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2021 Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

20 Colleges
2,072 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,247 Avg Cost*

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

Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes 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, 2,072 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

This year's Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 20 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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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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 Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

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2021 Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes 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 Wisconsin - Madison tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Great Lakes Region that are best for non-traditional natural resources conservation students. UW - Madison is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison. UW - Madison also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #2.

The student loan default rate at UW - Madison is lower than is typical, just 1.3% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,424 students take at least one class online at UW - Madison. About 4,418 of the students at UW - Madison are attending part time. UW - Madison does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Ohio State University - Main Campus as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Columbus. Ohio State also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #1.

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. 8,041 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Wisconsin - Green Bay landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the medium-sized city of Green Bay, UW - Green Bay is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

There are approximately 2,689 students at UW - Green Bay that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,605 part time students in attendance at UW - Green Bay. UW - Green Bay does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UIUC has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.9%. Approximately 12,503 students take at least one class online at UIUC. About 6,389 of the students at UIUC are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. U-M is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. U-M also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

About 1.1% of U-M students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 487 students take at least one class online at U-M. About 2,376 of the students at U-M are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Our rankings recognize Oakland University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Oakland is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.4%. Approximately 4,058 students take at least one class online at Oakland. There are roughly 4,704 part time students in attendance at Oakland. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Michigan State University. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a very large student population. Michigan State also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

About 3.4% of Michigan State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 9,273 students take at least one class online at Michigan State. 6,488 students are part time.

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Ball State University

Muncie, IN

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ball State University. Ball State is a very large public school located in the city of Muncie. Ball State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.3%. 5,037 students at Ball State are exclusively online. About 5,958 of the students at Ball State are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Wisconsin - River Falls comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. UW - River Falls is a medium-sized public school located in the town of River Falls.

The student loan default rate at UW - River Falls is lower than is typical, just 3.9% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,867 students at UW - River Falls that take at least one class online. About 739 of the students at UW - River Falls are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Loyola University Chicago landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Loyola Chicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. Loyola Chicago did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Great Lakes Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.2%. 1,136 of Loyola Chicago students are exclusively distance learners. 2,010 of Loyola Chicago students 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 schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 526
Ohio 500
Illinois 409
Indiana 231
Wisconsin 406

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 382
Forestry 291
Wildlife Management 282
Fisheries Sciences 155
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 20

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 20 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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