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2022 Best Forestry Schools in the Southwest Region

4 Colleges in the Southwest Region
114 Forestry Degrees Awarded
$33,800 Avg Early-Career Salary
Forestry isn't the most popular major in the world, but it's not the least popular either. To be more precise it ranks #187 in popularity out of 368 majors in the country. As such, the degree program isn't offered at every college in the United States, but there are schools that do have a program in the field that are top-notch when it comes to quality.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 4 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Forestry Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 114 degrees in forestry during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Forestry School

Best Forestry Schools in the Southwest Region Your choice of forestry school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. For our Best Overall Forestry School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Forestry Rankings by Degree Level

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Forestry Schools in the Southwest Region list, to help you choose the best school for you. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Forestry in the Southwest Region

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the forestry degrees they offer, see the list below.

Top Southwest Region Schools in Forestry

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TX

It's hard to beat Texas A&M University - College Station if you wish to pursue a degree in forestry. Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #81 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Texas A&M College Station is a great university overall.

There were about 23 forestry students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in forestry from Texas A&M University - College Station

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
31 Forestry Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in forestry has to check out Stephen F Austin State University. SFASU is a fairly large public university located in the town of Nacogdoches. This university ranks 62nd out of 136 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were roughly 31 forestry students who graduated with this degree at SFASU in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in forestry from Stephen F Austin State University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
43 Forestry Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat Northern Arizona University if you wish to pursue a degree in forestry. Located in the city of Flagstaff, NAU is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #1019 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means NAU is a great university overall.

There were approximately 43 forestry students who graduated with this degree at NAU in the most recent data year. After graduating, forestry degree recipients usually earn an average of $33,800 in the first five years of their career.

More information about a degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NM

Every student who is interested in forestry has to check out New Mexico Highlands University. New Mexico Highlands University is a small public university located in the town of Las Vegas. This university ranks 7th out of 27 schools for overall quality in the state of New Mexico.

There were about 9 forestry students who graduated with this degree at New Mexico Highlands University in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in forestry from New Mexico Highlands University

Best Forestry Colleges by State

Explore the best forestry colleges for a specific state in the Southwest Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Texas 304 42
Arizona 272 49
Oklahoma 250 14
New Mexico 216 5

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One of 5 majors within the Natural Resources & Conservation area of study, Forestry has other similar majors worth exploring.

Forestry Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Forestry, General 74
Forest Sciences & Biology 37
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management 3

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Majors Similar to Forestry

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 1,783
Wildlife Management 224
Natural Resource Management 178
Fisheries Sciences 26
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 11

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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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