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

17 Colleges
1,701 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,065 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in FloridaIn 2018-2019, 1,701 bachelor's degrees were awarded to parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who went to a Florida college or university. This makes it the #14 most popular major in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.1% of all the parks and rec bachelor's degrees in the country.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida ranking, we looked at 17 colleges that offer a bachelor's in parks and rec. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on parks and rec schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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

Check out the parks and rec programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

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

#1

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Florida State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida list.

The average student at Florida State graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,233. This means that the average student pays around $115,196 to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida State. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Johnson & Wales University - North Miami as the #2 school in this year's rankings. JWU North Miami is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of North Miami. JWU North Miami not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at JWU North Miami is 4.2 years, and it costs about $28,289 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from JWU North Miami is $117,399. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Florida. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Gainesville. As a testament to the quality of education offered at U of F, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of F is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,230. This means that the average student pays around $120,542 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of F. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Florida International University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Miami, FIU is a public college with a very large student population. FIU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida list.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at FIU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,777. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from FIU is $124,513. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#5

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

University of North Florida earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNF is a large public school located in the city of Jacksonville. UNF not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida list.

It takes the average student at UNF about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $23,266 per year to attend the school. 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 UNF is $105,395. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The University of West Florida landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Located in the city of Pensacola, University of West Florida is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at University of West Florida graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,607. 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 University of West Florida is $104,218. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Webber International University. Located in the town of Babson Park, Webber International University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Webber International University is 4.2 years, and it costs about $28,263 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Webber International University is $118,705. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#8

Stetson University

DeLand, FL

Stetson University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of DeLand, Stetson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Stetson did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida list.

It takes the average student at Stetson about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,797. 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 Stetson is $139,582. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#9

Flagler College - St Augustine

Saint Augustine, FL

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Flagler College - St Augustine. Located in the small suburb of Saint Augustine, Flagler St. Augustine is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Flagler St. Augustine to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,732. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Flagler St. Augustine be around $117,306. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

Warner University

Lake Wales, FL

Our rankings recognize Warner University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Warner University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Lake Wales.

At Warner University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,744. This means that the average student pays around $93,348 to get a bachelor’s degree from Warner University. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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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
Virginia 1,353
Georgia 1,605
North Carolina 2,919
Alabama 549
Tennessee 2,036
West Virginia 859
South Carolina 1,106
Louisiana 541
Kentucky 890
Arkansas 626

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 1,361
Recreation Administration 340

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 4,196
Public Administration & Social Service 1,688
Legal Professions 546
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 20

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 17 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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