Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other

It goes without saying that leisure and recreational activities make life worth living. Think about all the things pastimes like hiking, swimming, boating, and golfing help you do. Relax. Alleviate stress. Learn new skills. Stay in shape. Socialize. With the parks, recreation, and leisure studies major, you can help others do these things. The major is diverse, to say the least. What will you learn? You'll focus on the essential principles underlying leisure and recreational activities. This means getting detailed instruction in recreation leadership, area facility and design, philosophy of leisure, program and event planning, and marketing recreation enterprises. Once you've graduated, not only will you be helping others live healthier lives, but you will have various career options to choose from. You can find employment as a recreation and fitness worker, adult educator, coach, or even as an athletic trainer.

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Indiana University-Bloomington

Founded in 1820, Indiana University-Bloomington is the largest university in the state and the flagship campus of the IU system in southwest Indiana. IU encompasses 16 colleges and schools hosting over 200 undergraduate majors. As a school with a...

“…The quality of the education you get here is really reliant on which specific classes you take. I've had some really challenging, forum-based classes where I felt like I learned a lot, including a lot more beyond just the curriculum. I believe some...” – Alicia from West Chester, OH

Howard University

Howard University is an HBCU comprised of 13 schools and colleges located two miles from the US Capitol. Nationally-ranked programs at HU include social work, business, and communication sciences and disorders. Howard has three honors programs for...

“…I have learned more in the past year at Howard than I can honestly put into words. I have learned so much about Architecture my first year that I can confidently draft floor plans and elevations of a structure, and make a decent model of it, whereas...” – Devon from Arlington, VA

University of Maryland-College Park

Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland-College Park is a 4-year public research university in Maryland’s Capital Region and the flagship campus of the UMD system. UMD hosts 12 colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees in 92 academic...

“…The academics at the University of Maryland are incredible. They have Limited Enrollment Program for Engineering and Business (top notch fields at UMD) and are ranked high in the many different fields that they offer.” – David from Bowie, MD

DePaul University

DePaul University is a private, non-profit institution located in the heart of Chicago, IL, featuring campuses both in the business district and Lincoln Park. DePaul is the nation’s largest Catholic university, founded by the Vincentians more than...

“…I have just recently transferred to DePaul University in June of this year. I have taken 3 summer classes and found I am able to graduate almost 6 months early due to the University's flexible and accomodating class requirements. In three months I...” – Ashley from Chicago, IL

Brigham Young University-Provo

Brigham Young University-Provo is a private research institution located in Provo, Utah, and founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU offers study abroad programs through their satellite campuses in more than 20 sites,...

“…I love the BYU experience! The classes are invigorating and fun! Sure, the Classes are difficult but you have access to professors you can talk to one-on-one, all-day tutoring labs, and study groups that you can have anywhere on this beautiful campus...” – Carol from Provo, UT

Hampton University

Founded in 1868 after the Civil War to provide education to freedmen, Hampton University is an Historically Black College and University on the Virginia Peninsula. Hampton is home to eight undergraduate colleges conferring bachelor’s degrees and...

“…Hampton University is an excellent school when it comes to academics.l The professors are very interested in their students. They provide office hours as well as email addresses in order for their students to contact them. All of my professors...” – Asia from Winterville, NC

Utah State University

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is a 4-year public university in northern Utah and the oldest residential campus in the state. Utah State is home to eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, the College of...

“…All of the professors here are amazing! I truly enjoy going to class. They're witty and help you with anything you need help with. The student reviews help out a lot as well. There are always Teacher's Aids to help with any questions you might...” – Alexis from Heber City, UT

University of Baltimore

Originally founded as a night school for law and business students, the University of Baltimore is a public institution and part of the University System of Maryland. UB confers degrees in over 70 undergrad and graduate academic programs. In addition...

“…UB Is focused on the individual” – Gunnar from Baltimore, MD

Barry University

Founded by the Adrian Dominican Sisters in 1940, Barry University is a private institution in the Miami metro area and one of the largest Catholic universities in the southeast. Barry is home to eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate and...

“…This School excels in every program that they provide. Barry makes sure that you learn everything that you need to learn that will help you in future classes and in your career. Teachers are always there to help you and they allow questions at...” – C.Symoane

The College at Brockport, State University of New York

Founded in 1835, the College at Brockport is a 4-year public liberal arts college in western New York State. A member of the State University of New York system, Brockport confers undergrad degrees in over 45 academic majors and minors. In addition,...

