School and Ranking Information
There are around six schools in the Salt Lake City area offering psychology bachelor's degrees. The following schools are considered the top three based on school rankings, tuition and number of psychology bachelor's degrees awarded:
- Winner: The University of Utah in Salt Lake City secured the top spot for its national rankings by U.S. News & World Report in 2013 and plentiful research labs for psychology students. It is located right in Salt Lake City and awarded nearly 300 bachelor's degrees in psychology during the 2011-2012 school year.
- Runner Up #1: Westminster College, located in Salt Lake City, is the first runner up due to its multiple rankings for schools in the West in 2013 from U.S. News & World Report. It offers a bachelor's degree program with multiple concentration areas.
- Runner Up #2: Brigham Young University received third place for its low tuition rates and high graduation rate, however it is located about 40 miles away from Salt Lake City in Provo, UT. It also awarded the most psychology bachelor's degrees among these three schools in 2011-2012.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Utah||Westminster College||Brigham Young University - Provo|
|Rankings (2013)|| 125th among National Universities*
60th Top Public School, nationwide*
|22nd among Regional Universities (West)*
9th Best Value School among Regional Universities (West)*
|68th among National Universities*
15th Best Value School, nationwide*
|Location||Salt Lake City, UT||Salt Lake City, UT||Provo, UT (38.1 miles from Salt Lake City)|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$7,139 (in-state)**
|$28,210**||$4,710 for students who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS); $9,420 for non-LDS students**|
|Psychology Bachelor's Degrees Awarded in 2011-2012||282**||34**||319**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for Fall 2005 Entering Class||55%**||66%**||78%**|
|Noteworthy||Home to several psychology research labs||95% of Westminster faculty have earned terminal degrees***||Offers study abroad programs in almost 50 countries****|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Westminster College, ****Brigham Young University - Provo.
Winner: University of Utah
- U.S. New & World Report states that U of U had an acceptance rate of 83.2% in 2011
- Psychology Honors Track offers extra research opportunities and can give students an edge when applying for graduate school
- Student-teacher ratio was 14:1 in 2011, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
The University of Utah's psychology bachelor's degree program includes coursework in developmental, clinical, social, behavioral, and cognitive psychology. A fieldwork course where students volunteer at an affiliated organization to get a feel for the work environment is available as well. There's also the Peer Advising Center (PAC) for students interested in receiving upper-level course credit for counseling other students. The PAC opens a variety of opportunities to its peer advisors, including the chance to conduct research projects and prepare for graduate school. The university also features an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), which allows students to receive assistantships to help faculty members with research or undergo their own supervised research projects.
Runner-Up #1: Westminster College
- 95% of all first-year undergraduate students received grant or scholarship aid in 2011-2012, according to NCES
- NCES reports that the student-faculty ratio was 10:1 in 2011
- Westminster was on The Princeton Review's list of 'Green Colleges' in 2012
Westminster College's bachelor's degree program in psychology is available with concentrations in developmental, clinical, neuroscience/experimental, social, and clinical psychology. In addition to basic core courses, students take classes in areas like cognitive neuroscience, pediatric psychology, personality theory, and child neglect. There are also opportunities to complete internships with social service administrations, juvenile facilities, prisons and other community agencies. Westminster College also offers a psychology honors program that awards three separate research grants every year. Students who want an added challenge can enroll in the scholars program, a challenging curriculum that gives students opportunities for field experience and compensated summer research.
Runner-Up #2: Brigham Young University - Provo
- Internship opportunities include placements for students interested in organizational behavior and psychology
- Sponsors research projects and labs devoted to such areas as addiction, behavior and children's mental health
BYU students pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology complete around 50 credits of coursework in the field. Core courses cover such topics as gender and psychology, statistics, and abnormal psychology. Students also select from among course clusters focusing on areas like behavior and cognition, social psychology, and developmental psychology. A capstone course rounds out program requirements. Students enrolled in one of these 3-credit practicums have the option of completing a research project, participating in service learning, or taking on responsibilities as a tutor or undergraduate teaching assistant.
Students who'd like to participate in extracurricular activities can join the university's student psychology association to take advantage of networking opportunities and prepare for graduate school. They can also contribute to the undergraduate psychology journal, Intuition, or help faculty members pursue their research interests.