Top 25 Small Colleges for a Counseling Degree 2018

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By Kirsten Hughes
March 2018

Attending a small college to get an undergraduate degree in counseling has many advantages. In a small school setting, you will naturally get to know your peers and develop strong connections with faculty. A one-on-one connection with a faculty member in your chosen field of study will allow for a mentoring relationship to support you in getting the most out of your education, exploring specific interest areas, work-related referrals, and references for graduate school. Most of the schools on this list have student-to-faculty ratios of one faculty member for every twenty students or better.

The programs included on this list cover a range of bachelor’s degrees in specialty areas including addictions counseling; music therapy; art therapy; counseling and health psychology; marriage, couple, and family counseling; and school counseling. These counseling programs allow graduates to go directly into the workforce in the human service field, and they also provide a springboard for graduate study. Graduates can build careers in a number of areas including in education, social service agencies, addiction counseling, government organizations, and human resources. Students interested in working as licensed professional counselors with individuals, couples, and/or families will need to complete a masters degree and the post-graduate professional licensure process. Despite their relatively small size, many of these institutions also offer master’s degree programs in counseling and related fields. For more information on potential career paths, see our write-up on Psychology and Counseling Careers and Professional Organizations.

We have sorted this particular list by overall undergraduate graduation rate, a reflection of the priority we’re placing on an institution’s ability to see its students to the workforce or grad school in a timely fashion. With that said, we encourage you to examine the richness and variety of the many excellent offerings represented here throughout the list.

Ranking the Best Small Colleges for Bachelor’s in Counseling Degrees

#25 Capital University

Columbus, OH

Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy

capital-university-columbus-oh-bachelor-of-arts-in-art-therapyA Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy is offered at Capital University. Students will learn to use art to support individuals across the lifespan in increasing their mental health and overall well-being. Techniques to use art therapeutically to assess, diagnose, and treat a spectrum of challenges, will be explored throughout the program to support graduates in working professionally as art therapists with diverse populations. Students will be prepared for graduate study in art therapy. A unique feature of the Art Therapy program at Capital University is the opportunity to add a major or minor in a clinical track including psychology; criminology; social work; and sociology.

Courses include: introduction to art therapy; painting and drawing; imagery and metaphor; assessment in art therapy; clinical applications in art therapy; general psychology; seminar in ethics; developmental psychology; and clinical/abnormal psychology.

  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Undergraduate Population: 2,718
  • Net Price: $20,676

#24 Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, TN

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

southern-adventist-university-collegedale-tn-bachelor-of-arts-in-psychologySouthern Adventist University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Clinical concentration and a Family Systems Concentration. Both concentrations are considered pre-professional and are designed for students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Counseling, School Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy or a related field. Southern Adventist University provides students the opportunity to develop a supportive community with peers and faculty with a 14 to 1 student-faculty ratio and lots of ways to engage with others through over 60 on-campus clubs and organizations.

Courses include: careers in psychology; general psychology; developmental psychology; social psychology; cognitive psychology; multicultural relations; abnormal psychology; psychological testing; fundamentals of counseling; group process; and family counseling.

  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Undergraduate Population: 2,544
  • Net Price: $21,540

#23 Hobe Sound Bible College

Hobe Sound, FL

Bachelor of Arts in Counseling

hobe-sound-bible-college-hobe-sound-fl-bachelor-of-arts-in-counselingA Bachelor of Arts in Counseling is available at Hobe Sound Bible College. Training focuses on preparing students to integrate theories of counseling and psychology with Biblical and theological teachings. Students who complete this undergraduate program will be ready to apply to graduate school in counseling or a related field or work towards certification as a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor or Board Certified Biblical Counselor. Graduates have gone on to pursue careers in areas such as pastoral counseling; youth counseling; substance abuse counseling; and mental health counseling.

Courses include: foundations of faith; Christian service class; lifespan development; general psychology; abnormal psychology; counseling internship; assessment in counseling; theories and techniques in family therapy; theories and techniques in marriage therapy; introduction to group counseling; intervention in addictions; crisis intervention in counseling; human sexuality in counseling; and introduction to counseling.

