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2021 Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Rocky Mountains Region

10 Colleges
789 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,699 Avg Cost*

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

Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Rocky Mountains 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, 789 went to students in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States.

For this year's Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, we looked at 10 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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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Rocky Mountains Region

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

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

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.2%. Approximately 2,234 students take at least one class online at CU - Boulder. 5,951 of CU - Boulder students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Colorado State is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Fort Collins. Colorado State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.1%. Approximately 4,779 students take at least one class online at Colorado State. 7,877 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

Colorado Mesa University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Colorado Mesa is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Grand Junction. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Colorado Mesa, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

Approximately 2,686 students take at least one class online at Colorado Mesa. 2,384 students are part time. Colorado Mesa does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Laramie, UW is a public college with a large student population. UW also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region list, coming in at #4.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.9%. There are approximately 3,158 students at UW that take at least one class online. 2,495 of UW 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 #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Metropolitan State University of Denver. MSU Denver is a very large public school located in the city of Denver.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.7%. There are approximately 6,499 students at MSU Denver that take at least one class online. 7,010 students are part time. MSU Denver does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the medium-sized city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at U of U, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at U of U is lower than is typical, just 2.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 9,847 students at U of U that take at least one class online. 8,158 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Westminster College Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Our rankings recognize Westminster College Utah as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Westminster College Salt Lake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Salt Lake City. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Westminster College Salt Lake, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

About 3.2% of Westminster College Salt Lake students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 135 students take at least one class online at Westminster College Salt Lake. About 278 of the students at Westminster College Salt Lake are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The University of Montana earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Missoula, UM is a public school with a large student population. UM also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

Approximately 2,310 students take at least one class online at UM. There are roughly 2,994 part time students in attendance at UM. UM does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Boise State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Boise State is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Boise. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Boise State, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

About 6.4% of Boise State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,955 students at Boise State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 11,609 part time students in attendance at Boise State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO

Fort Lewis College landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. FLC is a small public school located in the distant town of Durango. FLC also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region list, coming in at #9.

The student loan default rate at FLC is lower than is typical, just 8.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 238 students at FLC that take at least one class online. About 423 of the students at FLC are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 Rocky Mountains region.

State Degrees Awarded
Utah 105
Colorado 476
Idaho 79
Montana 89
Wyoming 40

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 375
Wildlife Management 232
Forestry 114
Fisheries Sciences 12
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 9

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 10 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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