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

9 Colleges
1,353 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,865 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in VirginiaWith 1,353 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies is the #15 most popular major in Virginia. This means that of the 54,385 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 2.5% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Virginia ranking looked at 9 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.

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

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

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in Virginia

#1

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA

Our rankings recognize Bridgewater College as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Bridgewater is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Bridgewater. Bridgewater also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Virginia list, coming in at #7.

It takes the average student at Bridgewater about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,429. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Bridgewater is $108,095. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Located in the city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Liberty University also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Virginia list, coming in at #5.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Liberty University to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,839. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University be around $119,970. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Radford University

Radford, VA

Our rankings recognize Radford University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small suburb of Radford, Radford is a public college with a large student population. Radford not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Virginia list.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Radford to complete their degree, and it costs about $24,611 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Radford is $107,058. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#4

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. JMU is a very large public school located in the small city of Harrisonburg. In addition to being on our best value list, JMU has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Virginia ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at JMU to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,972. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from JMU be around $146,419. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#5

Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Beach, VA

Our rankings recognize Virginia Wesleyan University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Virginia Beach, VWU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. VWU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Virginia list.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at VWU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,945. 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 VWU is $118,385. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#6

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

Old Dominion University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Norfolk, Old Dominion is a public college with a fairly large student population. Old Dominion also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Virginia rankings.

It takes the average student at Old Dominion about 4.6 years to graduate, and it costs about $33,793 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion is $154,772. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#7

Longwood University

Farmville, VA

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Longwood University. Located in the remote town of Farmville, Longwood is a public college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Longwood, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Virginia ranking.

It takes the average student at Longwood about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,795. This means that the average student pays around $135,129 to get a bachelor’s degree from Longwood. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#8

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Our rankings recognize College of William and Mary as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small suburb of Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at William & Mary, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Virginia ranking.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at William & Mary to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $38,796. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the William & Mary is $157,900. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#9

Hampton University

Hampton, VA

Our rankings recognize Hampton University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Hampton is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Hampton. Hampton not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Virginia list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Hampton to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,609. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Hampton is $141,197. 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 Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 864
Florida 1,701
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 1,159
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 103
Recreation Administration 74
Outdoor Education 17

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 2,143
Public Administration & Social Service 938
Legal Professions 207
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 32

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 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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