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

4 Colleges
428 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,077 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in New HampshireParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #15 most popular major in New Hampshire with 428 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that of the 54,385 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 0.8% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in New Hampshire ranking analyzed 4 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 New Hampshire

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

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in New Hampshire

#1

Colby - Sawyer College

New London, NH

Colby - Sawyer College landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Located in the rural area of New London, Colby - Sawyer is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Colby - Sawyer also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in New Hampshire rankings.

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. 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 Colby - Sawyer is $129,154. 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 #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the small suburb of Durham, U of NH is a public college with a large student population. U of NH also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in New Hampshire rankings.

It takes the average student at U of NH about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,404. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of NH is about $149,984. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Plymouth State University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Located in the remote town of Plymouth, Plymouth State is a public college with a small student population. Plymouth State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in New Hampshire list.

It takes the average student at Plymouth State about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,566. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State be around $122,262. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Southern New Hampshire University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Manchester. SNHU also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in New Hampshire rankings.

At SNHU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $47,990. This means that the average student pays around $197,239 to get a bachelor’s degree from SNHU. 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 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
Connecticut 234

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 290
Recreation Administration 126
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 8
Outdoor Education 4

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 709
Public Administration & Social Service 472

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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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