“…Absolutely wonderful. SUNY the College at Brockport is a nice and compact campus that allows students to walk everywhere from their dorms (even to town). Campus is filled with amenities, a top notch dining system, student health center, gymnasiums,...” – Ariel from Yonnkers, NY

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...

“…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

Upper Iowa University

Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a 4-year private school in northeast Iowa. UIU hosts schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education conferring undergraduate degrees in 45 academic programs. Additionally, UIU makes 32 bachelor’s degrees...

“…The classes here are great. There aren't usually a large number of students in each class, so students have more of an opportunity for one on one time with the teachers. The teachers, advisers and all the staff are always very helpful and are always...” – UIU Fan

Springfield College

Founded in 1856, Mars Hill University is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in western North Carolina and the region’s oldest institution of higher learning operating on its original site. Nestled among the mountains, Mars Hill confers bachelor...

“…The classes are small so the professors really pay attention to you and help you out.” – Libby from MA

Oklahoma City University

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City University is a 4-year liberal arts and sciences university in Oklahoma’s capital city. OKCU hosts 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 70 academic majors. For...

“…Everyone I have encountered at the University as been extrememly helpful and nice. They have been a fantastic group of people and are willing to help you with whatever you need. The campus is clean and simple to navigate. Tuition cost is quite high...” – Brandie from Oklahoma City, OK

University of North Alabama

Founded in 1830, the University of North Alabama is a public institution of higher learning based in Florence, AL. UNA is home to an outdoor Memorial Amphitheater and the only 4-year culinary program in the state. Popular majors include nursing,...

“…UNA is a great place to live and to go to school. It's small enough to walk across the campus but large enough where you have the opportunity to meet someone new every day. If you're looking for a place to go to college you should check out the...” – Ellen from Pinson, AL

Southern Adventist University

Founded in 1892, Southern Adventist University is an evangelical Christian college in south Tennessee affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The first Adventist school in the south, Southern confers undergraduate degrees in 64 majors. As a...

“…I definitely learned a lot about myself as well as my subject material. There are many opportunities at Southern to find a path that fits your personality and interests. If you aren't sure what you want to do with your life Southern has advisers,...” – Gianna from Collegedale, TN

Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita Baptist University is a private, Christian, liberal arts college established in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. OBU students are required to complete two classes in religion and seven credits of chapel throughout their academic career in order to...

“…The professors at Ouachita are incredible. They are brilliant in their subjects and have a passion for teaching!” – Tiffani from The Colony, TX

Pikes Peak Community College is a public 2-year institution with an open admissions policy. Pikes Peak operates multiple full-service and military satellite campuses throughout Colorado and partners with 4-year institutions across the nation for...

“…The academic programs are great and the teachers really inspire student to absorb what they are teaching.” – Whitney from Woodland Park, CO

Holy Names University

Founded in 1868 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Holy Names University is a 4-year Catholic school in Oakland. Holy Names grants undergraduate degrees in 15 academic programs. As a Catholic university, Holy Names celebrates mass on...

“…My professors know me by name and they make sure to be available when needed.” – Janisa from Los Angeles, CA

Trinity Christian College

Trinity Christian College is a private liberal arts institution located in the wooded suburb of Palos Heights, IL, offering degrees in three areas, Arts & Humanities, Natural & Applied Sciences, and Social Sciences. All programs require an internship...

“…The professors at Trinity are rather wonderful. You can learn a lot from them in and out of the classroom. I have learned a lot of other cultures from international students and by talking to students from across the nation. ” – Christine from Wheaton, IL

Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University is a Christian liberal arts college in upstate South Carolina affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. SWU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 25 academic fields of study. Additionally, the university sponsors a 9-month...

“…I rate Southern Wesleyan as a ten out of ten! This university is not perfect but the mistakes are made up for by the incredible community and God filled atmosphere on campus. Southern Wesleyan University quickly becomes your home away from home and...” – Alex from Dallas, NC

Coker College

Coker College is a private liberal arts institution based in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker College offers a Trans4mations four-year undergraduate program that focuses on a different aspect of learning each year. All students must finish a...

“…Great School” – Toiekka from Timmonsville, SC

Chadron State College

Founded in 1911, Chadron State College is a 4-year public school in the northwestern Nebraska panhandle and part of the Nebraska State College System. Chadron State confers undergraduate degrees in 52 academic programs. For fans of architectural...

“…Because of the small town atmosphere of CSC, I feel that I am friends with all of my professors and they are always willing to help. My classes are all very interesting and never get boring, so I actually look forward to going to class everyday.” – Laura from Valentine, NE

Belhaven University

Belhaven University is a Christian liberal arts institution founded in 1883. Rated as having “selective” admissions, the university is also affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Belhaven University’s main campus is based in Jackson, Mississippi,...

