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2022 Best Colleges for Physical Therapy

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385

Graduates Per Year

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$57K

Average Salary

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#302

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

385

94% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

28

85% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

302

Physical Therapy

385

303

Non-Profit Management

374

Cost

Somewhat Expensive

$38,770

21% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

105

Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods

$38,899

106

Physical Therapy

$38,770

Salary

Low Salary

$30,346

21% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

298

Occupational Therapy

$30,346

299

Physical Therapy

$30,346

300

Music Therapy

$30,346

Professors

Very Bad

3.5/5

12.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

321

Accounting and Business Management

322

Physical Therapy

323

Physiology

Students

Not Very Diverse

3.2/5

12.21% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

300

Theatre Design and Technology

301

Physical Therapy

302

Technical Teacher Education

SUMMARY

A degree in Physical Therapy is a valuable choice and naturally an essential first step for scholars endeavoring to enter a career as a pediatric physical therapist, a physical therapist, or an outpatient physical therapist. Interestingly, physical therapy is a ​unique degree coming in at the 302nd most popular major. Last year alone, there were 385 physical therapy graduates. In-state tuition for physical therapy at private schools is, on average, 6.1 times more spendy than their public peers.

With only 28 colleges having programs for physical therapy you may have limited options as to the institutions which will have a degree program for you. If you're looking to surround yourself with other physical therapy undergrads, look at schools in Massachusetts which have more undergraduates admitted to physical therapy than any other state. More generally, the best region to major in physical therapy is in the Mid East region with Ithaca College, Duquesne University, and Saint Francis University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to major in physical therapy is the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association with Ithaca College representing the conference. On that topic, our choice for the best college for physical therapy is Northeastern University. You might also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The 'best' school is not necessarily the best school for every student. There are tons of facets to consider when deciding on institution. Features like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would refashion your choice on which college to attend. Here at Authority, we've examined the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are interested in which physical therapy college boasts the top campus, the answer is Northeastern University. If, for example, you are very interested in which school boasts the best campus, then we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, student reviews, professor reviews, and more so we can compare every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the universities with the best student life and, from that list, our pick of the school with the best student life for physical therapy is Duquesne University. Curious why? Keep reading to learn more about Authority's top recommendations. Many of our conclusions will probably surprise you.

If expense is a primary factor in your choice of where you attend school, you might consider avoiding Northeastern University. Northeastern University appears to be the most expensive college for physical therapy, at least regarding out of state students. That being said, we have an entire list of the most expensive universities that could put the price tag at Northeastern University into perspective. For more context, you may care to know that physical therapy is the 106th most expensive major in the nation, with an average cost of $38,800. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for physical therapy nationally is Massachusetts with costs at the main two colleges Northeastern University and Springfield College of $52,420 and $38,030 respectively. Even more broadly, the most expensive region for physical therapy is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Northeastern University with a cost of $52,420, and Springfield College with a cost of $38,030.

Our cheapest region for physical therapy is the Southwest region which is represented by Oklahoma Baptist University with a cost of $26,584. In better news, the most affordable college for physical therapy is Georgia Southern University. Our entire list of the most affordable schools can be found here.

In-state attendees can expect to pay about $6,500 for a degree in physical therapy. That price increases significantly to an average of $17,500 for an out-of-state public-school student. Our choice for the college constituting the best value for physical therapy: Northeastern University. On this page you can see our comprehensive list about the schools we believe to be the best value overall. That being said, this section is predicated on being an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for physical therapy students can cover a wide range, but two years after finishing the degree students will often make around $57,100. There can be a lot of variation in salary; highest paid earners can rake in up to $91,300. Straight out of college, the minimum earning positions within the physical therapy field make $35,000, which could be worse. The highest earning grads from physical therapy come from Northeastern University and if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of physical therapy is subpar, being in only the 24th percentile of all programs. The university with the most composite diversity for physical therapy is Andrews University and here you can find our general list of the universities which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Physical Therapy major only is in the 6th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, in the 21st percentile. White collegians compose the largest proportion, 75%, of those studying physical therapy. Additionally, 69% of undergrads pursuing a physical therapy major are women.

The median ranking of physical therapy professors is 3.5 stars, a rating that is 12% below the average score across every major; this is a subpar score. If you are looking for the most popular physical therapy instructor in the nation, take a look at Evan Hansen from Brigham Young University-Idaho. This might be shocking, but the best rated professors for physical therapy by student are found at University of California-Davis. As we including information beyond just rankings we find that the college with the overall best professors for physical therapy is Northeastern University. One will find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the top examples of professors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest university to get into for physical therapy is Northeastern University. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we do have a general page of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we do hope you believe that considering the education process with a lens mainly informed by superlatives can cause problems. We hope you read our other pages on different schools and explore a couple of our background 'blog posts' on essential things to think about as you progress with your college search.

