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

11 Colleges
1,106 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,311 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South CarolinaParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is one of the most popular subjects to study in South Carolina. With 1,106 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 10th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that 2.0% 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 South Carolina ranking looked at 11 colleges that offer a bachelor's in parks and rec. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those parks and rec schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for parks and rec majors.

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

#1

North Greenville University

Tigerville, SC

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Greenville University. Located in the rural area of Tigerville, North Greenville is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at North Greenville, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Carolina ranking.

At North Greenville, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,352. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from North Greenville be around $103,983. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#2

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Clemson University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Clemson is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Clemson. In addition to being on our best value list, Clemson has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Carolina ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Clemson to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $42,274. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Clemson is about $182,624. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Citadel Military College of South Carolina as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Charleston, The Citadel is a public school with a small student population. The Citadel also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Carolina rankings.

The average student at The Citadel graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $37,214. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from The Citadel is $154,438. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#4

Claflin University

Orangeburg, SC

Claflin University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Claflin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Orangeburg.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Claflin to complete their degree, and it costs about $20,697 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Claflin be around $87,755. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of South Carolina - Columbia as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Carolina is a public college with a fairly large student population. Carolina also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Carolina list, coming in at #3.

At Carolina, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $39,917. 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 Carolina is $167,651. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#6

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, SC

Winthrop University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Winthrop is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Rock Hill. Winthrop not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Carolina list.

It takes the average student at Winthrop about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,359. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Winthrop is $123,645. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize Charleston Southern University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Charleston, CSU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, CSU has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Carolina ranking.

At CSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,451. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from CSU is about $110,712. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#8

Lander University

Greenwood, SC

Lander University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Located in the town of Greenwood, Lander University is a public college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Lander University is 4.6 years, and it costs about $22,205 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Lander University is $101,699. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Anderson University South Carolina landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Located in the small city of Anderson, Anderson University South Carolina is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Anderson University South Carolina has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Carolina ranking.

The average student at Anderson University South Carolina graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $27,142 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University South Carolina be around $110,468. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of South Carolina - Aiken earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. USCA is a small public school located in the large suburb of Aiken. USCA did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Carolina list.

The average student at USCA graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,881. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from USCA is $111,285. 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 Colleges 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
North Carolina 2,919
Tennessee 2,036
West Virginia 859
Alabama 549
Louisiana 541
Kentucky 890
Arkansas 626

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 929
Recreation Administration 146
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 22
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 9

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Majors Similar to Parks & Rec

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 799
Public Administration & Social Service 329
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 109
Legal Professions 1

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 11 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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