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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region

33 Colleges
3,983 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,597 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, natural resources conservation was ranked #33 in the country. In fact 16,348 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 3,983 went to students in the Far Western US region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region ranking analyzed 33 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in conservation. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on conservation schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

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 Value Conservation Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Schools in the Far Western US Region

Check out the conservation programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Schools

University of Washington - Seattle Campus earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a fairly large student population. UW Seattle also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region rankings.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UW Seattle to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,058. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UW Seattle is $152,886. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from UW Seattle carry an average student debtload of $18,334. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $183.

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Western Washington University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. WWU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Bellingham.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WWU is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,912. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from WWU is $130,104. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Conservation majors at WWU take out an average of $19,164 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $200.

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San Jose State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Jose. San Jose State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region list.

The average student at San Jose State graduates in less than 5.0 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $29,311. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State be around $147,141. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at San Jose State accumulate an average of around $18,146 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $183.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Santa Barbara as the #4 school in this year's rankings. UCSB is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Santa Barbara. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UCSB, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region ranking.

At UCSB, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $39,883. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UCSB is about $167,110. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Conservation majors at UCSB take out an average of $17,108 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $161.

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California State University - Long Beach landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. Located in the city of Long Beach, Cal State Long Beach is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 5.0 years for the average student at Cal State Long Beach to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,708. This means that the average student pays around $122,552 to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Conservation majors at Cal State Long Beach take out an average of $18,566 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $169, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Los Angeles earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. UCLA did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UCLA is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $39,402. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UCLA is $164,306. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at UCLA take out while working on their bachelor's is $15,872. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $156, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Davis comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. UC Davis is a very large public school located in the suburb of Davis. UC Davis also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region list, coming in at #3.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UC Davis is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $39,717. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis is $171,975. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Conservation majors at UC Davis take out an average of $15,239 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $153.

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University of California - Berkeley earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. UC Berkeley did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region list.

The average student at UC Berkeley graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $42,692. This means that the average student pays around $179,733 to get a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at UC Berkeley accumulate an average of around $13,797 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $135, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California State University - Monterey Bay comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Seaside, California State University - Monterey Bay is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at California State University - Monterey Bay is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,223. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the California State University - Monterey Bay is $112,637. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at California State University - Monterey Bay accumulate an average of around $18,530 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $178.

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Oregon State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Corvallis.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Oregon State is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $35,361. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State is $160,539. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

On average, conservation graduates from Oregon State take out $22,836 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $254, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges by State

Explore the best natural resources conservation colleges for a specific state in the Far Western US region.

State Degrees Awarded
California 2,768
Washington 694
Oregon 393
Nevada 55
Hawaii 48
Alaska 25

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resource Management 271
Wildlife Management 222
Fisheries Sciences 130
Forestry 123

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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 Lynn Betts.

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