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

14 Colleges
931 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,664 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in MinnesotaParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #12 most popular major in Minnesota with 931 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.7% 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 Minnesota ranking analyzed 14 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 Minnesota

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

Winona State University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Winona State is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Winona. Winona State also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Minnesota rankings.

The average student at Winona State graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,880. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Winona State is $98,022. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Located in the city of Mankato, Minnesota State University - Mankato is a public school with a large student population. Minnesota State University - Mankato did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Minnesota list.

It takes the average student at Minnesota State University - Mankato about 4.6 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,786. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Minnesota State University - Mankato is $99,998. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Minnesota - Duluth comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Duluth, UMN Duluth is a public college with a large student population. UMN Duluth also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Minnesota rankings.

It takes the average student at UMN Duluth about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,044. 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 UMN Duluth is $98,537. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Bemidji State University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Bemidji State University is a small public school located in the remote town of Bemidji.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Bemidji State University is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $15,793. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University be around $69,489. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Saint Peter, Gustavus Adolphus is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Gustavus Adolphus has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Minnesota ranking.

It takes about 4.0 years for the average student at Gustavus Adolphus to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,332. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Gustavus Adolphus is $125,955. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Southwest Minnesota State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Marshall, Southwest Minnesota State University is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at Southwest Minnesota State University about 4.4 years to graduate, and it costs about $15,845 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Minnesota State University is about $68,926. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Concordia University - Saint Paul earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Concordia University - Saint Paul is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Concordia University - Saint Paul, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Minnesota ranking.

It takes the average student at Concordia University - Saint Paul about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,206. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University - Saint Paul is about $114,809. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UMN Twin Cities has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Minnesota ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMN Twin Cities is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,989. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMN Twin Cities be around $143,094. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Concordia College at Moorhead comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Moorhead. Concordia College Moorhead also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Minnesota list, coming in at #9.

The average student at Concordia College Moorhead graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,026. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College Moorhead is about $122,206. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. St. Cloud State University is a large public school located in the city of Saint Cloud.

It takes the average student at St. Cloud State University about 4.7 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,909. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the St. Cloud State University is $102,315. 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 Plains States Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 1,197
Kansas 576
South Dakota 204
Iowa 1,568
Nebraska 346
North Dakota 231

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 795
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 75
Recreation Administration 61

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 865
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 609
Legal Professions 69

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 14 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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