Unlock Your Psychology Career Potential: Compare the Best Psychology Degree Programs in Pennsylvania for 2023


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Psychology Degree Programs in Pennsylvania

Find and compare the best psychology degree programs by state.


Number of Schools

In Pennsylvania, there are 93 4-year schools that offer psychology degrees


Number of Programs

With 93 schools offering psychology programs, the total number of programs offered in Pennsylvania is 374


Number of Graduates

The 374 psychology programs in Pennsylvania produced 10,469 psychology graduates in 2021

Psychology Degree Programs in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Psychology Degrees Programs

Top (10) Psychology Programs in Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

2021 Psychology Graduates: 598
Average Cost to Attend: $76,240
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $5,902
Average Net Price: $14,578
Average Admitted: 6%
Average Enrolled: 73%
Average Graduation Rate: 96%
Student / Faculty: 6 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 32%
Pennsylvania Ranking: #1
National Ranking: #3

Haverford College

2021 Psychology Graduates: 25
Average Cost to Attend: $80,802
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $594
Average Net Price: $24,462
Average Admitted: 18%
Average Enrolled: 43%
Average Graduation Rate: 90%
Student / Faculty: 8 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 82%
Pennsylvania Ranking: #2
National Ranking: #47

Grove City College

2021 Psychology Graduates: 21
Average Cost to Attend: $31,840
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $1,534
Average Net Price: $21,846
Average Admitted: 73%
Average Enrolled: 41%
Average Graduation Rate: 87%
Student / Faculty: 13 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: %
Pennsylvania Ranking: #3
National Ranking: #36

Carnegie Mellon University

2021 Psychology Graduates: 35
Average Cost to Attend: $76,110
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $3,359
Average Net Price: $37,450
Average Admitted: 14%
Average Enrolled: 43%
Average Graduation Rate: 92%
Student / Faculty: 5 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 70%
Pennsylvania Ranking: #4
National Ranking: #62

Dickinson College

2021 Psychology Graduates: 32
Average Cost to Attend: $76,662
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $1,607
Average Net Price: $20,913
Average Admitted: 48%
Average Enrolled: 22%
Average Graduation Rate: 82%
Student / Faculty: 9 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 81%
Pennsylvania Ranking: #5
National Ranking: #124

The Pennsylvania State University

2021 Psychology Graduates: 1,080
Average Cost to Attend: $34,772
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $41,629
Average Net Price: $24,012
Average Admitted: 92%
Average Enrolled: 18%
Average Graduation Rate: 73%
Student / Faculty: 15 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 69%
Pennsylvania Ranking: #6
National Ranking: #140

Villanova University

2021 Psychology Graduates: 146
Average Cost to Attend: $77,076
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $3,574
Average Net Price: $33,123
Average Admitted: 25%
Average Enrolled: 29%
Average Graduation Rate: 91%
Student / Faculty: 11 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 63%
Pennsylvania Ranking: #7
National Ranking: #117

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

2021 Psychology Graduates: 790
Average Cost to Attend: $35,130
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $13,249
Average Net Price: $22,996
Average Admitted: 67%
Average Enrolled: 21%
Average Graduation Rate: 84%
Student / Faculty: 14 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 73%
Pennsylvania Ranking: #8
National Ranking: #129

Bryn Mawr College

2021 Psychology Graduates: 90
Average Cost to Attend: $74,395
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $927
Average Net Price: $34,482
Average Admitted: 39%
Average Enrolled: 32%
Average Graduation Rate: 87%
Student / Faculty: 9 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 76%
Pennsylvania Ranking: #9
National Ranking: #138

Lancaster Bible College

2021 Psychology Graduates: 28
Average Cost to Attend: $41,244
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $1,260
Average Net Price: $22,700
Average Admitted: 96%
Average Enrolled: 58%
Average Graduation Rate: 60%
Student / Faculty: 15 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 17%
Pennsylvania Ranking: #10
National Ranking: #181

Psychology Programs Offered in Pennsylvania

There are 374 undergraduate psychology programs offered by 93 different 4-year colleges, comprising 21 public and 72 private schools.

Additionally, psychology programs in Pennsylvania produced 6,006 bachelor’s graduates, 3,777 master’s graduates and 467 doctorate graduates.

The table below details the programs offered and the total number of graduates in Pennsylvania.

