Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies

2021 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region

44 Colleges
5,952 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,071 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 Middle Atlantic 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, 5,952 went to students in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking looked at 44 colleges that offer a bachelor's in parks and rec. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those parks and rec schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The parks and rec school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Parks & Rec Schools.

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2021 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for parks and rec majors.

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

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Located in the town of Slippery Rock, SRU is a public college with a medium-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, SRU has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at SRU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,713. 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 SRU is $93,149. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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California University of Pennsylvania comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of California, Cal U is a public school with a medium-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Cal U has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Cal U about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,767. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal U is $101,485. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#3

The College at Brockport

Brockport, NY

The College at Brockport comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. SUNY Brockport is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Brockport. As a testament to the quality of education offered at SUNY Brockport, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

At SUNY Brockport, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $24,959 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport is about $107,074. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

Our rankings recognize Canisius College as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Buffalo, Canisius is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Canisius is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,574. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Canisius is $75,968. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#5

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Cortland as the #5 school in this year's rankings. SUNY Cortland is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Cortland. In addition to being on our best value list, SUNY Cortland has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at SUNY Cortland to complete their degree, and it costs about $25,238 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SUNY Cortland is $108,019. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#6

Howard University

Washington, DC

Howard University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Howard is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. Howard not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

At Howard, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,736. This means that the average student pays around $106,365 to get a bachelor’s degree from Howard. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#7

Lock Haven University

Lock Haven, PA

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lock Haven University. LHU is a small public school located in the distant town of Lock Haven. In addition to being on our best value list, LHU has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at LHU is 4.4 years, and it costs about $28,046 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from LHU is $122,561. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Located in the town of Kutztown, Kutztown University is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Kutztown University is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,269. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Kutztown University is $109,415. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#9

St. Bonaventure University

Saint Bonaventure, NY

St. Bonaventure University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Saint Bonaventure, St. Bonaventure is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average student at St. Bonaventure graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,743. This means that the average student pays around $118,134 to get a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#10

SUNY Fredonia

Fredonia, NY

SUNY Fredonia earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Fredonia, SUNY Fredonia is a public college with a small student population.

The average student at SUNY Fredonia graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,025. This means that the average student pays around $98,547 to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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

Explore the best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for a specific state in the Middle Atlantic region.

State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 2,335
New York 1,600
New Jersey 669
Maryland 880
Delaware 347
District of Columbia 121

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 5,404
Recreation Administration 350
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 171
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 20
Outdoor Education 7

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Majors Similar to Parks & Rec

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 10,401
Public Administration & Social Service 5,817
Legal Professions 1,046
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 232

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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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