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2022 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

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788

Graduates Per Year

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$62K

Average Salary

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#240

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Average Popularity

788

87% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

41

79% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

239

Military Technologies

791

240

Occupational Therapy

788

241

Architectural Engineering

772

Cost

Median Cost

$29,767

7% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

200

Audiology

$29,779

201

Occupational Therapy

$29,767

202

Industrial Engineering

$29,741

Salary

Low Salary

$30,346

21% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

297

Recreational Therapy

$30,346

298

Occupational Therapy

$30,346

299

Physical Therapy

$30,346

Professors

Very Bad

3.3/5

18.8% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

336

Occupational Therapy

Students

Not Diverse

2.8/5

24.43% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

357

Natural Resources Management and Policy

358

Occupational Therapy

359

Mathematics Teacher Education

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 here 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 is 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 schools that could put the price tag at University of Southern California into 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 overall. 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 and 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 and 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.

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University at Buffalo

#1 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

University at Buffalo is a very large public university located in Buffalo, NY ranked 215th in the United States. It has a total of 24,330 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 61.08% acceptance rate. University at Buffalo offers 465 different majors and is best known for its Occupational Therapy, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Social Sciences programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,070 for in-state students and $24,740 for those from out-of-state, University at Buffalo is somewhat moderately costly. 65.04% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn more or less $52,600 per year, which is 27% greater than the national median.

Buffalo, NY

www.buffalo.edu

A

Rating

61%

Acceptance

35,111

Students

#215

Ranking

$24,740

Tuition

University of Southern California

#2 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

University of Southern California is a very large private university located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 24th in the United States. It has a total of 21,909 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 11.42% of applicants. University of Southern California offers 527 different majors and is best known for its Communication and Media Studies, Film, and Gerontology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,256 per year, University of Southern California is very high-priced. 87.78% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take home around $74,000 per year, which is 78% over the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

www.usc.edu/

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

53,186

Students

#24

Ranking

$57,256

Tuition

Saint Louis University

#3 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Saint Louis University is a large private university located in Saint Louis, MO ranked 176th in America. It has a total of 11,095 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 58.28% acceptance rate. Saint Louis University offers 243 different majors and is best known for its Occupational Therapy, Homeland Security, and Organizational Behavior Studies programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,700 per year, Saint Louis University is quite pricey. 67.58% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home near $56,500 per year, which is 36% above the national median.

Saint Louis, MO

www.slu.edu

A

Rating

58%

Acceptance

16,248

Students

#176

Ranking

$44,700

Tuition

Ithaca College

#4 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Ithaca College is a mid-sized private college located in Ithaca, NY ranked 278th in the nation. It has a total of 6,348 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a tad greater than five in seven applicants. Ithaca College offers 108 different majors and is best known for its Physical Therapy, Sports Communication, and Occupational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $45,274 per year, Ithaca College is very high-priced. 76.19% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take in roughly $52,300 per year, which is 26% greater than the national median.

Ithaca, NY

www.ithaca.edu

A-

Rating

73%

Acceptance

7,003

Students

#278

Ranking

$45,274

Tuition

Thomas Jefferson University

#5 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Thomas Jefferson University is a mid-sized private medical school located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 187th in the US. It has a total of 3,980 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 65.88% of applicants. Thomas Jefferson University offers 125 different majors and is best known for its Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Ultrasound Technology, Interior Architecture, and Fashion Merchandising programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $40,680 per year, Thomas Jefferson University is rather expensive. 73.57% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in about $80,300 per year, which is 93% greater than the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.jefferson.edu

A

Rating

66%

Acceptance

8,773

Students

#187

Ranking

$40,680

Tuition

Springfield College

#6 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Springfield College is a small private institution located in Springfield, MA ranked 33rd in Massachusetts. It has a total of 2,187 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 68.06% of applicants. Springfield College offers 80 different majors and is best known for its Physical Therapy, Physical Education, and Physician Assistant Studies programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $38,770 per year, Springfield College is quite costly. 65.32% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn approximately $45,100 per year, which is 9% above the national median.

Springfield, MA

www.springfield.edu/

B+

Rating

68%

Acceptance

3,297

Students

#398

Ranking

$38,770

Tuition

Long Island University

#7 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Long Island University is a large private institution located in Brookville, NY ranked 84th in New York. It has a total of 11,530 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 80.09% of applicants. Long Island University offers 323 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Occupational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,452 per year, Long Island University is rather pricey. 40.15% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home close to $49,000 per year, which is 18% over the national median.

