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Bachelor’s Degrees in Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies

2,956 Yearly Graduations
$30,500 Median Salary
$21,500 Median Debt
There are 132 schools in the United States where you can get your bachelor's degree in parks and rec. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 28% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 1.5% of parks and rec graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Parks & Rec Majors

In 2018-2019, 2,956 earned their bachelor's degree in parks and rec. This earns it the #107 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor'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 Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in parks and rec is $30,500. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $25,950 to a high of $33,000.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in parks and rec is $21,500. 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, $25,375 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $17,999.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $223.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in parks and rec. About 57.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,249
Women 1,707
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Parks & Rec

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 114
Black or African American 260
Hispanic or Latino 311
White 2,006
International Students 45
Other Races/Ethnicities 220
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Parks & Rec Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 132 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in parks and rec. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
171 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Bloomington tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for parks and rec majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Roughly 43,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,575 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,501 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 171 bachelor's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at IU Bloomington. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

#2

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
133 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Missouri - Columbia comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in parks and rec. Roughly 30,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,264 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 133 people received their bachelor's degree in parks and rec from Mizzou. Of these students, 23% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

124 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is California State University - Chico. Roughly 17,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 124 bachelor's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at Chico State. Of these students, 71% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

102 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Sacramento is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in parks and rec. Each year, around 31,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 102 people received their bachelor's degree in parks and rec from Sac State. About 63% of this group were women, and 64% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina
94 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Carolina at Greensboro comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in parks and rec. Roughly 20,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,422 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,219 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 94 people received their bachelor's degree in parks and rec from UNC Greensboro. About 81% of this group were women, and 46% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

93 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Brigham Young University - Provo. Roughly 34,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,290 per year.

The parks and rec program at Brigham Young University - Provo awarded 93 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 80% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

89 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in parks and rec. Roughly 21,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 89 bachelor's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Of these students, 75% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

83 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bowling Green State University - Main Campus is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in parks and rec. Roughly 17,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,278 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,017 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 83 people received their bachelor's degree in parks and rec from BGSU. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#9

Radford University

Radford, Virginia
80 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Radford University. Roughly 11,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,922 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,915 per year.

The parks and rec program at Radford University awarded 80 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 75% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California
79 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Long Beach comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in parks and rec. Roughly 38,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 79 bachelor's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at CSULB. Of these students, 66% were women and 77% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Kutztown, Pennsylvania
73 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in parks and rec. Each year, around 8,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,716 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

The parks and rec program at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania awarded 73 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 26% were women.

#12

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
72 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Northern Arizona University. Roughly 30,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,018 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,305 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 72 bachelor's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at NAU. Of these students, 31% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
72 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Utah. Roughly 32,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,412 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,211 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 72 bachelor's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at U of U. About 43% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri
70 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Northwest Missouri State University. Each year, around 7,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,956 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,004 per year.

The parks and rec program at Northwest Missouri State University awarded 70 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#15

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
68 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Northern Iowa. Roughly 10,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,665 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,159 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 68 bachelor's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at UNI. Around 6% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

68 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in parks and rec. Roughly 51,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

The parks and rec program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign awarded 68 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 31% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas
64 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Arkansas. Each year, around 27,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,568 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,752 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 64 people received their bachelor's degree in parks and rec from UARK. About 22% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, Georgia
61 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia Southern University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in parks and rec. Roughly 26,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,371 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,977 per year.

The parks and rec program at Georgia Southern University awarded 61 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 72% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

60 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Fresno is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in parks and rec. Each year, around 24,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 60 bachelor's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at Fresno State. Around 82% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

#20

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington
58 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western Washington University is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in parks and rec. Each year, around 16,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,215 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,806 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 58 people received their bachelor's degree in parks and rec from WWU. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Health & Physical Education 48,130
Recreation Administration 3,042
Other Parks & Recreation Studies 138
Outdoor Education 119

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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