  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Undergraduate Population: 203
  • Net Price: $8,317

#22 Grace College and Theological Seminary

Winona Lake, IN

Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Counseling

grace-college-and-theological-seminary-winona-lake-in-bachelor-of-arts-or-a-bachelor-of-science-in-counselingGrace College and Theological Seminary offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Counseling. The degree prepares graduates to enter the workforce and/or graduate school. The program offers training from a biblical worldview. This 120 credit degree is offered with core courses, general education requirements, behavioral science courses, counseling courses, and departmental electives.

Courses include: exploring the Bible; Christianity and critical thinking; public speaking; cross-cultural field experience; Biblical psychology; introduction to counseling; theories of personality; addictive treatment; introduction to counseling; abnormal psychology; process and techniques of counseling; health psychology; group techniques of counseling; and marriage and family.

  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Undergraduate Population: 1,901
  • Net Price: $18,070

#21 Arcadia University

Glenside, PA

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an Art Therapy Emphasis

arcadia-university-glenside-pa-bachelor-of-arts-in-psychology-with-an-art-therapy-emphasisArcadia University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an Art Therapy Emphasis. The program is centered on training students in evidence-based practice. Students will work closely with faculty and peers as they engage in research and internships. Unique features of the program include opportunities to complete your degree at an accelerated pace and study abroad opportunities around the world.

Courses include: introduction to psychology; research methods; learning and cognition; behavioral neuroscience; social psychology; personality psychology; and senior course.

  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Undergraduate Population: 2,473
  • Net Price: $27,471

#20 St. Thomas Aquinas College

Sparkill, NY

Art Therapy

st-thomas-aquinas-college-sparkill-ny-art-therapyThe School of Arts and Sciences at St. Thomas Aquinas College offers an undergraduate counseling degree in Art Therapy. Students in the program will learn to use art in a therapeutic way to support individuals and groups struggling with mental health challenges. Students in the program engage in an internship to gain hands-on experience and gain professional skills to enhance future employment opportunities and graduate school admissions. In the past, students in the program have had the opportunity to travel to St. Petersburg Russia to provide art therapy to students in an orphanage.

Graduates of the art therapy program have pursued careers in settings including: hospitals; schools; psychiatric facilities; prisons; private practice; and crisis centers.

  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Undergraduate Population: 1,722
  • Net Price: $20,823

#19 Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster, PA

Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Bachelor of Science in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Bachelor of Science in Professional Counseling

Bachelor of Science in Professional School Counseling

lancaster-bible-college-lancaster-pa-master-of-arts-in-clinical-mental-health-counselingLancaster Bible College Counseling and Social Work Department offers a number of undergraduate degrees in counseling. The undergraduate counseling degrees offered include Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling; Bachelor of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Bachelor of Science in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling; Bachelor of Science in Professional Counseling; and Bachelor of Science in Professional School Counseling. Students interested in an education with a biblical worldview will find the degree to match their career goals at Lancaster Bible College. Students will benefit from individual attention with the 15 to 1 student-faculty ratio.

Courses include: group experience and self-evaluation; systems of counseling- Christian; principles and techniques of counseling; systems of counseling- psychology; group counseling leadership skills; applied counseling and psychological methodologies; counseling and psychological assessment techniques; human growth and development across the lifespan; abnormal psychology; addictions counseling; research design and statistics for counselors; marriage counseling and psychotherapy; and family counseling and psychotherapy.

  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Undergraduate Population: 1,472
  • Net Price: $19,732

#18 University of St Francis

Joliet, IL

Bachelor of Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling

university-of-st-francis-joliet-il-bachelor-of-arts-in-substance-abuse-counselingThe University of St. Francis offers a Bachelor of Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling. Electives for this degree are offered in the areas of criminal justice; psychology; social work; recreation and sport management. The Substance Abuse Counseling Program has been approved by the Illinois Certification Board as an Advanced Accredited Training Program, meaning that graduates of the program are prepared to take the exam for certification as a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC). Graduates will also be competitive applicants for a master’s level counseling program.

Courses include: general psychology; introduction to chemical dependency; group dynamics; lifespan development; abnormal psychology; introduction to forensic psychology; ethics in addiction counseling; psychopharmacology for addiction counselors; introduction to counseling and psychotherapy; advanced techniques in substance abuse treatment; diverse populations in addictions counseling; and substance abuse treatment and prevention.