Brookville, NY

www.liu.edu

C+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

17,703

Students

#758

Ranking

$36,452

Tuition

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

#8 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus is a large public university located in Durham, NH ranked 3rd in New Hampshire. It has a total of 13,538 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting faintly over 83.3% of applicants. University of New Hampshire-Main Campus offers 207 different majors and is best known for its Occupational Therapy, Agricultural Production Operations, and Genetics programs (nationally ranked 8th, 10th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $15,520 for students from New Hampshire and $32,050 for those from out-of-state, University of New Hampshire-Main Campus is somewhat moderately expensive. 70.35% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to make near $51,400 per year, which is 24% greater than the national median.

Durham, NH

www.unh.edu

B+

Rating

84%

Acceptance

16,673

Students

#343

Ranking

$32,050

Tuition

Towson University

#9 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Towson University is a very large public institution located in Towson, MD ranked 10th in Maryland. It has a total of 21,975 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 76.31% acceptance rate. Towson University offers 138 different majors and is best known for its Family Systems, Art Teacher Education, and Health and Wellness programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,962 for students from Maryland and $21,098 for those from out-of-state, Towson University is somewhat moderately costly. 70.59% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make around $50,800 per year, which is 22% above the national median.

Towson, MD

www.towson.edu

B

Rating

76%

Acceptance

25,754

Students

#436

Ranking

$21,098

Tuition

Duquesne University

#10 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Duquesne University is a mid-sized private university located in Pittsburgh, PA ranked 254th in the nation. It has a total of 6,503 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting in the neighborhood of 75% of applicants. Duquesne University offers 191 different majors and is best known for its Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, and Web Design programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $39,992 per year, Duquesne University is rather expensive. 77.23% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring in more or less $58,500 per year, which is 41% greater than the national median.

Pittsburgh, PA

www.duq.edu

A-

Rating

74%

Acceptance

10,319

Students

#254

Ranking

$39,992

Tuition

American International College

#11 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

American International College is a small private institution located in Springfield, MA ranked 46th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 1,427 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 64.58% acceptance rate. American International College offers 79 different majors and is best known for its Occupational Therapy and Human Biology programs, which are respectively ranked 11th and 15th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $36,930 per year, American International College is quite expensive. 54.66% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in near $46,000 per year, which is 11% above the national median.

Springfield, MA

www.aic.edu

C+

Rating

65%

Acceptance

3,714

Students

#775

Ranking

$36,930

Tuition

Saint Francis University

#12 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Saint Francis University is a small private institution located in Loretto, PA ranked 81st in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 2,893 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.54% of applicants. Saint Francis University offers 95 different majors and is best known for its Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Occupational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 9th, 10th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,970 per year, Saint Francis University is rather expensive. 38.32% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn more or less $52,200 per year, which is 26% above the national median.

Loretto, PA

www.francis.edu

C+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

3,670

Students

#884

Ranking

$36,970

Tuition

Eastern Kentucky University

#14 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Eastern Kentucky University is a large public institution located in Richmond, KY ranked 25th in Kentucky. It has a total of 15,262 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 93.83% of applicants. Eastern Kentucky University offers 161 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Chemistry, Technical Teacher Education, and Quality Control and Safety Technologies programs (nationally ranked 6th, 11th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,266 for in-state students and $19,338 for those from out-of-state, Eastern Kentucky University is reasonably priced. 44.7% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn approximately $36,100 per year, which is 13% below the national median.

Richmond, KY

www.eku.edu

C-

Rating

94%

Acceptance

18,481

Students

#2057

Ranking

$19,338

Tuition

Mount Mary University

#16 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Mount Mary University is a small private college located in Milwaukee, WI ranked 19th in Wisconsin. It has a total of 779 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 57.87% acceptance rate. Mount Mary University offers 83 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Fashion Merchandising programs (nationally ranked 8th, 16th, and 33rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $30,550 per year, Mount Mary University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 44.6% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take home approximately $40,000 per year, which is 4% under the national median.

