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

6 Colleges
864 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,005 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in MississippiOut of the majors we analyze each year, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies was ranked 8th in Mississippi. In fact, 864 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.6% of all the parks and rec bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Mississippi ranking looked at 6 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.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The parks and rec school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Parks & Rec Schools.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

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

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

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Southern Miss is a large public school located in the city of Hattiesburg. Southern Miss did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Mississippi list.

The average student at Southern Miss graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,769. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Southern Miss is $85,024. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Mississippi College

Clinton, MS

Mississippi College earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Clinton, MC is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. MC did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Mississippi list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at MC is 4.3 years, and it costs about $22,912 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from MC is $97,605. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Mississippi

University, MS

University of Mississippi comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Ole Miss is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of University. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Ole Miss, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Mississippi ranking.

At Ole Miss, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $29,436. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Ole Miss is $128,635. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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William Carey University

Hattiesburg, MS

William Carey University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Hattiesburg, William Carey University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. William Carey University also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Mississippi list, coming in at #5.

It takes the average student at William Carey University about 4.9 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,759. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from William Carey University be around $86,131. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Mississippi State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Mississippi State is a very large public school located in the remote town of Mississippi State. Mississippi State also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Mississippi list, coming in at #2.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Mississippi State to complete their degree, and it costs about $28,760 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State is about $130,570. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Belhaven University

Jackson, MS

Belhaven University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Jackson, Belhaven is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Belhaven did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Mississippi list.

It takes the average student at Belhaven about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,392. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Belhaven is $113,486. 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 in the Southeast Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Florida 1,701
Virginia 1,353
Georgia 1,605
North Carolina 2,919
West Virginia 859
Tennessee 2,036
South Carolina 1,106
Alabama 549
Louisiana 541
Kentucky 890
Arkansas 626

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 807
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 31
Recreation Administration 26

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 497
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 403
Legal Professions 64
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 23

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 6 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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