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

4 Colleges
234 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,992 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 ConnecticutParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #21 most popular major in Connecticut with 234 bachelor's degrees awarded 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 Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Connecticut ranking analyzed 4 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in parks and rec. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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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.

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

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying parks and rec.

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

Southern Connecticut State University has taken the #1 spot in this year's parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies ranking for non-traditional students. SCSU is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of New Haven. As a testament to the quality of education offered at SCSU, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Connecticut ranking.

The student loan default rate at SCSU is lower than is typical, just 6.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,334 students take at least one class online at SCSU. 2,434 students are part time. SCSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Eastern Connecticut State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. ECSU is a small public school located in the fringe town of Willimantic. ECSU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Connecticut list.

The student loan default rate at ECSU is lower than is typical, just 6.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 404 students take at least one class online at ECSU. About 877 of the students at ECSU are attending part time. ECSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Post University

Waterbury, CT

Post University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Post University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Waterbury. Post University also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Connecticut list, coming in at #4.

8,802 students at Post University are exclusively online. 6,606 of Post University students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Mitchell College

New London, CT

Mitchell College comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Mitchell College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of New London. Mitchell College not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Connecticut list.

About 112 of the students at Mitchell College are attending part time. Mitchell College 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 New England Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 145
Maine 161
Rhode Island 309
Massachusetts 904
New Hampshire 428

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 284
Recreation Administration 40

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Majors Similar to Parks & Rec

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1,622
Public Administration & Social Service 1,160
Legal Professions 621

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 4 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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