Best Colleges for Physical Education

6,447

Graduates Per Year

$46K

Average Salary

#74

Most Popular Major

Degree Stats

Popular

6,447

13% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

486

5% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

73

Global Studies

6,494

74

Physical Education

6,447

75

Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management

6,425

Most Widely Offered Degrees

35

/

1.852

Worse

Better

offeringnot offering4%4%

Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicnon public52%52%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Southeast

The University of Alabama

By State

Louisiana

Grambling State University

By Conference

Southeastern Conference

The University of Alabama

By School

University of Arkansas

INTRODUCTION

If you think life as a physical education teacher, adaptive physical education specialist, or outdoor educator sounds interesting, then a degree in physical education may just be for you. You could even become one of the physical education teachers that works out!

POPULARITY

Physical education is the 74th most popular degree in America, with 6,447 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #75 Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, and narrowly lost to #73 Global Studies.

The degree is offered at a total of 486 colleges across the nation, and is the 42nd most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 4% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that 52% of colleges offering physical education are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The southeast produces the most physical education graduates, largely led by The University of Alabama, while it’s the Southeastern Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, Louisiana ranks highest, with particular help from Grambling State University and Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College.

All that being said, no individual school produces more physical education graduates than University of Arkansas, which graduated 417 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 physical education). More students studied physical education as a percentage of total students at Selma University than any other college.

Good luck on your college search. We hope you enjoy Authority's 2022 official Best Colleges for Physical Education list. Some of our picks may surprise you!

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University of Central Florida

#1 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Orlando, FL

www.ucf.edu/

A

Rating

44%

Acceptance

80,378

Students

# 52

Ranking

$19,810

Tuition

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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

#2 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Baton Rouge, LA

www.lsu.edu

B+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

33,758

Students

# 103

Ranking

$8,038

Tuition

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The University of Alabama

#3 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Tuscaloosa, AL

www.ua.edu/

B

Rating

83%

Acceptance

42,432

Students

# 148

Ranking

$30,250

Tuition

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Springfield College

#4 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Springfield, MA

www.springfield.edu/

B+

Rating

68%

Acceptance

3,297

Students

# 277

Ranking

$38,770

Tuition

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SUNY Cortland

#5 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Cortland, NY

www2.cortland.edu

B

Rating

46%

Acceptance

7,737

Students

# 139

Ranking

$16,980

Tuition

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University of Kansas

#6 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Lawrence, KS

https://ku.edu

B-

Rating

93%

Acceptance

31,088

Students

# 161

Ranking

$26,960

Tuition

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Azusa Pacific University

#7 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Azusa, CA

www.apu.edu

B

Rating

67%

Acceptance

11,843

Students

# 365

Ranking

$39,640

Tuition

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University of Kentucky

#8 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Lexington, KY

www.uky.edu

B

Rating

96%

Acceptance

30,981

Students

# 151

Ranking

$29,331

Tuition

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University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

#9 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Pittsburgh, PA

www.pitt.edu

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Rating

57%

Acceptance

31,667

Students

# 37

Ranking

$32,656

Tuition

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University of Alabama at Birmingham

#10 Best Colleges for Physical Education

University of Alabama at Birmingham is a very large public university located in Birmingham, AL ranked 3rd in Alabama. It has a total of 14,808 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting just about 3 in every 4 applicants. University of Alabama at Birmingham offers 171 different majors and is best known for its Physical Education, Genetics, and Health Care Administration programs (nationally ranked 10th, 15th, and 17th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,568 for students from Alabama and $20,400 for those from out-of-state, University of Alabama at Birmingham is moderately priced. 52.52% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $41,200 per year, which is 1% less than the national median.

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Birmingham, AL

https://www.uab.edu

B

Rating

74%

Acceptance

25,705

Students

# 145

Ranking

$20,400

Tuition

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Purdue University-Main Campus

#11 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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West Lafayette, IN

https://www.purdue.edu

A

Rating

60%

Acceptance

47,412

Students

# 26

Ranking

$28,010

Tuition

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The College of New Jersey

#12 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Ewing, NJ

https://www.tcnj.edu

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Rating

49%

Acceptance

8,825

Students

# 42

Ranking

$25,217

Tuition

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Ohio State University-Main Campus

#13 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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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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University of Wisconsin-Madison

#14 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Madison, WI

www.wisc.edu

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Rating

54%

Acceptance

47,392

Students

# 14

Ranking

$36,333

Tuition

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University of Connecticut

#15 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Storrs, CT

uconn.edu/

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Rating

49%

Acceptance

29,683

Students

# 25

Ranking

$36,466

Tuition

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Florida International University

#16 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Miami, FL

www.fiu.edu

B+

Rating

58%

Acceptance

72,780

Students

# 93

Ranking

$16,529

Tuition

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West Virginia University

#17 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Morgantown, WV

www.wvu.edu

C+

Rating

84%

Acceptance

29,323

Students

# 234

Ranking

$25,320

Tuition

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University of La Verne

#18 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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La Verne, CA

www.laverne.edu/

B

Rating

55%

Acceptance

9,774

Students

# 355

Ranking

$43,440

Tuition

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Manhattan College

#19 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Riverdale, NY

www.manhattan.edu

A-

Rating

74%

Acceptance

4,599

Students

# 178

Ranking

$40,400

Tuition

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University of South Florida-Main Campus

#20 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Tampa, FL

www.usf.edu

A

Rating

48%

Acceptance

51,808

Students

# 58

Ranking

$15,473

Tuition

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Adelphi University

#21 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Garden City, NY

www.adelphi.edu/

B+

Rating

74%

Acceptance

9,191

Students

# 255

Ranking

$38,560

Tuition

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University of South Carolina-Columbia

#22 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Columbia, SC

www.sc.edu/

A-

Rating

69%

Acceptance

37,510

Students

# 72

Ranking

$33,528

Tuition

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University of Vermont

#23 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Burlington, VT

www.uvm.edu

A

Rating

67%

Acceptance

15,698

Students

# 55

Ranking

$41,280

Tuition

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George Mason University

#24 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Fairfax, VA

https://www2.gmu.edu/

A-

Rating

87%

Acceptance

48,678

Students

# 80

Ranking

$32,520

Tuition

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Montclair State University

#25 Best Colleges for Physical Education

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Montclair, NJ

www.montclair.edu

B-

Rating

76%

Acceptance

24,235

Students

# 167

Ranking

$20,042

Tuition