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

10 Colleges
951 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,299 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 WisconsinWith 951 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies is the #11 most popular major in Wisconsin. This means that of the 54,385 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 1.7% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Wisconsin ranking analyzed 10 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in parks and rec. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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

The following schools top our list of the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

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

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse tops the 2021 list of our schools in Wisconsin that are best for non-traditional parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students. UW - La Crosse is a fairly large public school located in the small city of La Crosse. UW - La Crosse did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. There are approximately 2,292 students at UW - La Crosse that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,049 part time students in attendance at UW - La Crosse. UW - La Crosse does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#2

Marian University

Fond Du Lac, WI

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Marian University. Located in the city of Fond Du Lac, Marian is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Marian also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin rankings.

The student loan default rate at Marian is lower than is typical, just 7.1% of students default in three years. 313 students at Marian are exclusively online. 574 of Marian students are attending part time. Marian does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Madison. Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public school with a fairly large student population. UW - Madison also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.3%. Approximately 6,424 students take at least one class online at UW - Madison. 4,418 of UW - Madison students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Carroll University

Waukesha, WI

Carroll University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Carroll U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Waukesha. Carroll U did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.2%. Approximately 253 students take at least one class online at Carroll U. There are roughly 353 part time students in attendance at Carroll U. Carroll U does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Concordia University, Wisconsin comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Mequon, Concordia University, Wisconsin is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Concordia University, Wisconsin has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin ranking.

The student loan default rate at Concordia University, Wisconsin is lower than is typical, just 5.0% of students default in three years. 1,442 students at Concordia University, Wisconsin are exclusively online. There are roughly 2,652 part time students in attendance at Concordia University, Wisconsin. Concordia University, Wisconsin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Lakeland University

Plymouth, WI

Lakeland University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Lakeland is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Plymouth.

About 7.3% of Lakeland students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 662 students take at least one class online at Lakeland. There are roughly 1,603 part time students in attendance at Lakeland. Lakeland does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, UWM is a public school with a fairly large student population. UWM also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin list, coming in at #9.

About 8.3% of UWM students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 7,217 students at UWM that take at least one class online. 6,191 of UWM students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. UW - Stevens Point is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Stevens Point. UW - Stevens Point also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin list, coming in at #8.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.5%. There are approximately 2,589 students at UW - Stevens Point that take at least one class online. About 1,574 of the students at UW - Stevens Point are attending part time. UW - Stevens Point does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Eau Claire, UW - Eau Claire is a public school with a large student population. UW - Eau Claire also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.5%. Approximately 2,242 students take at least one class online at UW - Eau Claire. 1,698 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

Carthage College

Kenosha, WI

Our rankings recognize Carthage College as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize suburb of Kenosha, Carthage is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Carthage not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Wisconsin list.

About 6.2% of Carthage students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 176 students are part time. Carthage 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
Michigan 2,122
Ohio 2,127
Illinois 1,636
Indiana 1,581

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 1,008
Recreation Administration 52
Outdoor Education 9

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1,350
Public Administration & Social Service 1,342
Legal Professions 566

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 10 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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