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2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

There are about 19,175 students enrolled in Occupational Therapy in the USA.

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popularity

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

9,011

Vs. National Avg.

-43%

popularity Rank

#105

cost

Average

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$28K

Vs. National Avg.

17%

cost Rank

#169

salary

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$46K

Vs. National Avg.

14%

salary Rank

#114

professors

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

4%

professors Rank

#205

students

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

-1%

students Rank

#279

SUMMARY

Studying Occupational Therapy is a valuable choice and typically a critical first step for students choosing to pursue a career as an occupational therapist, a professional sports therapist, or a wall street therapist. In fact, occupational therapy is an uncommon major ranking as the 240th most popular area of study. Last academic year, there were 788 occupational therapy diplomas received. In-state tuition for occupational therapy at private schools is, on average, 3.2 times more spendy than their public rivals.

With only 41 universities having programs for this degree there might be limited options as to the institutions you can choose from. If you're looking to immerse yourself with other occupational therapy majors, consider colleges in New York which have the most undergrads admitted to occupational therapy annually. Zooming out, the top region to pursue occupational therapy is in the Mid East region with Ithaca College, Long Island University, and University at Buffalo best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the top conference to study occupational therapy is the Mid-American Conference with Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, and University at Buffalo representing the conference. Based on our comprehensive list on the best colleges, our choice for the best college for occupational therapy is University of Southern California.

The best school might not actually be the best school for every student. There can be tons more facets to consider when choosing school. Things such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food might definitely affect one's feelings of where to go to school. At authority.org, we evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which occupational therapy college has the best campus, the answer is University of Southern California. If you are primarily interested in which college is home to the best campus, then we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more to evaluate each major in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life&nbsphere and, from that list, our pick of the college with the best student life for occupational therapy is University of Southern California. Are you curious why? Continue reading to discover more about Authority's top selections. Some of our decisions will probably shock you.

If price is a significant deciding factor in your decision on where to go to school, you might consider avoiding University of Southern California. University of Southern California&nbspis the most expensive college for occupational therapy, at least for out of state attendance. That being said, we have a list of the most expensive&nbspschools that could put the price tag at University of Southern California&nbspinto perspective. You could also care to know that occupational therapy is the 201st most expensive major in the nation, with an average cost of $29,800. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for occupational therapy in the country is California demonstrated with a tuition of $57,256 at University of Southern California. Even more broadly, the most expensive region for occupational therapy is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for occupational therapy is the Great Lakes region which is represented by Baker College with a cost of $9,720, Eastern Michigan University with a cost of $13,658, and Shawnee State University with a cost of $13,014. In better news, the most affordable school for occupational therapy is Salem State University. Authority's entire list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state learners can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $11,500 for a degree in occupational therapy. That cost inflates intensely to a median of $20,700 for the out-of-state public-school undergraduate. Our selection for the school with the best value for occupational therapy: University of Southern California. Here you can find our comprehensive list of the colleges we see as being the best value&nbspoverall. Do know, this section is predicated on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for occupational therapy majors differ widely, but two years after completing the major graduates will typically make around $61,800. While there is a lot of variation in salary; top earners can enjoy pay up to $100,800. Even right out of school, the minimum earning positions within the occupational therapy field earn $37,800, which could be worse. The top earning graduates for occupational therapy studied at University of Southern California&nbspand if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of occupational therapy is near the bottom, coming in only the 10th percentile of all programs. The school with the highest composite diversity for occupational therapy is University of Southern California&nbspand here you can find our general list for the universities which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Occupational Therapy major only is in the 77th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even lower in the 17th percentile. White undergraduates compose the largest share, 76%, of students majoring in occupational therapy. Additionally, 90% of students pursuing an occupational therapy degree are women.

The median ranking for occupational therapy professors is 3.25 stars, a rating which is 19% lower than the average score for every major; this is a subpar score. If you are curious about the most popular occupational therapy instructor in the country, consider looking up Stephen Wood at Florida Institute of Technology. It might surprise you, but the highest rated instructors of occupational therapy from student rankings are at Florida Institute of Technology. As we incorporate data other than simply rankings we find that the college with the best professors for occupational therapy is University of Southern California. One will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as many of the best professors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest university to get into for occupational therapy is University of Southern California. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we have a comprehensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we do hope you believe that considering academics through a lens mainly shaped by superlatives might cause problems. We at Authority encourage you to read our more nuanced pages on individual colleges and read some of Authority's background articles on essential details to look out for as your university search develops.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA | www.washington.edu/

56%

Acceptance

56,554

Students

#108

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Drake University

Des Moines, IA | www.drake.edu/

68%

Acceptance

5,504

Students

#250

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS | https://ku.edu/

91%

Acceptance

30,983

Students

#535

Ranking

$28K

Tuition

A

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA | www.jefferson.edu/

70%

Acceptance

9,785

Students

#235

Ranking

$42K

Tuition

A

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA | www.scranton.edu/

79%

Acceptance

6,349

Students

#238

Ranking

$47K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO | www.slu.edu/

56%

Acceptance

14,756

Students

#156

Ranking

$47K

Tuition

C+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

D'Youville College

Buffalo, NY | www.dyc.edu/

83%

Acceptance

3,404

Students

#1125

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

Durham, NH | www.unh.edu/

85%

Acceptance

16,001

Students

#379

Ranking

$36K

Tuition

A

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI | www.calvin.edu/

73%

Acceptance

4,020

Students

#287

Ranking

$38K

Tuition

A

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY | www.buffalo.edu/

67%

Acceptance

35,509

Students

#264

Ranking

$28K

Tuition

A

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Saint Francis University

Loretto, PA | www.francis.edu/

59%

Acceptance

3,822

Students

#384

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

F

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Perkinston, MS | https://www.mgccc.edu/

0%

Acceptance

12,001

Students

#3366

Ranking

$7K

Tuition

A

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA | www.duq.edu/

77%

Acceptance

10,187

Students

#279

Ranking

$42K

Tuition

A

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Howard University

Washington, DC | www.howard.edu/

39%

Acceptance

9,831

Students

#231

Ranking

$28K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Towson University

Towson, MD | www.towson.edu/

79%

Acceptance

25,370

Students

#465

Ranking

$24K

Tuition

F

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Amarillo College

Amarillo, TX | www.actx.edu/

0%

Acceptance

12,389

Students

#2866

Ranking

$5K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

McKendree University

Lebanon, IL | https://www.mckendree.edu/

70%

Acceptance

2,913

Students

#625

Ranking

$32K

Tuition

A

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY | www.ithaca.edu/

76%

Acceptance

6,780

Students

#291

Ranking

$47K

Tuition

C+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Mount Mary University

Milwaukee, WI | www.mtmary.edu/

53%

Acceptance

1,455

Students

#1160

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

B

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, TN | www.southern.edu/

74%

Acceptance

3,257

Students

#920

Ranking

$23K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR | https://www.pacificu.edu/

89%

Acceptance

4,219

Students

#512

Ranking

$48K

Tuition

C

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI | uwm.edu/

79%

Acceptance

30,081

Students

#1329

Ranking

$21K

Tuition

C+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI | https://wmich.edu/

85%

Acceptance

22,996

Students

#1158

Ranking

$16K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA | www.sjsu.edu/

67%

Acceptance

39,442

Students

#486

Ranking

$20K

Tuition

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