Natural Resources Conservation

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

10 Colleges
1,385 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,205 Avg Cost*

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

Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southwest 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, 1,385 went to students in the Southwest region of the United States.

This year's Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southwest Region ranking looked at 10 colleges that offer a bachelor's in conservation. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent natural resources conservation programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the natural resources conservation program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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

The following schools top our list of the Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

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

Texas A&M University - College Station tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Southwest Region that are best for non-traditional natural resources conservation students. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public school located in the city of College Station. Texas A&M College Station also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region list, coming in at #1.

About 2.1% of Texas A&M College Station students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 4,608 students take at least one class online at Texas A&M College Station. About 9,459 of the students at Texas A&M College Station are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the midsize city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, ASU - Tempe has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.2%. There are approximately 23,569 students at ASU - Tempe that take at least one class online. 5,405 students are part time. ASU - Tempe does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of Arizona is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Tucson. University of Arizona did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region list.

About 6.0% of University of Arizona students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 12,701 students at University of Arizona that take at least one class online. About 7,884 of the students at University of Arizona are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Texas A&M Corpus Christi is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Corpus Christi.

The student loan default rate at Texas A&M Corpus Christi is lower than is typical, just 6.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 5,551 students at Texas A&M Corpus Christi that take at least one class online. 3,745 of Texas A&M Corpus Christi students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Our rankings recognize Texas State University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Texas State is a very large public school located in the small city of San Marcos. Texas State also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at Texas State is lower than is typical, just 6.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 9,406 students at Texas State that take at least one class online. About 8,060 of the students at Texas State are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Phoenix - Arizona. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Tempe.

94,472 students at UOPX - Arizona are exclusively online. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Oklahoma Norman Campus as the #7 school in this year's rankings. University of Oklahoma is a very large public school located in the suburb of Norman. University of Oklahoma also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region rankings.

About 4.8% of University of Oklahoma students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,868 students take at least one class online at University of Oklahoma. 6,505 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Northern Arizona University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. NAU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Flagstaff. NAU also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.6%. Approximately 7,024 students take at least one class online at NAU. 7,213 of NAU 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 University of Texas at San Antonio comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of San Antonio, UTSA is a public school with a very large student population. UTSA not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region list.

The student loan default rate at UTSA is lower than is typical, just 6.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 8,932 students at UTSA that take at least one class online. 7,849 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best natural resources conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Texas Tech, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the Southwest Region ranking.

About 6.0% of Texas Tech students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 15,508 students at Texas Tech that take at least one class online. There are roughly 6,714 part time students in attendance at Texas Tech. 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 Southwest region.

State Degrees Awarded
Texas 781
Oklahoma 76
Arizona 506
New Mexico 22

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

Majors Similar to Conservation

Related Major Annual Graduates
Wildlife Management 268
Natural Resource Management 121
Forestry 110
Fisheries Sciences 22
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 10

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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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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