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

3 Colleges
204 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,491 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South DakotaOut of the majors we analyze each year, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies was ranked 10th in South Dakota. In fact, 204 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 0.4% 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 South Dakota ranking looked at 3 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.

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

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

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in South Dakota

South Dakota State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Brookings. South Dakota State also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Dakota list, coming in at #1.

The average student at South Dakota State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,370. 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 South Dakota State is $89,628. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Augustana University. Located in the midsize city of Sioux Falls, Augustana Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Augustana Sioux Falls has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Dakota ranking.

At Augustana Sioux Falls, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $27,732 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Augustana Sioux Falls is $118,416. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Black Hills State University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Spearfish, BHSU is a public college with a small student population. BHSU also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Dakota list, coming in at #3.

At BHSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,372. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from BHSU is $90,274. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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

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State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 1,197
Minnesota 931
Kansas 576
Iowa 1,568
Nebraska 346
North Dakota 231

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 171
Recreation Administration 26
Outdoor Education 7

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Majors Similar to Parks & Rec

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 155
Public Administration & Social Service 47
Legal Professions 17
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 8

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 3 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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