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

5 Colleges
576 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,654 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 KansasIn 2018-2019, 576 bachelor's degrees were awarded to parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who went to a Kansas college or university. This makes it the #13 most popular major in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.1% of all the parks and rec bachelor's degrees in the country.

For this year's Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Kansas ranking, we looked at 5 colleges that offer a bachelor's in parks and rec. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Parks & Rec Schools for Non-Traditional Students list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying parks and rec.

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

#1

Sterling College

Sterling, KS

Sterling College has taken the #1 spot in this year's parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the rural area of Sterling, Sterling College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Sterling College has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Kansas ranking.

92 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

Baker University

Baldwin City, KS

Baker University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the fringe town of Baldwin City, Baker is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Baker did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Kansas list.

The student loan default rate at Baker is lower than is typical, just 5.9% of students default in three years. 671 of Baker students are exclusively distance learners. About 1,650 of the students at Baker 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 Kansas

Lawrence, KS

Our rankings recognize University of Kansas as the #3 school in this year's rankings. KU is a very large public school located in the city of Lawrence. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, KU has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Kansas ranking.

The student loan default rate at KU is lower than is typical, just 4.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 5,228 students take at least one class online at KU. About 4,663 of the students at KU are attending part time. KU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Wichita State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. WSU is a large public school located in the large city of Wichita. WSU did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Kansas list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.5%. Approximately 7,117 students take at least one class online at WSU. About 5,723 of the students at WSU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#5

Washburn University

Topeka, KS

Washburn University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Washburn University is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Topeka. Washburn University also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Kansas rankings.

Approximately 1,671 students take at least one class online at Washburn University. About 2,274 of the students at Washburn University are attending 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 Plains States Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 1,197
Minnesota 931
South Dakota 204
Iowa 1,568
Nebraska 346
North Dakota 231

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 573
Recreation Administration 37
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 25

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Majors Similar to Parks & Rec

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 861
Public Administration & Social Service 711
Legal Professions 249

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 5 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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