  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Undergraduate Population: 1,620
  • Net Price: $17,968

#17 Edgewood College

Madison, WI

Art Therapy Pre-Music Therapy

edgewood-college-madison-wi-art-therapy-pre-music-therapyEdgewood College offers undergraduate degrees with a counseling focus in Art Therapy and in Pre-Music Therapy. The Art Therapy program is designed to introduce students to the practice of art therapy in preparation for graduate school. The program works to engage students in hands-on learning through community partnerships and supervised field experience. The Pre-Music Therapy major works to prepare students for graduate school in Music Therapy. This program is ideal for students who hope to use music for healing in diverse settings in the field of health.

Courses include: digital art and design; darkroom photography; ceramics; introduction to art therapy; multicultural art in the USA; application of art therapy in a multicultural context; world music; and music structure theory and practice.

  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Undergraduate Population: 1,661
  • Net Price: $24,111

#16 William Jessup University

Rocklin, CA

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

william-jessup-university-rocklin-ca-bachelor-of-arts-in-psychologyWilliam Jessup University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with concentrations available in Counseling and in Community Mental Health. The program is designed to integrate a Christian Worldview throughout the curriculum and training. With a variety of concentrations, available students can select the course of study that best matches their career goals. Graduates of the program have gone on to successfully pursue graduate school and careers in areas including clinical counseling; social work; corrections/probation work; rehabilitation counseling; and mediation/court advocacy.

Courses include: introduction to psychology; psychology and Christian thought; developmental psychology; introduction to addiction in society; marriage and family; human services; personality theory; small group dynamics; group counseling; counseling skills; cross-cultural issues in psychology; human sexuality; gender studies; abnormal psychology; counseling of addictive behavior; grief and loss; professional skills; and treatment of chemical dependency.

  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Undergraduate Population: 1,165
  • Net Price: $22,263

#15 Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion

Marion, IN

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Addictions Counseling

indiana-wesleyan-university-marion-marion-in-bachelor-of-science-with-a-major-in-addictions-counselingIndiana Wesleyan University Marion offers a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Addictions Counseling. Students in this program will learn to consider the whole person when treating addiction including the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of the individual and/or family. Students will learn through coursework and fieldwork through the program’s partnerships with community organizations. Students who are interested have the opportunity to work towards an Associate of Science degree which will help enhance professional opportunities upon graduation. Graduates of the program will be prepared to integrate theory and research with the biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to treating the disease of addiction with culturally diverse populations.

Courses include: addictions theory; psychopharmacology; urban encounter for the helping profession; addictions counseling skills; theory and practice of group counseling; counseling addicted and dysfunctional family systems; addiction programs and professional development; developmental psychology; child development; adolescent growth and development; physiological psychology; psychology of abnormal behavior; theories of personality; and minority group relations.

  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Undergraduate Population: 2,782
  • Net Price: $19,519

#14 Marywood University

Scranton, PA

Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy

Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Clinical Practice

marywood-university-scranton-pa-bachelor-of-arts-in-art-therapy-bachelor-of-science-in-psychology-clinical-practiceMarywood University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Clinical Practice. The Art Therapy program focuses on training students in the healing and therapeutic aspects of art. Art Therapy students have the opportunity to engage in internships in mental health, medical, educational, and studio settings. A unique feature of this Art Therapy program is the accelerated option that allows students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Art Therapy at Marywood in only five years. The Psychology program offers a Clinical Track of study for students who want to work in direct services and/or pursue a graduate degree after graduation. Students will gain valuable skills through internships and other hands-on experiences that will inform the students’ post-graduation plans.

Courses include: introduction to arts and healing; approaches in art therapy; art therapy applications; art therapy internship; general psychology; developmental psychology; abnormal psychology; child development; sensation and perception; social psychology; and personality psychology.

  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Undergraduate Population: 1,931
  • Net Price: $23,609

#13 Grace University

Omaha, NE

Bachelor of Science with a Concentration in Drug & Alcohol Counseling

grace-university-omaha-ne-bachelor-of-science-with-a-concentration-in-drug-alcohol-counselingGrace University offers a Bachelor of Science with a Concentration in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. This Bachelors in Psychology with a Concentration in Drug and Alcohol Counseling Degree requires the completion of Bible/Theology Requirements, General Education Requirements, Professional Core, Professional Concentration, Servant Leadership Training, and Grace L.I.F.E. Courses at Grace University are offered through a Christian framework and worldview. Graduates will be prepared to go on to pursue a graduate degree in the counseling field of their choice or to use their degree to pursue a career in direct services working with diverse populations suffering from the disease of addiction.