Psychology GraduatesBSMAPMCPhD
Applied Psychology26
Behavioral Neuroscience34
Clinical Child Psychology1
Clinical Psychology1241118
Community Psychology101
Counseling and Applied Psychology19695951163
Counseling Psychology585801111
Developmental Psychology818
Educational Psychology43653
Experimental Psychology35
General Psychology3,92323621
Industrial Organizational Psychology245
Marriage and Family Therapy497
Medical Psychology245
Mental Health Counseling2116927
Research Psychology72912967
School Psychology731430
Social Psychology87
Social Work7811,29231
Total Graduates6,0063,77780467
US Department of Education

Credits Accepted for Pennsylvania Schools

The types of academic credits available to Pennsylvania students are varied and include:

  • Dual enrollment
  • Credit for life experiences
  • Advanced placement (AP) credits

Psychology Admission, Enrollment, and Graduation in Pennsylvania

On average, Pennsylvania schools admitted 77% of students who applied to 4-year institutions. Of those who were offered admission, 23% enrolled.

The average freshman retention rate for Pennsylvania schools is 75%, compared to 71% for all universities nationwide.

The overall graduation rate for 4-year colleges and universities in Pennsylvania is 66%, compared to 56% for all universities nationwide.

The top three schools in Pennsylvania for highest graduation rate are University of Pennsylvania (96%), Swarthmore College (94%), and Carnegie Mellon University (92%).

The top three schools with the highest number of psychology graduates in Pennsylvania are The Pennsylvania State University (1,080), University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus (790), and Temple University (724).

1st Year Return75%71%
US Department of Education

Student & Faculty Information in Pennsylvania

In the fall of 2021, Pennsylvania schools that offered psychology programs had an average of 69% full-time instructional or research faculty members and 30% part-time instructional faculty members.

The average student-to-faculty ratio for Pennsylvania schools offering psychology programs is 13:1.

The table below shows a comparison of the percentage of full-time instructional and research faculty members and the student-to-faculty ratio between Pennsylvania and the United States as a whole:

Full-Time Instructional58%56%
Full-Time Research6%6%
Part-Time Instructional30%35%
Student Faculty Ratio13:115:1
US Department of Education

Tuition and Student Expenses in Pennsylvania

If you’re an undergraduate psychology student in Pennsylvania, the average tuition you’ll pay depends on the institution you choose. Typically, tuition costs range from $5,650 to $58,290 per year, with an average of $29,949. In addition to tuition, you’ll also need to budget for books and supplies, which can cost between $500 and $3,000 annually, with an average of $1,336.

The three most affordable undergraduate psychology schools in Pennsylvania are Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania ($22,188), Mansfield University of Pennsylvania ($22,192), and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania ($22,844). Meanwhile, the three most expensive institutions are the Villanova University ($77,076), University of Pennsylvania ($76,240), and Carnegie Mellon University ($76,110).

As for prospective graduate psychology students, the average cost of tuition and fees for graduate programs varies widely based on the school and program chosen. Graduate tuition costs between $885 and $55,461 per year, with an average of $18,430. However, most graduate programs also require additional fees, such as application fees, technology fees, and library fees, which can add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars. In-state graduate fees typically range from $50 to $6,952, with an average of $1,314.

The three most affordable graduate psychology schools in Pennsylvania are La Salle University ($1,455), Cabrini University ($2,318), and Delaware Valley University ($9,282). Meanwhile, the three most expensive graduate programs are King’s College ($53,293), Susquehanna University ($53,060), and Lebanon Valley College ($51,610).

If you’re curious about how Pennsylvania schools stack up against national averages, you can compare average total expenses in the table below. Note that these figures don’t take into account financial aid, grants, loans, or scholarships. If you’re interested in that information, you can find it in the sections below.

Average Expenses for Psychology SchoolsPennsylvaniaU.S.
On Campus Room & Board$13,272$11,729
On-Campus Living Expenses$2,534$3,474
Total Living Expenses$15,806$15,203
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$29,949$21,301
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,336$1,254
Total Undergraduate Expenses$47,091$37,758
In-State, Graduate Tuition$18,430$14,479
In-State, Graduate Fees$1,314$1,155
Total Graduate Expenses$19,744$15,634
US Department of Education

Cost to Attend, Financial Aid, Net Price in Pennsylvania

Average Net Price

In Pennsylvania, the cost to attend a college or university that offers psychology programs is a significant financial investment. The key term to know for college affordability is the net price.

