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2022 Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools

356 Colleges in the United States
21,317 Conservation Degrees Awarded
$33,654 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in natural resources conservation is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #50 out of 368 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

College Factual looked at 356 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 21,317 degrees in natural resources conservation to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Natural Resources Conservation School

Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools The conservation program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Natural Resources Conservation rankings. We derive our Best Overall Natural Resources Conservation School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Natural Resources Conservation Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools list to help you make the college decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Natural Resources Conservation in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the conservation degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Conservation

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
213 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Yale University is a great decision for students pursuing a degree in natural resources conservation. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #8 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were about 213 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent data year. Those natural resources conservation students who get their degree from Yale University earn $21,946 more than the average conservation graduate.

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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
209 Conservation Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat Harvard University if you want to pursue a degree in natural resources conservation. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were roughly 209 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
183 Conservation Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat Duke University if you want to pursue a degree in natural resources conservation. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 183 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Those natural resources conservation students who get their degree from Duke University make $10,896 more than the average conservation student.

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#4

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
41 Conservation Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat Massachusetts Maritime Academy if you want to pursue a degree in natural resources conservation. Maritime is a small public school located in the suburb of Buzzards Bay. This school ranks 13th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 41 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Maritime in the most recent data year. Those natural resources conservation students who get their degree from Massachusetts Maritime Academy make $13,946 more than the typical conservation student.

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#5

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IL
38 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were about 38 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
611 Conservation Degrees Awarded

UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Berkeley. A Best Schools rank of #26 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were about 611 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the natural resources conservation degree program at University of California - Berkeley get $15,646 more than the standard college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#7

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NH
40 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit college located in the town of Hanover. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were approximately 40 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent data year.

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#8

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In PA

Located in the town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 5th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 21 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Bucknell in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
84 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were about 84 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Natural Resources Conservation degree recipients from Columbia University in the City of New York earn a boost of around $20,346 above the typical income of natural resources conservation graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
79 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 79 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available. Those natural resources conservation students who get their degree from University of California - Los Angeles make $4,646 more than the typical conservation grad.

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#11

Brown University

Providence, RI
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
36 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #24 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 36 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduating, conservation degree recipients typically earn an average of $32,500 in the first five years of their career.

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#12

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$17,000 Median Student Debt

Colgate is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Hamilton. This university ranks 3rd out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 29 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the natural resources conservation program at Colgate University earn $4,746 above the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#13

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
37 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Bowdoin is a small private not-for-profit college located in the fringe town of Brunswick. A Best Schools rank of #27 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Bowdoin is a great college overall.

There were roughly 37 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Bowdoin in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the conservation program earn an average of $22,500 in the first couple years of their career.

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#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
98 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were roughly 98 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the conservation program state that they receive average early career wages of $28,000.

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#15

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In GA
41 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 80 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were approximately 41 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MO

Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #28 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means WUSTL is a great university overall.

There were approximately 5 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available.

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#17

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In PA
97 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 97 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available.

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#18

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
73 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. This university ranks 10th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 73 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Northeastern in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the conservation program report average early career income of $35,000.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
264 Conservation Degrees Awarded

U-M is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. This university ranks 1st out of 67 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were approximately 264 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Those natural resources conservation students who get their degree from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor receive $2,246 more than the average conservation student.

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#20

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CT

Trinity Bantams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the medium-sized city of Hartford. This college ranks 2nd out of 32 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were roughly 12 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Trinity Bantams in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
77 Conservation Degrees Awarded

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 9th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 77 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the conservation program earn about $34,600 in their early career salary.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
291 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 291 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent data year.

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#23

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$21,283 Median Student Debt

Oxy is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Los Angeles. This college ranks 34th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 15 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Oxy in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the conservation program report average early career income of $31,200.

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#24

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
50 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, Webster is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 8th out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were roughly 50 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Webster in the most recent year we have data available. Natural Resources Conservation degree recipients from Webster University get an earnings boost of approximately $34,946 over the typical earnings of natural resources conservation graduates.

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#25

George Washington University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
31 Conservation Degrees Awarded

GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington. This university ranks 2nd out of 9 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were roughly 31 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, conservation degree recipients typically earn an average of $34,900 in the first five years of their career.

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Rest of the Top Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools

#25

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#26

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#29

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#31

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

#32

Denison University

Granville, OH

#33

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, CO
#34

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#35

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#37

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

#41

Bates College

Lewiston, ME

#45

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#46

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#47

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 356 different United States natural resources conservation schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
51 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
52 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
53 Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua, NY

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Natural Resources Conservation students that almost earned our Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools award.

Rank College Location
54 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
55 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
56 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
57 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
58 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
59 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
60 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
61 American University Washington, DC
62 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
63 Amherst College Amherst, MA
64 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
65 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse, NY
66 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
67 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
68 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
69 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
70 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
71 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA

Natural Resources Conservation by Region

View the Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools for a specific region near you.

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

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One of 5 majors within the Natural Resources & Conservation area of study, Natural Resources Conservation has other similar majors worth exploring.

Conservation Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Environmental Studies 9,409
Environmental Science 9,125
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 2,554
Natural Resources Conservation & Research, Other 229

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resource Management 2,509
Wildlife Management 2,030
Forestry 2,005
Fisheries Sciences 417
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 118

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Lynn Betts.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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