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2020 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in North Carolina

Health & Physical Education is a popular major and North Carolina is the 4th most popular state for students studying this major. 2,828 of the 63,893 Health & Physical Education diplomas awarded last year were given by schools in North Carolina. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in North Carolina ranking analyzed 27 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 schools for Health & Physical Education students in North Carolina.

Choosing a Great Health & Physical Education School

Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in North Carolina The phys ed program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality phys ed program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 7% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 7%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 119 to 36 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

A health and physical education degree from schools on this list typically translates into higher than average income after graduation. While the average health and physical education bachelors degree from North Carolina schools results in an average starting salary of $25,428, graduates of colleges on this list average $29,375.

Starting Salary  ( 24982 to 32417 )
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$33,800

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 schools for Health & Physical Education students in North Carolina.

Best Schools to Study Health & Physical Education in North Carolina

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study health and physical education.

Top 10 Best Phys Ed Colleges in North Carolina

#1

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University is one of the finest schools in the country for health and physical education. Located in the city Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 37 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Wake Forest University is a great school overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Wake Forest University offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. Soon after graduating, phys ed students usually earn around $26,300 in the first five years of their career.

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#2

Elon University

Elon, NC

Elon University is a good choice for individuals pursuing a Health & Physical Education major. Located in the midsize suburb Elon, Elon is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 5th out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

A preferred choice for health and physical education undergrads, there are about 69 individuals enrolled in this degree at Elon. Health & Physical Education students from Elon University receive an earnings boost of approximately $4,570 above the typical earnings of health and physical education graduates.

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Any student pursuing a degree in health and physical education needs to check out University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Located in the city Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 50 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, UNC Chapel Hill offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. After graduating, phys ed students usually make about $26,300 in the first five years of their career.

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North Carolina State University is a great decision for individuals pursuing a Health & Physical Education major. NC State is a very large public school located in the large city of Raleigh. This school ranks 6th out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are roughly 118 health and physical education undergrads studying this program at NC State. Students from the health and physical education major at North Carolina State University get $7,270 above the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Located in the city Greensboro, UNC Greensboro is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 19th out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

For those interested in something more advanced, UNC Greensboro also offers 2 different higher degree levels in health and physical education, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the phys ed program make around $26,700 in the first couple years of working.

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#6

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Located in the small city Greenville, ECU is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 10th out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, ECU offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. Health & Physical Education majors from East Carolina University earn a boost of about $3,070 over the typical income of health and physical education majors.

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Located in the town Boone, Appalachian State is a public college with a large student population. This college ranks 9th out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Appalachian State also offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. Students who graduate from the phys ed program make around $24,000 for their early career.

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#8

High Point University

High Point, NC

Located in the city High Point, High Point is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 13th out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are about 80 health and physical education undergraduates enrolled in this program at High Point.

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UNC Charlotte is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Charlotte. This college ranks 11th out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are approximately 159 health and physical education undergrads studying this degree at UNC Charlotte. Students who graduate from the phys ed program earn an average of $26,700 for their early career.

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UNCW is a fairly large public school located in the city of Wilmington. This college ranks 8th out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are roughly 148 health and physical education undergraduates enrolled in this program at UNCW.

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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
Tennessee 266 2,265
Kentucky 257 936
South Carolina 254 967
Louisiana 254 734
Alabama 250 569
Arkansas 249 701
Mississippi 239 1,030
West Virginia 222 902

Health & Physical Education is one of 4 different types of Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Phys Ed

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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