Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies

2021 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the New England Region

22 Colleges
2,181 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,532 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 New England 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, 2,181 went to students in the New England region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the New England Region ranking, we looked at 22 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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2021 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in the New England Region

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

#1

Springfield College

Springfield, MA

Springfield College comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Springfield College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Springfield. Springfield College not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the New England Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Springfield College is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,268. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College be around $135,401. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

Colby - Sawyer College

New London, NH

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Colby - Sawyer College. Colby - Sawyer is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of New London. In addition to being on our best value list, Colby - Sawyer has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the New England Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Colby - Sawyer about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,348. This means that the average student pays around $129,154 to get a bachelor’s degree from Colby - Sawyer. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Southern Connecticut State University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, SCSU is a public college with a medium-sized student population. SCSU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the New England Region list.

The average student at SCSU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and it costs about $29,075 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 SCSU is $134,617. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#4

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Westfield is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Westfield.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Westfield is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,805. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Westfield is $103,933. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Johnson & Wales University - Providence. JWU Providence is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence. JWU Providence did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the New England Region list.

It takes the average student at JWU Providence about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $35,221 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the JWU Providence is $146,519. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of New Hampshire - Main Campus comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. U of NH is a large public school located in the small suburb of Durham. As a testament to the quality of education offered at U of NH, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the New England Region ranking.

It takes the average student at U of NH about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,404. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of NH is $149,984. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Amherst. UMass Amherst also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the New England Region list, coming in at #2.

It takes the average student at UMass Amherst about 4.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,714. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst is about $151,996. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#8

Lasell College

Newton, MA

Lasell College comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Lasell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Newton. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Lasell, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the New England Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Lasell about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,377. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Lasell is $135,844. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Plymouth State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Plymouth State is a small public school located in the remote town of Plymouth.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Plymouth State to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,566. 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 Plymouth State is $122,262. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Endicott College. Endicott is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Beverly. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Endicott, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the New England Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Endicott is 4.1 years, and it costs about $39,050 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Endicott is $158,153. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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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 New England region.

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 145
Maine 161
Rhode Island 309
Massachusetts 904
New Hampshire 428
Connecticut 234

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 1,776
Recreation Administration 343
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 26
Outdoor Education 25
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 11

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 4,077
Public Administration & Social Service 2,217
Legal Professions 332
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 177

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 22 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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