April Maguire 7 min read Applying to College, College Lists

The List of All U.S. Colleges With a Kinesiology Major

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Have exercise and fitness had a profound impact on your life? Are you looking for a career that involves helping others achieve their goals with regards to health and well-being? As a kinesiology major, you’ll have the chance to study human movement and anatomy. Moreover, you’ll learn the skills needed to pursue an array of careers in health and wellness.

 

Wondering what it takes to get into a college kinesiology major? Keep reading for a complete list of U.S. schools with a kinesiology program, along with the benefits of pursuing a degree in this industry.

 

Why Should You Major in Kinesiology in College?

 

Kinesiology majors enjoy a number of benefits, including the opportunity to find work in a rewarding field. Instead of sitting behind a desk all day, kinesiologists work directly with those who are in need of help and understanding. You might support individuals recovering from surgery, learning how to walk again, or simply achieving the weight loss goals they’ve long thought unreachable.

 

The skills kinesiology students learn in college can help them flourish in a wide range of careers. Graduates often find employment as personal trainers and fitness instructors. Along with tailoring workouts to clients’ needs and abilities, trainers help improve overall health and well being. Other career options for kinesiology majors include massage therapist, occupational therapist, and physical therapist. Additionally, some students in this field opt to continue their education by earning a master’s degree or doctorate. Kinesiology grads often go on to pursue careers in biology, nursing, psychology, gerontology, and even sports management.

 

Even if you don’t end up working in a health-adjacent field, a kinesiology major can prepare you for a lucrative future. Because kinesiologists work directly with patients, many of whom are in pain or suffering from stress, they have the chance to develop their patience and empathy. Kinesiology majors must also be good listeners and good communicators. These soft skills can be relevant in a wide range of jobs and business environments.

 

How Can You Boost Your Odds of Getting Accepted Into a Kinesiology Program?

 

High school students often make the mistake of assuming they don’t need to start preparing for college until junior or senior year. However, the truth is that starting early gives you a leg up on the college-bound competition. Increase your odds of getting into your dream kinesiology school by signing up for plenty of science classes, including biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology, if offered. You can also study composition to enhance your writing skills and debate to boost your talent for verbal communication.

 

While academics are certainly important for kinesiology majors, extracurriculars play a crucial role in college acceptance decisions, as well. One of the best ways to show your passion for the field, and decide if kinesiology is truly right for you, is to volunteer in a healthcare setting such as a hospital or nursing home. Additionally, you can hone your knowledge of fitness and movement by participating in sports. Finally, public speaking helps aspiring kinesiologists develop their communication and confidence.

 

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What Colleges Have a Kinesiology Major?

 

If you’re passionate about working in the fitness arena, you might want to consider earning your major in kinesiology. Below is a complete list of U.S. schools that offer a kinesiology program for undergrads:

 

Abilene Christian University | ACU

Alderson Broaddus University | AB

Alice Lloyd College | ALC

Anderson University (South Carolina)

Angelo State University

Appalachian State University

Arkansas State University | A–State

Augusta University

Austin Peay State University | APSU

Avila University

Azusa Pacific University | APU

Ball State University | BSU

Bethel College (Indiana)

Bethel University (Minnesota)

Bethel University (Tennessee)

Bloomsburg University | BloomU

Boise State University | BSU

Boston University | BU

California Baptist University | CBU

California Lutheran University | CLU

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona | Cal Poly Pomona

California State University San Marcos | CSUSM

California State University, Bakersfield | CSU Bakersfield

California State University, Chico | CSU Chico

California State University, East Bay | CSU East Bay

California State University, Fresno | CSU Fresno

California State University, Fullerton | CSU Fullerton

California State University, Long Beach | Long Beach State

California State University, Los Angeles | Cal State LA

California State University, Monterey Bay | CSUMB

California State University, Northridge | CSUN

California State University, Sacramento | Sacramento State

California State University, San Bernardino | CSUSB

California State University, Stanislaus | Stanislaus State

Calumet College of St. Joseph | CCSJ

Campbell University

Carthage College

Castleton University

Cedarville University

Central Baptist College | CBC

Central Michigan University | CMU

Central Washington University | CWU

Charleston Southern University | CSU

Coe College

Colorado State University–Pueblo | CSU Pueblo

Concordia University (Oregon)

Concordia University Ann Arbor

Concordia University Chicago

Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Texas

Cornell College

Cornerstone University

Dakota State University | DSU

Dakota Wesleyan University | DWU

Dallas Baptist University | DBU

Dean College

Delaware State University | Del State

Delta State University

Denison University

DePaul University

DePauw University

Dickinson State University | DSU

Dixie State University | DSU

Dominican College

East Central University | ECU

East Texas Baptist University | ETBU

Eastern Illinois University | EIU

Eastern Michigan University | EMU

Elizabeth City State University | ECSU

Emmanuel College (Georgia)

