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

23 Colleges
2,931 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,661 Avg Cost*

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

Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast 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, 2,931 went to students in the Southeast region of the United States.

This year's Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Region ranking looked at 23 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 Southeast 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 North Carolina at Chapel Hill tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Southeast Region that are best for non-traditional natural resources conservation students. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UNC Chapel Hill has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southeast Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at UNC Chapel Hill is lower than is typical, just 1.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,101 students at UNC Chapel Hill that take at least one class online. 4,791 students are part time. UNC Chapel Hill does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Virginia - Main Campus. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. University of Virginia also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southeast Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. Approximately 1,445 students take at least one class online at University of Virginia. 2,130 of University of Virginia students are attending part time.

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Our rankings recognize American Public University System as the #3 school in this year's rankings. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the 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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George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax. GMU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southeast Region list.

About 2.1% of GMU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 10,589 students at GMU that take at least one class online. 11,606 of GMU students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize North Carolina State University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a fairly large student population. NC State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southeast Region list.

The student loan default rate at NC State is lower than is typical, just 2.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 11,555 students at NC State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 7,111 part time students in attendance at NC State. NC State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Virginia Tech, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southeast Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at Virginia Tech is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 8,844 students at Virginia Tech that take at least one class online. 2,711 students are part time.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a very large student population. USF Tampa also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southeast Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.2%. Approximately 18,317 students take at least one class online at USF Tampa. There are roughly 12,300 part time students in attendance at USF Tampa. USF Tampa does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Carolina at Wilmington. UNCW is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Wilmington.

The student loan default rate at UNCW is lower than is typical, just 4.0% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,793 students at UNCW that take at least one class online. 3,672 students are part time. UNCW does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee. Florida State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southeast Region list.

The student loan default rate at Florida State is lower than is typical, just 2.4% of students default in three years. There are approximately 14,515 students at Florida State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 6,270 part time students in attendance at Florida State. Florida State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida Gulf Coast University. Located in the suburb of Fort Myers, FGCU is a public college with a large student population.

About 3.9% of FGCU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,053 students at FGCU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,380 part time students in attendance at FGCU. 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 schools for a specific state in the Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 162
Florida 730
Tennessee 91
North Carolina 732
Virginia 363
South Carolina 103
Alabama 173
Kentucky 109
Arkansas 68
Louisiana 78
Mississippi 9
West Virginia 313

Natural Resources Conservation is one of 5 different types of Natural Resources & Conservation programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Forestry 879
Wildlife Management 632
Natural Resource Management 546
Fisheries Sciences 68
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 3

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 23 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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