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

7 Colleges
549 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,553 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in AlabamaParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #16 most popular major in Alabama with 549 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 1.0% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Alabama ranking, we looked at 7 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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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Parks & Rec Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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

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

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in Alabama

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Alabama. UNA is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Florence. In addition to being on our best value list, UNA has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Alabama ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNA is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,303. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNA be around $108,825. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

Troy University

Troy, AL

Troy University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Troy, TROY is a public college with a large student population. TROY not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Alabama list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at TROY is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,740. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from TROY is $100,004. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize Auburn University at Montgomery as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Montgomery, AUM is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. AUM also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Alabama list, coming in at #6.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at AUM is 4.8 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,018. 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 AUM is $96,887. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#4

Huntingdon College

Montgomery, AL

Huntingdon College earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Montgomery, Huntingdon College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Huntingdon College not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Alabama list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Huntingdon College to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,852. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Huntingdon College be around $107,112. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Montevallo

Montevallo, AL

University of Montevallo earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of Montevallo is a small public school located in the suburb of Montevallo. In addition to being on our best value list, University of Montevallo has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Alabama ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at University of Montevallo is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,561. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo is $119,259. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of South Alabama earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Mobile, USA is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, USA has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Alabama ranking.

The average student at USA graduates in less than 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,523. This means that the average student pays around $99,867 to get a bachelor’s degree from USA. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Samford University

Birmingham, AL

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Samford University. Samford is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Birmingham. Samford did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Alabama list.

The average student at Samford graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,874. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Samford is $141,593. 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 Southeast Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 864
Florida 1,701
Virginia 1,353
Georgia 1,605
West Virginia 859
Tennessee 2,036
North Carolina 2,919
South Carolina 1,106
Louisiana 541
Kentucky 890
Arkansas 626

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 453
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 66
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 23
Recreation Administration 7

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1,762
Public Administration & Social Service 687
Legal Professions 16

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 7 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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