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which of these is best for undergrad psychology?

psychgirlpsychgirl Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
Like the title.... Which of these colleges/universities do you think tend to be the best (and the worst) for majoring in psychology?

Beloit
Clark
Colby
Carleton
Earlham
Grinnell
Kenyon
Knox
Lewis and Clark
Macalester
Middlebury
University of Rochester
University of Tulsa
Witman
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Replies to: which of these is best for undergrad psychology?

  • huskem55huskem55 User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 4,284 Senior Member
    psychology is such a popular major that any decent school will have a solid department.
  • psychgirlpsychgirl Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    That's good! But still, some schools must still have BETTER departments than others, right? :)
  • collegehelpcollegehelp Registered User Posts: 6,590 Senior Member
    I think the University of Rochester has the best psych dept of the ones you listed. If you prefer a liberal arts college, here are some with relatively large psych depts:
    national liberal arts colleges - proportion of psychology graduates


    Here is a list of top national liberal arts colleges sorted by the proportion of bachelors graduates in psychology. From IPEDS 2004.

    ST MARY'S COLLEGE OF MARYLAND 396 90 0.23
    GOUCHER COLLEGE 272 51 0.19
    SPELMAN COLLEGE 533 88 0.17
    WELLS COLLEGE 91 14 0.15
    HENDRIX COLLEGE 230 32 0.14
    CENTRE COLLEGE 258 36 0.14
    DREW UNIVERSITY 359 51 0.14
    UNION COLLEGE 132 19 0.14
    AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE 204 26 0.13
    OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY 377 50 0.13
    OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE 459 58 0.13
    ST LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY 499 64 0.13
    COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS 675 88 0.13
    WHEATON COLLEGE 356 47 0.13
    KALAMAZOO COLLEGE 285 35 0.12
    DAVIDSON COLLEGE 426 50 0.12
    MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE 553 66 0.12
    MILLSAPS COLLEGE 225 27 0.12
    WABASH COLLEGE 181 22 0.12
    BARNARD COLLEGE 600 72 0.12
    DENISON UNIVERSITY 514 57 0.11
    BATES COLLEGE 450 49 0.11
    HANOVER COLLEGE 217 24 0.11
    MACALESTER COLLEGE 428 47 0.11
    KNOX COLLEGE 265 27 0.1
    REED COLLEGE 310 32 0.1
    COLLEGE OF WOOSTER 391 39 0.1
    HAVERFORD COLLEGE 323 31 0.1
    AUSTIN COLLEGE 310 31 0.1
    ALBION COLLEGE 309 31 0.1
    MUHLENBERG COLLEGE 595 59 0.1
    HOLLINS UNIVERSITY 189 19 0.1
    UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND 579 56 0.1
    CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE 288 28 0.1
    HOBART WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES 446 44 0.1
    WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY 722 73 0.1
    VASSAR COLLEGE 614 62 0.1
    RANDOLPH-MACON COLLEGE 235 24 0.1
  • TourGuide446TourGuide446 - Posts: 3,099 Senior Member
    Clark U. is especially well known for psychology.
  • psychgirlpsychgirl Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    ok, thanks
  • ChedvaChedva Super Moderator Posts: 29,816 Super Moderator
    When evaluating psych departments, also evaluate their focus. Is it experimental? Clinical? Abnormal? Social? Or are all of those available?

    I went to a school with a great undergrad psych department, but the focus was experimental while I was more interested in clinical. So I was challenged, but not engaged.
  • carolyncarolyn Registered User Posts: 7,435 Senior Member
    Chevda is correct - this is an important consideration. I want to add that Earlham has a very nice psychology department, and a unique cross-disciplinary major in Human Development as well. My daughter is considering majoring in psychology at Beloit, and the department is nice there as well, but I would give the edge to some of the other schools on the list, especially Clark.
  • psychgirlpsychgirl Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    I hadn't even thought of that different colleges have different focuses. That's definatly something to consider then. How can I find that out? Are the any colleges are that pretty good all-around? Which are the most "specialized"?
  • huskem55huskem55 User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 4,284 Senior Member
    my opinion (i have my BA in psych, my MA in psych, and have been working in the field in both a research and clinical environment for the past few years):

    i actually dont recommend doing an undergrad psych degree in something too specific. you definitely need a general background, and if you wish to continue, you get that specific degree in graduate school. also, most employers want to train you in their way, so if you come from a school that only teaches psychodynamic theory, you will be at a disadvantage if they require cognitive-behavioral skills.

    if i had to pick three schools on your list:

    Clark
    Middlebury
    University of Rochester

    you might want to look at other similar schools with excellent psych departments:

    bates
    bryn mawr
    connecticut college
    u. richmond
    temple
    vassar
  • footballyus2345footballyus2345 Registered User Posts: 426 Member
    Amherst woudl be good
  • elsijfdlelsijfdl Registered User Posts: 2,369 Senior Member
    i would just go to the school with the best overall program/reputation

    this will not only help you in applying for jobs, but also in case you decide to change majors

    to accomplish this i would say middlebury or urochester, with grinnell being a distant third

    the overall quality of education at these schools will probably be better, too, so even if one school has a "good" psych department, the fact that middlebury is such a strong school might still even give it the edge in education.

    just my best guess, although research opportunities might be better at the school with a "good" department.

    what i find, more and more though, is that individual department rankings are worthless when it comes to marketing your degree, name-brand of the institution seems to be weighed much more heavily
  • psychgirlpsychgirl Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    Thanks for the suggestions! :)
  • collegehelpcollegehelp Registered User Posts: 6,590 Senior Member
    Gourman Report Psychology ranking undergrad:
    Stanford
    Yale
    U penn
    U Michigan AA
    U Minnesota
    UC Berkeley
    Harvard
    U Illinois UC
    U Chicago
    Columbia
    UC San Diego
    UCLA
    Indiana U Bloomington
    U Colorado Boulder
    Carnegie Mellon
    U Wisconsin Madison
    MIT
    Princeton
    U Washington
    U Oregon
    Cornell
    U Texas Austin
    UNC Chapel Hill
    Brown
    Northwestern
    SUNY Stony Brook
    Johns Hopkins
    Duke
    Penn State UP
    NYU
  • collegehelpcollegehelp Registered User Posts: 6,590 Senior Member
    Rugg’s Recommendations Psychology

    Allegheny (PA) …….
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    Swarthmore (PA)
    Tufts (MA)
    Tulane (LA)
    Union (NY)
    Vanderbilt (TN)
    Vassar (NY)
    Virginia, U of
    Wabash (IN)
    Wake Forest (NC)
    Wesleyan (CT)
    Whitman (WA)
    Willamette (OR)
    Williams (MA)
    Yale (CT)
    Yeshiva (NY)
  • Luxar3000Luxar3000 Registered User Posts: 283 Junior Member
    If you have any particular interest in sleep psychology, Hendrix College would be a great choice; that's their specialty.
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