Best Universities For Sport Science In The World, 2016

The University of South Carolina-Columbia has swept the board ranking highest in the world’s top 100 universities for sport science with Loughborough University and Deakin University following closely behind. Our top 100 guide takes you through the best universities in the world for sport, exercise, and health science in 2016.

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Aside from being one of the leading academic universities in the U.S., University of South Carolina – Columbia (known as USC, SC, South Carolina, or simply Carolina) is also the home of department of exercise science, department of physical education and athletic training and department of hospitality, retail, and sport management.

The University of South Carolina-Columbia was followed by the Loughborough University (2), Deakin University (3), University of Queensland (4), and Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (5). World’s top 100 universities where you can study sport, exercise, and health science?


Top 10 best Sport Science Universities in the world, 2016

#1 — University of South Carolina – Columbia
#2 — Loughborough University
#3 — Deakin University Australia
#4 — The University of Queensland
#5 — Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
#6 — University of Southern Denmark
#7 — German Sport University Cologne
#8 — Ghent University
#10 — Liverpool John Moores University


Here are the World’s Best Universities For Sport Science, 2016, along with their overall world ranking:

RankName of InstitutionLocationScore
1University of South Carolina - ColumbiaUnited States98.6
2Loughborough UniversityUnited Kingdom97.8
3Deakin UniversityAustralia97.7
4The University of QueenslandAustralia97.5
5Norwegian School of Sport SciencesNorway97.4
6University of Southern DenmarkDenmark97.3
7German Sport University CologneGermany97.1
8Ghent UniversityBelgium96.9
9KU LEUVENBelgium96.8
10Liverpool John Moores UniversityUnited Kingdom96.6
11Edith Cowan UniversityAustralia96.5
12University of CopenhagenDenmark96.3
13University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States96.1
14Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamNetherlands95.8
15University of BirminghamUnited Kingdom95.7
16McMaster UniversityCanada95.6
17York UniversityCanada95.5
18Victoria UniversityAustralia95.4
19University of British ColumbiaCanada95.2
20The University of Western AustraliaAustralia95.1
21Verona UniversityItaly94.9
22University of PortoPortugal94.8
23Maastricht UniversityNetherlands94.7
24University of ZaragozaSpain94.6
25University of Sao PauloBrazil94.5
26University of AlbertaCanada94.4
27University of FloridaUnited States94.3
28Simon Fraser UniversityCanada94.2
29AUT UniversityNew Zealand93.8
30University of GroningenNetherlands93.7
31University of GranadaSpain93.5
32The University of Texas at AustinUnited States93.4
33University of ExeterUnited Kingdom93.3
34Queen's UniversityCanada93.2
35Pennsylvania State University - University ParkUnited States93.1
36University of OttawaCanada92.8
37Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)Belgium92.7
38Australian Catholic UniversityAustralia92.6
39University of Cape TownSouth Africa92.5
40The University of MelbourneAustralia92.4
41Brunel UniversityUnited Kingdom92.3
42Monash UniversityAustralia91.9
43University of SydneyAustralia91.8
44University of WaterlooCanada91.6
45University of TorontoCanada91.4
46Queensland University of TechnologyAustralia91.1
47Laval UniversityCanada90.9
48University of JyvaskylaFinland90.8
49University of WashingtonUnited States90.7
50Manchester Metropolitan UniversityUnited Kingdom90.4
51Polytechnic University of MadridSpain90.3
52Queen Mary University of LondonUnited Kingdom90.2
53Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerland90.1
54The University of CalgaryCanada89.9
55University of AgderNorway89.8
56Semmelweis UniversityHungary89.7
57Technical University MunichGermany89.6
58Swansea UniversityUnited Kingdom89.5
59Texas A&M UniversityUnited States89.2
60University of BaselSwitzerland89.1
61Swedish School of Sport and Health SciencesSweden87.8
62University of West ScotlandUnited Kingdom87.7
63The University of GeorgiaUnited States87.5
64Technical University of LisbonPortugal87.2
65Waseda UniversityJapan87.1
66The University of NewcastleAustralia85.6
67Western UniversityCanada85.3
68The Ohio State University - ColumbusUnited States85.2
69University of Tras-os-Montes & Alto DouroPortugal85.1
70University of Missouri - ColumbiaUnited States82.9
71The University of AucklandNew Zealand82.8
72University of UlsterUnited Kingdom82.7
73Federal University of Rio de JaneiroBrazil82.5
74University of Illinois at ChicagoUnited States82.3
75University of StirlingUnited Kingdom82.2
76University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh CampusUnited States81.9
77University College DublinIreland81.7
78University of WolverhamptonUnited Kingdom81.6
79University of BristolUnited Kingdom81.5
80Aarhus UniversityDenmark81.1
80Federal University of Rio Grande do SulBrazil80.9
82University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States80.8
83University of PoitiersFrance80.7
84University of Beira InteriorPortugal80.5
85University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesUnited States80.3
86Mid-Sweden UniversitySweden80.1
87Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNUNorway79.8
88University of Michigan-Ann ArborUnited States79.7
89University of MontrealCanada79.5
90Cardiff Metropolitan UniversityUnited Kingdom79.4
91Griffith UniversityAustralia79.1
92University of ConnecticutUnited States77.8
93Bangor UniversityUnited Kingdom77.7
94McGill UniversityCanada77.6
95University of OtagoNew Zealand77.5
96University of LausanneSwitzerland77.4
97University of CoimbraPortugal77.1
98Massey UniversityNew Zealand74.8
99East Carolina UniversityUnited States74.3
100Aberystwyth UniversityUnited Kingdom72.9



The Top Universities For Sport Science In The World, 2016 ranking by WardrobeTrendsFashion is based on six major indicators of quality, overall Score (100%) is the sum of:

1) Academic reputation
2) Admission eligibility
3) Job placement rate
4) Recruiter feedback
5) Specialization
6) Global reputation and influence

Data for these indicators was collected from publicly available sources, research, survey, and university’s website. It measures the quality of education, job placements of students, and the recruiters feedback, without relying on university data submissions. Students, industry professionals, and recruiters were asked to rate universities on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.”

However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, while the universities above are WardrobeTrendsFashion’s list of the Best Sport Science Universities In The World, 2016, there may be many other colleges that offer excellent programs.

* This rankings should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing a university, and are simply one element to consider.
* The top-ranked university receives 100 points.
* Universities within the same rank range are listed alphabetically.
* The rankings are the result of a rigorous analytical exercise, incorporating multiple data sources, without relying on university data submissions.
* Detailed survey data and information collected directly from 188,000 individuals, across 6 data points.
* Surveys completed by 96,500 students, 69,800 industry professionals, and 21,700 recruiters around the world.
* Magazine surveyed 188,000 people in 46 countries between September 5, 2016 and December 23, 2016.
*The overall score are numerical scores given to the universities based on students, industry professionals, and recruiter feedback — measuring the quality of the university. Overall scores are out of 100.

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The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 188,000 respondents is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse and measurement error——that could affect the results.


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