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

4 Colleges
234 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,992 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in ConnecticutParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #21 most popular major in Connecticut with 234 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 0.4% 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 Connecticut ranking looked at 4 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.

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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.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

2021 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in Connecticut

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

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in Connecticut

Southern Connecticut State University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. SCSU is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of New Haven. SCSU also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Connecticut list, coming in at #1.

The average student at SCSU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,075. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SCSU is $134,617. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Eastern Connecticut State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. ECSU is a small public school located in the town of Willimantic. ECSU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Connecticut list.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at ECSU to complete their degree, and it costs about $31,043 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from ECSU is $130,381. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#3

Post University

Waterbury, CT

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Post University. Post University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Waterbury. Post University also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Connecticut rankings.

The average student at Post University graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,494. This means that the average student pays around $110,745 to get a bachelor’s degree from Post University. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Mitchell College

New London, CT

Our rankings recognize Mitchell College as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Mitchell College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of New London. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Mitchell College, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Connecticut ranking.

It takes the average student at Mitchell College about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,355. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Mitchell College is $138,423. 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 in the New England Region

Explore all the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 203
Recreation Administration 31

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Majors Similar to Parks & Rec

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 954
Public Administration & Social Service 502
Legal Professions 74

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 4 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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