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What to say when you’re asked, ‘Why Palmer?’

Here’s a handy list of talking points to use the next time someone asks you why you got your education at Palmer, or why they should attend Palmer.

Palmer is the first and largest chiropractic college in the world.

  • Palmer was founded in 1897 by the discoverer of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer.
  • Palmer’s 26,000 alumni comprise more than one-third of U.S. chiropractors.
  • Palmer has the largest clinic system in chiropractic education.
  • Palmer has the largest total enrollment of any chiropractic college.

A Palmer education provides graduates with an excellent return on investment.

  • Palmer’s 2013 Davenport campus graduates had an 89-percent first-year employment rate. Port Orange campus graduates had a 74-percent first-year employment rate, and San Jose campus graduates had an 83-percent first-year employment rate.
  • Palmer’s 2012 student-loan default rate is 2.4 percent. (This is a draft rate with the final rate expected in Sept. 2015.) The average default rate for chiropractic college students is 7 percent. The national average for all college students is 13.7 percent.
  • The median annual salary for chiropractors is $134,941, according to By comparison, someone with a doctoral degree in physical therapy earns a median salary of $79,354.

Palmer College is committed to student success.

  • Palmer’s high-quality education program offers a 15-1 or lower student-to-faculty ratio, and we have the most-published faculty in chiropractic education.
  • Palmer’s Center for Business Development offers free business programs and services for students and alumni—plus an online career networking placement service.
  • Palmer has been selected by the publishers of G.I. Jobs magazine as one of an elite group of Military Friendly Schools® for 2015. This marks the fourth consecutive year Palmer has earned this honor.
  • Over the past five years, the amount of scholarships awarded at Palmer has grown each year. The total awarded in Fiscal Year 2013-14 was more than $2.5 million.

Palmer is the world leader in chiropractic research.

  • The annual budget for the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is approximately $5 million—the largest in chiropractic education.
  • Since 2000, Palmer has received more than $35 million in grants from sources like the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and the Department of Defense.
  • Palmer was the first chiropractic college to establish a master’s degree program in clinical research.
  • Palmer is the only chiropractic institution to receive three Developmental Center for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine grants from NIH.

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