Outdoor Education

Do you dream of a career you can spend in nature, or one that doesn't require a desk? If so, have you considered majoring in outdoor education? You'll learn about wilderness survival skills, group processes, leadership, and environmental studies. You can also take courses that focus on other recreational activities including backpacking, canoeing, ropes courses, and rock climbing. After completing the outdoor education major, your knowledge will be diverse. However, this alone will not lead to a successful career. Most outdoor education majors should take advantage of internship programs to get hands-on experience in the field. Depending on the field you wish to specialize in, the major will focus on preparing you to work as an instructor, facilitator or educator in camps, parks, recreational facilities, and other outdoor settings.

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Liberty University

Liberty University is a Christian institution located in Lynchburg, VA. The 7,000-acre campus hosts more than 550 programs of study within its 17 colleges and schools. LU's mission of creating "Champions for Christ" is encouarged through the...

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It's amazing how much I learned. When I went to work during break, I got into a few conversations and started spitting out information that I learned at school that seemed so complicated when I was learning it. I learned a lot of life lessons in the...

” – Jessica from Smithfield, VA
SUNY Cortland

Originally founded as the Cortland Normal School, SUNY Cortland is a 4-year public university in central New York State and part of the State University of New York system. SUNY Cortland offers bachelor’s degrees in 65 academic majors and 38 minors...

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The atmosphere is very beautiful.
Everyone is extremely diverse and friendly.
The courses are challenging yet interesting.

” – Saki from Laurelton, NY
Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College is a public liberal arts institution based in Durango, Colorado. It is a designated Native American-serving institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The school permits qualified Native American students to attend tuition...

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Great small school. Beneficial class sizes. And super chill.

” – Tyler from Durango, CO
Murray State University

Murray State University is a 4-year public school in southwest Kentucky. Murray State is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 126 academic programs. For students interested in the performing arts, Murray State mounts an...

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All of my classes this semester were really great. The teachers really seem to know what they are talking about and care about how you do in their class. You aren't just a number and they want you to do well.

” – Bayly from Murray, KY
Hampshire College

Founded as a home for new ideas in higher education, Hampshire College is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Massachusetts. Hampshire challenges all students to create an individualized curriculum culminating in a year-long advanced study...

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Hampshire College was the perfect fit for me because it has allowed me to open my mind to anything and everything that I am interested in. Hampshire is a place of discussion, rather than just passive learning, and I have learned how to appreciate the...

” – Erin from Chicago, IL
Plymouth State University

With a campus nestled at the foot of the White Mountains, Plymouth State University is a 4-year research university in central New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. PSU confers undergraduate degrees in 53 majors and all classes utilize an integrated cluster...

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I've only completed my first semester, but I've learned so much. I took a class called Environmental Geography. I knew that the world had it's problems, but this course really opened my eyes to the real problems of the world. I also took a course...

” – Esia from Hudson, NH
Minnesota State University-Mankato

Originally founded as Mankato Normal School, Minnesota State University-Mankato is a 4-year public school overlooking the Blue Earth River valley in central Minnesota. MSU Mankato operates six colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in 130 fields of...

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I am a freshman at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I recently finished my first semester at Mankato. I have learned a lot within my first semester. Why I think I have succeed so far at Mankato is because the class sizes aren't too big...

” – Breanna from Eagan, MN
New England College

New England College is a private rural liberal arts college in Henniker, New Hampshire. NEC confers undergraduate degrees in 37 academic fields of study and its Hands On Year Round initiative provides the opportunity for students to reduce costs...

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The people here at NEC are known for their competition on the court and on the books. Making it a great place for people with competitive edge in them

” – Orion - Jersey City, NJ
Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University is a 4-year liberal arts institution situated on 123 acres of land in Spearfish, South Dakota. Through its three colleges, BHSU offers more than 120 majors and minors, as well as three honors tracks. Students can complete...

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This is a beautiful campus that is currently in the makings of becoming more and more green oriented with each semester. If you enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and fishing this is the place for you. Surrounded by the gorgeous...

” – Ashley from Scottsbluff, NE
Prescott College

Prescott College is a private, non-profit, liberal arts college located in Prescott, Arizona. With a focus on social justice and the environment, the college favors intellectual exploration and community over academic hierarchy. Resident students at...

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PC not only has amazing faculty, the students are stupendous as well. The class selection is out of this world. Its easy to mold a major to your interests and passions.

” – Aisha from Carbondale, CO
Unity College

Unity College, “America’s Environmental College,” is located in Unity, Maine, and was founded in 1965. Sitting within three climate zones, UC is comprised of 225 acres and features a liberal arts education in environmentally focused majors...

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Unity is an incredible place to be; they offer countless opportunies and experiences that are really tailored to me. If I had the chance to redo going to college here, I wouldn't change a thing. I recommend Unity to anyone and everyone that wants to...

” – Alyssa from APO AE, NY
University of Alaska Anchorage

The University of Alaska Anchorage is a public institution in the city of Anchorage. The campus is surrounded by lakes, ponds, and mountains, but has a trail system that  connects the university to midtown Anchorage. Top fields of study include...

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University of Alaska Anchorage is so cool! The students and instructors are really nice and friendly. Plus the view is beautiful. It consist of trees, plants and flowers, and sometimes you will see birds and animals passing by.

” – Mai from Anchorage, AK
Young Harris College

Young Harris College is a private liberal arts school situated in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. All undergraduate students must complete a core curriculum that includes public speaking and...

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Young Harris is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You get personal attention from professors. The college is close to major cities.

” – Brittany from Lithia, FL
Northland College

With campus a short distance from the shores of Lake Superior, Northland College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northern Wisconsin dedicated to sustainability and the environment. Northland confers undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic...