The average net price for a college or university in Pennsylvania that offers psychology programs is $21,691. This figure is calculated based on the most recent data provided by each institution to the US Department of Education.

Net price is determined by adding up the costs of tuition, room and board, living expenses, books, and supplies and then subtracting the average financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, and loans, received by federal financial aid recipients.

Cost to Attend$47,091$37,758
Average Financial Aid$18,452$13,984
Percent Receiving Aid92%90%
Net Price$21,691$17,524
US Department of Education

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend Pennsylvania universities shown by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$11,859$10,720
$30,001 – $48,000$12,502$11,542
$48,001 – $75,000$15,775$14,860
$75,001 – $110,000$18,932$17,999
$110,001 and more$20,313$19,212
US Department of Education

Additional Top Ranked Psychology Degree Programs in Pennsylvania

Find information on each school’s ranking, number of graduates, net price, and graduation rate along with a link the school’s full 2023 report.

RankSchool# of GraduatesNet PriceGraduation
#11Lehigh University93$31,53987%
#12Messiah University49$23,89577%
#13Cairn University-Langhorne64$26,38061%
#14Bucknell University66$38,17088%
#15Temple University724$23,22475%
#16Clarks Summit University102$17,21654%
#17Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania163$12,36468%
#18Drexel University213$26,07678%
#19Saint Vincent College26$23,36173%
#20Lafayette College34$38,75488%
#21Muhlenberg College64$30,92082%
#22Geneva College40$19,89571%
#23West Chester University of Pennsylvania466$14,13373%
#24Marywood University180$22,68769%
#25Saint Joseph’s University83$33,43883%
#26Elizabethtown College24$26,53475%
#27Holy Family University108$11,93556%
#28Clarion University of Pennsylvania63$13,84058%
#29Misericordia University47$23,82271%
#30Allegheny College34$25,41974%
#31Juniata College21$26,49376%
#32Gettysburg College70$35,79482%
#33Waynesburg University54$22,07067%
#34Washington & Jefferson College22$27,10176%
#35Cedar Crest College27$23,50164%
#36Lycoming College26$19,50867%
#37Gwynedd Mercy University42$25,84367%
#38Lebanon Valley College24$26,94468%
#39Thomas Jefferson University182$24,22771%
#40University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown38$17,62749%
#41Immaculata University181$28,51069%
#42Eastern University150$24,19962%
#43University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg42$17,64434%
#44Lock Haven University87$15,94754%
#45Gannon University46$22,25865%
#46Ursinus College31$31,43872%
#47Seton Hill University22$22,42467%
#48York College of Pennsylvania27$22,54365%
#49Widener University455$25,34368%
#50Chatham University127$27,22563%
#51Chestnut Hill College197$26,65863%
#52Robert Morris University46$23,18365%
#53Carlow University67$18,63852%
#54Moravian University35$32,02067%
#55DeSales University29$27,96569%
#56Duquesne University150$34,50577%
#57Mercyhurst University21$25,78566%
#58University of Scranton74$35,91379%
#59Lincoln University29$14,51349%
#60Susquehanna University39$28,13074%
#61Mansfield University of Pennsylvania51$13,16856%
#62Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania132$16,73859%
#63Edinboro University of Pennsylvania290$15,77150%
#64King’s College21$27,31367%
#65Alvernia University69$24,91765%
#66Arcadia University104$26,94962%
#67Point Park University44$25,00461%
#68La Salle University241$24,13060%
#69Millersville University of Pennsylvania270$17,99557%
#70Delaware Valley University84$26,80754%
#71Keystone College36$18,69247%
#72East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania114$16,67449%
#73Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania138$21,07758%
#74Wilkes University27$30,15561%
#75Cabrini University30$21,38752%
#76Kutztown University of Pennsylvania260$22,41854%
#77Albright College103$20,88447%
#78Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus180$21,15357%
#79California University of Pennsylvania141$20,31749%
#80Rosemont College94$25,64445%
#81Neumann University27$28,32549%
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Psychology Salary Reports for Pennsylvania

We use annual surveys of 100,000 psychologists to compile data on salary, employment projections, cost-of-living adjustments, comparisons to related professions, salary based on years of experience, and rankings by city.