Best Online and Campus Psychology Schools in Virginia

The following guide to psychology schools in Virginia provides you with essential information on the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offered in the state.

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Virginia Psychology School Facts

Nationally Ranked Top Psychology Programs in Virginia

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

Schools Ranked on Multiple Lists

  • George Mason University
  • James Madison University
  • Old Dominion University
  • University of Virginia-Main Campus
  • Virginia Tech

College Factual’s Best Psychology Schools 2024

  • University of Virginia-Main Campus (#14)
  • George Mason University (#36)
  • Virginia Tech (#41)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (#49)
  • James Madison University (#59)
  • William & Mary (#71)
  • Old Dominion University (#168)2

Psychology Degree 411’s Top Schools With Online Psychology Programs

  • Regent University (#6)
  • Old Dominion University (#15)3

The Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors 2024

  • Christopher Newport University
  • George Mason University
  • Hampton University
  • James Madison University
  • Randolph College
  • Roanoke College4

Times Higher Education’s Best Universities for Psychology 2023

  • University of Virginia-Main campus (#35)5

Most Affordable Schools With a Bachelor’s in Psychology

The following Virginia schools with bachelor’s degrees in psychology have the lowest average net prices. We have included each school’s graduation rate, a key quality metric.

  1. Norfolk State University ($14,652 / Grad rate: 40%)
  2. Virginia State University ($15,773 / Grad rate: 38%)
  3. Old Dominion University ($16,098 / Grad rate: 48%)
  4. Radford University ($17,105 / Grad rate: 54%)
  5. Regent University ($17,341 / Grad rate: 55%)
  6. Virginia Military Institute ($18,129 / Grad rate: 77%)
  7. James Madison University ($18,274 / Grad rate: 81%)
  8. George Mason University ($18,479 / Grad rate: 71%)
  9. Mary Baldwin University ($18,746 / Grad rate: 45%)
  10. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ($19,301 / Grad rate: 86%)1

Top 25 Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs in Virginia

This table compares the top 25 bachelor’s in psychology programs from not-for-profit schools in Virginia based on a graduation rate of 55% or above and an annual net price below $30,000 or below. High graduation rate is a top indicator of student success, and affordability is a key consideration for prospective undergrad students. Programs in bold text offer hybrid or online options.

SchoolGrad Rate*1Accept Rate1Median Debt*6Median Earnings*6Full Price In State1Full Price Out of State1Net Price*1
Regent University55%32%$24,534$44,160$26,854$26,854$17,341
Virginia Military Institute77%71%$22,996$76,984$30,588$60,396$18,129
James Madison University81%78%$20,093$65,172$25,132$42,192$18,274
George Mason University71%90%$19,500$69,958$26,521$52,103$18,479
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University86%57%$21,500$77,621$27,266$47,518$19,301
Bridgewater College58%90%$26,000$50,510$53,630$53,630$19,332
University of Virginia-Main Campus95%19%$17,500$80,584$33,232$68,804$19,469
Emory & Henry College58%97%$26,332$46,471$48,955$48,955$20,834
Hollins University66%72%$27,000$39,313$56,170$56,170$21,207
Virginia Commonwealth University65%91%$21,500$54,300$28,107$50,065$21,294
Longwood University67%88%$25,000$49,069$29,158$42,098$21,772
University of Mary Washington69%86%$20,500$60,281$26,324$43,244$21,863
University of Lynchburg60%96%$27,000$50,248$47,560$47,560$23,256
Christopher Newport University76%85%$25,000$57,364$27,415$41,053$23,287
Eastern Mennonite University63%99%$24,813$47,702$53,230$53,230$23,783
Marymount University61%81%$25,000$62,704$53,297$53,297$24,664
Washington and Lee University95%17%$19,500$84,232$78,670$78,670$24,733
William & Mary91%33%$18,500$69,897$37,798$61,024$25,688
Shenandoah University63%80%$25,000$55,196$46,400$46,400$26,143
Randolph-Macon College74%85%$27,000$58,576$59,970$59,970$28,389
Sweet Briar College61%76%$27,000$50,618$37,840$37,840$28,408
Roanoke College71%80%$27,000$55,411$50,716$50,716$29,169
University of Richmond88%24%$21,000$80,715$75,200$75,200$29,248
Hampden-Sydney College75%40%$26,000$70,692$65,374$65,374$29,899
Liberty University66%99%$24,500$45,115$34,861$34,861$29,913

*See Table Notes at bottom of page.

