Psychology is not a common course offered at most high schools today, but increasing numbers are beginning to offer AP Psychology classes and other relevant courses that students can take even before deciding on a prospective college. Beyond science and math courses, taking history, philosophy, writing, religion and language can also be beneficial. By getting started earl, you can put yourself on the road to success because most colleges are extremely competitive.
Develop Your Four-Year Plan As An Undergraduate
The first thing to do once accepted is to sit down with your academic advisor and develop a four-year plan covering all of the general coursework, psychology and elective courses that you will need to graduate. While you may find you want to take on different courses or expand outside the initial plan, developing a plan is still instrumental to help you become a psychologist.
As you learn more about psychology, you may find that your interests shift towards a particular specialty (such as developmental, cognitive or biological psychology). If you find that a particular area appeals to you, consider adjusting your course plan to include more classes in this subject area. Remember to focus on your studies and do well on exams as GPA is important to getting into graduate school.
Tips For Psychology Majors
- Maintain a high GPA. Psychology graduate schools can be very competitive and having good grades, especially in your core psychology classes, is essential.
- Seek out research opportunities with on-campus organizations or professors.
- Sign up to be a teaching or research assistant. You can gain valuable experience and build your transcript by working with highly-qualified professors and doctors.
- Start researching graduate programs as early as your freshmen year if you wish to pursue further education. By understanding the requirements of the graduate school you wish to attend, you can make the most of your time at school.
- Develop good relationships with your instructors. Earning great recommendation letters is key to moving on to the next level of education.
The Top Psychology Colleges & Universities
Do you have a passion for working with people, want to gain greater insight into human behavior? A psychology major prepares students for a work in a variety of fields, ranging from medicine to business. Here are some colleges with strong psychology programs:
Claremont McKenna College
St. Olaf College
Truman State University
University of Rochester
University of Wisconsin
*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).