Application Guide: High School Student


This guide was created for High School students like you who are interested in studying Kinesiology at the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development.

We offer just one Direct Admit program - Kinesiology. Direct Admit means students are able to apply directly from high school using the Common Application. When applying, please be sure to select Kinesiology (School of Education and Human Development), not the College of Arts and Sciences.

Kinesiology refers to the study of movement and is a multifaceted field of study in which movement or physical activity is the intellectual focus. Physical activity includes exercising for improvement of health and fitness, learning movement skills, and engaging in activities of daily living, work, sport, dance, and play. It involves the general population as well as special groups such as children and older adults, people with disabilities, injuries, or disease, and athletes. Click here to learn more about our Kinesiology major.

Once enrolled, students take courses both in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the UVA School of Education and Human Development. The Kinesiology major leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree. The School of Education and Human Development also offers several Kinesiology graduate degrees should you wish to continue your studies.

Career paths include:

  • Fitness-related industries
  • Teaching
  • Coaching
  • Health-related fields like medicine, public health, and physical or occupational therapy

If you are interested in studying our Kinesiology major directly from high school, we recommend you take the following steps:

Application Deadlines


  • Early decision: November 1
  • Early action: November 1
  • Regular decision: January 1