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

23 Colleges
2,919 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,741 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 North CarolinaIn 2018-2019, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students earned 2,919 bachelor's degrees from a North Carolina school, making the subject the 8th in the state. This means that of the 54,385 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 5.4% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in North Carolina ranking analyzed 23 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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 North Carolina

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

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

Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte tops the 2021 list of our schools in North Carolina that are best for non-traditional parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students. JWU Charlotte is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Charlotte. JWU Charlotte also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in North Carolina list, coming in at #2.

About 7.0% of JWU Charlotte students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 5 of JWU Charlotte students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 20 part time students in attendance at JWU Charlotte. JWU Charlotte does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Carolina State University. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a very large student population. NC State also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in North Carolina list, coming in at #1.

About 2.8% of NC State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 11,555 students take at least one class online at NC State. There are roughly 7,111 part time students in attendance at NC State. NC State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. UNCW is a large public school located in the midsize city of Wilmington. UNCW did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in North Carolina list.

About 4.0% of UNCW students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 4,793 students at UNCW that take at least one class online. 3,672 students are part time. UNCW does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. UNC Greensboro is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Greensboro. UNC Greensboro also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in North Carolina rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.4%. Approximately 6,278 students take at least one class online at UNC Greensboro. 4,267 of UNC Greensboro students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Appalachian State University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Appalachian State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Boone. Appalachian State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in North Carolina list.

The student loan default rate at Appalachian State is lower than is typical, just 3.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,750 students take at least one class online at Appalachian State. About 1,817 of the students at Appalachian State are attending part time. Appalachian State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Our rankings recognize East Carolina University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. ECU is a very large public school located in the small city of Greenville. ECU did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in North Carolina list.

The student loan default rate at ECU is lower than is typical, just 5.6% of students default in three years. 6,812 students at ECU are exclusively online. There are roughly 6,631 part time students in attendance at ECU. ECU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Carolina University. Located in the distant town of Cullowhee, WCU is a public school with a fairly large student population. WCU did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in North Carolina list.

The student loan default rate at WCU is lower than is typical, just 6.0% of students default in three years. 2,151 students at WCU are exclusively online. About 2,258 of the students at WCU are attending part time. WCU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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North Carolina Central University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Durham, North Carolina Central University is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

About 8.3% of North Carolina Central University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 2,544 students at North Carolina Central University that take at least one class online. About 1,643 of the students at North Carolina Central University are attending part time. North Carolina Central University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Lenoir - Rhyne University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Lenoir - Rhyne University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Hickory.

The student loan default rate at Lenoir - Rhyne University is lower than is typical, just 5.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 795 students at Lenoir - Rhyne University that take at least one class online. About 623 of the students at Lenoir - Rhyne University 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 North Carolina at Chapel Hill earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a fairly large student population. UNC Chapel Hill not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in North Carolina list.

The student loan default rate at UNC Chapel Hill is lower than is typical, just 1.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,101 students take at least one class online at UNC Chapel Hill. 4,791 of UNC Chapel Hill students are attending part time. UNC Chapel Hill 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
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 2,602
Recreation Administration 441
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 183
Outdoor Education 12

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 3,070
Public Administration & Social Service 2,784
Legal Professions 1,294
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 3

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 23 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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