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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Minnesota

6 Colleges
367 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,337 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in MinnesotaNatural Resources Conservation is the #26 most popular major in Minnesota with 367 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that of the 16,348 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 2.2% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Minnesota ranking looked at 6 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.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Schools in Minnesota

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

Best Value Conservation Schools in Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. UMN Twin Cities not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Minnesota list.

The average student at UMN Twin Cities graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,989. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMN Twin Cities is about $143,094. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Conservation majors at UMN Twin Cities take out an average of $19,399 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Our rankings recognize Gustavus Adolphus College as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Gustavus Adolphus is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Saint Peter. Gustavus Adolphus not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Minnesota list.

The average student at Gustavus Adolphus graduates in less than 4.0 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,332. This means that the average student pays around $125,955 to get a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, conservation graduates from Gustavus Adolphus take out $21,651 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 $262.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Minnesota - Duluth. UMN Duluth is a fairly large public school located in the city of Duluth. UMN Duluth also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Minnesota list, coming in at #4.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMN Duluth is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $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.

Conservation majors at UMN Duluth take out an average of $23,817 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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St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

St Olaf College comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Northfield, St. Olaf is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. St. Olaf also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Minnesota rankings.

The average student at St. Olaf graduates in less than 4.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,599. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the St. Olaf is $132,026. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at St. Olaf take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,893. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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University of Minnesota - Crookston comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. UMN Crookston is a small public school located in the town of Crookston. In addition to being on our best value list, UMN Crookston has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Minnesota ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMN Crookston is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,147. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMN Crookston is $66,364. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, conservation graduates from UMN Crookston take out $19,279 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $188, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Saint Cloud, St. Cloud State University is a public school with a fairly large student population. St. Cloud State University also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in Minnesota list, coming in at #5.

The average student at St. Cloud State University graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,909. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University is about $102,315. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, conservation graduates from St. Cloud State University take out $22,632 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 $208.

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Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges in the Plains States Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 128
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.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fisheries Sciences 48
Forestry 47
Wildlife Management 21

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 6 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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