Best Physical Therapy Programs Comparison


Physical therapy or physiotherapy (sometimes abbreviated to PT) is a health care profession primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention. It is carried out by physical therapists (known as physiotherapists in most countries) and physical therapist assistants (known as physical rehabilitation therapists or physiotherapy assistants in some countries). In addition to clinical practice, other activities encompassed in the physical therapy profession include research, education, consultation, and administration. (read more at wiki) Here we introduce best colleges in the field of physical therapy where University of Southern California is ranked top and University of Delaware is positioned on second place.

We briefly compare those top colleges with various factors such as tuition, admission, graduation, enrolment, and more. The full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at physical therapy colleges comparison page.

General Comparison

First, we compare the best physical therapy schools with general characteristics.
Table. Best Physical Therapy College Overview
RankNameLocationTypePopulation
1 University of Southern California Los Angeles, California Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 39,958
2 University of Delaware Newark, Delaware Public, Four or more years 21,856
3 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Public, Four or more years 28,769
3 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, Missouri Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 13,952
5 Baylor University Waco, Texas Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 15,364
5 University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Public, Four or more years 30,129
7 Emory University Atlanta, Georgia Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 14,236
7 MGH Institute of Health Professions Boston, Massachusetts Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 1,036
9 Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 21,215
9 University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 16,172
9 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina Public, Four or more years 29,278

Admission and Acceptance Ratio Comparison

In this paragraph, we compare admission considerations between the best schools including applications fees, acceptance ratio, and application requirements.
Table. Best Physical Therapy College Admission Comparison
Open AdmissionApplication FeeAcceptance Ratio
University of Southern California No $ 80 19.9%
(20.3%/19.6%)
University of Delaware No $ 75 59.4%
(54.9%/62.8%)
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus No $ 45 57.9%
(57.3%/58.4%)
Washington University in St Louis No $ 55 17.9%
(18.8%/17.1%)
Baylor University No $ 50 60.7%
(61.3%/60.2%)
University of Iowa No $ 40 78.4%
(74.1%/82.3%)
Emory University No $ 50 26.7%
(26.5%/26.8%)
MGH Institute of Health Professions No $ 100 -
(-/-)
Northwestern University No $ 65 18.0%
(18.6%/17.5%)
University of Miami No $ 70 39.7%
(40.5%/39.0%)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill No $ 80 33.0%
(34.9%/31.7%)

Tuition Costs Comparison

Next, we compare the tuition and other costs at best Physical Therapy colleges. Tuition is an amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit. In-state tuition rate applies to students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements and out-of-tuition rate is for students who do not meet the ins-state residency requirements.

You can see more comprehensive tuition comparison between the best Physical Therapy schools at Best Physical Therapy schools tuition comparing page.
Table. Best Physical Therapy Schools Tuition Comparison
UndergraduateGraduate
In-StateOut-Of-StateIn-StateOut-Of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFees
University of Southern California $ 43,722$ 741$ 43,722$ 741 $ 35,352$ 2,148$ 35,352$ 2,148
University of Delaware $ 10,150$ 1,532$ 27,240$ 1,532 $ 27,240$ 742$ 27,240$ 742
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus $ 15,730$ 860$ 25,420$ 860 $ 19,336$ 740$ 31,658$ 740
Washington University in St Louis $ 42,500$ 1,205$ 42,500$ 1,205 $ 42,500$ 780$ 42,500$ 780
Baylor University $ 30,586$ 3,130$ 30,586$ 3,130 $ 22,932$ 2,358$ 22,932$ 2,358
University of Iowa $ 6,678$ 1,379$ 24,900$ 1,379 $ 7,900$ 1,413$ 24,064$ 1,413
Emory University $ 42,400$ 580$ 42,400$ 580 $ 35,800$ 3,114$ 35,800$ 3,114
MGH Institute of Health Professions $ 36,700$ 1,800$ 36,700$ 1,800 $ 37,128$ 1,800$ 37,128$ 1,800
Northwestern University $ 43,380$ 399$ 43,380$ 399 $ 43,380$ 312$ 43,380$ 312
University of Miami $ 39,980$ 1,240$ 39,980$ 1,240 $ 29,880$ 904$ 29,880$ 904
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $ 5,823$ 1,870$ 26,575$ 1,870 $ 7,834$ 1,855$ 23,924$ 1,855

Grants, Scholarships, and Loans Comparison

This page contains comparison data on the number of full-time, first-time undergraduate students and all undergraduate students who receive different types of student financial aid, including grants and loans, from different sources at each best Physical Therapy school. You can analyze and compare financial aids of the best Physical Therapy schools with summary tables and charts. In Addition you can compare tuition and financial aids for the Physical Therapy colleges at best Physical Therapy school tuition comparing page.

