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

2 Colleges
161 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,490 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in MaineParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #15 most popular major in Maine with 161 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that of the 54,385 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 0.3% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Maine ranking looked at 2 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.

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.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

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

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

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in Maine

Saint Joseph's College of Maine earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Saint Joseph's Maine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Standish. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Saint Joseph's Maine, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Maine ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Saint Joseph’s Maine is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,357. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s Maine be around $140,099. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of New England

Biddeford, ME

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of New England. UNE is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Biddeford. UNE did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Maine list.

At UNE, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $39,622. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNE be around $161,658. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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 Schools in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 139
Recreation Administration 12
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 6
Outdoor Education 4

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 121
Public Administration & Social Service 116
Legal Professions 14

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 2 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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