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

10 Colleges
1,197 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,915 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in MissouriParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #13 most popular major in Missouri with 1,197 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 2.2% 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 Missouri ranking analyzed 10 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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 Missouri

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

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

#1

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Truman State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Truman State is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Kirksville. Truman State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri list.

At Truman State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $18,927. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Truman State is about $80,250. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Lindenwood University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Charles. Lindenwood University not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Lindenwood University is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,464. This means that the average student pays around $98,842 to get a bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood University. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Missouri Western State University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Saint Joseph, Western is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Western not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri list.

At Western, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $16,748. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Western is $78,213. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southeast Missouri State University. Southeast Missouri State University is a large public school located in the small city of Cape Girardeau. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Southeast Missouri State University, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Southeast Missouri State University is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,054. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Southeast Missouri State University is $95,375. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Missouri State University - Springfield comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Missouri State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Springfield. In addition to being on our best value list, Missouri State has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri ranking.

The average student at Missouri State graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,142. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State be around $100,303. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Central Missouri comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public college with a fairly large student population. UCM not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UCM is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,956. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UCM be around $89,802. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Missouri - Columbia. Mizzou is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia. In addition to being on our best value list, Mizzou has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Mizzou is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,545. This means that the average student pays around $137,852 to get a bachelor’s degree from Mizzou. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#8

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, MO

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rockhurst University. Located in the city of Kansas City, Rockhurst is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Rockhurst, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri ranking.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Rockhurst to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,543. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Rockhurst is $117,026. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Missouri Southern State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Joplin, Missouri Southern is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at Missouri Southern about 4.7 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $18,346. 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 Missouri Southern is $86,593. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#10

Missouri Baptist University

Saint Louis, MO

Missouri Baptist University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. MBU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at MBU is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,424. 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 MBU is $128,877. 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 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
Minnesota 931
Kansas 576
South Dakota 204
Iowa 1,568
Nebraska 346
North Dakota 231

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 907
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 262
Recreation Administration 28

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1,275
Public Administration & Social Service 721
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 52
Legal Professions 31

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 10 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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