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What would be the best college to attend if I wanted to study sports medicine?

I want to create the best educational experience possible for myself, and I think knowing the top colleges for this major would help me out a lot. I am currently located in Minnesota. I am not worried about distance because I can easily adjust to any environment. #college-major #medicine #sports

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Ashlee’s Answer

Hi Sophia, I hope this finds you well. Like Ms. Hill mentioned, you should be picking the best Sports Medicine program for you. Also, do you want to study Athletic Training or Physical Therapy. The reason I ask is because typically these majors are going to fall under the Department of Kinesiology or Exercise Science at a lot of universities. However, these programs can also be completed under the Department of Biology too, especially Physical Therapy. Again like Ms. Hill mentioned, you want an accredited school. This can be found simply by googling the university and looking at Wikipedia to find their 'accreditation.' If they are not accredited by SACSCOC, NWCCU, NECHE, etc. then I'd recommend applying for a program that fits this criteria. Furthermore, I'd also recommend researching 'advising guides' or 'degree plans,' so you can see what type of classes you'll be taking (which will help determine if Kines/Exss/or Bio is a better major for you). Then, I would also encourage you to apply within your region, since that will likely be the most cost effective program for you. Lastly, you can always google "best sports medicine programs 2021" or "best sports medicine degrees in the us" and that will give you a list like this one: https://collegegazette.com/best-colleges-for-sports-medicine/. I hope this helps! Ashlee
Thank you comment icon I appreciate your support, Ashlee Sophia
Thank you comment icon Always Sophia and good luck on selecting a program. I'm sure whoever is picked will be lucky to have you!! Ashlee Ashlee R.
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Marsha’s Answer

I think the best thing to do when choosing a college for any field of study is make a list of musts before you start your search.
Here's a suggestion:
1) School should be accredited (if accredited it conforms to set of academic standard and your degree will be valued equally with other schools).
2) How much tuition can you afford to pay or finance (least expensive path is attending a two year community college which has a compact with a 4 year accredited institution; as part of your financial package do you intend to work while in school?)
The following in no particular order...
3) Evaluate your GPA/SAT create a list of schools that are "long shots" based on the stats for those with your GPA/SAT, add to the list those you perceive as a match and a third category for safety schools.
3) Consider, Environment, Culture, Size, Location, Reputation, Academic Supports etc.
Hopefully you will arrive at the best school for YOU after weighing all the variables.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is amazing! I really needed it. Sophia
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