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

4 Colleges
346 Bachelor's Degrees
$19,249 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in NebraskaParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #15 most popular major in Nebraska with 346 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 0.6% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

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

More Ways to Rank Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value Parks & Rec Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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

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

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in Nebraska

#1

Chadron State College

Chadron, NE

Our rankings recognize Chadron State College as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Chadron, Chadron State College is a public school with a small student population. Chadron State College also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Nebraska list, coming in at #2.

The average student at Chadron State College graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $15,794. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Chadron State College be around $71,705. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Kearney, UNK is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. UNK not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Nebraska list.

It takes the average student at UNK about 4.6 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,217. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNK is about $91,987. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNOMAHA is a large public school located in the large city of Omaha. UNOMAHA did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Nebraska list.

It takes the average student at UNOMAHA about 4.7 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,468. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNOMAHA is $110,300. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

Wayne State College

Wayne, NE

Our rankings recognize Wayne State College as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Wayne, WSC is a public school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, WSC has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Nebraska ranking.

It takes the average student at WSC about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,518. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from WSC is $78,130. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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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
Minnesota 931
Kansas 576
South Dakota 204
Iowa 1,568
North Dakota 231

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 265
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 58
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 18
Recreation Administration 5

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 486
Public Administration & Social Service 214
Legal Professions 99

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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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