Psychology Colleges

Are you a college-bound high school student who is potentially interested in psychology colleges?  Do you want to study the human mind and help people?

Well, you’re in the right place.  In this post, I’ll review which psychology colleges offer good programs, what characteristics you should be looking for in psychology colleges, and how to become a psychologist.

Ready? Let’s get started.

Top Psychology Colleges

Below is a list of 10 great undergraduate psychology colleges:

  • 1. Ohio State University
  • 2. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • 3. University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
  • 4. New York University
  • 5. University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • 6. Indiana University – Bloomington
  • 7. University of Washington
  • 8. University of California – Los Angeles
  • 9. University of California – Berkeley
  • 10. University of Colorado – Boulder

Spend some time researching these institutions to determine if one of them might be a good fit for you.  If not, most colleges offer a psychology concentration so don’t just stop your researching efforts after evaluating the psychology colleges listed above.

Effectively Evaluating Psychology Colleges

Selecting a college is a big decision.  This is where you’ll spend the next 4 years of your life (at least), so you want to make sure you put psychology colleges on your list that best fit your personality and career goals.  Here are some things that you should consider when evaluating psychology colleges:

  • 1.  How popular is the psychology concentration?
  • 2.  Is psychology considered a social science or natural science?  This could have an effect on the type of courses that you take and the ultimate direction of your career.
  • 3.  How up-to-date are the research labs on campus?
  • 4.  Does the school have research professors?  What role do they play in the psychology program? What type of research do they do?
  • 5.  Will you be taught by full-time professors or teaching assistants during freshman year?
  • 6.  What type of specialized courses or majors does the psychology program offer? (i.e. counseling or industrial/organizational psychology)
  • 7.  What type of internship assistance does the college provide?

How to Become a Psychologist

Step 1: Research Career Duties

As a psychologist, you’ll be focusing on helping people deal with various mental health issues (i.e. stress, divorce, death, chemical imbalances, etc.).  Students who attend psychology colleges can specialize in a variety of different areas: clinical, counseling, industrial-organizational, educational, developmental, experimental, and social psychology.  Some psychology colleges may not offer the area of specialization that you’re specifically interested in.

Step 2: Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

Aspiring psychologists must first obtain a bachelor’s degree.  Spend some time researching all of these options before selecting your list of top psychology colleges.  Once this is earned, you will be able to assist psychologists in mental health and rehabilitation centers.

Step 3: Earn a Master’s Degree

Students who desire to practice in this field must have a master’s degree from one of the psychology colleges and obtain a license.  Students who meet these requirements no longer have to work under a psychologist and can work independently for healthcare facilities, colleges or universities, or high schools.

Step 4: Career Advancement

After you’ve obtained the proper degree requirements from one or more of the psychology colleges, you can advance your career by earning a doctorate degree.  This process typically takes between 5-7 years.  Another way to advance your career is by earning a certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).  This professional organization awards 13 different certifications for graduates of psychology colleges.

Step 5: Get Licensed

In order to practice in the state where you work, you must obtain a license.  You should research the licensing requirements in your state prior to selecting your list of psychology colleges.

I hope you found this information about psychology colleges and careers useful.  Please continue to check the website daily for new information geared towards helping you with your college process.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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