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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region

22 Colleges
2,072 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,458 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes 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, 2,072 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 22 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.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Conservation Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Schools in the Great Lakes 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

Ohio State University - Main Campus landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Columbus. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Ohio State, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Ohio State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $34,273. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State is about $148,402. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Conservation majors at Ohio State take out an average of $22,805 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $240.

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Grand Valley State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Allendale. GVSU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region list.

At GVSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,233. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from GVSU is about $105,245. 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 GVSU accumulate an average of around $23,845 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 $262.

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#3

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Our rankings recognize Ball State University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Ball State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Muncie. Ball State also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #7.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Ball State is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,050. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ball State is about $111,494. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Ball State take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,031. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $245.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - River Falls. UW - River Falls is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of River Falls.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at UW - River Falls to complete their degree, and it costs about $20,058 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - River Falls is $88,656. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at UW - River Falls accumulate an average of around $21,721 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $245.

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Northern Illinois University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average student at NIU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,171. 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 NIU is $92,181. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Conservation majors at NIU take out an average of $19,737 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $208, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign. UIUC also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #4.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UIUC to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,679. 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 UIUC is $137,252. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, conservation graduates from UIUC take out $18,570 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

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University of Wisconsin - Green Bay comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Green Bay, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

At University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,013. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin - Green Bay is about $84,608. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Conservation majors at University of Wisconsin - Green Bay take out an average of $19,275 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Whitewater, UW - Whitewater is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UW - Whitewater is 4.5 years, and it costs about $20,164 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - Whitewater is $91,343. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, conservation graduates from UW - Whitewater take out $25,541 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $279, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Madison. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison. Wisconsin also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #2.

It takes the average student at Wisconsin about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $38,721. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Wisconsin is $167,662. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from Wisconsin carry an average student debtload of $20,542. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $213, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Oakland is a large public school located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills.

At Oakland, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,642. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Oakland is about $128,812. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, conservation graduates from Oakland take out $24,345 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 $241.

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Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges by State

Explore the best natural resources conservation schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 526
Ohio 500
Illinois 409
Indiana 231
Wisconsin 406

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 247
Forestry 202
Wildlife Management 187
Fisheries Sciences 151
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 20

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 22 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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