“…Belhaven has professors who truly care about their students. The other students are extremely friendly and helpful. There are a ton of academic resources for students on campus.” – Lauren from TN

Oklahoma Baptist University

Founded in 1910 by The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist University is a Christian liberal arts college in the Oklahoma City metro area. OBU grants 10 bachelor’s degrees in 88 areas of study informed by a Christian worldview....

“…OBU is an amazing university, it is small enough to where it is easy to get to know your professors and make friends on campus. It is also inclusive enough to where you can enjoy the college experience through different on-campus extracurriculars or...” – Jessy from Decatur, TX

The University of Dubuque was founded in 1852 and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The school is based in Dubuque, Iowa, and follows a “Diamond” educational model that centers itself around Community and Character, Academics, Vocation, and...

“…I have learned a lot here at the University of Dubuque, even though I have only been here one semester. The information that you learn over the course of a semester is about the same course load as high school, but it is in a semester. Although you...” – Kaitlyn from El Paso, TX

Huntington University

Huntington University is a private, 4-year institution located in the state of Indiana. As the school is Christ-centered, all students enrolled at Huntington are expected to live by biblical guidelines, including maintaining sexual purity, abstaining...

“…Huntington is a nationally recognized Christian University and it is ranked very highly by many different polls. FORBES. com lists Huntington University in it's TOP 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. Huntington has a variety of different...” – Justin from Fort Wayne, IN

Brigham Young University-Hawaii

Founded and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University-Hawai’i is a 4-year private university on O’ahu that integrates secular and spiritual learning. BYU-Hawai’i is home to colleges of Arts & Humanities,...

“…The classes are only the beginning; I am learning SO much from the diverse student and faculty body at this institution. There are students from over 70 countries represented here, and it leads to many wonderful intercultural learning opportunities. ” – Cammie from Laie, HI

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is a 2-year institution with an open admissions policy. The main campus located in Perkinston, MS, while several satellite campuses and academic centers operate throughout the state. Mississippi Gulf Coast...

“…The class sizes are smaller so you can get a lot of one on one time with teacher. The atmosphere is more casual in the classroom than in high school, but the teachers still expect you to do your work, naturally. Most of the teachers have a dry sense...” – Tiffany from Gulfport, MS

Northwestern Oklahoma State University is a public, 4-year institution established in Alva, with satellite facilities in Woodward and Enid. NWOSU offers undergraduate degree programs in over 40 areas of study, as well as three master’s degree...

“…If a student wants to learn at Northwestern, the opportunities are here. The teachers (for the most part) are more than willing and always ready to help when needed. People always want to say that small schools do not teach as much, but I know I am...” – Myka from Ponca City, OK

Davis & Elkins College

Davis & Elkins College is a private, 4-year institution established in the state of West Virginia. D&E’s scenic campus features a number of facilities available for student use, such as the Icehouse, the Booth Library, and the Boiler House Theater....

“…The school is wonderful enviroment to learn. The class sizes are pretty small so there is more teacher student one on one time.” – Jacquell from Laurel, MD

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in southern Ohio, with satellite facilities located in Harrison and Middletown. CSTCC offers over 100 degree and certificate programs, many of which feature...

“…I am attending the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State and love the program. I am learning more than I ever hoped to.” – Tessie from Ft Wright, KY

Clarks Summit University
South Abington Township, PA
Clarks Summit University

Clarks Summit University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in South Abington Township, Pennsylvania. All full-time undergraduate students are required to attend chapel in a punctual manner. CSU’s campus features a number of scenic...

“…I just finished my first year at Baptist Bible College. It was an amazing year for me. I learned so much more about my faith in God as well as academics. The professors here want to know you and want you to get out as much as you can from their...” – Gina from East Bangor, PA

The Community College of Baltimore County is a 2-year institution with three full-service campuses, three education centers, and with several courses housed in Baltimore County public schools. This accessibility extends to 20 totally online degree...

“…I am learning a lot, at this school, its pretty cool.” – Mikea from Owings Mills, MD

Ottawa University-Ottawa

Ottawa University is a private, 4-year institution established in the state of Kansas. Academics at OU are primarily focused on Business, Education, Arts, and Sciences. The college is home to a significantly robust advisor facility, known as the...

“…A small place of higher education. People care about you and your goals. Amazing place to find who you are as a person.” – Sammie from Kansas City, KS

With seven locations throughout Massachusetts, the Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies is a division of Springfield College dedicated to adult students. The school offers bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and...