Comparison of All Graduate Psychology Programs in Virginia

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

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

SchoolAccreditation7-10Levels OfferedEPPP Pass Rate 2020-2211EPPP # Taking 2020-2211Grad Tuition Per Credit Hour
Bridgewater CollegeMS$640
Divine Mercy UniversityAPAMS, PsyD82%22$850
Ferrum CollegeMS$475
George Mason UniversityAPA, NASPMA, MPS88%16$572
James Madison UniversityAPA, NASPMA, M.Ed. EdS, PhD, PsyD88%17$545
Liberty UniversityMA, MS, PsyD$545
Mary Baldwin UniversityMS$495
Marymount UniversityMA$500
Norfolk State UniversityMS, PhD$505
Old Dominion UniversityMS, PhD$599
Radford UniversityAPA, NASPMA, MS, EdS, PsyD83%6$525
Regent UniversityAPAMS, PhD70%37$599
Shenandoah UniversityMS$579
University of Virginia-Main Campus (Clinical PhD)APA, NASPMA, PhD100%8$860
University of Virginia-Main Campus (Clinical and School PhD)APA, NASPMA, PhD82%17$860
Virginia Commonwealth University (Clinical PhD)APAPhD95%21N.Av.
Virginia Commonwealth University (Counseling PhD)APAPhD91%11N.Av.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityAPAPhD100%16$846
Virginia State UniversityMS, PhD$583
William & MaryNASPMS$606

Virginia Schools With Psychology Programs

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

Germanna Community College
10000 Germanna Point Dr
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
(540) 891-3000

Student Review: ” I thoroughly enjoyed the college’s psychology program. Being a community college, I felt that it would be average and I would not be challenged. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised when some of my professors had PhD degrees, and the class sizes were small, so the professor was able to be more personal with the students. I enjoyed the forensic psychology class and was able to examine why people commit the crimes they do and how to reform these individuals. The professors were outstanding and the classes were very active. For example, in my basic psychology class (and this went for almost all of my psychology classes) the professor was there to teach and oversee the class, but he would introduce a topic to start a class discussion. The program was a terrific value that will always benefit me and I was more than pleased with the results of the program.” – Student at Germanna Community College

Liberty University
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515
(434) 582-2000

Student Review: “In my opinion, Liberty University is a very good school. Their psychology program is excellent. Liberty University differs from most colleges because it is a Christian-based University. Because of this fact, biblical knowledge and use are required throughout one’s entire school career. Every class requires Christianity-based thinking and wording. If one can get past that, one will excel. I think that their psychology program, when stripped of the biblical approach, will still hold firm when compared to any other university’s psychology program. If anything, the biblical approach adds on more work, rather than taking away anything from the psychology work. They also have this program available online, for long-distance learners. This is great because it allows one to live anywhere in the world, while still attending their classes. I would recommend Liberty University to anyone.” – Student at Liberty University

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-6000

Student Review: “The psychology program at Virginia Tech is top notch. While my first two years at Virginia Tech included larger classes as general education requirements typically do, my next two years I was in much smaller classroom settings. As a psychology major, I had the opportunity to intern with the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program in the summer. This opportunity gave me experience conducting undergraduate research, which in turn, helped to better prepare me for both the workforce and graduate school experiences. Furthermore, the one on one opportunity to work with a faculty member in conducting undergraduate research is truly one of a kind. Many students don’t get this in undergraduate programs, but in my program, I used SPSS data collection software to present quantitative research.” – Student at Virginia Tech

Student Review: “What I really enjoyed about the psychology program at Virginia Tech was that it was as flexible as I wanted it to be. In other words, I was able to change direction at any time I felt the need. Using this degree as my admission into an accelerated nursing program, I had to take many biology and anatomy courses as pre-requisites. Psychology allowed me the freedom in my schedule to not only take the required core study classes in the psychology department, it allowed me to focus a lot of my energy in filling my schedule with these science-based courses I needed for later schooling. The flexibility of the program, looking back on it, allowed me to be in nursing school I am today.” – Student at Virginia Tech

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
(434) 924-0311

Student Review: “The University of Virginia provided a wonderful learning environment as I pursued a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology. I attended classes taught by published authors; in fact, I even participated in a study by one of my instructors that was later published. The college of arts within the University offered a wide variety of psychology courses including those in the specific areas of social, child, abnormal, industrial, and clinical. After graduation, I went on to obtain a master’s degree in counseling and guidance.” – Student at University of Virginia

Washington and Lee University
204 W Washington St
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 458-8400

Student Review: “Washington and Lee University strives to give its students a first-class education with its small classes, knowledgeable professors, and unique honor system which creates an atmosphere of trust within the community. Although I am a biochemistry major I have taken many psychology courses. The professors had high expectations for their students and moved at a fast pace, but due to the small class size, there was always a chance to ask questions and seek extra help if needed. My personal favorite psychology class was titled, “Brain and Behavior.” It may have been one of the most challenging courses I took at Washington and Lee but it was by far the most interesting. It connected neuroscience and behavioral psychology and the professor, Tyler Lorig, was absolutely fantastic. His classes were not lectures. Rather, he taught by telling stories which aided us in remembering the material without doing brute memorization. Overall, I enjoyed my time at Washington and Lee and feel like I am prepared to enter medical school.” – Student at Washington and Lee University

Student Review: “Washington and Lee University allowed me to experience a liberal arts education while a pursuing a degree in psychology. Although the material was very challenging, the professors made themselves readily available to talk and work with students. I was often invited to my professors’ homes for dinner and was given the opportunity to spend a summer researching in the psychology department on campus. While I was able to spend a lot of time studying psychology, I also was allowed to take courses in many other fields of study, a testament to the liberal arts experience. For instance, for four weeks in the spring, I was invited to study art history in the Netherlands. Washington and Lee University has been an amazing experience for me to grow as an individual and prepare myself for a career in psychology.” – Student at Washington and Lee University

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