Undergraduate Schools for Counseling and Psychology Degree Programs

An undergraduate studying psychology may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Students selecting a school for an undergraduate psychology degree program might consider a program's research focus, lab facilities and the ease of transferring to a graduate program.

How to Select an Undergraduate Counseling and Psychology School

Psychology undergraduate students can earn either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Both 4-year undergraduate programs require 36-42 credit hours in psychology, most as upper-level courses. Psychologists study aspects of the human mind, including emotions, perception, relationships and personality, and undergraduate preparation usually requires labs and experimental psychology courses.

Further Considerations:

  • What kind of research/lab facilities are unavailable to undergrads and what internship opportunities does a school offer?
  • A B.S. is more research-oriented while a B.A. provides the student with a wider understanding of psychology to prepare students for pursuing a master's in therapy or counseling.
  • Look for undergraduate programs in counseling that allow specializations aligned with your career goals.
  • Find a program that allows seamless transfer to a graduate program in counseling, since most states require at least a master's degree for licensed counselors.

Top Schools for Psychology

College/University Institution Type
Stanford University 4-year, Private
Yale University 4-year, Private
University of Pennsylvania 4-year, Public
University of Michigan--Ann Arbor 4-year, Public
University of Minnesota--Twin Cities 4-year, Public
University of California-Berkeley 4-year, Public
Harvard University 4-year, Private
University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign 4-year, Public
University of Chicago 4-year, Private
University of California--San Diego 4-year, Public

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