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Associate’s Degrees in Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies

206 Yearly Graduations
$22,100 Median Salary
$16,414 Median Debt
There are 37 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate's degree in parks and rec. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 33 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 9.2% of parks and rec graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Parks & Rec Majors

In 2018-2019, 206 associate's degrees were awarded to parks and rec majors. This earns it the #155 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in parks and rec at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,956
Associate’s Degree 206
Master’s Degree 167
Basic Certificate 147
Undergraduate Certificate 68
Doctor’s Degree 16
Graduate Certificate 1

Earnings of Parks & Rec Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in parks and rec is $22,100. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $22,100 and the high is $22,100.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in parks and rec is $16,414. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $16,414 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $16,414.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $170.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue associate's degrees in parks and rec. About 67.0% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 138
Women 68
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Parks & Rec

The racial-ethnic distribution of parks and rec associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 20
Hispanic or Latino 35
White 115
International Students 19
Other Races/Ethnicities 13
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Parks & Rec Associate's Degree Students

There are 37 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in parks and rec. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Professional Golfers Career College

Temecula, California
50 Yearly Graduations
14% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Professional Golfers Career College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for parks and rec majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 people received their associate's degree in parks and rec from PGCC. Of these students, 14% were women and 4% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Kingsborough Community College

Brooklyn, New York
34 Yearly Graduations
24% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Kingsborough Community College. Each year, around 15,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 34 people received their associate's degree in parks and rec from KCC. About 24% of this group were women, and 65% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Allan Hancock College

Santa Maria, California
18 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Allan Hancock College comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in parks and rec. Roughly 11,800 attend the school each year. The parks and rec program at Allan Hancock College awarded 18 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 50% of this group were women, and 83% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Sierra College

Rocklin, California
16 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sierra College is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in parks and rec. Each year, around 18,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 associate's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at Sierra College. About 62% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

South Georgia Technical College

Americus, Georgia
13 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South Georgia Technical College comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in parks and rec. Roughly 2,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 people received their associate's degree in parks and rec from South Georgia Technical College. Of these students, 46% were women and 62% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Butler County Community College

Butler, Pennsylvania
9 Yearly Graduations
44% Women

The 6th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Butler County Community College. Roughly 3,100 attend the school each year. The parks and rec program at Butler County Community College awarded 9 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#6

Red Rocks Community College

Lakewood, Colorado
9 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Red Rocks Community College. Roughly 7,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,574 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,082 per year.

The parks and rec program at Red Rocks Community College awarded 9 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 44% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

8 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Tompkins Cortland Community College. Each year, around 2,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The parks and rec program at Tompkins Cortland Community College awarded 8 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 50% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, California
8 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of the Canyons comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in parks and rec. Each year, around 19,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 associate's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at College of the Canyons. About 38% of this group were women, and 62% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Fresno City College

Fresno, California
8 Yearly Graduations
12% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fresno City College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in parks and rec. Roughly 24,800 attend the school each year. The parks and rec program at Fresno City College awarded 8 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 12% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

6 Yearly Graduations
33% Women

Feather River Community College District comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in parks and rec. Each year, around 2,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their associate's degree in parks and rec from Feather River College.

#11

Lake Tahoe Community College

South Lake Tahoe, California
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lake Tahoe Community College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in parks and rec. Roughly 2,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 associate's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at LTCC. Of these students, 50% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Sullivan County Community College

Loch Sheldrake, New York
5 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Sullivan County Community College. Roughly 1,600 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 associate's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at SUNY Sullivan. About 20% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

3 Yearly Graduations

Eastern Maine Community College is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in parks and rec. The parks and rec program at Eastern Maine Community College awarded 3 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#14

Cuesta College

San Luis Obispo, California
3 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

The 14th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Cuesta College. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 people received their associate's degree in parks and rec from Cuesta College.

#16

Central Wyoming College

Riverton, Wyoming
2 Yearly Graduations

Central Wyoming College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in parks and rec. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their associate's degree in parks and rec from CWC.

#16

Northwest College

Powell, Wyoming
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

Northwest College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in parks and rec. Each year, around 1,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their associate's degree in parks and rec from Northwest Community College.

#16

Niagara County Community College

Sanborn, New York
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

The 16th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Niagara County Community College. Roughly 4,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their associate's degree in parks and rec from Niagara County Community College.

1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

The 19th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Washington County Community College. The parks and rec program at Washington County Community College awarded 1 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#19

American River College

Sacramento, California
1 Yearly Graduations

The 19th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their associate's degree is American River College. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 people received their associate's degree in parks and rec from American River.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to parks and rec that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Health & Physical Education 5,250
Recreation Administration 154
Outdoor Education 33
Other Parks & Recreation Studies 30

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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