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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Michigan

6 Colleges
526 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,501 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in MichiganWith 526 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, natural resources conservation is the #34 most popular major in Michigan. This means that of the 16,348 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 3.2% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Michigan ranking looked at 6 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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 Michigan

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

Best Value Conservation Schools in Michigan

Grand Valley State University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Allendale. In addition to being on our best value list, GVSU has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Michigan ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at GVSU to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,233. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from GVSU be around $105,245. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from GVSU carry an average student debtload of $23,845. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $262, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Oakland is a large public school located in the suburb of Rochester Hills. In addition to being on our best value list, Oakland has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Michigan ranking.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at Oakland to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,642. This means that the average student pays around $128,812 to get a bachelor’s degree from Oakland. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Conservation majors at Oakland take out an average of $24,345 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $241, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan is a public school with a large student population. Central Michigan also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Michigan rankings.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at Central Michigan to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,977. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan is $116,393. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Central Michigan take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,227. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a very large student population. Michigan State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Michigan list.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Michigan State to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,866. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Michigan State is $161,473. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Conservation majors at Michigan State take out an average of $23,090 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $236, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northern Michigan University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Northern Michigan University is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Marquette. Northern Michigan University also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Michigan list, coming in at #6.

At Northern Michigan University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,054. This means that the average student pays around $101,228 to get a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, conservation graduates from Northern Michigan University take out $21,677 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $234, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, U of Michigan has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Michigan ranking.

At U of Michigan, 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 $42,233. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of Michigan is $175,689. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from U of Michigan carry an average student debtload of $15,270. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $157, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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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
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
Wildlife Management 66
Fisheries Sciences 52
Forestry 44
Natural Resource Management 28

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 6 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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