Full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. First-time student is a student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. For full-time and first-time students, the financial aid reports include federal grants, Pell grants, other federal grants, state/local grants, grants from the institution, federal and non-federal student loans.
Table. Best Physical Therapy Schools - Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduate Student Financial Aids Comparison Table
Grants or ScholarshipStudent Loan
Number ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage AmountNumber ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage Amount
University of Southern California 1,81862%$ 30,256 1,77160%$ 6,100
University of Delaware 2,98070%$ 7,673 2,28654%$ 7,654
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 1,85650%$ 10,940 2,16258%$ 9,001
Washington University in St Louis 71648%$ 26,173 34323%$ 6,013
Baylor University 2,88195%$ 16,956 1,57552%$ 9,633
University of Iowa 2,83864%$ 7,741 2,20550%$ 5,442
Emory University 1,00556%$ 29,534 69639%$ 6,792
MGH Institute of Health Professions 00%$ 0 00%$ 0
Northwestern University 1,15455%$ 29,961 75236%$ 6,084
University of Miami 1,55873%$ 26,434 73935%$ 7,399
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1,88847%$ 12,583 1,26031%$ 5,712

Enrollment Comparison

This paragraph compares the number of students enrolled in best Physical Therapyschools. Next table counts total students headcount by school level and attendance status. Undergraduate full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. For graduate students, it includes students enrolled for 9 or more semester credits, or 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full time by the institution.

Undergraduate part-time student is a student enrolled for either less than 12 semester or quarter credits, or less than 24 contact hours a week each term. For graduate schools, students enrolled for less than 9 semester or quarter credits are included in this table.
Table. Best Physical Therapy Schools Enrollment Comparison by School Level/Attendance Status
UndergraduateGraduate
TotalFull-timePart-time Full-timePart-time
University of Southern California 39,95817,619697 17,2054,437
University of Delaware 21,85616,6421,560 2,816838
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 28,76917,2561,173 7,7062,634
Washington University in St Louis 13,9526,455804 5,5101,183
Baylor University 15,36412,615303 2,115331
University of Iowa 30,12919,6392,360 4,9333,197
Emory University 14,2367,56789 5,4941,086
MGH Institute of Health Professions 1,0361710 595270
Northwestern University 21,2158,542834 8,6463,193
University of Miami 16,1729,979611 5,008574
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 29,27817,562941 6,9363,839

Graduation Rates Comparison

Next, we compare the graduation rate between best Physical Therapy schools. The graduation Rate is calculated as the total number of completers within 150% of normal time divided by the revised cohort minus any allowable exclusions. For example, 6 years rate is applied for 4 year schools. For detail information of your desired school, follow links on the school name.

Next table shows the graduation rate by gender. the numbers in parenthesis means completers over total cohort.
Table. Best Physical Therapy Schools Graduation Rates By Gender
AverageMenWomen
University of Southern California 90.19%
(2,483 / 2,753)
89.12%
(1,180 / 1,324)
91.18%
(1,303 / 1,429)
University of Delaware 81.98%
(2,921 / 3,563)
79.32%
(1,139 / 1,436)
83.78%
(1,782 / 2,127)
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 78.98%
(2,676 / 3,388)
76.88%
(1,224 / 1,592)
80.85%
(1,452 / 1,796)
Washington University in St Louis 94.02%
(1,369 / 1,456)
92.32%
(685 / 742)
95.80%
(684 / 714)
Baylor University 74.63%
(2,071 / 2,775)
72.60%
(771 / 1,062)
75.89%
(1,300 / 1,713)
University of Iowa 69.81%
(2,971 / 4,256)
69.95%
(1,369 / 1,957)
69.68%
(1,602 / 2,299)
Emory University 89.26%
(1,471 / 1,648)
89.72%
(637 / 710)
88.91%
(834 / 938)
Northwestern University 92.96%
(1,915 / 2,060)
91.76%
(891 / 971)
94.03%
(1,024 / 1,089)
University of Miami 80.55%
(1,648 / 2,046)
79.11%
(784 / 991)
81.90%
(864 / 1,055)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 89.36%
(3,392 / 3,796)
87.70%
(1,333 / 1,520)
90.47%
(2,059 / 2,276)

Student To Fauclty Ratio Comparison

Student-to-faculty ratio is defined as total students not in graduate or professional programs divided by total instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is applicable only to institutions with undergraduate students. Next two tables compare the student-to-faculty ratio between best schools. For detail information of each school, follow the link on the school name. The ratio is calculated by dividing total number of students by total numbers of faculty. (for example, the ratio is 11.9 % for 131 students and 11 faculty members)
Table. Student to Faculty Ratio
20092010201120122013
University of Southern California 9.1%11.1% 11.1%11.1% 11.1%
University of Delaware 5.9%7.7% 6.7%6.7% 6.7%
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 6.7%6.7% 7.1%7.1% 7.1%
Washington University in St Louis 12.5%14.3% 14.3%14.3% 14.3%
Baylor University 6.3%6.7% 7.1%7.1% 6.7%
University of Iowa 6.3%6.7% 6.3%6.3% 6.3%
Emory University 14.3%14.3% 14.3%14.3% 12.5%
MGH Institute of Health Professions 100.0%14.3% 14.3%10.0% 10.0%
Northwestern University 14.3%14.3% 14.3%14.3% 14.3%
University of Miami 9.1%9.1% 9.1%9.1% 9.1%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 7.1%7.1% 7.1%7.1% 7.1%
Once again, we note that the full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at physical therapy colleges comparison page.

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