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

10 Colleges
951 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,299 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in WisconsinWith 951 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies is the #11 most popular major in Wisconsin. This means that of the 54,385 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 1.7% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin ranking looked at 10 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 Wisconsin

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

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. UW - La Crosse is a large public school located in the small city of La Crosse. UW - La Crosse also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin list, coming in at #1.

The average student at UW - La Crosse graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,185. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse is about $85,373. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

Carroll University

Waukesha, WI

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Carroll University. Carroll U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Waukesha. Carroll U did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin list.

The average student at Carroll U graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs about $28,626 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 Carroll U is $120,515. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point as the #3 school in this year's rankings. UW - Stevens Point is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Stevens Point. UW - Stevens Point did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin list.

The average student at UW - Stevens Point graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,927. 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 UW - Stevens Point is $90,070. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Eau Claire, UW - Eau Claire is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UW - Eau Claire has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin ranking.

The average student at UW - Eau Claire graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,070. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - Eau Claire is $99,536. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Marian University

Fond Du Lac, WI

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Marian University. Located in the city of Fond Du Lac, Marian is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Marian not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin list.

The average student at Marian graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,773. 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 Marian is $108,506. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Wisconsin has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin ranking.

The average student at Wisconsin graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $38,721 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Wisconsin be around $167,662. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#7

Carthage College

Kenosha, WI

Carthage College earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Kenosha, Carthage is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Carthage also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin list, coming in at #4.

The average student at Carthage graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $34,820. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Carthage is $142,762. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin ranking.

It takes the average student at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee about 4.8 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,448. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee be around $125,892. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Concordia University - Wisconsin. Located in the suburb of Mequon, CUW is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, CUW has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at CUW to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $34,063. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from CUW be around $145,790. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Lakeland University

Plymouth, WI

Lakeland University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Lakeland is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Plymouth.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Lakeland is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $34,355. 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 Lakeland is $145,322. 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
Michigan 2,122
Ohio 2,127
Illinois 1,636
Indiana 1,581

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 914
Recreation Administration 28
Outdoor Education 9

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 835
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 609
Legal Professions 107

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NPS Photo/Zurbuch.

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