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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Illinois

5 Colleges
483 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,979 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in IllinoisNatural Resources & Conservation is the #25 most popular major in Illinois with 483 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 2.3% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Illinois ranking analyzed 5 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in natural resources and conservation. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on natural resources and conservation schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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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 Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools in Illinois

The following schools top our list of the Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for the Money.

Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools in Illinois

Northern Illinois University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. NIU is a large public school located in the small suburb of Dekalb. NIU also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Illinois list, coming in at #5.

The average student at NIU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,171. This means that the average student pays around $92,181 to get a bachelor’s degree from NIU. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. UIUC did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Illinois list.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UIUC to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,679. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UIUC is $137,252. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. SIUC is a large public school located in the city of Carbondale. In addition to being on our best value list, SIUC has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Illinois ranking.

At SIUC, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,953. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SIUC is $129,130. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Loyola University Chicago landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Located in the city of Chicago, Loyola Chicago is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Loyola Chicago also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Illinois list, coming in at #2.

At Loyola Chicago, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $43,049. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Chicago is $176,931. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Located in the large city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. DePaul also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Illinois list, coming in at #4.

At DePaul, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs about $40,043 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from DePaul is $168,581. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 716
Ohio 640
Indiana 282
Wisconsin 758

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 409
Forestry 54
Natural Resource Management 20

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 4,169
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 3,900
Computer & Information Sciences 3,379
Mathematics & Statistics 1,448
Physical Sciences 1,097

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 5 schools only.

  • 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.

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