” – Student at the University of Pittsburgh
stars-5

Student Review: “At the University of Pittsburgh, I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. The program was varied and covered many areas of psychology in the beginning to help students decide which area of psychology they were most interested in. I took classes in Child Development, Sense and Perception, Psychology and the Media, and many more, including classes that required hands-on research and writing of lab reports. I appreciated that there were many elective choices within the program, allowing me to tailor my degree to my needs and plans for the future. Since I was thinking about going into education, I took mainly classes that dealt with child psychology and education. I had great professors in the program, and always felt that I could contact them with any questions or concerns.” – Student at the University of Pittsburgh
stars-4

Student Review: “The psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh was a fantastic experience for me. My first classes were general psychology classes – Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods – and really build a foundation of knowledge in the field of psychology for me. These first classes also allowed me to determine which area of psychology I wanted to look at in a more in-depth way. I then moved on to my high-level classes, such as Psychology in the Media, and Developmental Psychology. All of my professors in my major really seemed to understand and care about their subject matter, and taught me so much. The only part of this program I wished there was more of was practical field experience.” – Student at the University of Pittsburgh
stars-5

Student Review: “I graduated from a psychology program that, unfortunately, mainly focused on research. I think this is the reason why I rated the program as a 3 rather than a 4. The requirements for the classes were very easy and thus had lots of people in the major that were just looking for an easy degree. This decreased the intelligence of the classes because every class had to teach and reteach basic psychological definitions like “x variable” and “Freudianism.” However, if a student was willing to put in the extra effort, the school offered many out-of-class experiences for the student to excel. This included opportunities to assist in research or a clinical trial or conduct their own research under the guidance of a professor. It was a relatively large major but the advisors were not professors and were hired to specifically help the students with their studies, therefore, it made the major much easier to go through. All in all, I think it was a great experience.” – Student at the University of Pittsburgh
stars-3

Villanova University
800 E Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 519-4500
http://www1.villanova.edu/

Student Review: “The Villanova University psychology program was a wonderful experience for me. The courses were challenging but very interesting. The professors made the classes enjoyable to sit through and created an atmosphere where students enjoyed learning and fully understood what they were being taught. The professors were all very relatable which I believe was the key to how the psychology material was absorbed by students. The topics and courses offered within psychology included abnormal psychology, cognitive, social, developmental and organizational psychology. The psychology department also offered many courses at night, taken once a week in a three-hour sitting. I enjoyed this option and felt that it was a more beneficial atmosphere to learn the material as opposed to two or three 1-hour classes over the course of a week. My psychology classes taught me so much that I was able to carry with me and apply in the real world, post-graduation.” – Student at Villanova University
stars-5

Widener University
1 University Pl
Chester, PA 19013
(610) 499-4000
http://www.widener.edu/

Student Review: “I would recommend Widener University’s psychology program to anyone pursuing a career in a psychology-related field. The courses offered are interesting and challenging which keeps you engaged throughout the semester. The professors in the psychology department are qualified in their field, with many who currently do research. Widener also offers you many opportunities for career growth, such as internships and practicums. In addition, there is a graduate program for students who wish to obtain professional degrees. The learning experience at Widener is very personal. Class sizes are relatively small and professors make an effort to not only know your name but also know you as a student. They often make themselves available to help students even outside of office hours. The only complaint I have about Widener’s program is that classes fill up quickly to maintain small class sizes. My advice to any prospective students is to register in a timely manner. Overall this is a great program, I would choose it again if I had the chance.” – Student at Widener University
stars-4

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