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2020 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in New York

Health & Physical Education is a popular major and New York is the 7th most popular state for students studying this major. 2,259 of the 63,893 Health & Physical Education degrees earned last year were given by colleges in New York. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in New York ranking analyzed 15 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 2 schools for Health & Physical Education students in New York.

Choosing a Great Health & Physical Education School

Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in New York Your choice of health and physical education school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Health & Physical Education graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A health and physical education bachelors degree from a college in New York helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $26,393 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Health & Physical Education students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other health and physical education students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized health and physical education related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Health & Physical Education students in New York.

Best Schools to Study Health & Physical Education in New York

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Top 10 Best Phys Ed Colleges in New York

#1

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY
Master Highest Degree Type
2.5% Growth in Graduates
$29,900 Median Starting Salary

It's hard to beat SUNY Cortland if you want to study health and physical education. Located in the distant town Cortland, SUNY Cortland is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, SUNY Cortland also offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. Graduates from the health and physical education program at SUNY Cortland make $3,242 more than the standard graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Master Highest Degree Type
8.6% Growth in Graduates
$26,600 Median Starting Salary

It is difficult to beat St John's University - New York if you want to pursue health and physical education as a major. Located in the large city Queens, STJ is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, STJ offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. Graduates of the phys ed program earn an average of $26,600 in the first couple years of working.

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#3

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
Master Highest Degree Type
7.5% Growth in Graduates
$20,500 Median Starting Salary

It's difficult to beat Adelphi University if you want to pursue health and physical education as a major. Adelphi is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Garden City.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Adelphi offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. Grads of the phys ed program state that they receive average early career wages of $20,500.

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#4

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
$26,500 Median Starting Salary

Syracuse University is a good option for individuals pursuing a Health & Physical Education major. Syracuse is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Syracuse.

Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career earnings of $26,500.

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#5

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY
$33,900 Median Starting Salary

Ithaca is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Ithaca.

Ithaca College health and physical education graduates earn $7,242 more than the average phys ed grad.

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#6

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY
Master Highest Degree Type
$20,500 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Buffalo, Canisius is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Canisius offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. Grads of the phys ed program report average early career income of $20,500.

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#7

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, NY
27.3% Growth in Graduates
$30,600 Median Starting Salary

Fisher is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Rochester.

St. John Fisher College health and physical education graduates earn $3,942 more than the typical phys ed grad.

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#8

CUNY Queens College

Queens, NY
Master Highest Degree Type
3.8% Growth in Graduates
$31,900 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large city Queens, Queens is a public school with a fairly large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Queens offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. Students from the health and physical education degree program at CUNY Queens College make $5,242 above the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#9

Niagara University

Niagara University, NY
Master Highest Degree Type
$22,700 Median Starting Salary

Located in the suburb Niagara University, Niagara is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Niagara offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career income of $22,700.

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#10

St. Bonaventure University

Saint Bonaventure, NY
26.7% Growth in Graduates
$26,100 Median Starting Salary

Located in the remote town Saint Bonaventure, St. Bonaventure is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, phys ed students typically earn about $26,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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Best Health & Physical Education Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 327 2,921
Maryland 284 969
New Jersey 280 789
District of Columbia 194 253
Delaware 171 389

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 4,172
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 3,541
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 275
Outdoor Education 235

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Staff Sgt. Michael Ellis.

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