Courses include: psychology and social work; multicultural psychology; professional ethics and issues; spiritual issues and psychology; child/adolescent development; adult development; theories of personality and psychotherapy; group dynamics; alcohol/drug assessment, case planning and management; medical and psychosocial aspects; and clinical treatment issues.

  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Undergraduate Population: 312
  • Net Price: $18,346

#12 Carroll College

Helena, MT

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

carroll-college-helena-mt-bachelor-of-science-in-psychologyCarroll College offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. The program is designed to provide a foundation in psychology that will enable graduates to take what they have learned into the specific field that they are interested in and continue graduate study at the University of their choice. Students have the opportunity to work closely with peers and faculty on small group projects, research, practicums, and experiences in local mental health organizations. Graduates of the program report feeling prepared for graduate school and careers in a variety of settings including mental health counseling; social services; law enforcement; and teaching.

Courses include: general psychology; developmental psychology; child psychology; adolescent psychology; social psychology; history and systems in psychology; theories and practice in counseling psychology; abnormal psychology; fundamentals of learning; research methods; physiological psychology; and brain and behavior.

  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Undergraduate Population: 1,380
  • Net Price: $25,449

#11 Mercyhurst University

Erie, PA

Bachelor of Arts Art Therapy

Bachelor of Music Music Therapy

mercyhurst-university-erie-pa-bachelor-of-arts-art-therapy-bachelor-of-music-music-therapyMercyhurst University, a Catholic liberal arts institution, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy and a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. The Art Therapy program includes coursework in art therapy, studio art, and psychology with a focus on learning to use art to address client goals and issues. The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy is approved by the American Music Therapy Association and focuses on using evidence-based music interventions in clinical settings. Students who complete the Music Therapy program will be eligible to take the national exam to earn the credential Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC). This credential is required for professional practice in the field.

Courses include: art therapy- introduction; art therapy- materials and methods; art therapy- practices; introduction to psychology; developmental psychology- children; developmental psychology- adolescence; personality; human growth and development; abnormal psychology; introduction to sociology; and social psychology.

  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Undergraduate Population: 2,464
  • Net Price: $21,648

#10 Immaculata University

Immaculata, PA

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

immaculata-university-immaculata-pa-bachelor-of-music-in-music-therapy

Immaculata University offers a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. This liberal arts program offers courses in music, music therapy, and psychology to support students in having a strong understanding of the psychology of music and psychopathology. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Music Therapy Board Certification exam of the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Graduates of the program will be competent in working with individuals and groups providing assessment, treatment planning, and using music, particularly guitar, piano, and voice therapeutically in a variety of clinical and educational settings.

Courses include: orientation to music therapy; music therapy foundations; didactic practices of music therapy; medical practices of music therapy; psychiatric practices of music therapy; ethical practice in music therapy; music therapy research; theoretical orientations to music therapy clinical practice; psychology of music; foundations of psychology; developmental psychology; and abnormal psychology.

  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Undergraduate Population: 1,555
  • Net Price: $29,386

#9 Emmanuel College

Boston, MA

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Concentration in Counseling & Health Psychology

Pre-Professional Program in Art Therapy

emmanuel-college-boston-ma-bachelor-of-arts-in-psychology-with-concentration-in-counseling-health-psychology-pre-professional-program-in-art-therapyEmmanuel College offers a couple of counseling focused undergraduate degrees with their Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Concentration in Counseling and Health Psychology and a Pre-Professional Program in Art Therapy. In both programs, students will gain a foundation in psychology and current mental health challenges and theories with a focus on relieving stressful and life-impacting symptoms. Students have the opportunity to engage in meaningful internships at the local, nationally recognized institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital; Boston Children’s Hospital; and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Located in Boston, students have access to all the benefits of a big city, while experiencing all the benefits of a small college, with Emmanuel’s 13 to 1 student-faculty ratio.

