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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Illinois

4 Colleges
409 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,986 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in IllinoisNatural Resources Conservation is the #43 most popular major in Illinois with 409 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 2.5% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Illinois ranking analyzed 4 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in conservation. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. For this ranking, we are identifying those conservation schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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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 Illinois

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for conservation majors.

Best Value Conservation Schools in Illinois

Northern Illinois University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a fairly large student population. NIU also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Illinois list, coming in at #4.

It takes the average student at NIU about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,171. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from NIU is $92,181. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, conservation graduates from NIU take out $19,737 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $208, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign. UIUC also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Illinois list, coming in at #1.

The average student at UIUC graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,679. This means that the average student pays around $137,252 to get a bachelor’s degree from UIUC. 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 UIUC take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,570. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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Loyola University Chicago landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. Loyola Chicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. Loyola Chicago did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Illinois list.

The average student at Loyola Chicago graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $43,049. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Chicago is about $176,931. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from Loyola Chicago carry an average student debtload of $23,317. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $265.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. DePaul is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. DePaul also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Illinois rankings.

At DePaul, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $40,043. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the DePaul is $168,581. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at DePaul take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,255. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $255.

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Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 526
Ohio 500
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.

Majors Similar to Conservation

Related Major Annual Graduates
Forestry 54
Natural Resource Management 20

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 4 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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