Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies

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

25 Colleges
2,127 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,310 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in OhioIn 2018-2019, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students earned 2,127 bachelor's degrees from an Ohio school, making the subject the 10th in the state. 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 Ohio ranking, we looked at 25 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 Ohio

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

Bowling Green State University - Main Campus landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. BGSU is a fairly large public school located in the fringe town of Bowling Green. BGSU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Ohio list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at BGSU is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,327. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the BGSU is $101,706. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Kent State University at Kent landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Kent State is a very large public school located in the suburb of Kent. Kent State also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Ohio rankings.

It takes the average student at Kent State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,092. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Kent State be around $115,848. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Mount Union landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Located in the town of Alliance, Mount Union is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

At Mount Union, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,000. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union is about $112,860. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Bluffton University

Bluffton, OH

Bluffton University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Bluffton is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Bluffton.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Bluffton to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,055. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bluffton be around $118,544. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ohio University - Main Campus. Ohio U is a very large public school located in the town of Athens. Ohio U also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Ohio rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Ohio U is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,780. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ohio U be around $133,893. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Otterbein University

Westerville, OH

Otterbein University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Westerville, Otterbein is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Otterbein also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Ohio list, coming in at #9.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Otterbein is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,631. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein is about $119,964. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

Youngstown State University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Youngstown, Youngstown State University is a public college with a large student population.

It takes about 4.9 years for the average student at Youngstown State University to complete their degree, and it costs about $16,447 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University is $79,768. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a very large student population. Ohio State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Ohio list.

The average student at Ohio State graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $34,273. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State is $148,402. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Baldwin Wallace University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Baldwin Wallace College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Berea.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Baldwin Wallace College is 4.3 years, and it costs about $30,293 per year to attend the school. 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 Baldwin Wallace College is $130,260. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ohio Northern University. Located in the town of Ada, ONU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average student at ONU graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,759. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from ONU be around $117,421. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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
Michigan 2,122
Illinois 1,636
Indiana 1,581
Wisconsin 951

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 2,004
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 103
Recreation Administration 20

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1,627
Public Administration & Social Service 1,315
Legal Professions 113
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 4

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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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