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2023 Best Health & Physical Education Schools

541 Colleges in the United States
67,146 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded
$31,386 Avg Early-Career Salary
Ranked #11 in popularity, health and physical education is one of the most sought-after degree programs in the nation. This means there are lots of options to choose from when you decide to get your degree.

College Factual reviewed 541 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of health and physical education. Combined, these schools handed out 67,146 degrees in health and physical education to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Health & Physical Education School

Best Health & Physical Education Schools The phys ed program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Health & Physical Education rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for health and physical education schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Health & Physical Education Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Health & Physical Education Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

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Best Schools for Health & Physical Education in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the phys ed degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Phys Ed

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
326 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a wonderful choice for students interested in a degree in health and physical education. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #25 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were about 326 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Health & Physical Education degree recipients from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor receive an earnings boost of about $7,706 above the typical earnings of health and physical education majors.

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#2

Rice University

Houston, TX
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
104 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Rice University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in health and physical education. Located in the city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of #23 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Rice is a great university overall.

There were about 104 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Rice in the most recent data year. Those health and physical education students who get their degree from Rice University make $6,846 more than the standard phys ed student.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
71 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Columbia University in the City of New York is a wonderful choice for students pursuing a degree in health and physical education. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. A Best Colleges rank of #14 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were about 71 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Health & Physical Education degree recipients from Columbia University in the City of New York get an earnings boost of approximately $29,315 above the typical earnings of health and physical education graduates.

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#4

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
91 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat Emory University if you wish to pursue a degree in health and physical education. Emory is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Atlanta. A Best Colleges rank of #35 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Emory is a great university overall.

There were roughly 91 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent data year. Those health and physical education students who get their degree from Emory University receive $3,900 more than the average phys ed student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
313 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

UT Austin is a very large public university located in the large city of Austin. A Best Colleges rank of #52 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UT Austin is a great university overall.

There were about 313 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the health and physical education major at The University of Texas at Austin earn $4,612 more than the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
566 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of College Station. A Best Colleges rank of #55 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Texas A&M College Station is a great university overall.

There were roughly 566 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent year we have data available. Health & Physical Education degree recipients from Texas A&M University - College Station earn a boost of approximately $8,125 above the average earnings of health and physical education graduates.

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#7

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
622 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Iowa City, Iowa is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 40 colleges for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were approximately 622 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Iowa in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the phys ed program earn an average of $31,109 for their early career.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
683 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

American Military University is a very large private for-profit university located in the town of Charles Town. This university ranks 1st out of 28 colleges for overall quality in the state of West Virginia.

There were about 683 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at American Military University in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the health and physical education degree program at American Public University System get $19,483 above the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
62 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 62 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the health and physical education degree program at Northwestern University get $17,511 more than the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
347 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Oxford, Miami University - Oxford is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 5th out of 96 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There were about 347 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Miami University - Oxford in the most recent data year. Health & Physical Education degree recipients from Miami University - Oxford receive an earnings boost of around $3,780 over the average earnings of health and physical education majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
472 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Bloomington, IU Bloomington is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #58 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means IU Bloomington is a great university overall.

There were about 472 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at IU Bloomington in the most recent data year. Those health and physical education students who get their degree from Indiana University - Bloomington make $6,526 more than the average phys ed graduate.

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#12

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
150 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 9th out of 143 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 150 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Syracuse in the most recent year we have data available. Those health and physical education students who get their degree from Syracuse University make $5,916 more than the standard phys ed graduate.

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#13

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
247 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

UF is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville. This university ranks 1st out of 77 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were about 247 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the health and physical education major at University of Florida make $7,296 above the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
148 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of #33 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were roughly 148 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the phys ed program report average early career earnings of $27,879.

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#15

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
326 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 65 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 326 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at JMU in the most recent year we have data available. Those health and physical education students who get their degree from James Madison University receive $6,205 more than the standard phys ed graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
239 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #36 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UMCP is a great university overall.

There were roughly 239 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at UMCP in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, phys ed degree recipients generally earn around $30,536 in their early careers.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
248 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 96 schools for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There were about 248 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Ohio State in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the health and physical education major at Ohio State University - Main Campus get $6,092 more than the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
401 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #43 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great university overall.

There were approximately 401 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent year we have data available. Those health and physical education students who get their degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill receive $5,279 more than the average phys ed graduate.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
113 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

UMN Twin Cities is a very large public university located in the large city of Minneapolis. This university ranks 1st out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were about 113 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at UMN Twin Cities in the most recent year we have data available. After graduating, phys ed degree recipients usually earn an average of $33,230 in their early careers.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
188 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Newark, UD is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 5 schools for overall quality in the state of Delaware.

There were roughly 188 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at UD in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the health and physical education major at University of Delaware earn $4,160 more than the standard graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
303 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

UGA is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Athens. This university ranks 3rd out of 69 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were roughly 303 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at UGA in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, phys ed degree recipients usually make an average of $29,679 in the first five years of their career.

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#22

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
306 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 14 colleges for overall quality in the state of Utah.

There were roughly 306 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at U of U in the most recent data year. Health & Physical Education degree recipients from University of Utah get an earnings boost of approximately $3,406 over the typical earnings of health and physical education majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
414 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

UT Knoxville is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Knoxville. This university ranks 3rd out of 45 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were roughly 414 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at UT Knoxville in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the phys ed program make about $30,686 for their early career.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
117 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #32 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 117 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year. Health & Physical Education degree recipients from University of Virginia - Main Campus earn a boost of around $18,567 above the typical earnings of health and physical education graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
456 Phys Ed Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 44 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There were roughly 456 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Rutgers New Brunswick in the most recent year we have data available. Health & Physical Education degree recipients from Rutgers University - New Brunswick get an earnings boost of approximately $4,637 over the average earnings of health and physical education graduates.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Health & Physical Education Schools

#28

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA
#30

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

#36

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#39

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR
#40

Baylor University

Waco, TX

#41

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL

#43

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY
#44

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY
#45

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR
#46

Towson University

Towson, MD
#47

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#49

University of Houston

Houston, TX

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Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Health & Physical Education Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 541 different United States health and physical education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
51 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
52 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
53 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
54 Seattle University Seattle, WA
55 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
56 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
57 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
58 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
59 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
60 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
61 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
62 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
63 Springfield College Springfield, MA
64 Ball State University Muncie, IN
65 Shenandoah University Winchester, VA
66 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
67 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
68 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
69 Saint Ambrose University Davenport, IA
70 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
71 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
72 University of Mississippi University, MS
73 Cornell College Mount Vernon, IA
74 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
75 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
76 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
77 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
78 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
79 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
80 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
81 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Health & Physical Education students that almost earned our Best Health & Physical Education Schools award.

Rank College Location
82 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
83 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
84 Canisius College Buffalo, NY
85 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
86 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
87 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
88 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
89 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
90 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
91 Winona State University Winona, MN
92 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
93 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
94 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
95 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
96 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
97 Clemson University Clemson, SC
98 Loras College Dubuque, IA
99 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
100 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
101 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
102 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
103 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
104 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
105 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
106 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
107 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
108 Concordia University, Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN

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Phys Ed Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Exercise Science and Kinesiology 32,740
Sports Management 16,971
Sports Kinesiology and Physical Education/Fitness General 13,944
Outdoor Health & Physical Education/Fitness 1,441
Physical Fitness Technician 1,436
Sports Studies 614

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Majors Similar to Phys Ed

Related Major Annual Graduates
Recreation Administration 3,122
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 3,106
Outdoor Education 265
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 174

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).

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