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The level and sophistication of the academic program at Northland is outstanding. The professors are always willing to provide any assistance and they want to see their students succeed. They push you to do your best in order to become a more...

” – Abby from Bloomington, IL
Mt Hood Community College

Mt Hood Community College is a public, 2-year institution located primarily in Gresham, Oregon, with a satellite location in Portland. The campus features a wide variety of facilities for students to visit, such as the Visual Arts Center Gallery, the...

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Some classes have challenged me, but in many others, I have to challenge myself to grow. In some of the introductory courses, it would not take much effort to receive an A in the class. Doing the minimum will hurt you in the long run though.

” – Bryan from Gresham, OR
Westminster College (UT)

Westminster College is a 4-year liberal arts institution located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 32-acre campus is just 10 minutes from the downtown business district and features five undergraduate colleges, as well as four graduate institutions...

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Westminster College is a very challenging school. I feel like I am learning so much more than I would be in a larger school because I am able to interact with other students and professors both during and after classes. All of the professors have...

” – Karen from West Jordan, UT
Montreat College

Montreat College is a private Christian liberal arts institution that is overseen by a chaplain and a Spiritual Life Committee made up of students and faculty. The campus features a chapel that offers dorm Bible studies, vespers, and prayer groups...

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It's a small school, so classes are small and it's easy to be engaged in class. Your professors will really make an effort to invest in you, and I'm sure you'll glance many of them outside the classroom. Most professors have great office hours and...

” – Ellen from Newfane, NY

With campus a short drive from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Rogue Community College is a 2-year institution in southern Oregon. RCC is home to 51 academic departments hosting degree and certificate-granting programs. Utilizing its wooded...

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great college, great instructor

” – Mary from Medford, OR

Eastern Mennonite University is a Christian-based liberal arts college in the Shenandoah Valley. All students are required to spend part of their academic career studying in another culture as a guest of a local host family or traveling abroad...

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I have learned more about myself and future careers than I have ever learned. I have also had the opportunity to open myself up more to the world and express myself better thanks to the school. I am now a more outgoing and culturally aware person.

” – Mariah from Rockville, VA
Alaska Pacific University

Alaska Pacific University is a small, private institution established in the city of Anchorage. APU’s scenic campuses consist of a main campus with 175 acres of wooded land, and a remote, 900-acre education center located on a private farm in the...

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I am learning a lot from this school. The small class size is excellent to receive one on one from the teacher of your class. You get help when ever you need it from them.

” – Ricky from Kendall, NY
Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Toccoa, Georgia. The college is situated on a 1,100-acre campus near the Chattahoochee National Forest, with its namesake, the Toccoa Falls, occupying space on the college...

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The atmosphere is so welcoming and enjoyable. The students and staff are extremely nice.

” – Morgan from Ruffs Dale, PA
Northern Vermont University
Northern Vermont University is a public liberal arts institution situated in the middle of the mountains. The school was created via a merger between Johnson State College and Lyndon State College. The programs are career-focused and follow a liberal...
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The school itself is very isolated and small. However, the programs and the sense of family make up for that. They are very hardworking and want you to succeed in life.

” – Bailey
Gordon College

Gordon College is a nondenominational Christian liberal arts college in Wenham, Massachusetts. Gordon offers undergraduate degrees in 30 academic majors as well as the new Center for Career and Connection Institute to help students create life plans...

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Gordon College is amazing! There are so many opportunities to connect with other students on campus and ways to make friends. There are so many fun activities around campus and within the dorms. Really great Christian school!

” – Ashley from CT

Cecil College is a public, 2-year institution established on a rural, 170-acre campus in North East, Maryland. Cecil offers over 90 associate degree and certificate programs, with flexible learning options including Accelerated Studies, eLearning...

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This college is beautiful and they have a wide range of courses for students to take no matter what your major is.

” – Jasmine from Elkton, MD
Adirondack Community College

Adirondack Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Queensbury, New York. Students attending SUNY Adirondack have access to the college’s recently-renovated library, which is home to hundreds of thousands of resources...

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This college is has a great variety of classes, clubs, and activities. Yes, it is small, but you get a lot out of it. The professors are very professional and the campus is small enough to an extent where you could find your classes very easy. I...

” – Anonymous Student
Sterling College (VT)
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Sterling College (Vermont)

Sterling College is an environmentally-focused college in northern Vermont and the only work college in New England. Sterling confers bachelor’s degrees in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, and...

Touro University Nevada is a private, graduate education institution established in Henderson and is a member of The Touro College and University System. The college offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs for students aiming to become...

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Great academic atmosphere. Top-notch professors and evidence-based learning/practice. Best choice of my life was to attend Touro.

” – John from Henderson, NV

Vermilion Community College is a public, 2-year institution established on an 80-acre campus nearby the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Ely, Minnesota. Vermilion offers over 25 associate’s degree and certificate programs, including unique...

Northern Vermont Universty-Johnson

Northern Vermont University Johnson is a public, 4-year institution established on a rural, 350-acre campus in Lamoille County. NVU Johnson offers nearly 40 major and minor areas of study, four graduate areas of study, and a variety of licensure and...

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Here at JSC we have a very small number of students per classroom except for science classes and labs. The chance of a one on one relationship you can have with your professor is so high here which makes it easy to go to them to get help or just to...

” – Zane from Hyde Park, VT

With campus in the heart of Nantahala National Forest, Southwestern Community College is a 2-year college in southwest North Carolina. SCC offers degree and certificate programs in Health Sciences, Career Technologies, and Arts & Sciences, as well as...

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Going to Southwestern Community College has increased my knowledge on a lot of things. Although many people tend to write off community colleges as being a tier below a four year university, this school really does a good job in teaching you your...

” – Daniel from Bryson City, NC