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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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 University of Maryland is a fun and lively campus where there is no shortage of school spirit. The superior academics, endless list of clubs, neighboring cities, and great on-campus activities make the university one that you should definitely...” – Kerrigan from Severna Park, 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...

“…DePaul University is an institution of learning that creates a framework of knowledge for prospective students. Students who attend this school serve the community with pride and cultural sensitivity. I am proud to be a DePaul University Graduate...” – Uriena from Chicago, IL

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

North Carolina State University is a public land-, sea-, and space-grant research university located in the state capital, Raleigh, home of the annual state fair and Winterfest. The largest university in the Carolinas by enrollment, NC State is home...

“…NC State is a large school with a small school feel. You can walk around campus and always see a familiar face. There are always new people to meet as well. ” – Shayna from Germantown, MD

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,...

“…Brigham young stands as a precedent for student education. It is a pinnacle of cleanliness of word and of character. It is a school like no other with the honor code as a standing tradition to be upheld by the students and the faculty. ” – Kaitlyn from Riverton, 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 definitely goes by it's motto which is the Standard of Excellence. This University holds a plethora of opportunities. Any individual can succeed here.” – Naomi from Jamaica

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...

“…Utah State is awesome! Literally best decision of my life! So much fun and great people!” – Garrett from Hastings, MN

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 fun, sporadic, entertaining, and most importantly educational. UB is a great place to learn and grow through the various programs that are offered. There are specialization designed to meet specific needs of those looking to work in particular...” – Jonathan from Woodstock, 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...

“…Barry is a SMALL private school that attends to those who are serious about their future careers. It has everything a person needs to be a successful and happy student. The campus is really nice and it is a comfortable place to be.” – Elle, NY

The College at Brockport, State University of New York
College at Brockport is a public liberal arts institution founded in 1835 and part of the State University of New York system. The school offers a range of programs including dance, theater, counseling education, and athletic training. The College at...

“…The College at Brockport is a great school for nursing, sports management, exercise science, and many other sports related majors. Attending the college you will be able to know people and get involved with things that make you a very well rounded...” – Rachel

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...

“…psu is a university for those looking for a great community, in and out of their school, with lots of shops and small restaurants. there is an active and relaxed environment, with lots of on-campus activities available, as well as within reach of...” – Jamie from Plymouth, 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...

“…I found the faculty to be very diverse and well trained in their respective studies. The courses were well laid out. Additionally, I never had a problem with communication from any department regarding any situation.” – Austin from Kankakee, IL

Springfield College
Founded in 1885, Springfield College is a private institution based in Springfield, MA. The school operates seven satellite campuses throughout the US. Springfield offers a “holistic approach” to academics using the philosophy of Humanics that...

“…springfield college is an amazing school with a beautiful campus. the professors are wonderful and very helpful. i would definitely rank this school at the top!” – Chris

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...

“…OCU is a great and prestigious University. It offers great opportunities to students while giving them an excellent education. All of the teachers have their Masters or Doctorate degrees and the class sizes are small enough to provide each student...” – Kate from Oklahoma City, OK

University of Central Oklahoma

The University of Central Oklahoma is a 4-year public school in the Oklahoma City metro area and one of the oldest universities in the southwest United States. UCO oversees six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 121 areas of study and operates...

“…The University of Central Oklahoma is a wonderful school for people who admire the family-like atmosphere. Everyone from students to faculty are supportive of each individuals journey. They have opportunities for every type of student, so it is easy...” – Meagan from Broken Arrow, 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,...

“…University of North Alabama is an excellent school to attend. The school has a number of majors dealing with heath care, science and education. I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a school to attend. ” – Robin from Double Springs, 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...

“…Southern Serves the community, while remaining humble. Southern also encourages healthy living, which promotes better health. Most importantly, their are lots of resources for strong academic success.” – Aaron from Collegedale, TN

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...

“…Ouachita Baptist University is an amazing university for both Christians and non-Christians! For both there is equal opportunity for growth and an amazing education. However, if you are a Christian (I pray you are) it is a marvelous place to flourish...” – Kyle from El Dorado, AR

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...

