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

4 Colleges
859 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,083 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in West VirginiaOut of the majors we analyze each year, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies was ranked 6th in West Virginia. In fact, 859 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that of the 54,385 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 1.6% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in West Virginia ranking, we looked at 4 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.

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.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

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

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

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in West Virginia

#1

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. WVU is a very large public school located in the small city of Morgantown. WVU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in West Virginia list.

It takes the average student at WVU about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,485. This means that the average student pays around $122,583 to get a bachelor’s degree from WVU. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

West Liberty University

West Liberty, WV

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to West Liberty University. Located in the rural area of West Liberty, West Liberty University is a public school with a small student population. West Liberty University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in West Virginia list.

At West Liberty University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,370. This means that the average student pays around $94,455 to get a bachelor’s degree from West Liberty University. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Fairmont State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Fairmont, Fairmont State is a public college with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Fairmont State has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in West Virginia ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Fairmont State is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,675. This means that the average student pays around $90,308 to get a bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#4

Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, WV

Shepherd University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the fringe town of Shepherdstown, Shepherd University is a public school with a small student population. Shepherd University also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in West Virginia rankings.

The average student at Shepherd University graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $23,802 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 Shepherd University is $105,681. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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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
Alabama 549
Tennessee 2,036
North Carolina 2,919
South Carolina 1,106
Louisiana 541
Kentucky 890
Arkansas 626

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 794
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 33
Recreation Administration 32

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Majors Similar to Parks & Rec

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1,539
Public Administration & Social Service 188
Legal Professions 82
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 53

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 4 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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