Courses include: general psychology; physiological bases of behavior; cognition; health psychology; child psychopathology; adult psychopathology; relationships, marriage and the family; cross-cultural psychology; race, gender and sexuality; child psychology; adulthood and aging; adolescent development; visual language for design and communications; introduction to art therapy; and principles of art therapy.

  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Undergraduate Population: 2,012
  • Net Price: $31,891

#8 University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, MI

Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies

university-of-detroit-mercy-detroit-mi-bachelor-of-science-in-addiction-studiesThe University of Detroit Mercy offers a Bachelor of Science with a major in Addiction Studies. A minor in addictions studies is also offered. The program is designed to meet the diverse needs of students with full-time and part-time programs of study available. Courses are offered in the evening in order to allow students to maintain work and family commitments while pursuing their degree. Coursework covers drug and alcohol addictions, sexual addictions, gambling addictions, and co-occurring mental health disorders. An optional clinical internship is available for students who are interested in that. Graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce with the skills to provide prevention, assessment, and intervention services to individuals and families impacted by the disease of addiction.

Addictions studies major courses include: introduction to addiction studies; assessment of substance use disorders; techniques of individual counseling; substance use disorders in youth; process disorders- gambling and sexual addiction; family theory and therapy; group methods; prevention and intervention of substance abuse; spirituality and recovery; and multicultural competence in treating substance-related-disorders.

  • Graduation Rate: 68%
  • Undergraduate Population: 2,646
  • Net Price: $22,382

#7 Union University

Jackson, TN

Art Therapy

union-university-jackson-tn-art-therapyUnion University is a private Christian University.The Department of Art at Union University offers an Art Therapy Degree. The program is designed to provide students with a foundation in art and psychology in preparation for graduate study in the field of art therapy. Union University works to attract a diverse student population with traditional students, home educated students, and international students. Union University works hard to provide all students with the support they need to be successful and reports a freshman retention rate of 91%.

Courses include: sculpture; photography; painting; ceramics; art therapy internship; introduction to psychology; developmental psychology; abnormal psychology; theories of personality; advanced general psychology; experimental psychology; psychological assessment; and introduction to counseling.

  • Graduation Rate: 68%
  • Undergraduate Population: 2,286
  • Net Price: $25,759

#6 Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree

wartburg-college-waverly-ia-bachelor-of-music-education-music-therapy-bachelor-of-music-in-music-therapy-degreeUndergraduate degrees in Music Therapy are offered at Wartburg College. Depending on the students area of interest students can either complete a Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy (BME-MT) degree, which allows the student to pursue licensure in K-12 music education and work towards becoming a Board Certified Music Therapist or The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy (BM-MT), degree with courses in social work and opportunities for minor concentrations. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association. The program reports a record of 100 percent of Wartburg music therapy graduates securing employment.

Courses include: human anatomy and physiology; music theory; instrumental methods; therapeutic improvisation; voice methods; introduction to music therapy fieldwork; music therapy pre-practicum; general music methods- grades K-8; principles of music therapy; music therapy in medical and mental health; psychology of music; introduction to psychology; abnormal psychology; lifespan human development; and human behavior and the social environment.

  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Undergraduate Population: 1,482
  • Net Price: $22,416

#5 University of Evansville

Evansville, IN

Bachelor of Science in Art, Pre-Art Therapy

university-of-evansville-evansville-in-bachelor-of-science-in-art-pre-art-therapyThe University of Evansville offers a Bachelor of Science in Art, Pre-Art Therapy. The Department of Art offers this degree with a core curriculum in art to provide a foundation and framework for all art majors. From there, students move on to focused study in their chosen art major. The Pre-Art Therapy major is designed for students who want to work professionally in art and psychology, using art as the tool to enhance people’s mental health. Students are supported by faculty in ensuring that their coursework includes the psychology courses necessary to be eligible for a graduate program in Art Therapy.

Courses include: introduction to art therapy; introduction to studio art; introduction to the visual arts; design; computer graphics; basic photography; drawing; creative development and art therapy; life drawing; printmaking; watercolor; art and culture; and art therapy seminar.

