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2021 Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Region

12 Colleges
1,978 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,387 Avg Cost*

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

Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England RegionNatural Resources Conservation is the #33 most popular major in the country with 16,348 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 1,978 went to students in the New England region of the United States.

For this year's Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Region ranking, we looked at 12 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 New England 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 Massachusetts Amherst tops the 2021 list of our schools in the New England Region that are best for non-traditional natural resources conservation students. UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMass Amherst, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region ranking.

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. 6,250 of UMass Amherst 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 #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of New Hampshire - Main Campus. Located in the suburb of Durham, UNH is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UNH has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.2%. Approximately 1,816 students take at least one class online at UNH. There are roughly 1,402 part time students in attendance at UNH. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

University of Vermont earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UVM is a large public school located in the city of Burlington. UVM also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region rankings.

About 2.5% of UVM students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,537 students at UVM that take at least one class online. About 1,454 of the students at UVM are attending part time. UVM does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA

Massachusetts Maritime Academy comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Buzzards Bay, Maritime is a public college with a small student population. Maritime also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 0.9%. Approximately 64 students take at least one class online at Maritime. 95 of Maritime students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Massachusetts - Boston as the #5 school in this year's rankings. UMass Boston is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Boston.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.8%. There are approximately 2,315 students at UMass Boston that take at least one class online. About 4,896 of the students at UMass Boston are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#6

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Our rankings recognize Westfield State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Westfield is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Westfield.

About 4.9% of Westfield students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,923 students at Westfield that take at least one class online. About 1,207 of the students at Westfield are attending part time. Westfield does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Southern New Hampshire University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

96,912 of SNHU students are exclusively distance learners. About 74,621 of the students at SNHU are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Northeastern University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Northeastern has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region ranking.

About 2.0% of Northeastern students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,838 students at Northeastern that take at least one class online. About 842 of the students at Northeastern are attending part time.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Connecticut. UCONN is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Storrs. UCONN also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the New England Region list, coming in at #6.

About 2.3% of UCONN students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,844 students take at least one class online at UCONN. There are roughly 3,231 part time students in attendance at UCONN.

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#10

Plymouth State University

Plymouth, NH

Plymouth State University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Plymouth State is a small public school located in the town of Plymouth.

About 4.9% of Plymouth State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,276 students take at least one class online at Plymouth State. About 681 of the students at Plymouth State 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 New England region.

State Degrees Awarded
Massachusetts 806
Connecticut 190
Rhode Island 72
New Hampshire 362
Maine 224
Vermont 319

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 280
Wildlife Management 155
Forestry 103
Fisheries Sciences 14

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 12 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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