“…This is an excellent school at a price I can actually afford. The teachers really care and, more often than not, actually take the time to get to know you so they can better help you with your education. I recommend this college to everyone I know.” – Erica from Colorado Springs, 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...

“…Holy Names is a wonderful school. It offers great classes and you can get all the help you need with tutoring.” – Rayna from Concord, 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...

“…Trinity is an amazing college where I feel I have thrived and developed into not only a better friend, student, daughter, but also a better christian. Being at Trinity I have also learned to be more organized and less of a procrastinator. All in all...” – Natasha from Zuni, NM

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...

“…The AGS program is great for working students because we meet class one night per week. The classes are five to seven weeks in length. The professors are all qualified in the subject they are teaching. The classes incorporate your Christian values...” – Mildred from Camden, SC

Anne Arundel Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Arnold, Maryland. AACC campus features a number of state-of-the-art facilities, including an astronomy lab, a performing arts center, two art galleries, and a gymnasium....

“…anne arundel community college is a great college at an affordable price. the faculty and teachers are great, and you get the same experience as a private college.” – Jake from Lothian, MD

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...

“…1. The one on one relationships between teachers and students are very helpful. 2. The round table learning help students speak up more on their ideas. 3. The English and biology programs are great.” – Jendelle from Lake View, 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...

“…Chadron has a great atmosphere that makes you feel like you are at home. In addition the programs they offer are great since a majority have hands on experience included. ” – Marya from Cairo, 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 is an excellent school for the adult learner. whether just starting or returning to college, the adult program will get you on the road to earning your degree quickly. the classes are rigorous, and the professors are committed to student's...” – Rita from Houston, TX

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 provides such a friendly environment for all students. the professors make it a point to get to know you as a person and are so kind. i couldn't ask for a better mixture of a biblical education and amazing environment!” – Anna from Mcallen, TX

University of Dubuque

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 visited the university of dubuque twice, and had a few family members go to the university of dubuque, and so far it has been great. i have met the professors who i will be learning from and everyone seems to have something interesting to say...” – Nathaniel from Cedar Falls Iowa, IA

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...

“…It is a great Christ centered college. The classes are challenging and the professors really know the material. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a Christian college in the Midwest.” – John-Charles 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,...

“…There is an opportunity for a close relationship between instructor and pupil. It is a positive and healthy atmosphere. It is culturally diverse and there are plenty of opportunities to familiarize yourself with the rest of the world without even...” – Anne from Lindon, UT

Northwest Mississippi Community College is a public, two-year institution established in the city of Senatobia. Northwest serves a population of over 7,000 students, and offers academic pathways to each of the public, four-year institutions within...

“…Affordable to Most. Love the School and Atmosphere. Great Programs and Teachers.” – Justin from Horn Lake, MS

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 instructors are very nice and are always trying to help student reach their full potential. The classrooms are big and very clean. The students who attend here are very nice and friendly.” – Cassey from Gauiter, 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...

“…Coming to a smaller town from a larger town I just have to say this... Dont expect to have lots of stuff in town to do. Be a good student, study hard, and play hard with your friends. Also go to club meetings or try out for a sports team!” – Jennifer from OR

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....

“…davis & elkins college is a very good school it makes we the international students feel at home it is a school with good students that all have focus in life.” – Alfred from Elkins, WV

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...

“…the professors are outstanding. they really care about their students and make their selfs avalible for extra help. the college is an amazing place to be.” – Athena from Alexandria, KY

Clarks Summit University
South Abington Township, PA

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...

“…Baptist Bible College is small, but family oriented and the people (students, faculty and staff) are very caring and friendly. The student-teacher ratio is 10 to 1, and the average class size is twenty students. This makes it possible for teachers to...” – Rachel from Pottersville, NY

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...

“…this is a welcoming college that offers great class selections and provides excellent teaching instructors. i especially like the fact that they offer such a variety of honors classes. i would reccomend this college to anyone. ” – Sara from Baltimore, MD

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...

“…ottawa university is a very promising private school with many opportunites. they provide the correct tools and skills that enable their students to be successful in their life after college.” – Jasmine from Baldwin City, KS