Natural Resources & Conservation

2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan

8 Colleges
716 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,556 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in MichiganIn 2018-2019, 716 bachelor's degrees were awarded to natural resources and conservation students who went to a Michigan college or university. This makes it the #20 most popular major in the state. This means that of the 21,077 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 3.4% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan ranking, we looked at 8 colleges that offer a bachelor's in natural resources and conservation. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. Instead, we are looking at those natural resources and conservation schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools in Michigan

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for natural resources and conservation majors.

Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools in Michigan

#1

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, MI

Lake Superior State University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Sault Ste Marie, Lake Superior State University is a public school with a small student population. Lake Superior State University also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan list, coming in at #2.

At Lake Superior State University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $16,475. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Lake Superior State University is about $72,161. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Michigan Technological University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Michigan Tech is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Houghton. Michigan Tech also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan list, coming in at #3.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Michigan Tech is 4.7 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $34,964. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Michigan Tech be around $162,583. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Grand Valley State University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Located in the suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, GVSU has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan ranking.

At GVSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,233. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the GVSU is $105,245. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Michigan State, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan ranking.

The average student at Michigan State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,866. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State is about $161,473. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northern Michigan University. Located in the remote town of Marquette, Northern Michigan University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Northern Michigan University, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan ranking.

At Northern Michigan University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and it costs about $22,054 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University is $101,228. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#6

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Central Michigan is a large public school located in the distant town of Mount Pleasant. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Central Michigan, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan ranking.

The average student at Central Michigan graduates in less than 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,977. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan be around $116,393. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#7

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Oakland has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan ranking.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at Oakland to complete their degree, and it costs about $27,642 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Oakland is $128,812. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor. U of Michigan also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of Michigan is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $42,233. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Michigan is about $175,689. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Ohio 640
Illinois 483
Indiana 282
Wisconsin 758

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 526
Wildlife Management 66
Fisheries Sciences 52
Forestry 44
Natural Resource Management 28

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Majors Similar to Natural Resources & Conservation

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 5,117
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 4,050
Computer & Information Sciences 2,732
Engineering Technologies 1,050
Physical Sciences 825

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 8 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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