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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 analyzed 138 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in conservation. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent natural resources conservation programs, but they also offer a lot of support to 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. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying conservation.

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 college with a fairly large student population. UC Berkeley also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation rankings.

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 fairly large public school located in the midsize city of College Station. Texas A&M College Station did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation list.

About 2.1% of Texas A&M College Station students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 4,608 students take at least one class online at Texas A&M College Station. 9,459 students are 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 fairly large student population. UNC Chapel Hill also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation rankings.

About 1.7% of UNC Chapel Hill students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,101 students take at least one class online at UNC Chapel Hill. 4,791 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 very large student population.

The student loan default rate at San Jose State is lower than is typical, just 3.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 8,114 students take at least one class online at San Jose State. There are roughly 8,139 part time students in attendance at San Jose State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 medium-sized city of Syracuse, ESF is a public college with a small student population. ESF also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation list, coming in at #3.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.1%. Approximately 55 students take at least one class online at ESF. About 213 of the students at ESF are attending part time. ESF does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 school with a fairly 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 student loan default rate at UCSB is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 365 students at UCSB that take at least one class online. About 656 of the students at UCSB are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 suburb of Adelphi.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.1%. 48,432 students at UMGC are exclusively online. About 50,899 of the students at UMGC 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 Virginia - Main Campus landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small 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.

About 1.5% of University of Virginia students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,445 students take at least one class online at University of Virginia. 2,130 students are part time.

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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 fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

All 46,088 students take classes exclusively online at American Military University. 43,358 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Drexel is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large 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 school has a low student loan default rate of 3.1%. There are approximately 1,528 students at Drexel that take at least one class online. There are roughly 6,322 part time students in attendance at Drexel. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large 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 students at UMass Amherst are exclusively online. About 6,250 of the students at UMass Amherst are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of New Hampshire - Main Campus. UNH is a fairly large public school located in the small 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.

About 2.2% of UNH students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,816 students at UNH that take at least one class online. 1,402 of UNH students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 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.

About 3.8% of Rutgers New Brunswick students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 10,368 students take at least one class online at Rutgers New Brunswick. About 7,501 of the students at Rutgers New Brunswick are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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.

About 3.2% of Iowa State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,215 students take at least one class online at Iowa State. 3,779 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the large 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.

About 2.2% of UMN Twin Cities students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 13,571 students take at least one class online at UMN Twin Cities. 10,971 students are part time. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 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%. There are approximately 6,424 students at UW - Madison that take at least one class online. 4,418 of UW - Madison 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 California - Davis earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a fairly large student population. UC Davis also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation list, coming in at #8.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. There are approximately 1,528 students at UC Davis that take at least one class online. About 1,248 of the students at UC Davis 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 large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a fairly 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.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.5%. Approximately 18,037 students take at least one class online at Ohio State. There are roughly 8,041 part time students in attendance at Ohio State. Ohio State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Arizona State University - Tempe as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public school with a fairly 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. 5,405 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 fairly 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.

About 2.8% of UW Seattle students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,490 students take at least one class online at UW Seattle. There are roughly 5,528 part time students in attendance at UW Seattle. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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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