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

11 Colleges
1,197 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,915 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 MissouriParks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #13 most popular major in Missouri with 1,197 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 2.2% 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 Missouri 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 Missouri

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

#1

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Lindenwood University has taken the #1 spot in this year's parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies ranking for non-traditional students. Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Charles. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Lindenwood University, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri ranking.

About 1.6% of Lindenwood University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 2,736 students at Lindenwood University that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,095 part time students in attendance at Lindenwood University. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Missouri Western State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Saint Joseph, Missouri Western is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. Missouri Western also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri rankings.

Approximately 1,682 students take at least one class online at Missouri Western. There are roughly 1,996 part time students in attendance at Missouri Western. Missouri Western does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Maryville University of Saint Louis landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools for non-traditional students. Maryville U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis. Maryville U also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri list, coming in at #3.

The student loan default rate at Maryville U is lower than is typical, just 2.7% of students default in three years. 5,831 students are part time. Maryville U does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Missouri State University - Springfield. Missouri State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Springfield. Missouri State also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri rankings.

About 5.6% of Missouri State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,703 students at Missouri State that take at least one class online. 7,188 of Missouri State students are attending part time. Missouri State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Southeast Missouri State University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Southeast Missouri State University is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Cape Girardeau. Southeast Missouri State University also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri list, coming in at #7.

Approximately 3,188 students take at least one class online at Southeast Missouri State University. There are roughly 3,394 part time students in attendance at Southeast Missouri State University. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Missouri - Columbia as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Mizzou is a very large public school located in the city of Columbia. Mizzou also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri list, coming in at #1.

The student loan default rate at Mizzou is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 6,407 students at Mizzou that take at least one class online. About 4,578 of the students at Mizzou are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Central Missouri as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UCM has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.5%. Approximately 3,195 students take at least one class online at UCM. 3,478 of UCM students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Missouri Baptist University

Saint Louis, MO

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Missouri Baptist University. MBU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

The student loan default rate at MBU is lower than is typical, just 6.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,103 students take at least one class online at MBU. 3,684 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Rockhurst University

Kansas City, MO

Rockhurst University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Kansas City, Rockhurst is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Rockhurst, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.2%. Approximately 185 students take at least one class online at Rockhurst. 1,349 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Truman State University. Truman State is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Kirksville. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Truman State has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Missouri ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.7%. 467 students at Truman State are exclusively online. There are roughly 829 part time students in attendance at Truman State. 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 Plains States Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Minnesota 931
Kansas 576
South Dakota 204
Iowa 1,568
Nebraska 346
North Dakota 231

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 1,128
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 262
Recreation Administration 28

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1,992
Public Administration & Social Service 1,768
Legal Professions 1,084
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 343

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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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