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

11 Colleges
2,122 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,281 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 MichiganParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #11 most popular major in Michigan with 2,122 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.9% of all the parks and rec bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Michigan 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.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The parks and rec school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Parks & Rec Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

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

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

#1

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University has taken the #1 spot in this year's parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies ranking for non-traditional students. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. Michigan State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan list.

About 3.4% of Michigan State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 9,273 students at Michigan State that take at least one class online. 6,488 students are part time.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public college with a very large student population. U-M did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan list.

About 1.1% of U-M students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 487 students take at least one class online at U-M. 2,376 of U-M students are attending part time. U-M does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Central Michigan is a large public school located in the town of Mount Pleasant. Central Michigan also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan list, coming in at #3.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.9%. 4,102 of Central Michigan students are exclusively distance learners. About 5,656 of the students at Central Michigan are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Northern Michigan University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Marquette, Northern Michigan University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. Northern Michigan University not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan list.

About 8.5% of Northern Michigan University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,641 students at Northern Michigan University that take at least one class online. About 1,257 of the students at Northern Michigan University are attending part time. Northern Michigan University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Concordia University, Ann Arbor comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Concordia University, Ann Arbor is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. Concordia University, Ann Arbor not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan list.

The student loan default rate at Concordia University, Ann Arbor is lower than is typical, just 5.0% of students default in three years. There are approximately 184 students at Concordia University, Ann Arbor that take at least one class online. About 235 of the students at Concordia University, Ann Arbor are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

Aquinas College Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI

Aquinas College Michigan landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Aquinas College Michigan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Grand Rapids. Aquinas College Michigan also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan rankings.

The student loan default rate at Aquinas College Michigan is lower than is typical, just 3.4% of students default in three years. There are approximately 293 students at Aquinas College Michigan that take at least one class online. There are roughly 425 part time students in attendance at Aquinas College Michigan.

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Our rankings recognize Western Michigan University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Kalamazoo, WMU is a public school with a very large student population. WMU also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Michigan rankings.

About 7.0% of WMU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 4,416 students take at least one class online at WMU. There are roughly 6,532 part time students in attendance at WMU. WMU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Eastern Michigan University. Eastern Michigan is a large public school located in the suburb of Ypsilanti.

Approximately 4,524 students take at least one class online at Eastern Michigan. About 6,765 of the students at Eastern Michigan are attending part time. Eastern Michigan does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#9

Davenport University

Grand Rapids, MI

Our rankings recognize Davenport University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Davenport University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Grand Rapids.

About 8.5% of Davenport University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,908 of Davenport University students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 4,015 part time students in attendance at Davenport University. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

Olivet College

Olivet, MI

Olivet College earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Olivet is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Olivet.

165 students are part time. Olivet does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Ohio 2,127
Illinois 1,636
Indiana 1,581
Wisconsin 951

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 2,294
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 57
Recreation Administration 41

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 3,606
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 2,542
Legal Professions 1,503
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 2

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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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