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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in California

23 Colleges
2,768 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,437 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in CaliforniaNatural Resources Conservation is the #19 most popular major in California with 2,768 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that of the 16,348 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 16.9% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in California ranking looked at 23 colleges that offer a bachelor's in conservation. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those conservation schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Conservation Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Schools in California

The following schools top our list of the Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Schools

Our rankings recognize San Jose State University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public college with a very large student population. San Jose State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in California list.

At San Jose State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,311. This means that the average student pays around $147,141 to get a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from San Jose State carry an average student debtload of $18,146. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $183.

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University of California - Santa Barbara landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public school with a fairly large student population. UCSB not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in California list.

It takes the average student at UCSB about 4.2 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $39,883. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UCSB is $167,110. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at UCSB accumulate an average of around $17,108 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $161, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California State University - Long Beach earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Cal State Long Beach is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Long Beach.

At Cal State Long Beach, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, 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 students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at Cal State Long Beach accumulate an average of around $18,566 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $169, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Los Angeles landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a very large student population. UCLA also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in California rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UCLA is 4.2 years, and it costs about $39,402 per year to attend the school. 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.

On average, conservation graduates from UCLA take out $15,872 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $156.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Davis. Located in the suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a very large student population. UC Davis also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in California rankings.

At UC Davis, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $39,717 per year to attend the school. 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 UC Davis is $171,975. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at UC Davis accumulate an average of around $15,239 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $153, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Berkeley comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population. UC Berkeley also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in California rankings.

At UC Berkeley, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs about $42,692 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UC Berkeley is $179,733. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from UC Berkeley carry an average student debtload of $13,797. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $135.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Monterey Bay as the #7 school in this year's rankings. California State University - Monterey Bay is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize suburb of Seaside.

It takes the average student at California State University - Monterey Bay about 4.7 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,223. 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 California State University - Monterey Bay is $112,637. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from California State University - Monterey Bay carry an average student debtload of $18,530. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $178.

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San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

San Diego State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. SDSU is a very large public school located in the large city of San Diego.

At SDSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,830. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SDSU is $141,818. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from SDSU carry an average student debtload of $16,532. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $162.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Riverside. Located in the city of Riverside, UCR is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at UCR about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $37,168 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UCR is $159,822. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Conservation majors at UCR take out an average of $18,789 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 $203.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Santa Cruz as the #10 school in this year's rankings. UC Santa Cruz is a fairly large public school located in the city of Santa Cruz. UC Santa Cruz also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in California rankings.

It takes the average student at UC Santa Cruz about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $40,185. 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 UC Santa Cruz is $176,010. 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 Santa Cruz accumulate an average of around $18,662 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $197.

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Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 694
Oregon 393
Nevada 55
Hawaii 48
Alaska 25

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Wildlife Management 178
Natural Resource Management 113
Forestry 94
Fisheries Sciences 19

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 23 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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