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

23 Colleges
2,127 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,391 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 OhioIn 2018-2019, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students earned 2,127 bachelor's degrees from an Ohio school, making the subject the 10th in the state. 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 Ohio ranking analyzed 23 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Parks & Rec Schools for Non-Traditional Students list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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

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

Ohio University - Athens Campus has taken the #1 spot in this year's parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the distant town of Athens, OHIO Athens is a public college with a fairly large student population. OHIO Athens not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Ohio list.

The student loan default rate at OHIO Athens is lower than is typical, just 7.5% of students default in three years. 7,975 of OHIO Athens students are exclusively distance learners. About 8,296 of the students at OHIO Athens are attending part time. OHIO Athens does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. BGSU is a fairly large public school located in the fringe town of Bowling Green. As a testament to the quality of education offered at BGSU, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Ohio ranking.

About 8.6% of BGSU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 4,273 students take at least one class online at BGSU. There are roughly 3,217 part time students in attendance at BGSU. BGSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Kent State University at Kent. Kent State is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Kent. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Kent State, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Ohio ranking.

There are approximately 11,117 students at Kent State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 6,422 part time students in attendance at Kent State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ohio State University - Main Campus. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Ohio State has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Ohio ranking.

About 4.5% of Ohio State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 18,037 students at Ohio State that take at least one class online. 8,041 of Ohio State students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Miami University - Oxford as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Oxford, Miami University - Oxford is a public school with a fairly large student population. Miami University - Oxford did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Ohio list.

The student loan default rate at Miami University - Oxford is lower than is typical, just 7.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,132 students take at least one class online at Miami University - Oxford. About 2,222 of the students at Miami University - Oxford are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Bluffton University

Bluffton, OH

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Bluffton University. Bluffton is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Bluffton.

About 6.8% of Bluffton students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 44 students at Bluffton that take at least one class online. About 103 of the students at Bluffton are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

University of Dayton comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Dayton, UDayton is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. UDayton also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Ohio rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.1%. There are approximately 817 students at UDayton that take at least one class online. 1,204 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Xavier University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Xavier is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Cincinnati. Xavier did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Ohio list.

About 5.2% of Xavier students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,284 students at Xavier that take at least one class online. 1,735 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Defiance College

Defiance, OH

Defiance College comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Defiance, Defiance College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

About 7.9% of Defiance College students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 91 students at Defiance College that take at least one class online. About 58 of the students at Defiance College are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

Ohio Dominican University

Columbus, OH

Our rankings recognize Ohio Dominican University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Columbus, ODU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.1%. There are approximately 383 students at ODU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 602 part time students in attendance at ODU. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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
Illinois 1,636
Indiana 1,581
Wisconsin 951

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 2,668
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 126
Recreation Administration 21
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 10

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 3,089
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 2,927
Legal Professions 1,415
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 6

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 23 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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