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2021 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Oregon

6 Colleges
648 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,637 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in OregonParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #13 most popular major in Oregon with 648 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 1.2% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Oregon ranking, we looked at 6 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Parks & Rec Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in Oregon

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

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in Oregon

#1

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Corvallis, Oregon State is a public college with a very large student population. Oregon State also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Oregon rankings.

The average student at Oregon State graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $35,361. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State is about $160,539. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Pacific University. Pacific is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Forest Grove. Pacific also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Oregon rankings.

At Pacific, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $36,661. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Pacific is $151,777. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#3

Eastern Oregon University

La Grande, OR

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Eastern Oregon University. EOU is a small public school located in the town of La Grande. EOU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Oregon list.

At EOU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $27,176 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from EOU is about $119,574. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Concordia University - Portland comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Concordia University - Portland is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Portland. Concordia University - Portland also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Oregon rankings.

The average student at Concordia University - Portland graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,883. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University - Portland is about $130,589. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Southern Oregon University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Southern Oregon University is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize suburb of Ashland. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Southern Oregon University, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Oregon ranking.

At Southern Oregon University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $35,985. This means that the average student pays around $164,451 to get a bachelor’s degree from Southern Oregon University. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Western Oregon University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the fringe town of Monmouth, Western Oregon State College is a public school with a small student population. Western Oregon State College also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Oregon list, coming in at #6.

At Western Oregon State College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,757. 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 Western Oregon State College is $142,405. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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

Explore all the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 604
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 44

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 394
Public Administration & Social Service 349

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 6 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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