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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Virginia

4 Colleges
363 Bachelor's Degrees
$37,895 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in VirginiaWith 363 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, natural resources conservation is the #40 most popular major in Virginia. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 2.2% of all the conservation bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Virginia ranking looked at 4 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.

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.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

2021 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Schools in Virginia

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

Best Value Conservation Schools in Virginia

#1

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Our rankings recognize Virginia Tech as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. Virginia Tech did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Virginia list.

At Virginia Tech, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,298. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech be around $142,182. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Virginia Tech take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,563. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $223, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize University of Virginia - Main Campus as the #2 school in this year's rankings. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville. University of Virginia did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Virginia list.

The average student at University of Virginia graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $41,266. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia is $167,540. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at University of Virginia accumulate an average of around $15,973 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $156.

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#3

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. GMU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax. In addition to being on our best value list, GMU has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Virginia ranking.

At GMU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $39,365. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from GMU be around $172,812. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at GMU accumulate an average of around $19,358 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Virginia Commonwealth University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. VCU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Richmond. In addition to being on our best value list, VCU has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Virginia ranking.

It takes the average student at VCU about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $37,651. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from VCU is about $165,664. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Conservation majors at VCU take out an average of $25,404 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 $268.

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Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 162
Florida 730
Tennessee 91
North Carolina 732
South Carolina 103
Alabama 173
Kentucky 109
Arkansas 68
Louisiana 78
Mississippi 9
West Virginia 313

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Forestry 87
Wildlife Management 71
Natural Resource Management 18

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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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