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

9 Colleges
904 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,912 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in MassachusettsIn 2018-2019, 904 bachelor's degrees were awarded to parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who went to a Massachusetts college or university. This makes it the #18 most popular major in the state. This means that of the 54,385 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 1.7% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Massachusetts ranking, we looked at 9 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 Massachusetts

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

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in Massachusetts

#1

Springfield College

Springfield, MA

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Springfield College. Springfield College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Springfield. Springfield College also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Massachusetts rankings.

At Springfield College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,268. This means that the average student pays around $135,401 to get a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Westfield is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Westfield. In addition to being on our best value list, Westfield has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Massachusetts ranking.

The average student at Westfield graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,805. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Westfield be around $103,933. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Massachusetts Amherst. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the suburb of Amherst. UMass Amherst also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Massachusetts list, coming in at #1.

The average student at UMass Amherst graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,714. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UMass Amherst is $151,996. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#4

Lasell College

Newton, MA

Our rankings recognize Lasell College as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Lasell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Newton. Lasell not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Massachusetts list.

At Lasell, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,377. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Lasell be around $135,844. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#5

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

Endicott College earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Endicott is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Beverly. Endicott not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Massachusetts list.

The average student at Endicott graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $39,050 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Endicott be around $158,153. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Salem State University. Located in the large suburb of Salem, Salem State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Salem State also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Massachusetts list, coming in at #7.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Salem State to complete their degree, and it costs about $26,804 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Salem State is $118,474. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Massachusetts - Boston earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMass Boston is a fairly large public school located in the city of Boston. UMass Boston also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Massachusetts list, coming in at #4.

The average student at UMass Boston graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $40,560. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMass Boston is about $186,170. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#8

Nichols College

Dudley, MA

Nichols College comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Dudley, Nichols is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Nichols, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Massachusetts ranking.

At Nichols, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,892. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Nichols is $137,940. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#9

Regis College

Weston, MA

Regis College earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Weston, Regis College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Regis College, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Massachusetts ranking.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Regis College to complete their degree, and it costs about $36,735 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $150,246 to get a bachelor’s degree from Regis College. 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 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
Maine 161
Rhode Island 309
New Hampshire 428
Connecticut 234

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 880
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 20
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 3
Outdoor Education 1

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1,695
Public Administration & Social Service 831
Legal Professions 194

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 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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