USFSM psychology degree rates well on affordability index

_DSC_0649#172ASARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2015) – An online college guide is giving USF Sarasota-Manatee’s psychology program high marks for value.

The site, www.bestpsychologydegrees.com, ranks USFSM’s psychology program as fifth best nationwide for tuition and other costs in a ranking of undergraduate psychology degree programs at 50 small colleges, those with fewer than 3,000 students.

“The USF Sarasota-Manatee psychology degree offers high-quality, well-rounded training for students to pursue careers and advanced studies in behavioral and social science fields,” the site said.

Dr. Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, said of the program, “Because our program provides the opportunity for faculty to mentor undergraduate students in their labs as well as their classes, our students can develop intellectual competencies more common to graduate education — competencies specific to psychological research, but also more general competencies as creative problem-solvers, critical thinkers and effective communicators.”

The index, released in July and called the “50 Most Affordable Selective Small Colleges for a Psychology Degree 2015,” is based on overall enrollment, tuition and related costs like books and housing. The rankings are drawn from the College Navigator website, part of the National Center for Education Statistics. From an initial pool of 71 schools with fewer than 3,000 students and an acceptance rate of 40 percent or lower, “the top 50 were ranked from high to low according to their average net price.”

No. 50 on the list, Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, Pa.), came in at $22,974 in yearly net costs. No. 1 Berea College (Berea, Ky.) was reported at $1,990 annually. USF Sarasota-Manatee’s tuition was listed on the site as $7,911 per year.

The site reports elsewhere that, “The benefits of small colleges are numerous and should not be overlooked. For example, smaller class sizes lead to more opportunities to collaborate one-on-one with professors, and the small community aspect may lend itself to more learning opportunities outside of the classroom.”