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2021 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region

14 Colleges
2,360 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,800 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 Rocky Mountains RegionParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #13 most popular major in the country with 54,385 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 2,360 went to students in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking analyzed 14 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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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2021 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region

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

Top 10 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brigham Young University - Provo. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo. BYU also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

At BYU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $12,239. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU is about $64,132. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Brigham Young University - Idaho comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. BYU - I is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Rexburg.

At BYU - I, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $6,396. 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 BYU - I is $31,724. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Northern Colorado landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. University of Northern Colorado is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Greeley. University of Northern Colorado also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

At University of Northern Colorado, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,905. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of Northern Colorado is about $116,054. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Johnson & Wales University - Denver landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Located in the city of Denver, JWU Denver is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population. JWU Denver also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at JWU Denver to complete their degree, and it costs about $31,447 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from JWU Denver be around $131,134. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wyoming. Located in the town of Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public school with a large student population. U of Wyoming also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of Wyoming is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,323. This means that the average student pays around $94,299 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Fort Lewis College. FLC is a small public school located in the town of Durango. FLC also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region list, coming in at #7.

It takes the average student at FLC about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,522. 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 FLC is $96,634. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Colorado State is a very large public school located in the city of Fort Collins. Colorado State also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region list, coming in at #2.

It takes the average student at Colorado State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,008. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State is about $141,155. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#8

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Our rankings recognize University of Utah as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public college with a fairly large student population. U of U not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

At U of U, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,168. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of U is $146,801. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Colorado University. Located in the remote town of Gunnison, Western is a public school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Western, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Western about 4.6 years to graduate, and it costs about $26,867 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Western be around $123,051. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Lewis - Clark State College landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Located in the city of Lewiston, Lewis - Clark State College is a public school with a small student population.

At Lewis - Clark State College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,681. 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 Lewis - Clark State College is $99,343. 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 by State

Explore the best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for a specific state in the Rocky Mountains region.

State Degrees Awarded
Colorado 1,078
Idaho 264
Utah 846
Montana 98
Wyoming 74

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 1,799
Recreation Administration 275
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 269
Outdoor Education 16
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 1

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Majors Similar to Parks & Rec

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1,785
Public Administration & Social Service 1,026
Legal Professions 114
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 31

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 14 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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