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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Pennsylvania

9 Colleges
734 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,163 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in PennsylvaniaNatural Resources & Conservation is the #23 most popular major in Pennsylvania with 734 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.5% of all the natural resources and conservation bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Pennsylvania ranking looked at 9 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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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 Pennsylvania

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

Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools in Pennsylvania

#1

Allegheny College

Meadville, PA

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Allegheny College. Located in the town of Meadville, Allegheny is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Allegheny not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Pennsylvania list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Allegheny is 4.1 years, and it costs about $32,782 per year to attend the school. 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 Allegheny is $135,062. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

Juniata College

Huntingdon, PA

Juniata College earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Juniata is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Huntingdon. Juniata also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Pennsylvania list, coming in at #3.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Juniata is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,344. This means that the average student pays around $148,284 to get a bachelor’s degree from Juniata. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#3

Delaware Valley University

Doylestown, PA

Our rankings recognize Delaware Valley University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. DelVal is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Doylestown. DelVal also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Pennsylvania list, coming in at #4.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at DelVal is 4.2 years, and it costs about $35,983 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from DelVal be around $149,329. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Pennsylvania State University - University Park as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park. Penn State University Park did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Pennsylvania list.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Penn State University Park to complete their degree, and it costs about $43,829 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University Park be around $185,835. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Ship is a medium-sized public school located in the fringe town of Shippensburg. Ship not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Pennsylvania list.

The average student at Ship graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,967. This means that the average student pays around $126,586 to get a bachelor’s degree from Ship. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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California University of Pennsylvania landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Located in the small suburb of California, Cal U is a public school with a medium-sized student population. Cal U also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Pennsylvania rankings.

The average student at Cal U graduates in less than 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,767. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Cal U is $101,485. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#7

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Drexel University. Drexel is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. Drexel also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Pennsylvania rankings.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at Drexel to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $47,917. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Drexel is $225,689. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#8

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Temple is a fairly large public school located in the city of Philadelphia. Temple also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Pennsylvania list, coming in at #7.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Temple to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,027. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Temple is $158,159. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#9

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Our rankings recognize Dickinson College as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Dickinson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Carlisle. Dickinson also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Pennsylvania list, coming in at #6.

It takes about 4.0 years for the average student at Dickinson to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,847. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson is $160,982. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
New York 1,066
New Jersey 280
Maryland 418
Delaware 113
District of Columbia 46

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 626
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 41
Wildlife Management 37
Natural Resource Management 15
Forestry 15

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Majors Similar to Natural Resources & Conservation

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 6,878
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 5,947
Computer & Information Sciences 4,840
Physical Sciences 2,053
Mathematics & Statistics 1,701

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 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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