3 years ago
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I am junior and I want to major in psychology what schools should I apply to?

I am a Junior in highschool and my average GPA is a 3.86. I’m taking AP’s, but I don’t have a lot of extracurriculars. I want to major in psychology. What schools would be best? I’ve had trouble finding uni’s/colleges that are well known for their psychology programs, but also fit my grades.

@DebaterMAX3 years ago

So a few questions: Is the GPA UW or W? What area of the country do you want to be in? Rural or Urban? College town yes or no? Public or Private? Also do you have SAT/ACT score?

[🎤 AUTHOR]@SiriS3 years ago

The GPA is unweighted. I live in VA, so preferably the east coast. I am fine with rural or urban, as well as I'm okay with college towns. Preferably a public school, and I have not yet taken the SAT.

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3 years ago

Try looking at college board's college search engine. They let you put in the major, selectivity, type of school, region, states, your GPA, SAT/ACT(which since you haven't taken it, you could put in your projected score) etc. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search cappex also has a similar search engine which helped me create this list.

Here's a few East Coast public schools are known for having pretty good psychology programs:

UNC Chapel Hill

University of Maryland - College Park

Temple University


Virginia Polytechnic

George Mason University

James Madison University

Montclair State

University of Pittburgh

North Carolina State

UMass Boston

William & Mary

Penn State


Rutgers - New Brunswick

Stony Brook

UMass Amherst


College Vine has a post that list every U.S. college with a psych program, so you could always go through that and research the one's that fit your desired location and are public schools. https://blog.collegevine.com/the-list-of-all-u-s-colleges-with-a-psychology-major/

A suggestion is to narrow your search by deciding if you are interested in a school with a psychology research program, specific types of psychology(ex. behavioral), etc.

I hope this helps, best of luck with your search!

3 years ago

Hi! Glad you asked. I agree with the many responses above about resources to find the schools that are best for psychology. I will also add that although these schools may be best ranked nationally, the best school for you may include its geography, social climate, political bent, demographic make-up etc. So when using the resources provided keep these factors in mind. CollegeVine's tool to help you identify colleges will also provide insightful details of the individual schools you are looking at .

I will also add that the schools you have a strong chance of being admitted to will be determined by your GPA, extracurriculars, essays, letters of recommendations and other components of your application. So to better understanding chancing, rather than just a generic psychology school rank list, try our chancing engine tool. Hope this helps!

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Duke University
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Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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