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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region

10 Colleges
1,385 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,408 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest 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, 1,385 went to students in the Southwest region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region ranking analyzed 10 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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2021 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Schools in the Southwest Region

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

Top 10 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Schools

Our rankings recognize Arizona State University - Tempe as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, ASU - Tempe has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region ranking.

The average student at ASU - Tempe graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $32,198 per year to attend the school. 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 ASU - Tempe is $138,451. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at ASU - Tempe accumulate an average of around $19,606 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $206, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas A&M University - College Station. Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Texas A&M, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Texas A&M about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $38,607. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M is about $168,327. 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 Texas A&M accumulate an average of around $18,000 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 $174.

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Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Texas State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Texas State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of San Marcos. Texas State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region list.

It takes the average student at Texas State about 4.6 years to graduate, and it costs about $24,274 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $111,418 to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas State. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Texas State take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,147. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $213, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. University of Oklahoma is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Norman. University of Oklahoma not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region list.

At University of Oklahoma, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,331. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from University of Oklahoma is $134,973. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Conservation majors at University of Oklahoma take out an average of $19,555 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $198, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Our rankings recognize Texas Tech University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Texas Tech, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region ranking.

At Texas Tech, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,296. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is $105,298. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Texas Tech take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,385. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of San Antonio, UTSA is a public school with a very large student population. UTSA also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region rankings.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at UTSA to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,313. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UTSA is about $95,471. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Conservation majors at UTSA take out an average of $26,770 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 $282.

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Our rankings recognize Northern Arizona University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. NAU is a very large public school located in the small city of Flagstaff. In addition to being on our best value list, NAU has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region ranking.

At NAU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,230. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NAU is about $101,050. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at NAU take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,186. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Arizona. Arizona is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tucson. Arizona did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Arizona to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,634. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Arizona is $158,625. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, conservation graduates from Arizona take out $20,556 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $221, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Texas A&M Corpus Christi is a fairly large public school located in the city of Corpus Christi.

It takes the average student at Texas A&M Corpus Christi about 4.7 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,966. 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 Texas A&M Corpus Christi is $117,340. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Texas A&M Corpus Christi take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,662. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $248, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Arizona State University - Skysong comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public school with a fairly large student population. ASU - Skysong did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region list.

At ASU - Skysong, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,233. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Skysong is $133,025. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, conservation graduates from ASU - Skysong take out $19,606 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $206, based 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 Southwest region.

State Degrees Awarded
Texas 781
Oklahoma 76
Arizona 506
New Mexico 22

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

Majors Similar to Conservation

Related Major Annual Graduates
Wildlife Management 209
Forestry 65
Natural Resource Management 64
Fisheries Sciences 22

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 10 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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