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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Plains States Region

13 Colleges
954 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,329 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Plains States 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, 954 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Plains States Region ranking looked at 13 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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 Plains States Region

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

Top 10 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Schools

Iowa State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population. Iowa State also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #1.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Iowa State is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,749. This means that the average student pays around $118,231 to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from Iowa State carry an average student debtload of $20,878. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $228, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNL is a very large public school located in the large city of Lincoln. UNL not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Plains States Region list.

It takes the average student at UNL about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,697. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNL is $128,563. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at UNL accumulate an average of around $21,340 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 $223.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis. UMN Twin Cities also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Plains States Region rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMN Twin Cities is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,989. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UMN Twin Cities is $143,094. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, conservation graduates from UMN Twin Cities take out $19,399 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Gustavus Adolphus is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Saint Peter. Gustavus Adolphus also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #6.

It takes about 4.0 years for the average student at Gustavus Adolphus to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $31,332. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus is $125,955. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Gustavus Adolphus take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,651. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $262, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Duluth as the #5 school in this year's rankings. UMN Duluth is a large public school located in the city of Duluth. UMN Duluth did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Plains States Region list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UMN Duluth to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,044. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMN Duluth is $98,537. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, conservation graduates from UMN Duluth take out $23,817 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $268, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Iowa is a fairly large public school located in the city of Iowa City. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Iowa, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Plains States Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Iowa about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $34,062. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Iowa be around $146,807. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Iowa take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,058. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $265.

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St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

St Olaf College earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Northfield, St. Olaf is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. St. Olaf also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Plains States Region rankings.

It takes the average student at St. Olaf about 4.0 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,599. 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 St. Olaf is $132,026. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from St. Olaf carry an average student debtload of $22,893. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Nebraska at Omaha. Located in the city of Omaha, UNOMAHA is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UNOMAHA, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Plains States Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNOMAHA is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,468. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNOMAHA is about $110,300. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at UNOMAHA take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,478. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $234, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Crookston as the #9 school in this year's rankings. UMN Crookston is a small public school located in the distant town of Crookston.

At UMN Crookston, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs about $16,147 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMN Crookston be around $66,364. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at UMN Crookston take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,279. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $188.

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Our rankings recognize University of Missouri - Columbia as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a very large student population. Mizzou also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #5.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Mizzou is 4.4 years, and it costs about $31,545 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Mizzou is $137,852. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, conservation graduates from Mizzou take out $22,015 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $228, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges by State

Explore the best natural resources conservation schools for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 128
Minnesota 367
Iowa 246
Kansas 56
Nebraska 134
South Dakota 11
North Dakota 12

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 142
Forestry 86
Fisheries Sciences 48
Natural Resource Management 41
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 19

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 13 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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