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2021 Most Popular Online Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Schools

10 Colleges
$29,957 Avg Salary
$22,487 Avg Student Debt

Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies is the #170 most popular major in the country with 3,561 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Most Popular Online Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Schools ranking. This report analyzed 10 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

Check out the online parks and rec programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Our analysis found University of Utah to be the most popular school for parks, recreation and leisure studies students who want to pursue an online degree in the United States. Located in the midsize city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Our analysis found Northern Arizona University to be the most popular school for parks, recreation and leisure studies students who want to pursue an online degree in the United States. Located in the small city of Flagstaff, NAU is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, parks and rec majors at NAU accumulate an average of around $20,500 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $213.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend California State University - East Bay. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Hayward, Cal State East Bay is a public school with a large student population.

After completing their degree, parks and rec graduates from Cal State East Bay carry an average student debtload of $17,998. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $187.

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#4

Frostburg State University

Frostburg, MD

The excellent online programs at Frostburg State University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best parks, recreation and leisure studies schools in the United States. Located in the small suburb of Frostburg, Frostburg State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means East Mississippi Community College is a great place for parks, recreation and leisure studies students pursuing an online degree. EMCC is a small public school located in the rural area of Scooba.

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Out of the 10 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Dakota College at Bottineau landed the # 5 spot on the list. MSU-Bottineau is a small public school located in the remote area of Bottineau.

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Indiana Institute of Technology - College of Professional Studies came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Fort-Wayne, Indiana Tech - CPS is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#7

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Clemson University ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Online Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Schools list. Clemson is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Clemson.

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Arizona State University - Skysong ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Online Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Schools list. ASU - Skysong is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

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With a ranking of #7, Holmes Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for parks, recreation and leisure studies students. Holmes Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the rural area of Goodman.

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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 4 majors within the area of study, parks, recreation and leisure studies has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 64,271
Recreation Administration 3,676
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 227
Outdoor Education 216

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 10 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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