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

9 Colleges
1,605 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,129 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 GeorgiaIn 2018-2019, 1,605 bachelor's degrees were awarded to parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who went to a Georgia college or university. This makes it the #11 most popular major in the state. This means that 3.0% 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 Georgia ranking, we looked at 9 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 Georgia

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

#1

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA

Georgia Southern University has taken the #1 spot in this year's parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the distant town of Statesboro, GaSou is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, GaSou has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia ranking.

The student loan default rate at GaSou is lower than is typical, just 6.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,726 students take at least one class online at GaSou. 5,565 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of West Georgia. Located in the fringe town of Carrollton, University of West Georgia is a public college with a fairly large student population. University of West Georgia also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia list, coming in at #4.

Approximately 4,693 students take at least one class online at University of West Georgia. About 4,394 of the students at University of West Georgia are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#3

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Our rankings recognize University of Georgia as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Athens, UGA is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UGA, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia ranking.

The student loan default rate at UGA is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,957 students at UGA that take at least one class online. 3,722 students are part time.

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#4

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

Augusta University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Augusta University is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Augusta. Augusta University did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia list.

The student loan default rate at Augusta University is lower than is typical, just 6.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,290 students take at least one class online at Augusta University. 1,618 of Augusta University students are attending part time. Augusta University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Georgia College & State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Milledgeville, Georgia College is a public school with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Georgia College, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia ranking.

The student loan default rate at Georgia College is lower than is typical, just 3.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 993 students take at least one class online at Georgia College. About 1,268 of the students at Georgia College are attending part time. Georgia College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#6

Shorter University

Rome, GA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Shorter University. Shorter is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Rome. Shorter not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia list.

420 students at Shorter are exclusively online. There are roughly 315 part time students in attendance at Shorter. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Valdosta State University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. VSU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Valdosta. As a testament to the quality of education offered at VSU, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia ranking.

The student loan default rate at VSU is lower than is typical, just 8.5% of students default in three years. 3,002 students at VSU are exclusively online. 3,485 students are part time.

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Our rankings recognize Columbus State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. CSU is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Columbus. CSU also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Georgia list, coming in at #9.

Approximately 2,112 students take at least one class online at CSU. 2,924 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Clayton State University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Morrow, Clayton State University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

There are approximately 2,589 students at Clayton State University that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,025 part time students in attendance at Clayton State University. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 Schools 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
West Virginia 859
Tennessee 2,036
North Carolina 2,919
South Carolina 1,106
Alabama 549
Louisiana 541
Kentucky 890
Arkansas 626

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 1,690
Recreation Administration 88
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 84
Outdoor Education 14

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 2,258
Public Administration & Social Service 1,524
Legal Professions 1,310

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 9 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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