2022 Best Forestry Schools

51 Colleges in the United States
2,005 Forestry Degrees Awarded
$38,496 Avg Early-Career Salary
Forestry is about average in terms of popularity for degree programs. That is, it ranks #187 out of the 368 majors across the country that we analyze each year. So, it might take a little more work to find colleges and universities that offer the degree program.

College Factual reviewed 51 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of forestry. Combined, these schools handed out 2,005 degrees in forestry to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Forestry School

Best Forestry Schools The forestry program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Forestry rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for forestry 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.

Pick Your Forestry Degree Level

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 Forestry Schools list to help you make the college 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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If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

Best Schools for Forestry in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the forestry degree levels they offer.

10 Top Schools in Forestry

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
95 Forestry Degrees Awarded

North Carolina State University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in forestry. Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 113 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were approximately 95 forestry students who graduated with this degree at NC State in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the forestry degree program at North Carolina State University make $26,804 above the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NC

Duke University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in forestry. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 1 forestry students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In CA

University of California - Berkeley is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in forestry. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #26 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were about 11 forestry students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available.

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#4

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
74 Forestry Degrees Awarded

University of Georgia is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in forestry. UGA is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Athens. A Best Schools rank of #116 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UGA is a great university overall.

There were roughly 74 forestry students who graduated with this degree at UGA in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the forestry program at University of Georgia make $11,904 more than the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#5

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
109 Forestry Degrees Awarded

UF is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Gainesville. A Best Schools rank of #94 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UF is a great university overall.

There were roughly 109 forestry students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the forestry program earn around $39,300 in their early career salary.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WA

UW Seattle is a very large public university located in the city of Seattle. A Best Schools rank of #89 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UW Seattle is a great university overall.

There were about 19 forestry students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent data year.

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#7

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
121 Forestry Degrees Awarded

Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. A Best Schools rank of #73 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

There were roughly 121 forestry students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In PA

Located in the small city of Williamsport, Penn College is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 68th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 19 forestry students who graduated with this degree at Penn College in the most recent data year.

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#9

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
53 Forestry Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Corvallis, Oregon State is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 36 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

There were roughly 53 forestry students who graduated with this degree at Oregon State in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the forestry major at Oregon State University make $6,004 more than the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
46 Forestry Degrees Awarded

UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Minneapolis. A Best Schools rank of #120 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UMN Twin Cities is a great university overall.

There were about 46 forestry students who graduated with this degree at UMN Twin Cities in the most recent data year. Those forestry students who get their degree from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities receive $3,404 more than the standard forestry graduate.

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Forestry by Region

View the Best Forestry Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Forestry is one of 5 different types of Natural Resources & Conservation programs to choose from.

Forestry Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Forestry, General 870
Forest Sciences & Biology 389
Forest Technology/Technician 239
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management 217
Wood Science & Wood Products/Pulp & Paper Technology 117
Forestry, Other 107
Urban Forestry 38
Forest Resources Production & Management 28

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 21,317
Natural Resource Management 2,509
Wildlife Management 2,030
Fisheries Sciences 417
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 118

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Bureau of Land Management. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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