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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region

15 Colleges
1,978 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,113 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England RegionNatural Resources Conservation is the #33 most popular major in the country with 16,348 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 1,978 went to students in the New England region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region ranking, we looked at 15 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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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 the New England 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

University of Massachusetts Amherst comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst. UMass Amherst also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region rankings.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at UMass Amherst to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,714. 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 UMass Amherst is $151,996. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at UMass Amherst take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,589. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $252.

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#2

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA

Massachusetts Maritime Academy comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Buzzards Bay, Maritime is a public college with a small student population. Maritime also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region rankings.

It takes the average student at Maritime about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,873. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Maritime is $131,828. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at Maritime accumulate an average of around $21,964 in student debt. 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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University of New Hampshire - Main Campus comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. U of NH is a large public school located in the small suburb of Durham. U of NH also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region rankings.

At U of NH, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,404. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of NH is $149,984. 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 NH carry an average student debtload of $25,630. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Westfield is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Westfield.

The average student at Westfield graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,805. This means that the average student pays around $103,933 to get a bachelor’s degree from Westfield. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from Westfield carry an average student debtload of $18,849. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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#5

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

University of Vermont comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. UVM is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Burlington. In addition to being on our best value list, UVM has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region ranking.

The average student at UVM graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs about $42,133 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UVM be around $175,695. 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 UVM carry an average student debtload of $20,948. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $230.

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#6

Saint Michael's College

Colchester, VT

Saint Michael's College comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Saint Michael's is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Colchester.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Saint Michael’s is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $38,042. 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 Saint Michael’s is $155,211. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at Saint Michael's accumulate an average of around $25,136 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Connecticut landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. UCONN is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Storrs. In addition to being on our best value list, UCONN has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UCONN to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $39,140. This means that the average student pays around $162,822 to get a bachelor’s degree from UCONN. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Conservation majors at UCONN take out an average of $20,799 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 $223.

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#8

Keene State College

Keene, NH

Keene State College comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Keene State is a small public school located in the distant town of Keene.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Keene State is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,076. This means that the average student pays around $121,247 to get a bachelor’s degree from Keene State. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at Keene State accumulate an average of around $24,130 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Plymouth State University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Plymouth State is a small public school located in the town of Plymouth.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Plymouth State to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,566. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Plymouth State is $122,262. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Plymouth State take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,065. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Colby College

Waterville, ME

Colby College comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Colby is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Waterville. In addition to being on our best value list, Colby has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region ranking.

It takes about 4.0 years for the average student at Colby to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,382. 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 Colby is $122,439. 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 Colby carry an average student debtload of $16,441. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $165, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges by State

Explore the best natural resources conservation colleges for a specific state in the New England region.

State Degrees Awarded
Massachusetts 806
Connecticut 190
Rhode Island 72
New Hampshire 362
Maine 224
Vermont 319

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 151
Natural Resource Management 132
Forestry 40
Fisheries Sciences 14

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 15 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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