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Ithaca College

#1 Best Colleges for Physical 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

Northeastern University

#2 Best Colleges for Physical Therapy

Northeastern University is a very large private university located in Boston, MA ranked 36th in the United States. It has a total of 18,753 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 18.05% acceptance rate. Northeastern University offers 186 different majors and is best known for its Human Services, Physical Therapy, and Data Modeling and Database Administration programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,420 per year, Northeastern University is very expensive. 73.11% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in approximately $67,400 per year, which is 62% greater than the national median.

Boston, MA

www.northeastern.edu

A+

Rating

18%

Acceptance

28,374

Students

#36

Ranking

$52,420

Tuition

Springfield College

#3 Best Colleges for Physical 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

Andrews University

#4 Best Colleges for Physical Therapy

Andrews University is a small private university located in Berrien Springs, MI ranked 8th in Michigan. It has a total of 2,324 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 67.04% of applicants. Andrews University offers 168 different majors and is best known for its Physical Therapy, Air Transportation, and Religious Studies programs (nationally ranked 4th, 17th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $28,992 per year, Andrews University is somewhat moderately costly. 54.04% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate near $45,200 per year, which is 9% greater than the national median.

Berrien Springs, MI

www.andrews.edu

B+

Rating

67%

Acceptance

4,754

Students

#383

Ranking

$28,992

Tuition

Loyola University Chicago

#5 Best Colleges for Physical Therapy

Loyola University Chicago is a large private university located in Chicago, IL ranked 201st in the United States. It has a total of 13,742 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 67.22% acceptance rate. Loyola University Chicago offers 324 different majors and is best known for its Office Management and Supervision, Physical Therapy, and Legal Support Services programs (nationally ranked 1st, 5th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,105 per year, Loyola University Chicago is quite pricey. 70.42% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to earn around $54,100 per year, which is 30% above the national median.

Chicago, IL

https://www.luc.edu

A

Rating

67%

Acceptance

19,332

Students

#201

Ranking

$44,105

Tuition

Bellarmine University

#6 Best Colleges for Physical Therapy

Bellarmine University is a small private institution located in Louisville, KY ranked 3rd in Kentucky. It has a total of 2,778 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 66.22% of applicants. Bellarmine University offers 69 different majors and is best known for its Physical Therapy, Respiratory Care Therapy, and Actuarial Science programs (nationally ranked 6th, 12th, and 40th respectively). With an annual tuition of $40,880 per year, Bellarmine University is rather high-priced. 64.28% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in near $45,700 per year, which is 10% above the national median.

Louisville, KY

www.bellarmine.edu

B

Rating

66%

Acceptance

3,807

Students

#486

Ranking

$40,880

Tuition

Duquesne University

#7 Best Colleges for Physical 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

Georgia Southern University

#8 Best Colleges for Physical Therapy

Georgia Southern University is a very large public college located in Statesboro, GA ranked 13th in Georgia. It has a total of 26,545 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 54.47% of applicants. Georgia Southern University offers 203 different majors and is best known for its Radiation Therapy, Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, and Physical Therapy programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,371 for students from Georgia and $15,426 for those from out-of-state, Georgia Southern University is reasonably priced. 44.77% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to generate near $41,900 per year, which is 1% over the national median.

Statesboro, GA

www.georgiasouthern.edu

C+

Rating

54%

Acceptance

30,628

Students

#706

Ranking

$15,426

Tuition

Saint Francis University

#9 Best Colleges for Physical 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

Oklahoma Baptist University

#10 Best Colleges for Physical Therapy

Oklahoma Baptist University is a small private institution located in Shawnee, OK ranked 12th in Oklahoma. It has a total of 1,963 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a little above 57.1% of applicants. Oklahoma Baptist University offers 89 different majors and is best known for its Physical Therapy, Family and Community Services, and Counseling Psychology programs (nationally ranked 10th, 16th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,584 per year, Oklahoma Baptist University is somewhat moderately expensive. 45.6% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn approximately $40,500 per year, which is 2% below the national median.

Shawnee, OK

https://www.okbu.edu

C+

Rating

57%

Acceptance

2,113

Students

#1167

Ranking

$26,584

Tuition

Northwest Nazarene University

#11 Best Colleges for Physical Therapy

Northwest Nazarene University is a small private college located in Nampa, ID ranked 3rd in Idaho. It has a total of 6,550 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 85.53% acceptance rate. Northwest Nazarene University offers 80 different majors and is best known for its Physical Therapy and Christian Studies programs, which are respectively ranked 11th and 14th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $30,550 per year, Northwest Nazarene University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 62.25% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in close to $39,600 per year, which is 5% less than the national median.

Nampa, ID

www.nnu.edu

C+

Rating

86%

Acceptance

7,442

Students

#1074

Ranking

$30,550

Tuition