Emporia State University

Eureka College

Evangel University

Fitchburg State University

Flagler College

Florida Gulf Coast University | FGCU

Freed–Hardeman University | FHU

Fresno Pacific University | FPU

George Fox University | GFU

George Mason University

Georgia Southwestern State University | GSW

Gonzaga University

Grambling State University | GSU

Grand View University

Harding University

Holy Names University

Houston Baptist University | HBU

Howard Payne University | HPU

Humboldt State University | HSU

Huston–Tillotson University | HTU

Illinois State University | ISU

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis | IUPUI

Indiana University Bloomington | Indiana

Indiana Wesleyan University | IWU

Jacksonville University

James Madison University | JMU

Jarvis Christian College | JCC

John Brown University | JBU

Kansas Wesleyan University | KWU

Keiser University

Lake Superior State University | LSSU

Lakeland University

Lander University

LeTourneau University | LETU

Lewis University

Lewis–Clark State College

Longwood University

Loras College

Manhattan College

Marquette University

Marymount Manhattan College

Methodist University

Miami University

Michigan State University

MidAmerica Nazarene University | MNU

Midland University

Midwestern State University

Minnesota State University Moorhead | MSUM

Mississippi College

Mississippi State University | MSU

Mississippi University for Women | MUW

Missouri State University | MSU

Morehouse College

Nevada State College | NSC

Nicholls State University

North Carolina State University | NC State

North Carolina Wesleyan College

Northeastern University

Northern Arizona University | NAU

Northern Vermont University–Johnson | NVU Johnson

Northwest Nazarene University | NNU

Notre Dame de Namur University | NDNU

Nova Southeastern University | NSU

Oakland University

Oklahoma Baptist University | OBU

Our Lady of the Lake University | OLLU

Pace University

Pacific Lutheran University | PLU

Pacific University

Peru State College

Plymouth State University | PSU

Point Loma Nazarene University | PLNU

Prairie View A&M University | PVAMU

Purdue University

Quincy University

Regis College (Massachusetts)

Rice University

Saginaw Valley State University | SVSU

Saint Francis University | SFU

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

Saint Mary’s College of California | St. Mary’s

Salem State University

Sam Houston State University | SHSU

San Diego Christian College | SDCC

San Diego State University | SDSU

San Jose State University | SJSU

Seattle University

Seton Hill University

Shaw University

Shawnee State University | SSU

Shenandoah University

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania | SRU

Southeastern Louisiana University

Southeastern University

Southern Illinois University Carbondale | SIU

Southern Nazarene University | SNU

Southern Utah University | SUU

Southwestern Adventist University

Southwestern Christian University

Southwestern Oklahoma State University | SWOSU

Southwestern University

St. Catherine University

St. Edward’s University

St. Thomas Aquinas College | STAC

Stephen F. Austin State University | SFA

Stephens College

Stockton University

Sul Ross State University | SRSU

Tarleton State University

Temple University

Tennessee Wesleyan University | TWU

Texas A&M International University | TAMIU

Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi

Texas A&M University–Kingsville

Texas A&M University–Texarkana

Texas Lutheran University | TLU

Texas Southern University | TSU

Texas State University

Texas Woman’s University | TWU

The College at Brockport, State University of New York | SUNY Brockport

The Master’s University

The Ohio State University | OSU

The State University of New York at Buffalo | SUNY Buffalo

Troy University (Alabama)

University of Alabama at Birmingham | UAB

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas at Monticello | UAM

University of Central Oklahoma | UCO

University of Charleston

University of Florida

University of Hawaii at Hilo | UH Hilo

University of Hawaii at Manoa | UH Manoa

University of Houston–Victoria | UHV

University of Illinois at Chicago | UIC

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign | UIUC

University of Jamestown

University of Kentucky

University of La Verne

University of Louisiana at Lafayette | UL Lafayette

University of Louisiana at Monroe | ULM

University of Maine

University of Mary | UMary

University of Maryland Eastern Shore | UMES

University of Maryland, College Park | Maryland

University of Massachusetts Amherst | UMass Amherst

University of Massachusetts Boston | UMass Boston

University of Memphis

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota Crookston | UMC

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | Minnesota

University of Mississippi | Ole Miss

University of Mobile

University of Montana

University of Nebraska at Kearney | UNK

University of Nebraska–Lincoln | UNL

University of Nevada, Las Vegas | UNLV

University of New Mexico | UNM

University of North Carolina at Charlotte | UNC Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Greensboro | UNC Greensboro

University of North Carolina at Wilmington | UNC Wilmington

University of North Dakota | UND

University of North Florida | UNF

University of North Georgia | UNG

University of Northern Iowa | UNI

University of Northwestern – St. Paul

University of Providence | UP

University of Rhode Island | URI

University of San Francisco | USF

University of Scranton

University of Sioux Falls | USF

University of South Carolina | USC

University of South Carolina Aiken | USC Aiken

University of South Carolina Upstate | USC Upstate

University of South Dakota | USD

University of South Florida | USF

University of Southern Indiana | USI

University of Southern Mississippi | Southern Miss

University of Tennessee

University of Texas at Arlington | UT Arlington

University of Texas at El Paso | UTEP

University of Texas at San Antonio | UTSA

University of Texas at Tyler | UT Tyler

University of Texas of the Permian Basin | UT Permian Basin

University of the Southwest

University of Utah

University of Virginia | UVA

University of West Alabama | UWA

University of Wisconsin-Madison | Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee | UWM

University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh | UW Oshkosh

Vanguard University

Walsh University

Washburn University

Wayne State University | WSU

West Texas A&M University | WTAMU

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Western Illinois University | WIU

Western New Mexico University

Western Washington University | WWU

Westmont College

Whitworth University

Wisconsin Lutheran College | WLC

Youngstown State University

 

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April Maguire
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A graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC, April Maguire taught freshman composition while earning her degree. Over the years, she has worked as a writer, editor, tutor, and content manager. Currently, she operates a freelance writing business and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three rowdy cats.