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

11 Colleges
2,036 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,701 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 TennesseeIn 2018-2019, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students earned 2,036 bachelor's degrees from a Tennessee school, making the subject the 5th in the state. This means that of the 54,385 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 3.7% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Tennessee ranking, we looked at 11 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 Tennessee

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

Middle Tennessee State University has taken the #1 spot in this year's parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the medium-sized city of Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee State University is a public school with a fairly large student population. Middle Tennessee State University also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Tennessee rankings.

Approximately 5,857 students take at least one class online at Middle Tennessee State University. 5,400 students are part time. Middle Tennessee State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The University of Tennessee - Knoxville earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public college with a very large student population. UT Knoxville did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Tennessee list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.7%. There are approximately 9,112 students at UT Knoxville that take at least one class online. 3,637 of UT Knoxville students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Memphis. UofM is a fairly large public school located in the city of Memphis. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UofM has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Tennessee ranking.

There are approximately 5,191 students at UofM that take at least one class online. There are roughly 7,478 part time students in attendance at UofM. UofM does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize East Tennessee State University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. ETSU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Johnson City. ETSU also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Tennessee list, coming in at #6.

There are approximately 5,895 students at ETSU that take at least one class online. About 2,802 of the students at ETSU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Chattanooga, UT Chattanooga is a public school with a fairly large student population. UT Chattanooga also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Tennessee rankings.

About 7.1% of UT Chattanooga students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 4,564 students take at least one class online at UT Chattanooga. There are roughly 1,836 part time students in attendance at UT Chattanooga. UT Chattanooga does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#6

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN

Austin Peay State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Austin Peay State University is a large public school located in the city of Clarksville. Austin Peay State University also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Tennessee rankings.

Approximately 4,081 students take at least one class online at Austin Peay State University. 3,629 students are part time. Austin Peay State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Tennessee Technological University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Tennessee Tech University is a large public school located in the remote town of Cookeville. Tennessee Tech University also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Tennessee rankings.

About 5.0% of Tennessee Tech University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,322 students at Tennessee Tech University that take at least one class online. 1,896 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

Tennessee State University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Nashville, Tennessee State University is a public school with a medium-sized student population. Tennessee State University also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Tennessee list, coming in at #9.

There are approximately 7,217 students at Tennessee State University that take at least one class online. About 2,108 of the students at Tennessee State University are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Tennessee - Martin. UT Martin is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Martin. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UT Martin has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Tennessee ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.4%. 1,540 students at UT Martin are exclusively online. 2,242 of UT Martin students are attending part time. UT Martin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Tusculum College

Greeneville, TN

Tusculum College comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Tusculum College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Greeneville.

509 students at Tusculum College are exclusively online. 263 students are part time. 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 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
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 2,271
Recreation Administration 65
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 3
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 1

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 1,421
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1,405
Legal Professions 738

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 11 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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