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

8 Colleges
1,078 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,935 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 ColoradoWith 1,078 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies is the #11 most popular major in Colorado. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 2.0% 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 Colorado ranking looked at 8 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 Colorado

Check out the parks and rec programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

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

Johnson & Wales University - Denver has taken the #1 spot in this year's parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies ranking for non-traditional students. JWU Denver is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Denver. JWU Denver also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Colorado rankings.

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. There are roughly 74 part time students in attendance at JWU Denver. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Northern Colorado earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Greeley, University of Northern Colorado is a public school with a large student population. University of Northern Colorado did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Colorado list.

The student loan default rate at University of Northern Colorado is lower than is typical, just 5.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,209 students take at least one class online at University of Northern Colorado. There are roughly 4,334 part time students in attendance at University of Northern Colorado. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Colorado State University - Fort Collins as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Colorado State has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Colorado ranking.

About 3.1% of Colorado State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 4,779 students take at least one class online at Colorado State. There are roughly 7,877 part time students in attendance at Colorado 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 Metropolitan State University of Denver. Located in the large city of Denver, MSU Denver is a public school with a fairly large student population. MSU Denver also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Colorado list, coming in at #6.

About 7.7% of MSU Denver students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,499 students take at least one class online at MSU Denver. 7,010 students are part time. MSU Denver does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO

Fort Lewis College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the distant town of Durango, FLC is a public college with a small student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, FLC has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Colorado ranking.

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

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Our rankings recognize Western Colorado University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Western is a small public school located in the remote town of Gunnison. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Western, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Colorado ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.8%. Approximately 275 students take at least one class online at Western. 889 of Western students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Colorado State University - Pueblo. Located in the midsize city of Pueblo, Colorado State University - Pueblo is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Colorado State University - Pueblo did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Colorado list.

The student loan default rate at Colorado State University - Pueblo is lower than is typical, just 7.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 662 students take at least one class online at Colorado State University - Pueblo. 3,210 students are part time. Colorado State University - Pueblo does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

Our rankings recognize Colorado Mesa University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Grand Junction, Colorado Mesa is a public college with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Colorado Mesa, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Colorado ranking.

There are approximately 2,686 students at Colorado Mesa that take at least one class online. 2,384 students are 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 in the Rocky Mountains Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Idaho 264
Utah 846
Montana 98
Wyoming 74

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 982
Recreation Administration 171
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 67
Outdoor Education 16
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 13

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1,573
Public Administration & Social Service 1,089
Legal Professions 643
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 19

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 8 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.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NPS Photo/Zurbuch.

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