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2021 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Far Western US Region

42 Colleges
7,692 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,177 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Far Western US RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies was ranked #13 in the country. In fact 54,385 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 7,692 went to students in the Far Western US region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Far Western US Region ranking analyzed 42 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in parks and rec. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. Instead, we are looking at those parks and rec schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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2021 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in the Far Western US Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools

California State University - Fresno earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Fresno, Fresno State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average student at Fresno State graduates in less than 5.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,188. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State is $100,132. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Long Beach as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Long Beach, Cal State Long Beach is a public school with a very large student population. Cal State Long Beach also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Far Western US Region rankings.

At Cal State Long Beach, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,708. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach be around $122,552. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Chico as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Chico, Chico State is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Chico State, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Far Western US Region ranking.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at Chico State to complete their degree, and it costs about $25,192 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Chico State be around $118,654. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Central Washington University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Ellensburg, CWU is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at CWU, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Far Western US Region ranking.

The average student at CWU graduates in less than 4.5 years, and it costs about $27,573 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from CWU is $124,630. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Francisco State University. Located in the large city of San Francisco, SFSU is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SFSU is 4.8 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,093. This means that the average student pays around $123,942 to get a bachelor’s degree from SFSU. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Sacramento. California State University - Sacramento is a very large public school located in the large city of Sacramento. As a testament to the quality of education offered at California State University - Sacramento, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Far Western US Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at California State University - Sacramento is 5.1 years, and it costs about $26,553 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from California State University - Sacramento is about $135,951. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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San Jose State University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Jose. San Jose State also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Far Western US Region rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at San Jose State is 5.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,311. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State is $147,141. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Western Washington University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. WWU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Bellingham. As a testament to the quality of education offered at WWU, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Far Western US Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WWU is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,912. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the WWU is $130,104. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California State University - Monterey Bay landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Located in the midsize suburb of Seaside, California State University - Monterey Bay is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at California State University - Monterey Bay about 4.7 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,223. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from California State University - Monterey Bay is $112,637. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Washington State University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Wazzu is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Pullman.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Wazzu is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $29,249. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Wazzu be around $130,451. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges by State

Explore the best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies colleges for a specific state in the Far Western US region.

State Degrees Awarded
California 6,037
Washington 497
Hawaii 238
Oregon 620
Alaska 33
Nevada 239

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 6,894
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 758
Recreation Administration 40

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 6,536
Public Administration & Social Service 4,085
Legal Professions 517
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 10

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NPS Photo/Zurbuch.

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