Milwaukee, WI

www.mtmary.edu/

C+

Rating

58%

Acceptance

1,554

Students

#1050

Ranking

$30,550

Tuition

Western Michigan University

#18 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Western Michigan University is a very large public university located in Kalamazoo, MI ranked 24th in Michigan. It has a total of 19,216 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 79.86% acceptance rate. Western Michigan University offers 333 different majors and is best known for its Medical Informatics, Mechanic and Repair Technologies, and Family Systems programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,094 for in-state students and $15,118 for those from out-of-state, Western Michigan University is reasonably priced. 54.39% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to earn around $45,000 per year, which is 8% greater than the national median.

Kalamazoo, MI

https://wmich.edu/

C+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

25,010

Students

#1027

Ranking

$15,118

Tuition

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

#19 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a very large public university located in Milwaukee, WI ranked 22nd in Wisconsin. It has a total of 25,899 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 76.57% of applicants. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers 243 different majors and is best known for its Educational Administration and Supervision, Health Care Facilities Administration, and Occupational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 7th, 15th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,019 for students from Wisconsin and $19,661 for those from out-of-state, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is reasonably priced. 46.34% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to make about $44,200 per year, which is 6% greater than the national median.

Milwaukee, WI

uwm.edu

C+

Rating

77%

Acceptance

31,363

Students

#1110

Ranking

$19,661

Tuition

Worcester State University

#20 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Worcester State University is a mid-sized public college located in Worcester, MA ranked 53rd in Massachusetts. It has a total of 6,484 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 65.89% of applicants. Worcester State University offers 74 different majors and is best known for its Community Health Services, Occupational Therapy, and Biotechnology programs (nationally ranked 12th, 20th, and 30th respectively). With an annual tuition of $970 for students from Massachusetts and $7,050 for those from out-of-state, Worcester State University is quite cheap. 44.26% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in around $48,200 per year, which is 16% above the national median.

Worcester, MA

https://www.worcester.edu

C+

Rating

66%

Acceptance

9,691

Students

#995

Ranking

$7,050

Tuition

Shawnee State University

#21 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Shawnee State University is a small public liberal arts college located in Portsmouth, OH with a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. It has a total of 3,727 full-time undergraduate students. Shawnee State University offers 97 different majors and is best known for its Occupational Therapy and Computer Engineering Technologies programs, which are respectively ranked 21st and 34th in the US. With an annual tuition of $8,265 for in-state students and $14,189 for those from out-of-state, Shawnee State University is moderately priced. 28.04% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to make about $34,200 per year, which is 18% under the national median.

Portsmouth, OH

www.shawnee.edu/

D+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,994

Students

#2451

Ranking

$14,189

Tuition

Eastern Michigan University

#22 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Eastern Michigan University is a large public institution located in Ypsilanti, MI ranked 38th in Michigan. It has a total of 18,388 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting narrowly less than 75% of applicants. Eastern Michigan University offers 350 different majors and is best known for its Fine and Studio Arts Management, Recreational Therapy, and Occupational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 18th, 20th, and 22nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $13,658 per year, Eastern Michigan University is pretty low-priced. 42.58% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home close to $39,300 per year, which is 5% below the national median.

Ypsilanti, MI

www.emich.edu

C

Rating

74%

Acceptance

22,327

Students

#1378

Ranking

$13,658

Tuition

Salem State University

#23 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Salem State University is a mid-sized public college located in Salem, MA ranked 60th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 8,079 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 85.58% of applicants. Salem State University offers 149 different majors and is best known for its History Teacher Education, Accounting and Finance, and Fire Protection programs (nationally ranked 16th, 21st, and 21st respectively). With an annual tuition of $910 for in-state students and $7,050 for those from out-of-state, Salem State University is very low-priced. 54% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn about $43,500 per year, which is 5% over the national median.

Salem, MA

www.salemstate.edu

C+

Rating

86%

Acceptance

10,069

Students

#1123

Ranking

$7,050

Tuition

Baker College

#24 Best Colleges for Occupational Therapy

Baker College is a mid-sized private college located in Owosso, MI ranked 79th in Michigan. It has a total of 11,267 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 73.16% of applicants. Baker College offers 120 different majors and is best known for its Data Modeling and Database Administration, Family and Community Services, and Occupational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 7th, 15th, and 24th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,720 per year, Baker College is pretty low-priced. 20.94% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home about $27,200 per year, which is 35% below the national median.

Owosso, MI

www.baker.edu

D-

Rating

73%

Acceptance

11,733

Students

#3102

Ranking

$9,720

Tuition