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.
- 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 10 Schools for Psychology
|Stanford University||4-year, Private|
|Yale University||4-year, Private|
|University of Pennsylvania||4-year, Private|
|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|
|Columbia University||4-year, Private|