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2020 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in Virginia

Health & Physical Education is a popular major and Virginia is the 14th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,353 of the 63,893 Health & Physical Education degrees awarded last year were given by schools in Virginia. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in Virginia ranking analyzed 10 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges for Health & Physical Education students in Virginia.

Choosing a Great Health & Physical Education School

Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in Virginia 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. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a college'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.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

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 Virginia helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $26,700 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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Health & Physical Education students in Virginia.

Best Schools to Study Health & Physical Education in Virginia

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Health & Physical Education degree.

Top 10 Best Phys Ed Colleges in Virginia

Every student who is interested in health and physical education needs to check out University of Virginia - Main Campus. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, University of Virginia offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education.

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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University is a good decision for individuals pursuing a Health & Physical Education degree. JMU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Harrisonburg.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, JMU also offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. Health & Physical Education graduates from James Madison University earn a boost of around $4,100 above the average income of health and physical education graduates.

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College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary is a good option for students pursuing a Health & Physical Education major. William & Mary is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Williamsburg.

After graduation, phys ed students generally earn around $24,500 in the first five years of their career.

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Roanoke College

Salem, VA

Roanoke College is a great option for individuals pursuing a Health & Physical Education degree. Located in the suburb Salem, Roanoke is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More…

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Longwood University

Farmville, VA

Located in the remote town Farmville, Longwood is a public school with a small student population.

Health & Physical Education majors from Longwood University earn a boost of approximately $4,700 over the typical income of health and physical education graduates.

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Hampton University

Hampton, VA

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

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Hampton offers a Master's Degree in health and physical education. Graduates of the phys ed program report average early career earnings of $20,100.

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University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, VA

Located in the small city Lynchburg, Lynchburg is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More…

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Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA

Bridgewater is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Bridgewater.

Students who graduate from the phys ed program make around $27,100 in their early career salary.

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Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Located in the city Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Liberty University 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 state that they receive average early career earnings of $26,300.

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Norfolk State University

Norfolk, VA

Located in the midsize city Norfolk, Norfolk State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.More…

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Best Health & Physical Education Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 1,643
Florida 291 2,023
North Carolina 286 2,828
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

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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