Top 15 Best Colleges for Psychology Majors

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Students who major in psychology will gain a better understanding of human behavior. They’ll study the brain, mental processes, human and animal interaction, as well as different areas of psychology, such as cognitive and social psychology. A psychology major is applicable to many careers, such as therapy, counseling, law, social work, and crime and corrections.

 

In this post, you’ll find a ranked list of the best colleges for psychology majors and what it takes to get into these colleges. See the complete list of top schools for psychology majors.

 

Top 15 Best Colleges for Psychology Majors

 

School Name Location Acceptance Rate (2019) Middle 50% SAT Scores Middle 50% ACT Scores
1. Yale University New Haven, CT 6.1% 1470-1560 33-35
2. Rice University Houston, TX 8.7% 1470-1560 33-35
3. Princeton University Princeton, NJ 5.8% 1460-1570 33-35
4. Stanford University Stanford, CA 4.5% 1440-1550 32-35
5. Harvard University Cambridge, MA 5.8% 1460-1580 33-35
6. Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA 8.9% 1380-1540 31-35
7. Williams College Williamstown, MA 12.6% 1420-1540 32-25
8. Wellesley College Wellesley, MA 21.6% 1370-1510 31-34
9. University of Chicago Chicago, IL 6.2% 1500-1560 33-35 
10. Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 9.1% (2020) 1460-1560 33-35
11. Cornell University Ithaca, NY 10.6% 1400-1560 32-35
12. Amherst College Amherst, MA 11.3% 1420-1530 31-34
13. Brown University Providence, RI 7.1% 1440-1550 32-35
14. University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 7.1% 1440-1550 32-35
15. Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 7.9% 1440-1560 32-35

 

1. Yale University

Location: New Haven, CT

Acceptance Rate: 6.1% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 5,964

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1470-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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2. Rice University

Location: Houston, TX

Acceptance Rate: 8.7% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 3,992

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1470-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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3. Princeton University

Location: Princeton, NJ

Acceptance Rate: 5.8%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 5,267

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1570 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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4. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, CA

Acceptance Rate: 4.3% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 7,087

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1440-1550 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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5. Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, MA

Acceptance Rate: 4.5%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,788

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1580 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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6. Swarthmore College

Location: Swarthmore, PA

Acceptance Rate: 8.9%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 1,559

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1380-1540 SAT, 31-35 ACT

 

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7. Williams College

Location: Williamstown, MA

Acceptance Rate: 12.6%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 2,073

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1420-1540 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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8. Wellesley College

Location: Wellesley, MA

Acceptance Rate: 21.6%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 2,534

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1370-1510 SAT, 31-34 ACT

 

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9. University of Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL

Acceptance Rate: 6.2%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,552

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1500-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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10. Vanderbilt University

Location: Nashville, TN

Acceptance Rate: 9.1% (2020)

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,861

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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11. Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, NY

Acceptance Rate: 10.60%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 15,182

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1400-1560 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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12. Amherst College

Location: Amherst, MA

Acceptance Rate: 11.3%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 1,855

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1420-1530 SAT, 31-34 ACT

 

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13. Brown University

Location: Providence, RI

Acceptance Rate: 7.1%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 7,043

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1440-1550 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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14. University of Pennsylvania

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Acceptance Rate: 7.1%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 7,043

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1440-1550 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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15. Dartmouth College

Location: Hanover, NH

Acceptance Rate: 7.9%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 4,417

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1440-1560 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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There are many more colleges great for studying psychology. See the complete list of best schools for psychology majors.

 

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