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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Pennsylvania

8 Colleges
626 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,185 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in PennsylvaniaIn 2018-2019, 626 bachelor's degrees were awarded to natural resources conservation students who went to a Pennsylvania college or university. This makes it the #46 most popular major in the state. This means that of the 16,348 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 3.8% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Pennsylvania ranking, we looked at 8 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.

More Ways to Rank Natural Resources Conservation Schools

The conservation school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Conservation Schools.

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2021 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Schools in Pennsylvania

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

Best Value Conservation Schools in Pennsylvania

#1

Allegheny College

Meadville, PA

Allegheny College earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Meadville, Allegheny is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Allegheny, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Pennsylvania ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Allegheny is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,782. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny is about $135,062. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Conservation majors at Allegheny take out an average of $24,791 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 $280.

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#2

Juniata College

Huntingdon, PA

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Juniata College. Juniata is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Huntingdon. Juniata also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Pennsylvania list, coming in at #2.

It takes the average student at Juniata about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,344. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Juniata is about $148,284. 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 Juniata carry an average student debtload of $24,963. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Ship is a medium-sized public school located in the fringe town of Shippensburg. Ship did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Pennsylvania list.

At Ship, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,967. 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 Ship is $126,586. 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 Ship accumulate an average of around $25,176 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 $270.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California University of Pennsylvania. Located in the small suburb of California, Cal U is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. Cal U also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Pennsylvania list, coming in at #8.

The average student at Cal U graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,767. 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 Cal U is $101,485. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Conservation majors at Cal U take out an average of $23,393 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 $275.

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#5

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize Drexel University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. Drexel not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Pennsylvania list.

The average student at Drexel graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $47,917. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Drexel be around $225,689. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from Drexel carry an average student debtload of $27,186. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $305.

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#6

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Temple is a very large public school located in the large city of Philadelphia. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Temple, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Pennsylvania ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Temple is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,027. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Temple is about $158,159. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, conservation graduates from Temple take out $22,609 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 $252.

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Our rankings recognize Pennsylvania State University - University Park as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park. Penn State University Park also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Pennsylvania rankings.

It takes the average student at Penn State University Park about 4.2 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $43,829. 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 Penn State University Park is $185,835. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at Penn State University Park accumulate an average of around $23,866 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $276, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Dickinson College earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Dickinson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Carlisle. Dickinson did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Pennsylvania list.

At Dickinson, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $39,847. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson be around $160,982. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at Dickinson accumulate an average of around $18,654 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $197, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
New York 818
Maryland 417
New Jersey 238
Delaware 76
District of Columbia 46

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 41
Wildlife Management 37
Natural Resource Management 15
Forestry 15

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 8 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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