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

5 Colleges
890 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,480 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in KentuckyIn 2018-2019, 890 bachelor's degrees were awarded to parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who went to a Kentucky college or university. This makes it the #12 most popular major in the state. This means that 1.6% 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 Kentucky ranking analyzed 5 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Parks & Rec Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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

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

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in Kentucky

Our rankings recognize Eastern Kentucky University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Richmond, Eastern is a public college with a large student population. Eastern not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Kentucky list.

At Eastern, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $24,304 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Eastern is $109,125. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Morehead State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Morehead State University is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Morehead. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Morehead State University, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Kentucky ranking.

The average student at Morehead State University graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,775. This means that the average student pays around $88,394 to get a bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

Western Kentucky University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. WKU is a large public school located in the city of Bowling Green. WKU also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Kentucky list, coming in at #3.

At WKU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,395. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WKU is about $123,278. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY

Georgetown College earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Georgetown College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Georgetown. In addition to being on our best value list, Georgetown College has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Kentucky ranking.

It takes the average student at Georgetown College about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $24,200 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College be around $99,704. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

Our rankings recognize University of Louisville as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Louisville, U of L is a public college with a very large student population. U of L did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Kentucky list.

At U of L, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $31,727. This means that the average student pays around $143,406 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of L. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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
Alabama 549
Louisiana 541
Arkansas 626

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 784
Recreation Administration 99
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 4
Outdoor Education 3

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 932
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 814
Legal Professions 62

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 5 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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