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2023 Kinesiology and Exercise Science Popularity

There are about 96,721 students enrolled in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in the USA.

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Kinesiology and exercise science is the 24th most popular degree in America, with 25,719 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #25 Liberal Arts and Sciences, and narrowly lost to #23 Business.

The degree is offered at a total of 532 colleges across the nation, and is the 39th most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 10% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that 55% of colleges offering kinesiology and exercise science are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The southeast produces the most kinesiology and exercise science graduates, largely led by Mississippi State University, while it’s the Big Ten Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, Texas ranks highest, with particular help from Texas State University and The University of Texas at San Antonio.

All that being said, no individual school produces more kinesiology and exercise science graduates than Alabama A & M University, which graduated 508 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 kinesiology and exercise science). More students studied kinesiology and exercise science as a percentage of total students at Jarvis Christian College than any other college.

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