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

3 Colleges
204 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,491 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 South DakotaOut of the majors we analyze each year, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies was ranked 10th in South Dakota. In fact, 204 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 0.4% of all the parks and rec bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in South Dakota ranking analyzed 3 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Parks & Rec Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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

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

South Dakota State University has taken the #1 spot in this year's parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies ranking for non-traditional students. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the remote town of Brookings. South Dakota State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Dakota list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.2%. There are approximately 2,992 students at South Dakota State that take at least one class online. 3,377 of South Dakota State students are attending part time. South Dakota State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#2

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD

Our rankings recognize Augustana University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Sioux Falls, Augustana Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Augustana Sioux Falls also made our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Dakota list, coming in at #2.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 0.4%. 379 of Augustana Sioux Falls students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Black Hills State University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Spearfish, BHSU is a public college with a small student population. BHSU also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in South Dakota rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.2%. 1,106 students at BHSU are exclusively online. 1,973 of BHSU students 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

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State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 1,197
Minnesota 931
Kansas 576
Iowa 1,568
Nebraska 346
North Dakota 231

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 198
Recreation Administration 26
Outdoor Education 7

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Majors Similar to Parks & Rec

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 281
Public Administration & Social Service 158
Legal Professions 82
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 25

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*Avg Cost is for the top 3 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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