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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region

10 Colleges
1,130 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,637 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Rocky Mountains RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, natural resources and conservation was ranked #23 in the country. In fact 21,077 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 1,130 went to students in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, we looked at 10 colleges that offer a bachelor's in natural resources and conservation. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those natural resources and conservation schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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The natural resources and 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 Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools.

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2021 Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region

Check out the natural resources and conservation programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools

#1

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

University of Idaho earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Idaho is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Moscow. In addition to being on our best value list, Idaho has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

At Idaho, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $29,080. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Idaho is $131,151. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, U of Wyoming has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of Wyoming is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,323. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming be around $94,299. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Colorado State University - Fort Collins landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Colorado State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Fort Collins. Colorado State also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

It takes the average student at Colorado State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,008. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State is $141,155. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Montana as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Missoula, University of Montana is a public college with a large student population. University of Montana also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region list, coming in at #4.

It takes the average student at University of Montana about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,740. 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 University of Montana is $139,560. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#5

Westminster College Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Westminster College Utah landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Westminster College Salt Lake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Salt Lake City. Westminster College Salt Lake did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Westminster College Salt Lake is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,254. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College Salt Lake is about $134,392. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#6

Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO

Fort Lewis College comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. FLC is a small public school located in the town of Durango.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at FLC to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,522. 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 FLC is $96,634. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Colorado Boulder landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Boulder, CU - Boulder is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at CU - Boulder, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at CU - Boulder is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,951. This means that the average student pays around $175,385 to get a bachelor’s degree from CU - Boulder. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#8

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public college with a fairly large student population. U of U also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at U of U to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,168. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of U is $146,801. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#9

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

Colorado Mesa University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Colorado Mesa is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Grand Junction. Colorado Mesa also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region list, coming in at #8.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Colorado Mesa is 4.7 years, and it costs about $30,554 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 Colorado Mesa is $142,382. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Boise State University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Boise State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Boise. Boise State also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region list, coming in at #9.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at Boise State to complete their degree, and it costs about $29,767 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $139,607 to get a bachelor’s degree from Boise State. 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 by State

Explore the best natural resources and conservation colleges for a specific state in the Rocky Mountains region.

State Degrees Awarded
Colorado 519
Idaho 172
Utah 176
Montana 223
Wyoming 40

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 789
Wildlife Management 181
Forestry 86
Natural Resource Management 62
Fisheries Sciences 12

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 6,370
Computer & Information Sciences 6,083
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 5,887
Physical Sciences 1,478
Mathematics & Statistics 1,157

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 10 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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