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2020 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in West Virginia

Health & Physical Education is a popular major and West Virginia is the 25th most popular state for students studying this major. 902 of the 63,893 Health & Physical Education degrees earned last year were given by schools in West Virginia. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in West Virginia ranking analyzed 5 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 West Virginia.

Choosing a Great Health & Physical Education School

Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education in West 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. 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 take this into account we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection 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 colleges 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 West Virginia helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $30,200 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 schools for Health & Physical Education students in West Virginia.

Best Schools to Study Health & Physical Education in West Virginia

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Best Phys Ed Colleges in West Virginia

#1

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$31,700 Median Starting Salary

West Virginia University is a wonderful choice for students interested in a Health & Physical Education degree. Located in the city Morgantown, WVU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, WVU offers a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship) in health and physical education. Grads of the phys ed program report average early career income of $31,700.

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Master Highest Degree Type
$36,900 Median Starting Salary

Every student who is interested in health and physical education needs to take a look at American Public University System. Located in the town Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, American Military University also offers 2 different higher degree levels in health and physical education, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates from the health and physical education major at American Public University System earn $6,700 more than the standard graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#3

Marshall University

Huntington, WV
Master Highest Degree Type

It's hard to beat Marshall University if you wish to study health and physical education. Located in the small city Huntington, Marshall University is a public college with a large student population.

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

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West Liberty University

West Liberty, WV
$25,300 Median Starting Salary

West Liberty University is one of the finest schools in the United States for health and physical education. Located in the rural area West Liberty, West Liberty University is a public college with a small student population.

Grads of the phys ed program report average early career earnings of $25,300.

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$26,900 Median Starting Salary

Fairmont State is a small public school located in the town of Fairmont.

Students who graduate from the phys ed program make an average of $26,900 for their early career.

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Best Health & Physical Education Colleges in the Southeast Region

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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
Arkansas 249 701
Mississippi 239 1,030

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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