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2021 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Rocky Mountains Region

16 Colleges
2,360 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,800 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 the Rocky Mountains RegionParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #13 most popular major in the country with 54,385 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 2,360 went to students in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States.

For this year's Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, we looked at 16 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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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2021 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Rocky Mountains Region

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

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

#1

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah has taken the #1 spot in this year's parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the midsize city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public school with a fairly large student population. U of U did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

The student loan default rate at U of U is lower than is typical, just 2.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 9,847 students take at least one class online at U of U. 8,158 of U of U students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Johnson & Wales University - Denver landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Denver, JWU Denver is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population. JWU Denver also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region list, coming in at #3.

The student loan default rate at JWU Denver is lower than is typical, just 7.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 118 students take at least one class online at JWU Denver. 74 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Northern Colorado. University of Northern Colorado is a large public school located in the city of Greeley. University of Northern Colorado did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.6%. There are approximately 2,209 students at University of Northern Colorado that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,334 part time students in attendance at University of Northern Colorado. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Colorado State University - Fort Collins comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Colorado State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Fort Collins. Colorado State also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.1%. Approximately 4,779 students take at least one class online at Colorado State. 7,877 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Brigham Young University - Provo comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo. BYU also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at BYU is lower than is typical, just 1.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,522 students take at least one class online at BYU. 4,337 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brigham Young University - Idaho. BYU - I is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the town of Rexburg.

About 3.4% of BYU - I students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 21,053 of BYU - I students are exclusively distance learners. About 24,006 of the students at BYU - I are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Metropolitan State University of Denver. MSU Denver is a fairly large public school located in the city of Denver.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.7%. Approximately 6,499 students take at least one class online at MSU Denver. There are roughly 7,010 part time students in attendance at MSU Denver. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#8

Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO

Fort Lewis College earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. FLC is a small public school located in the town of Durango. FLC also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region list, coming in at #7.

The student loan default rate at FLC is lower than is typical, just 8.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 238 students at FLC that take at least one class online. There are roughly 423 part time students in attendance at FLC. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Western Colorado University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the town of Gunnison, Western is a public school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Western has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

About 7.8% of Western students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 275 students at Western that take at least one class online. There are roughly 889 part time students in attendance at Western. Western does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Utah Valley University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Orem, UVU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at UVU is lower than is typical, just 6.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 9,476 students take at least one class online at UVU. About 20,480 of the students at UVU are attending part time. 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 by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for a specific state in the Rocky Mountains region.

State Degrees Awarded
Colorado 1,078
Idaho 264
Utah 846
Montana 98
Wyoming 74

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 2,100
Recreation Administration 306
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 299
Outdoor Education 16
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 14

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Majors Similar to Parks & Rec

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 2,740
Public Administration & Social Service 2,666
Legal Professions 1,240
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 34

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Notes and References

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*Avg Cost is for the top 16 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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