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

6 Colleges
549 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,000 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 AlabamaParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #16 most popular major in Alabama with 549 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 1.0% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Alabama ranking, we looked at 6 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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 Alabama

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

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

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

There are approximately 2,762 students at UNA that take at least one class online. 2,190 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Troy University

Troy, AL

Our rankings recognize Troy University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Troy, TROY is a public college with a fairly large student population. TROY also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Alabama rankings.

6,548 students at TROY are exclusively online. About 6,676 of the students at TROY are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Auburn University at Montgomery comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Montgomery, AUM is a public college with a medium-sized student population. AUM also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Alabama list, coming in at #6.

There are approximately 1,873 students at AUM that take at least one class online. 1,436 of AUM students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Huntingdon College

Montgomery, AL

Huntingdon College comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Montgomery, Huntingdon College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Huntingdon College did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Alabama list.

Approximately 48 students take at least one class online at Huntingdon College. There are roughly 200 part time students in attendance at Huntingdon College. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Montevallo

Montevallo, AL

University of Montevallo landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Montevallo, Montevallo is a public college with a small student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Montevallo has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Alabama ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.3%. There are approximately 615 students at Montevallo that take at least one class online. About 410 of the students at Montevallo are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of South Alabama landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the medium-sized city of Mobile, USA is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, USA has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Alabama ranking.

The student loan default rate at USA is lower than is typical, just 8.4% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,671 students at USA that take at least one class online. 2,511 students are part time. USA 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 Southeast Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 864
Florida 1,701
Virginia 1,353
Georgia 1,605
West Virginia 859
Tennessee 2,036
North Carolina 2,919
South Carolina 1,106
Louisiana 541
Kentucky 890
Arkansas 626

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 621
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 66
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 39
Recreation Administration 7

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 3,148
Public Administration & Social Service 1,553
Legal Professions 451

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Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 6 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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