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2021 Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Veterans in the United States

158 Colleges
16,348 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,340 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools for Vets

Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesNatural Resources Conservation is the #33 most popular major in the country with 16,348 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 158 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 veterans and active service members.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the natural resources conservation program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

More Ways to Rank Natural Resources Conservation Schools

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 Veterans.

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2021 Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools for Veterans in the United States

Check out the conservation programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for vets.

Top 15% Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools for Veterans

University of California - Berkeley landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population. UC Berkeley also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States list, coming in at #1.

Of the 42,501 students enrolled at UC Berkeley, 557 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,465. During this same period, 3 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Texas A&M University - College Station earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Texas A&M, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Texas A&M supports 68,679 students, and 2,040 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,388 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,525. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Our most recent data shows that 4,570 of the 21,104 students enrolled at Columbia Southern University were GI Bill® students, of which 3,438 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $3,177. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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American Public University System earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

Our most recent data shows that 17,648 of the 46,088 students enrolled at American Military University were GI Bill® students, of which 15,614 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $3,733. On top of their other funding sources, 10 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. American Military University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Maryland - University College earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Adelphi, University of Maryland - University College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 60,603 students enrolled at University of Maryland - University College, 13,366 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 12,647 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,330. On top of their other funding sources, 3361 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a very large student population. UNC Chapel Hill did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States list.

Among the 30,011 students enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill, 641 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 419 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,668. On top of their other funding sources, 18 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Arizona State University - Tempe. Located in the city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public college with a very large student population. ASU - Tempe also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 51,585 students enrolled at ASU - Tempe, 7,047 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 6,145 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,977. On top of their other funding sources, 156 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Santa Barbara as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, UCSB has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States ranking.

Among the 25,976 students enrolled at UCSB, 296 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 154 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,044. On top of their other funding sources, 5 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as the #9 school in this year's rankings. SUNY - ESF is a small public school located in the midsize city of Syracuse. SUNY - ESF did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States list.

Among the 2,220 students enrolled at SUNY - ESF, 38 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 25 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,339. SUNY - ESF does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ohio State also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 1,851 of the 61,170 students enrolled at Ohio State were GI Bill® students, of which 1,158 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,438. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

San Jose State University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public college with a very large student population.

Of the 35,400 students enrolled at San Jose State, 658 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 403 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,381. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Colorado Boulder landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. CU - Boulder is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Boulder. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, CU - Boulder also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 1,325 of the 36,681 students enrolled at CU - Boulder were GI Bill® students, of which 1,066 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,873. During this same period, 55 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Drexel also did well on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, Drexel supports 24,634 students, and 745 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 578 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $19,336. In addition to receiving other benefits, 255 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Drexel does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Iowa State University. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Iowa State also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 824 of the 34,992 students enrolled at Iowa State were GI Bill® students, of which 455 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,422. In addition to receiving other benefits, 14 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Iowa State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Seattle. UW Seattle did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States list.

Among the 47,400 students enrolled at UW Seattle, 1,278 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 780 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,461. UW Seattle does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of New Hampshire - Main Campus earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Durham, U of NH is a public school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, U of NH also did well on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, U of NH supports 15,298 students, and 457 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 314 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,532. In addition to receiving other benefits, 16 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Maryland - College Park. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of College Park. UMCP excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States list.

Among the 41,200 students enrolled at UMCP, 896 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 672 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,240. On top of their other funding sources, 7 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. UNL is a very large public school located in the city of Lincoln.

Among the 25,820 students enrolled at UNL, 687 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 406 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,191. To help with additional expenses, 92 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. UNL does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick earned the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Rutgers New Brunswick is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 442 of the 50,254 students enrolled at Rutgers New Brunswick were GI Bill® students, of which 256 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,136. On top of their other funding sources, 4 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as the #20 school in this year's rankings. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMN Twin Cities also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, UMN Twin Cities supports 50,734 students, and 824 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 585 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,664. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMass Amherst also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 460 of the 30,593 students enrolled at UMass Amherst were GI Bill® students, of which 300 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,069. In addition to receiving other benefits, 17 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population. Wisconsin also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

Of the 43,463 students enrolled at Wisconsin, 554 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,489. On top of their other funding sources, 21 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Wisconsin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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North Carolina State University landed the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources conservation schools. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, NC State is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,068 of the 35,479 students enrolled at NC State were GI Bill® students, of which 719 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,891. On top of their other funding sources, 33 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. NC State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Conservation that almost earned our Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
24 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
25 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
26 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
27 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
28 Duke University Durham, NC
29 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
30 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
31 George Mason University Fairfax, VA

Natural Resources Conservation by Region

View the best for vets Natural Resources Conservation colleges in a specific region near you.

Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Wildlife Management 1,761
Natural Resource Management 1,307
Forestry 1,156
Fisheries Sciences 405
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 100

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

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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