Top Kinesiology Programs: List of Top Schools

Kinesiology is the study of human movement that applies scientific principles to the examination of physical activity in all places and populations. Read on for more information about two of the best schools to offer kinesiology programs in the U.S, including distinctions and school locations.

School Overviews

The following schools are two of the best in the nation to offer degree programs in kinesiology and related majors. Both schools are highly ranked by the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and U.S. News & World Report, and both offer bachelor's degrees in fields like strength and conditioning, athletic training, or physical sciences, in addition to kinesiological sciences. Students who earn such degrees are also credentialed to continue their studies in related graduate degree programs.

1. University of Connecticut Neag School of Education in Storrs

School Highlight: In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university #19 on its list of top public schools.

Students enrolled in the Athletic Training Education Program graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and have two and a half years of academic and clinical studies. The exercise science program focuses on preparing students to look at sport and exercise in physiological terms, while the Bachelor of Science in Strength and Conditioning, a part of the exercise science program, is meant for students hoping to become strength and conditioning coaches or employees in the fitness sector. UConn was ranked the 19th best public school by U.S. News & World Report in 2015.

2. University of Maryland - College Park

School Highlight: The school offers internationally recognized kinesiology scholars as faculty members and provides several internship opportunities for students.

The University of Maryland - College Park's undergraduate department offers a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiological Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Both majors provide students with knowledge of the historical, psychological, and physiological aspects of movement, exercise, physical activity, and sport. The kinesiological sciences program concentrates on human movement and examines the cultural, historical, and biophysical facets of people of all ages. Students in the physical education program learn how to move and why movements are efficient.

Top Kinesiology Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University ASU ranked #2 on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of up-and-coming schools. Tempe, AZ
Michigan State University Faculty have been recognized by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). East Lansing, MI
Ohio State University Students have access to the Exercise Science Laboratory, which is fully equipped to provide training and testing services. Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University - University Park In 2014, Penn State was ranked tied for #48 among all national universities by U.S. News & World Report. University Park, PA
University of Florida The school's Center for Exercise Science offers several resources, including an integrative muscle biochemistry lab, a motor behavior lab and a sports medicine lab. Gainesville, FL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor U-M ranked #4 on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of top public schools. Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities The university nearly two dozen scholarship funds for kinesiology students Minneapolis, MN
University of Wisconsin - Madison Students can join the Kinesiology Club to take part in events and the Annual Poker Run. Madison, WI

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