Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies

2022 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in the Far Western US Region

68 Colleges in the Far Western US Region
12,732 Parks & Rec Degrees Awarded
$30,601 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #15 out of 38 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

College Factual looked at 68 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in the Far Western US Region ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 12,732 degrees in parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies School

Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in the Far Western US Region Your choice of parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Rankings by Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in the Far Western US Region ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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Best Schools for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in the Far Western US Region

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the parks and rec degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

10 Top Far Western US Region Schools in Parks & Rec

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
34 Parks & Rec Degrees Awarded

University of Western States is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies. Located in the large city of Portland, Western States Chiropractic College is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.

There were roughly 34 parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who graduated with this degree at Western States Chiropractic College in the most recent data year. Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies degree recipients from University of Western States earn a boost of approximately $21,499 over the typical earnings of parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies graduates.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
292 Parks & Rec Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies needs to look into San Jose State University. Located in the city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #263 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means San Jose State is a great university overall.

There were approximately 292 parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who graduated with this degree at San Jose State in the most recent data year. Those parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who get their degree from San Jose State University receive $9,999 more than the standard parks and rec graduate.

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#3

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
67 Parks & Rec Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies has to take a look at Pepperdine University. Pepperdine is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Malibu. A Best Schools rank of #138 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Pepperdine is a great university overall.

There were about 67 parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who graduated with this degree at Pepperdine in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the parks and rec program state that they receive average early career income of $25,900.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
501 Parks & Rec Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Concordia University, Irvine if you want to pursue a degree in parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies. Concordia University, Irvine is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Irvine. A Best Schools rank of #368 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Concordia University, Irvine is a great university overall.

There were approximately 501 parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who graduated with this degree at Concordia University, Irvine in the most recent data year. Those parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who get their degree from Concordia University, Irvine make $19,399 more than the typical parks and rec student.

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#5

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
150 Parks & Rec Degrees Awarded

USFCA is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of San Francisco. A Best Schools rank of #225 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means USFCA is a great university overall.

There were about 150 parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who graduated with this degree at USFCA in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies program at University of San Francisco make $9,549 more than the standard college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#6

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In WA
46 Parks & Rec Degrees Awarded

Gonzaga is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Spokane. A Best Schools rank of #189 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Gonzaga is a great university overall.

There were about 46 parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who graduated with this degree at Gonzaga in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In WA
52 Parks & Rec Degrees Awarded

PLU is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Tacoma. This university ranks 11th out of 58 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were approximately 52 parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who graduated with this degree at PLU in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies from Pacific Lutheran University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WA
191 Parks & Rec Degrees Awarded

Wazzu is a fairly large public university located in the distant town of Pullman. A Best Schools rank of #369 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Wazzu is a great university overall.

There were approximately 191 parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who graduated with this degree at Wazzu in the most recent data year.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In OR
$25,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the town of McMinnville, Linfield is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 5th out of 36 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

There were approximately 21 parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who graduated with this degree at Linfield in the most recent data year.

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#10

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
435 Parks & Rec Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of San Diego, SDSU is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 63rd out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 435 parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students who graduated with this degree at SDSU in the most recent data year. After graduating, parks and rec degree recipients typically make around $26,850 at the beginning of their careers.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in the Far Western US Region award.

Rank College Location
11 John F. Kennedy University Pleasant Hill, CA
12 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
13 Seattle University Seattle, WA
14 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
15 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
16 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
17 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA

Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges by State

Explore the best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies colleges for a specific state in the Far Western US Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 38 10,504
Washington 37 655
Oregon 37 706
Hawaii 36 252
Nevada 35 274
Alaska 33 40

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Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 11,886
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 727
Recreation Administration 102
Outdoor Education 17

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).
  • Removed schools reflect instances of new data identified post-publication that warrant removal of a school from this year’s ranking.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NPS Photo/Zurbuch.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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