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2021 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Indiana

11 Colleges
1,581 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,061 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in IndianaParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #12 most popular major in Indiana with 1,581 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that of the 54,385 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 2.9% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Indiana ranking looked at 11 colleges that offer a bachelor's in parks and rec. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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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 Parks & Rec Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Indiana

Check out the parks and rec programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

Top 10 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Indiana University - Bloomington has taken the #1 spot in this year's parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Bloomington, IU Bloomington is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, IU Bloomington has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Indiana ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.6%. Approximately 5,026 students take at least one class online at IU Bloomington. There are roughly 5,192 part time students in attendance at IU Bloomington. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN

Indiana State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Indiana State is a large public school located in the city of Terre Haute. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Indiana State, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Indiana ranking.

There are approximately 2,979 students at Indiana State that take at least one class online. 3,251 of Indiana State students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. IUPUI is a very large public school located in the large city of Indianapolis. As a testament to the quality of education offered at IUPUI, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Indiana ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.9%. Approximately 9,387 students take at least one class online at IUPUI. There are roughly 7,204 part time students in attendance at IUPUI. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Ball State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Ball State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Muncie. Ball State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Indiana list.

About 5.3% of Ball State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 5,037 of Ball State students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 5,958 part time students in attendance at Ball State. Ball State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Southern Indiana as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Evansville, USI is a public college with a large student population.

The student loan default rate at USI is lower than is typical, just 5.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,732 students take at least one class online at USI. About 4,258 of the students at USI are attending part time. USI does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Grace College and Theological Seminary as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Winona Lake, Grace College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

About 2.6% of Grace College students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 476 students at Grace College that take at least one class online. About 539 of the students at Grace College are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

University of Indianapolis comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. UIndy is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Indianapolis. UIndy did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Indiana list.

The student loan default rate at UIndy is lower than is typical, just 5.9% of students default in three years. There are approximately 938 students at UIndy that take at least one class online. 1,257 of UIndy students are attending part time. UIndy does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN

Valparaiso University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Valparaiso, Valpo is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Valpo did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Indiana list.

The student loan default rate at Valpo is lower than is typical, just 3.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 335 students at Valpo that take at least one class online. There are roughly 305 part time students in attendance at Valpo. Valpo does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Trine University

Angola, IN

Trine University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Angola, Trine is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The student loan default rate at Trine is lower than is typical, just 6.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 747 students take at least one class online at Trine. 2,136 of Trine students are attending part time. Trine does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#10

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Purdue is a very large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. Purdue also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Indiana list, coming in at #7.

About 2.3% of Purdue students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,641 students at Purdue that take at least one class online. 6,079 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 2,122
Ohio 2,127
Illinois 1,636
Wisconsin 951

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 1,487
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 200
Recreation Administration 57
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 6

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 2,969
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 2,413
Legal Professions 1,338
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 9

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 11 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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