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

5 Colleges
880 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,203 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in MarylandParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #11 most popular major in Maryland with 880 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.6% of all the parks and rec bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Maryland ranking analyzed 5 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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.

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 Maryland

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

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in Maryland

#1

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD

Salisbury University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the small suburb of Salisbury, Salisbury is a public school with a medium-sized student population. Salisbury also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Maryland rankings.

It takes the average student at Salisbury about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,791. 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 Salisbury is $120,057. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Maryland Eastern Shore landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. UMES is a small public school located in the town of Princess Anne. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMES, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Maryland ranking.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at UMES to complete their degree, and it costs about $16,762 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $76,435 to get a bachelor’s degree from UMES. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#3

Towson University

Towson, MD

Our rankings recognize Towson University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Towson is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Towson. Towson also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Maryland rankings.

The average student at Towson graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,897. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Towson is $127,147. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Maryland - College Park earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of College Park. UMCP did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Maryland list.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UMCP to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $38,990. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMCP be around $164,148. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#5

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

McDaniel College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. McDaniel is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Westminster. McDaniel did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Maryland list.

At McDaniel, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,574. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the McDaniel is $117,439. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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

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

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

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 856
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 24

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 860
Public Administration & Social Service 705
Legal Professions 129
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 49

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 5 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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