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

37 Colleges
5,678 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,478 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in TexasParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is one of the most popular subjects to study in Texas. With 5,678 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 9th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 10.4% 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 Texas ranking analyzed 37 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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2021 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in Texas

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

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

Texas Lutheran University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. TLU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Seguin.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at TLU is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,694. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from TLU is about $102,121. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#2

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Texas State University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of San Marcos, Texas State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Texas State also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Texas list, coming in at #3.

The average student at Texas State graduates in less than 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,274. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas State is $111,418. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Texas. Located in the medium-sized city of Denton, UNT is a public college with a very large student population. UNT not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Texas list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNT is 4.5 years, and it costs about $24,179 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $109,773 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNT. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lubbock. Texas Tech did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Texas list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Texas Tech to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,296. 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 Texas Tech is $105,298. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Texas Woman's University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Denton, TWU is a public college with a large student population.

At TWU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,089. 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 TWU is $97,431. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Sam Houston State University. SHSU is a fairly large public school located in the town of Huntsville.

At SHSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,492. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SHSU be around $101,889. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#7

University of Houston

Houston, TX

Our rankings recognize University of Houston as the #7 school in this year's rankings. U of H is a fairly large public school located in the city of Houston. U of H not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Texas list.

At U of H, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,217. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of H is $116,503. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. UTSA is a very large public school located in the city of San Antonio.

It takes the average student at UTSA about 4.7 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,313. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UTSA is $95,471. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Hardin - Simmons University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Hardin - Simmons is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Abilene.

At Hardin - Simmons, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,555. This means that the average student pays around $118,211 to get a bachelor’s degree from Hardin - Simmons. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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West Texas A&M University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. West Texas A&M University is a medium-sized public school located in the fringe town of Canyon.

The average student at West Texas A&M University graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $16,505. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University is about $72,952. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges in the Southwest Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 950
Oklahoma 798
New Mexico 92

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 5,516
Recreation Administration 151
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 11

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 4,780
Public Administration & Social Service 1,863
Legal Professions 83

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 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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