Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

10,378

Graduates Per Year

$43K

Average Salary

#47

Most Popular Major

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TOP

50

Degree Stats

Popular

10,378

13% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

279

5% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

46

Fitness Administration

10,554

47

Health and Fitness

10,378

48

International Relations and Affairs

9,868

Most Widely Offered Degrees

35

/

1.852

Worse

Better

offeringnot offering6%6%

Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicnon public64%64%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Far West

California State University-Fullerton

By State

California

California State University-Fullerton

By Conference

California Collegiate Athletic Association

California State University-San Bernardino

By School

Arizona Western College

INTRODUCTION

If you think life as an athletic trainer, fitness fashion designer, or sports and fitness nutritionist sounds interesting, then a degree in health and fitness may just be for you. You could even become a personal nutritionist for a professional athlete!

POPULARITY

Health and fitness is the 47th most popular degree in America, with 10,378 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #48 International Relations and Affairs, and narrowly lost to #46 Fitness Administration.

The degree is offered at a total of 279 colleges across the nation, and is the 81st most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 6% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that 64% of colleges offering health and fitness are public making it a quite accessible field.

The far west produces the most health and fitness graduates, largely led by California State University-Fullerton, while it’s the California Collegiate Athletic Association that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from California State University-Fullerton and California State University-Northridge.

All that being said, no individual school produces more health and fitness graduates than Arizona Western College, which graduated 479 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study health and fitness). More students studied health and fitness as a percentage of total students at Martin Methodist College than any other college.

Good luck finding the right college for you. We hope you enjoy Authority's 2022 official Best Colleges for Health and Fitness list. Some of our picks may surprise you!

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

#1 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Chapel Hill, NC

www.unc.edu

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

32,346

Students

# 5

Ranking

$34,198

Tuition

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California State University-Fullerton

#2 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Fullerton, CA

www.fullerton.edu

B+

Rating

53%

Acceptance

46,588

Students

# 98

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

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California State University-Long Beach

#3 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Long Beach, CA

www.csulb.edu

A-

Rating

39%

Acceptance

41,344

Students

# 65

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

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California State University-Northridge

#4 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Northridge, CA

https://www.csun.edu

B-

Rating

59%

Acceptance

43,348

Students

# 184

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

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San Diego State University

#5 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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San Diego, CA

www.sdsu.edu

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Rating

34%

Acceptance

37,838

Students

# 43

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

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Emory University

#6 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Atlanta, GA

www.emory.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

16,024

Students

# 23

Ranking

$53,070

Tuition

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William & Mary

#7 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Williamsburg, VA

https://www.wm.edu

A+

Rating

38%

Acceptance

9,765

Students

# 9

Ranking

$40,089

Tuition

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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

#8 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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San Luis Obispo, CA

calpoly.edu

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Rating

28%

Acceptance

23,278

Students

# 16

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

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Brigham Young University-Provo

#9 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Provo, UT

www.byu.edu

A-

Rating

67%

Acceptance

39,233

Students

# 168

Ranking

$5,790

Tuition

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania

#10 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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West Chester, PA

https://www.wcupa.edu

C+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

19,646

Students

# 227

Ranking

$19,290

Tuition

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Bridgewater College

#11 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Bridgewater, VA

https://www.bridgewater.edu/about-bc/

C+

Rating

67%

Acceptance

1,922

Students

# 456

Ranking

$35,700

Tuition

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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#12 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Ann Arbor, MI

https://umich.edu/

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

48,218

Students

# 2

Ranking

$50,872

Tuition

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California State University-Fresno

#13 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Fresno, CA

www.fresnostate.edu/

C+

Rating

58%

Acceptance

26,765

Students

# 196

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

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The University of West Florida

#14 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Pensacola, FL

uwf.edu

B+

Rating

31%

Acceptance

16,122

Students

# 119

Ranking

$16,587

Tuition

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San Francisco State University

#15 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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San Francisco, CA

www.sfsu.edu

B-

Rating

67%

Acceptance

33,236

Students

# 169

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

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San Jose State University

#16 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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San Jose, CA

www.sjsu.edu

B

Rating

64%

Acceptance

38,805

Students

# 141

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

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Gallaudet University

#17 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Washington, DC

www.gallaudet.edu

B+

Rating

61%

Acceptance

1,735

Students

# 271

Ranking

$16,512

Tuition

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Howard University

#18 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Washington, DC

www.howard.edu

A-

Rating

36%

Acceptance

9,536

Students

# 179

Ranking

$24,966

Tuition

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Baylor University

#19 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Waco, TX

www.baylor.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

18,956

Students

# 110

Ranking

$42,842

Tuition

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University of Massachusetts-Boston

#20 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Boston, MA

www.umb.edu

C+

Rating

76%

Acceptance

19,356

Students

# 221

Ranking

$34,649

Tuition

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James Madison University

#21 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Harrisonburg, VA

www.jmu.edu/

A-

Rating

77%

Acceptance

24,152

Students

# 77

Ranking

$23,564

Tuition

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University of Arkansas

#22 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Fayetteville, AR

https://www.uark.edu

B

Rating

77%

Acceptance

30,459

Students

# 137

Ranking

$24,056

Tuition

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Ohio State University-Main Campus

#23 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Columbus, OH

www.osu.edu/

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

66,178

Students

# 39

Ranking

$31,174

Tuition

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McDaniel College

#24 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Westminster, MD

www.mcdaniel.edu

C+

Rating

92%

Acceptance

3,392

Students

# 489

Ranking

$44,540

Tuition

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University of the Pacific

#25 Best Colleges for Health and Fitness

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Stockton, CA

www.pacific.edu

A-

Rating

66%

Acceptance

7,000

Students

# 170

Ranking

$48,904

Tuition