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

18 Colleges
1,701 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,065 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 FloridaIn 2018-2019, 1,701 bachelor's degrees were awarded to parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who went to a Florida college or university. This makes it the #14 most popular major in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.1% 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 Florida ranking analyzed 18 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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.

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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Parks & Rec Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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

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

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

Johnson & Wales University - North Miami has taken the #1 spot in this year's parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies ranking for non-traditional students. JWU North Miami is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of North Miami. JWU North Miami not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida list.

The student loan default rate at JWU North Miami is lower than is typical, just 7.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 139 students take at least one class online at JWU North Miami. About 127 of the students at JWU North Miami are attending part time. JWU North Miami does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. UF is a fairly large public school located in the city of Gainesville. UF did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. There are approximately 21,513 students at UF that take at least one class online. 8,083 students are part time. UF does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida State University. Located in the midsize city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a very large student population. Florida State also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida rankings.

About 2.4% of Florida State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 14,515 students at Florida State that take at least one class online. 6,270 students are part time. Florida State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Florida International University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Miami, FIU is a public school with a very large student population. FIU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida list.

About 3.7% of FIU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 25,978 students at FIU that take at least one class online. About 23,256 of the students at FIU are attending part time. FIU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Webber International University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the town of Babson Park, Webber International University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.3%. There are approximately 118 students at Webber International University that take at least one class online. 38 of Webber International University students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The University of West Florida landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. UWF is a large public school located in the city of Pensacola.

The student loan default rate at UWF is lower than is typical, just 6.0% of students default in three years. 4,432 of UWF students are exclusively distance learners. 5,665 students are part time. UWF does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

Florida Atlantic University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. FAU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Boca Raton.

The student loan default rate at FAU is lower than is typical, just 3.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 9,807 students at FAU that take at least one class online. About 11,210 of the students at FAU are attending part time. FAU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

University of North Florida comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. UNF is a large public school located in the city of Jacksonville. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UNF, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida ranking.

About 1.3% of UNF students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 7,429 students take at least one class online at UNF. 5,380 of UNF students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Coral Gables, U Miami is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. U Miami did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.9%. Approximately 3,206 students take at least one class online at U Miami. There are roughly 1,427 part time students in attendance at U Miami. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, FL

Our rankings recognize Jacksonville University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Jacksonville, JU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. JU also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Florida list, coming in at #9.

About 2.0% of JU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 930 of JU students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 1,511 part time students in attendance at JU. 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 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
Virginia 1,353
Georgia 1,605
North Carolina 2,919
Alabama 549
Tennessee 2,036
West Virginia 859
South Carolina 1,106
Louisiana 541
Kentucky 890
Arkansas 626

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 1,900
Recreation Administration 399

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 6,183
Legal Professions 3,570
Public Administration & Social Service 3,504
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 44

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 18 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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