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2021 Best Value Colleges for Health & Physical Education

387 Colleges
48,130 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,023 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Health & Physical Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Health & Physical EducationHealth & Physical Education is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 9th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 48,130 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Health & Physical Education ranking looked at 387 colleges that offer a bachelor's in phys ed. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those phys ed schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Phys Ed Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Health & Physical Education Schools in the United States

Check out the phys ed programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 25 Best Value Phys Ed Schools

Brigham Young University - Provo comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo. In addition to its great value ranking, BYU is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education list.

It takes about 5.2 years for the average student at BYU to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $12,239. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from BYU is $64,132. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that phys ed majors at BYU take out while working on their bachelor's is $15,029. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $131, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Located in the small city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public school with a large student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, UW - La Crosse also did well on our Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UW - La Crosse to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,185. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW - La Crosse is $85,373. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, phys ed graduates from UW - La Crosse take out $21,733 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $242, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Truman State University. Truman State is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Kirksville.

It takes the average student at Truman State about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $18,927 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Truman State is $80,250. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, phys ed majors at Truman State accumulate an average of around $20,488 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $228, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize South Dakota State University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the remote town of Brookings. South Dakota State excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education list.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at South Dakota State to complete their degree, and it costs about $20,370 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State is about $89,628. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Phys Ed majors at South Dakota State take out an average of $23,798 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Our rankings recognize Eastern Illinois University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. EIU is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Charleston.

At EIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $16,976 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from EIU be around $75,034. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, phys ed graduates from EIU carry an average student debtload of $25,273. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $279, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida State University. Located in the city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Florida State is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Florida State is 4.2 years, and it costs about $27,233 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Florida State is about $115,196. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, phys ed graduates from Florida State carry an average student debtload of $20,569. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $218.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at North Dakota State University to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,224. This means that the average student pays around $96,145 to get a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Phys Ed majors at North Dakota State University take out an average of $21,424 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $247.

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Winona State University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Winona State is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Winona. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Winona State also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education ranking.

It takes the average student at Winona State about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,880. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Winona State be around $98,022. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, phys ed graduates from Winona State take out $22,034 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $235.

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#9

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

Our rankings recognize Canisius College as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Canisius is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Buffalo.

It takes the average student at Canisius about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $18,574. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Canisius is $75,968. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that phys ed majors at Canisius take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,721. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $242, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Kearney, UNK is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average student at UNK graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,217. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UNK is $91,987. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that phys ed majors at UNK take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,308. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $244.

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#11

Hanover College

Hanover, IN

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Hanover College. Hanover is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hanover.

It takes the average student at Hanover about 4.0 years to graduate, and it costs about $25,334 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Hanover be around $102,349. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, phys ed graduates from Hanover carry an average student debtload of $23,744. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Cortland as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Cortland, SUNY Cortland is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. SUNY Cortland excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SUNY Cortland is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,238. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland be around $108,019. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, phys ed graduates from SUNY Cortland carry an average student debtload of $21,644. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a large student population.

It takes the average student at SIUE about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $17,498. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SIUE is $79,091. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, phys ed graduates from SIUE carry an average student debtload of $22,431. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $227.

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#14

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. UNI is a large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls. On top of its placing in our value rankings, UNI also did well on our Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average student at UNI graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,198. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNI is $107,439. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Phys Ed majors at UNI take out an average of $20,006 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $213.

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#15

Manchester University

North Manchester, IN

Manchester University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value health and physical education schools. Manchester University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of North Manchester.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Manchester University to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,098. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Manchester University is $91,486. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, phys ed majors at Manchester University accumulate an average of around $27,295 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD

Augustana University landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value health and physical education schools. Located in the midsize city of Sioux Falls, Augustana Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Augustana Sioux Falls also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education ranking.

The average student at Augustana Sioux Falls graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,732. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Augustana Sioux Falls is $118,416. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, phys ed majors at Augustana Sioux Falls accumulate an average of around $21,254 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $226.

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#17

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value health and physical education schools. Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Lubbock. Texas Tech excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education list.

The average student at Texas Tech graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,296. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is $105,298. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that phys ed majors at Texas Tech take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,320. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $234, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Harding University

Searcy, AR

Harding University earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Searcy, Harding is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

At Harding, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,917. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Harding be around $90,989. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, phys ed majors at Harding accumulate an average of around $23,918 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Florida. U of F is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Gainesville. In addition to being on our best value list, U of F has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at U of F to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,230. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of F is $120,542. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, phys ed majors at U of F accumulate an average of around $18,919 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $200.

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The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. SRU is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Slippery Rock.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at SRU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,713. This means that the average student pays around $93,149 to get a bachelor’s degree from SRU. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, phys ed majors at SRU accumulate an average of around $23,990 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $262, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Texas Lutheran University earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. TLU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Seguin.

It takes the average student at TLU about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,694. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from TLU be around $102,121. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, phys ed majors at TLU accumulate an average of around $25,808 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value health and physical education schools. Located in the city of Greensboro, UNC Greensboro is a public college with a very large student population.

The average student at UNC Greensboro graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,093. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro is about $98,756. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, phys ed graduates from UNC Greensboro carry an average student debtload of $22,356. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $248.

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The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Appalachian State University. Located in the distant town of Boone, Appalachian State is a public school with a large student population.

At Appalachian State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,137. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Appalachian State is $95,410. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, phys ed graduates from Appalachian State carry an average student debtload of $19,733. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $222.

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The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Iowa State University. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the small city of Ames. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Iowa State also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education ranking.

The average student at Iowa State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,749. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State is $118,231. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, phys ed graduates from Iowa State carry an average student debtload of $22,720. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $251.

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#25

Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

Monmouth College landed the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value health and physical education schools. Monmouth is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Monmouth.

The average student at Monmouth graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,828. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth is $96,106. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, phys ed graduates from Monmouth take out $27,099 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Value Colleges for Health & Physical Education

#27

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
#29

Loras College

Dubuque, IA
#31

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN
#32

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA
#33

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX
#34

The College at Brockport

Brockport, NY
#36

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN
#38

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI
#39

University of Houston

Houston, TX
#40

Carroll University

Waukesha, WI
#41

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#43

Simpson College

Indianola, IA
#44

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL
#45

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
#46

Mississippi College

Clinton, MS
#47

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN
#48

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#50

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Value Colleges for Health & Physical Education badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 387 different United States health and physical education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
52 Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND
53 Springfield College Springfield, MA
54 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
55 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
56 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
57 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
58 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Health & Physical Education award.

Rank College Location
59 Hardin - Simmons University Abilene, TX
60 St. Bonaventure University Saint Bonaventure, NY
61 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
62 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
63 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
64 Bridgewater College Bridgewater, VA
65 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
66 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
67 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
68 Otterbein University Westerville, OH
69 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
70 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
71 Aquinas College Michigan Grand Rapids, MI
72 Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia, AR
73 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
74 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
75 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
76 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
77 University of Mount Union Alliance, OH

Health & Physical Education by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 4 majors within the Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies area of study, Health & Physical Education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Recreation Administration 3,042
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 2,956
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 138
Outdoor Education 119

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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