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

14 Colleges
2,122 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,259 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in MichiganParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #11 most popular major in Michigan with 2,122 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.9% of all the parks and rec bachelor's degrees in the country.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan ranking, we looked at 14 colleges that offer a bachelor's in parks and rec. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on parks and rec schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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

Check out the parks and rec programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

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

#1

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Central Michigan University. Central Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Mount Pleasant. Central Michigan also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan rankings.

It takes the average student at Central Michigan about 4.7 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,977. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan is about $116,393. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Northern Michigan University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Marquette, Northern Michigan University is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Northern Michigan University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan list.

The average student at Northern Michigan University graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,054. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University is $101,228. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize Western Michigan University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Kalamazoo, WMU is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, WMU has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan ranking.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at WMU to complete their degree, and it costs about $21,387 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from WMU is $100,305. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#4

Aquinas College Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI

Aquinas College Michigan comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Aquinas College Michigan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Grand Rapids. Aquinas College Michigan did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan list.

The average student at Aquinas College Michigan graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,863. 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 Aquinas College Michigan is $114,832. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Eastern Michigan University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Eastern Michigan is a large public school located in the suburb of Ypsilanti.

The average student at Eastern Michigan graduates in less than 4.8 years, and it costs about $20,456 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Eastern Michigan is $98,393. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Concordia University - Ann Arbor landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Located in the city of Ann Arbor, Concordia University - Ann Arbor is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Concordia University - Ann Arbor, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Concordia University - Ann Arbor is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,666. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University - Ann Arbor be around $138,304. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#7

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Our rankings recognize Calvin University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Calvin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Grand Rapids. Calvin did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan list.

The average student at Calvin graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,672. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Calvin be around $137,876. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#8

Adrian College

Adrian, MI

Our rankings recognize Adrian College as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Adrian, Adrian is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Adrian not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan list.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Adrian to complete their degree, and it costs about $30,632 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Adrian is $134,168. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the city of East Lansing. Michigan State also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan list, coming in at #1.

The average student at Michigan State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,866. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State is about $161,473. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of Michigan - Ann Arbor as the #10 school in this year's rankings. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. In addition to being on our best value list, U of Michigan has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan ranking.

It takes the average student at U of Michigan about 4.2 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $42,233. 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 U of Michigan is $175,689. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Ohio 2,127
Illinois 1,636
Indiana 1,581
Wisconsin 951

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 2,036
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 57
Recreation Administration 29

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 1,615
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1,478
Legal Professions 190
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 2

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 14 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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