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2021 Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

138 Colleges
16,348 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,199 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsNatural Resources Conservation is the #33rd most popular major in the country with 16,348 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking looked at 138 colleges that offer a bachelor's in conservation. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great natural resources conservation programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the natural resources conservation program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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2021 Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

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Top 15% Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students

University of California - Berkeley has taken the #1 spot in this year's natural resources conservation ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. UC Berkeley also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation list, coming in at #1.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.0%. There are approximately 930 students at UC Berkeley that take at least one class online. 3,108 students are part time.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas A&M University - College Station. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Texas A&M College Station has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation ranking.

About 2.1% of Texas A&M College Station students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 4,608 students at Texas A&M College Station that take at least one class online. 9,459 of Texas A&M College Station students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UNC Chapel Hill, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.7%. There are approximately 3,101 students at UNC Chapel Hill that take at least one class online. 4,791 of UNC Chapel Hill students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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San Jose State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.5%. There are approximately 8,114 students at San Jose State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 8,139 part time students in attendance at San Jose State. San Jose State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Syracuse, ESF is a public school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at ESF, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation ranking.

The student loan default rate at ESF is lower than is typical, just 2.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 55 students at ESF that take at least one class online. 213 of ESF students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of California - Santa Barbara comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UCSB has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.3%. There are approximately 365 students at UCSB that take at least one class online. 656 of UCSB students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Maryland Global Campus. UMGC is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Adelphi.

About 6.1% of UMGC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 48,432 of UMGC students are exclusively distance learners. 50,899 of UMGC students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville. University of Virginia not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. Approximately 1,445 students take at least one class online at University of Virginia. There are roughly 2,130 part time students in attendance at University of Virginia.

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American Public University System landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

All 46,088 students take classes exclusively online at American Military University. There are roughly 43,358 part time students in attendance at American Military University. American Military University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. Drexel excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation list.

The student loan default rate at Drexel is lower than is typical, just 3.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,528 students take at least one class online at Drexel. About 6,322 of the students at Drexel are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UMass Amherst is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation list.

About 3.0% of UMass Amherst students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 3,607 of UMass Amherst students are exclusively distance learners. 6,250 students are part time. UMass Amherst does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of New Hampshire - Main Campus. UNH is a large public school located in the suburb of Durham. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UNH also did well on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.2%. There are approximately 1,816 students at UNH that take at least one class online. About 1,402 of the students at UNH are attending part time. UNH does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick landed the #13 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick. Rutgers New Brunswick excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation list.

The student loan default rate at Rutgers New Brunswick is lower than is typical, just 3.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 10,368 students at Rutgers New Brunswick that take at least one class online. 7,501 of Rutgers New Brunswick students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Iowa State University. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Iowa State also did well on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.2%. There are approximately 6,215 students at Iowa State that take at least one class online. 3,779 of Iowa State students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. UMN Twin Cities excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation list.

The student loan default rate at UMN Twin Cities is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 13,571 students take at least one class online at UMN Twin Cities. 10,971 of UMN Twin Cities students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #16 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW - Madison also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.3%. Approximately 6,424 students take at least one class online at UW - Madison. 4,418 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of California - Davis earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UC Davis, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. Approximately 1,528 students take at least one class online at UC Davis. 1,248 of UC Davis students are attending part time.

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The #18 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ohio State University - Main Campus. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Ohio State is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation list.

About 4.5% of Ohio State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 18,037 students take at least one class online at Ohio State. 8,041 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Arizona State University - Tempe as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, ASU - Tempe is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.2%. Approximately 23,569 students take at least one class online at ASU - Tempe. There are roughly 5,405 part time students in attendance at ASU - Tempe. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus landed the #20 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the city of Seattle. UW Seattle also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.8%. There are approximately 3,490 students at UW Seattle that take at least one class online. About 5,528 of the students at UW Seattle are attending part time. UW Seattle does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for non-traditional students studying Conservation that almost earned our Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
21 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
22 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
23 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, MA
24 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
25 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
26 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
27 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ

Natural Resources Conservation by Region

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resource Management 2,459
Wildlife Management 2,179
Forestry 2,042
Fisheries Sciences 555
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 131

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Lynn Betts.

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