  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Undergraduate Population: 2,248
  • Net Price: $22,068

#4 Nazareth College

Rochester, NY

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

nazareth-college-rochester-ny-bachelor-of-music-in-music-therapyA Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy is available at Nazareth College. This program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Students in the program will have in-depth music training including the performance opportunities, similar to other music majors, throughout their time in the program. Students in the program also engage in focused clinical training. Under the supervision of a board-certified music therapist students will progress through the program beginning with clinical observation and building to leading sessions in community health clinics and the College’s state-of-the-art Music Therapy Clinic.

Courses include: introduction to music therapy; psychology of music; instrumental methods and repertoire for music therapists; music in therapy; research in music therapy; music therapy internship; functional piano for music therapists; introduction to psychology- natural science; and psychology of the exceptional individual.

  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Undergraduate Population: 2,159
  • Net Price: $28,379

#3 Springfield College

Springfield, MA

Bachelor of Science in Art Therapy

springfield-college-springfield-ma-bachelor-of-science-in-art-therapySpringfield College offers a Bachelor of Science in Art Therapy. Students can choose the concentration in Art Therapy as a major or minor. The program offers a core curriculum in addition to a number of electives that students have the opportunity to choose from as they work towards their degree. Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and with artists and art therapists in the community. The art therapy program takes pride in their facilities and strives to provide accessible workspaces for students who are motivated to creating and collaborating. Graduates will be prepared to work with diverse populations and/or pursue a graduate degree in art therapy.

Courses include: art therapy with special needs populations; pre-practicum in art therapy and art education; multicultural issues in art therapy; studio in painting; studio in ceramics; human development; abnormal psychology; printmaking for the art therapist; arts and ideas; psychology of art and artists; art in the community; and art therapy and the elderly client.

  • Graduation Rate: 70%
  • Undergraduate Population: 2,114
  • Net Price: $28,368

#2 Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

elizabethtown-college-elizabethtown-pa-bachelor-of-music-in-music-therapyA Major in Music Therapy is offered at Elizabethtown College. This degree combines coursework in music, psychology, biology, and music therapy with the goal of training students to use music therapeutically. Students will learn a variety of comprehensive skills including the ability to perform with their principal instrument; utilize music and non-music therapeutic skills to support clients in music therapy sessions; communication skills with client and stakeholders; the critical professional skills required by a music therapist; and the ability to apply research professionally. Students have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom in practical clinical experiences on and off campus under the supervision of a board-certified music therapist.

Courses include: introduction to music therapy; music therapy and clinical populations; music history; music therapy methods and techniques; music technology; psychology of music and research methods; professional internship in music therapy; abnormal psychology; lifespan development; child and adolescent development; and adult development and aging.

  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Undergraduate Population: 1,737
  • Net Price: $28,518

#1 Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, MO

Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Rehabilitation

maryville-university-of-saint-louis-saint-louis-mo-bachelor-of-science-in-psychology-with-a-concentration-in-rehabilitationA Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Rehabilitation is available at Maryville University of Saint Louis. Students who elect to pursue the concentration in Rehabilitation will take specific courses and have practical experience that leads to a strong foundation in the process of rehabilitation counseling. This degree will prepare graduates for entry-level social service positions or for graduate school in rehabilitation counseling or a related field. Faculty at Maryville University take advantage of the small college setting to get to know and mentor students as they work towards their academic and professional goals.

Courses include: general psychology; critical thinking in psychology; human development throughout the lifespan; abnormal psychology; social psychology; multicultural psychology; human cognition; the individual and society; medical aspects; communication and helping skills; employment and disability; substance abuse; issues in counseling; and psychiatric rehabilitation.

  • Graduation Rate: 75%
  • Undergraduate Population: 2,967
  • Net Price: $26,654

 

Methodology: To develop the ranking of Top 25 Small Colleges for an Undergraduate Degree in Counseling, we used information gathered from the Institute of Education Sciences’ College Navigator to evaluate colleges and universities with under 3,000 students. For this list, we chose to look at schools offering four-year undergraduate degrees. Next, we cross-referenced with Council for Higher Education Accreditation to keep only regionally accredited schools. We then checked each college and university to confirm that they did offer a degree with a counseling emphasis, track, or concentration, such as addiction counseling, mental health counseling, community health services, clinical counseling, and counseling psychology. Finally, we sorted the schools by graduation rate, and we present the top 25 schools in our ranking.

See also: 25 Most Accessible Bachelor’s in Counseling Degree Online Programs

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