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2020 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in Arkansas

Health & Physical Education is a popular major and Arkansas is the 30th most popular state for students studying this major. 701 of the 63,893 Health & Physical Education diplomas earned last year were given by schools in Arkansas. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in Arkansas ranking analyzed 4 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 0 colleges for Health & Physical Education students in Arkansas.

Choosing a Great Health & Physical Education School

Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in Arkansas 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 good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of various 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 colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent health and physical education graduates from Arkansas schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $26,680 in 2017-2018.

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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Health & Physical Education students in Arkansas.

Best Schools to Study Health & Physical Education in Arkansas

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for health and physical education majors.

Best Phys Ed Colleges in Arkansas

#1

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$29,000 Median Starting Salary

University of Arkansas is a good choice for individuals pursuing a Health & Physical Education major. Located in the small city Fayetteville, UARK is a public college with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, UARK also offers 2 different higher degree levels in health and physical education, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from the phys ed program make about $29,000 in the first couple years of their career.

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#2

Harding University

Searcy, AR
Master Highest Degree Type
$22,800 Median Starting Salary

Harding University is a great decision for individuals interested in a Health & Physical Education major. Located in the town Searcy, Harding is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Harding offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. After graduating, phys ed students typically make an average of $22,800 in the first five years of their career.

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Master Highest Degree Type
15.3% Growth in Graduates
$27,500 Median Starting Salary

It's hard to beat Arkansas State University - Main Campus if you wish to study health and physical education. Arkansas State University - Main Campus is a large public school located in the small city of Jonesboro.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Arkansas State University - Main Campus offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, phys ed students usually earn about $27,500 in their early careers.

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Master Highest Degree Type
$35,400 Median Starting Salary

University of Central Arkansas is one of the finest schools in the United States for health and physical education. University of Central Arkansas is a fairly large public school located in the city of Conway.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, University of Central Arkansas offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. Students from the health and physical education program at University of Central Arkansas get $6,725 above the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Best Health & Physical Education Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Health & Physical Education Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 1,643
Florida 291 2,023
Virginia 289 1,353
North Carolina 286 2,828
Tennessee 266 2,265
Kentucky 257 936
South Carolina 254 967
Louisiana 254 734
Alabama 250 569
Mississippi 239 1,030
West Virginia 222 902

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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