Copyright
 

List of Fitness Training Schools in the U.S.

Fitness training can be found at numerous 4-year universities and colleges nationwide. These schools offer programs for students interested in becoming certified personal trainers, group instructors, managers or specialists in areas such as yoga or exercise training.

Top Schools for Fitness Training Education

The schools in the table all offer undergraduate and graduate programs in kinesiology/exercise science.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate, Graduate Certificate $13,856 (in-state)
$43,476 (out-of-state)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $15,054 (in-state)
$30,214 (out-of-state)
University of Georgia Athens, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $11,622 (in-state)
$29,832 (out-of-state)
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $9,806 (in-state)
$34,676 (out-of-state)
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $13,790 (in-state)
$22,210 (out-of-state)
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $47,682
Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $17,514 (in-state)
$31,346 (out-of-state)
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $13,560 (in-state)
$36,360 (out-of-state)
University of Massachusetts at Amherst Amherst, MA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $14,171 (in-state)
$30,504 (out-of-state)
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $15,192 (in-state)
$44,365 (out-of-state)

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for schools with programs in fitness training.

  • Check that the program you're applying to prepares you for certification in your preferred area or areas, such as personal fitness, kinesiology or exercise training.
  • Make sure the school not only has proper classrooms, but also good training facilities, exercise equipment and the specialized gear needed to develop and measure fitness.
  • Take into account the program's reputation, finding out the graduate success rate to determine how many graduates have entered their chosen field.
  • Look for schools that offer hands-on teaching, practical training experience, and internships.

Degree programs in fitness training are available from the bachelor's to the doctoral level at most colleges. The curricula typically varies by program, so ensure that your selected program covers the area you wish to work in, and see that the school has adequate training facilities before making a decision.

Next: View Schools
Created with Sketch. Link to this page

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?