Analyze this, folks.
Whether you’re looking at counseling, arbitration, human resources, or just plain old psychology itself, there’s a lot of different careers out there for a budding young Psychology Major. But with all the great Psychology programs out there, it’s tough to decide which college is best to attend.
If you’re going for purely academic purposes, the decision can often be a little easier — you go for the program that best fits your interest. But what if you’re more interested in finding a job with your major than you are in continuing your research?
We were curious, so we did a little digging. Using College Scorecard information, we put together a list of the top schools in each state for Psychology Majors in terms of post-graduation employment.
You’ll find the complete list below, but first, here’s a quick top ten:
Looks like there’s at least one thing in Minnesota besides dairy and snow.
Using College Scorecard data, we determined what colleges from each state had 1) the highest rates of employment 10 years after graduation and 2) the highest rates of Psychology Majors as a percentage of the student body.
We ranked all the schools according to these two factors, finding which schools from each state did the best with both employment rates and percentage of Psych students weighted equally.
Lastly, we ranked the final list of 51 schools (the 50 states plus D.C.) according to their overall rankings, and voila!
Below you’ll find a more detailed Top Ten, followed by the full list.
Location: Saint Peter, MN
Percent Psych: 2.83%
Employment Rate 10 Years: 95.59%
A co-ed liberal arts college founded by a group of Lutherans. Named after King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, also known as the “Golden King” or the “Lion of the North,” who I’m pretty sure is not a real person and is in fact a character from Game of Thrones.
Location: Bloomington, IL
Percent Psych: 2.65%
Employment Rate 10 Years: 95.37%
A liberal arts college located in Bloomington, Illinois Wesleyan University has a number of well-known former students and faculty. One of these is journalism professor Elmo Scott Watson, best known for his role on Sesame Street as the small red puppet boy.
Location: Lexington, VA
Percent Psych: 2.52%
Employment Rate 10 Years: 96.59%
A military academy located in historic Lexington, VMI keeps showing up again and again and again on our lists.They must be doing something right over there.
Location: Meadville, PA
Percent Psych: 2.78%
Employment Rate 10 Years: 94.62%
A private coed liberal arts school that is the oldest college west of the Alleghenies to use the same name throughout its existence. I don’t know if you’ve looked at a map lately, but there are a few places that are west of the Alleghenies, so that’s pretty impressive.
Location: Loudonville, NY
Percent Psych: 3.09%
Employment Rate 10 Years: 94.00%
A Roman Catholic liberal arts college founded in the Franciscan tradition, Siena College is named after Bernardino of Siena, which is really cool — although, not really how naming something after someone works, right? I mean it’s named after Siena, which is where Bernardino was from. Maybe Bernardino College was taken? :/
Location: Atlanta, GA
Percent Psych: 4.64%
Employment Rate 10 Years: 93.67%
America’s oldest private liberal arts historically black college for women, Spelman College has a long history of involvement in both the Civil Rights movement as well as the feminist movement. I can’t think of anything funny to say about this one, so instead I’ll mention that the incredible and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker is an alumni of Spelman.
Location: Dubuque, IA
Percent Psych: 2.59%
Employment Rate 10 Years: 94.29%
Not the first four-year liberal arts college to grace this list and by no means the last, but Clarke University distinguishes itself (for me, at least) by being the alma mater of George. R. R. Martin, creator of the Game of Thrones book series. And if you can believe it, I wrote the earlier joke about Gustavus Adolphus before I was aware of this information.
Location: Memphis, TN
Percent Psych: 2.33%
Employment Rate 10 Years: 95.77%
A private liberal arts college, Rhodes is best known for its eponymous Scholars and for it’s prestigious Mock Trial program, which has so far refused to allow me to participate as an amateur competitor despite my insistence that I am “pretty good” at “law stuff.”
Location: Baltimore, MD
Percent Psych: 2.79%
Employment Rate 10 Years: 93.80%
A private coed liberal arts college, Goucher is one of only two colleges in the country that requires its students to study abroad. It’s also credited with founding the game Humans vs. Zombies, so you have them to blame for that.
Location: Easton, MA
Percent Psych: 2.31%
Employment Rate 10 Years: 94.46%
A Roman Catholic private liberal arts college that, as far as I can tell, is neither made of stone nor built on much of a hill. Maybe I’m focusing on these names too much.
Best of luck!
|1||Gustavus Adolphus College||95.59%|
|2||Illinois Wesleyan University||95.37%|
|3||Virginia Military Institute||96.59%|
|11||Saint Michael’s College||95.77%|
|19||Sacred Heart University||93.67%|
|22||Wake Forest University||93.78%|
|24||California Lutheran University||91.30%|
|26||University of Puget Sound||92.33%|
|27||Lewis & Clark College||90.86%|
|28||Birmingham Southern College||92.17%|
|29||Texas Lutheran University||91.36%|
|30||Xavier University of Louisiana||92.01%|
|33||Truman State University||92.55%|
|35||Catholic University of America||91.16%|
|40||University of Central Florida||89.96%|
|41||University of Jamestown||93.21%|
|42||Kansas Wesleyan University||93.26%|
|43||The College of Idaho||86.77%|
|45||University of Denver||87.92%|
|46||University of the Southwest||85.67%|
|47||Chaminade University of Honolulu||82.01%|
|48||Sierra Nevada College||84.54%|
|50||University of Wyoming||89.18%|
|51||University of Alaska Fairbanks||83.14%|