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2021 Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region

30 Colleges
3,983 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,319 Avg Cost*

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

Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, natural resources conservation was ranked #33 in the country. In fact 16,348 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 3,983 went to students in the Far Western US region of the United States.

For this year's Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region ranking, we looked at 30 colleges that offer a bachelor's in conservation. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality natural resources conservation programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the natural resources conservation program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region

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

Top 10 Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students

University of California - Berkeley tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Far Western US Region that are best for non-traditional natural resources conservation students. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UC Berkeley, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at UC Berkeley is lower than is typical, just 2.0% of students default in three years. There are approximately 930 students at UC Berkeley that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,108 part time students in attendance at UC Berkeley.

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San Jose State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. San Jose State is a very large public school located in the city of San Jose. San Jose State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region list.

About 3.5% of San Jose State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 8,114 students take at least one class online at San Jose State. 8,139 of San Jose 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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Our rankings recognize University of California - Santa Barbara as the #3 school in this year's rankings. UCSB is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara. UCSB also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at UCSB is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. Approximately 365 students take at least one class online at UCSB. There are roughly 656 part time students in attendance at UCSB. UCSB does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of California - Davis earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Davis. UC Davis not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region list.

The student loan default rate at UC Davis is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,528 students at UC Davis that take at least one class online. 1,248 students are part time.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Washington - Seattle Campus. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a very large student population. UW Seattle not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region list.

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. 5,528 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Oregon State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Corvallis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.9%. Approximately 6,917 students take at least one class online at Oregon State. 8,853 students are 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 California - Los Angeles. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. UCLA not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region list.

About 1.3% of UCLA students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 2,288 students at UCLA that take at least one class online. About 1,642 of the students at UCLA are attending part time.

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University of California - Santa Cruz landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Santa Cruz, UC Santa Cruz is a public college with a fairly large student population. UC Santa Cruz also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region rankings.

About 3.7% of UC Santa Cruz students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 853 students at UC Santa Cruz that take at least one class online. There are roughly 607 part time students in attendance at UC Santa Cruz.

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University of Southern California landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. USC also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region list, coming in at #6.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. 6,707 of USC students are exclusively distance learners. 6,358 of USC 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 San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

University of San Francisco landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of San Francisco, USFCA is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. USFCA did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Far Western US Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.1%. Approximately 326 students take at least one class online at USFCA. About 925 of the students at USFCA are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Natural Resources Conservation Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students natural resources conservation colleges for a specific state in the Far Western US region.

State Degrees Awarded
California 2,768
Washington 694
Oregon 393
Nevada 55
Hawaii 48
Alaska 25

One of 5 majors within the Natural Resources & Conservation area of study, Natural Resources Conservation has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resource Management 407
Forestry 296
Wildlife Management 250
Fisheries Sciences 191
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 5

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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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