What Are the Top Nutrition Schools?

If you want to work as a nutritionist or dietician, you can study nutrition at the undergraduate or graduate level. Get information on nutrition programs offered at three top schools. Schools offering Fitness & Nutrition degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top Nutrition School?

Top nutrition schools might have high national rankings or operate institutes for nutrition studies. You also might look for a program that's been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association, like the programs offered at each of the following schools.

What Are Three Top Schools for Nutrition Programs?

Baylor University in Waco, TX

Baylor tied for 78th among U.S. News & World Report's 2019 top national universities. The university offers undergraduate and graduate nutrition sciences programs through its Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. If you want to become a registered dietician, you'll have to complete a supervised internship and pass an examination after earning your bachelor's degree. Undergraduate summer study programs are offered in Europe, New York City and Montreal. Baylor offers these nutrition degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Nutrition Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences
  • Bachelor of Family and Consumer Sciences in Nutrition Sciences
  • Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences

Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

This Ivy League school tied for 16th on U.S. News & World Report's list of top national universities in 2019. Cornell's Division of Nutritional Sciences offers focus areas in community, international, molecular and human nutrition studies. As an undergraduate nutritional sciences major, you might take part in the Honors Research Program, complete a field experience for credit or spend a semester studying in New York City or abroad. Most graduates pursue some form of advanced study, and Cornell's graduate nutrition program is the largest in the U.S. These degrees are awarded:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences
  • Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nutritional Sciences/Master of Professional Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nutritional Sciences

University of Michigan (UM) in Ann Arbor

UM was ranked 27th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2019. Graduate programs in dietetics and nutritional sciences are offered through the university's Department of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS), which is part of the School of Public Health. Additionally, EHS sponsors a dietetic internship for students who have completed a didactic program in dietetics. EHS partners with the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, funded by the National Institutes of Health, and the Michigan Metabolics and Obesity Center to conduct training and research. Community outreach initiatives like the Promoting Healthy Eating in Detroit program support increase in demand for healthy foods. Students in UM's doctoral program in human nutrition can focus on molecular and biochemical nutrition, nutritional interventions or nutritional epidemiology. These degrees are offered:

  • Master of Public Health in Nutritional Sciences
  • Master of Public Health in Human Nutrition
  • Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences
  • Master of Science in Human Nutrition
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nutritional Sciences

Other Nutritional Science Schools and Programs

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Undergraduate In-State Tuition*
Chapman University4-year, Private Orange, CA$53,000
Ashland University4-year, Private Ashland, OH$21,000
University of Arizona4-year, Public Tucson, AZ$12,500
University of Delaware4-year, Public Newark, DE$14,000
Washington State University4-year, Public Pullman, WA$11,500
Park University4-year, Private Parkville, MO$11,500
Syracuse University4-year, Private Syracuse, NY$52,000
Rush University4-year, Private Chicago, IL$30,000
Iowa State University4-year, Public Ames, IA$9,000
Marywood University4-year, Private Scranton, PA$35,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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