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

10 Colleges
1,605 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,546 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in GeorgiaIn 2018-2019, 1,605 bachelor's degrees were awarded to parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who went to a Georgia college or university. This makes it the #11 most popular major in the state. This means that 3.0% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia ranking analyzed 10 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.

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

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

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

#1

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Georgia Southern University. Located in the town of Statesboro, GaSou is a public college with a very large student population. GaSou also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia list, coming in at #2.

It takes the average student at GaSou about 4.6 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,012. 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 GaSou is $114,805. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Our rankings recognize University of Georgia as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Athens, UGA is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UGA has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UGA is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $31,505. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UGA is $134,211. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#3

Shorter University

Rome, GA

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Shorter University. Shorter is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Rome. In addition to being on our best value list, Shorter has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Shorter is 4.2 years, and it costs about $21,675 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Shorter is $91,685. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#4

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA

Our rankings recognize University of West Georgia as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the fringe town of Carrollton, University of West Georgia is a public college with a fairly large student population. University of West Georgia not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia list.

It takes the average student at University of West Georgia about 4.7 years to graduate, and it costs about $27,138 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of West Georgia is about $126,463. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Augusta University

Augusta, GA

Augusta University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Augusta University is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Augusta. Augusta University also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia list, coming in at #5.

It takes about 4.9 years for the average student at Augusta University to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,225. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Augusta University be around $129,289. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Valdosta State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. VSU is a large public school located in the small city of Valdosta. VSU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia list.

It takes the average student at VSU about 4.7 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,092. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from VSU is $103,170. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Georgia College & State University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Milledgeville, Georgia College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Georgia College, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia ranking.

It takes the average student at Georgia College about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $34,350. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Georgia College is about $147,018. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Columbus State University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. CSU is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbus. CSU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at CSU is 4.8 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,346. This means that the average student pays around $111,360 to get a bachelor’s degree from CSU. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Clayton State University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Morrow, Clayton State University is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average student at Clayton State University graduates in less than 4.9 years, and it costs about $23,821 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 Clayton State University is $117,199. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA

Kennesaw State University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. KSU Georgia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Kennesaw. KSU Georgia did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia list.

At KSU Georgia, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.9 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,294. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from KSU Georgia is $147,835. 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
Florida 1,701
Virginia 1,353
West Virginia 859
Tennessee 2,036
North Carolina 2,919
South Carolina 1,106
Alabama 549
Louisiana 541
Kentucky 890
Arkansas 626

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 1,435
Recreation Administration 85
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 71
Outdoor Education 14

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1,387
Public Administration & Social Service 585
Legal Professions 63

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 10 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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