Natural Resources & Conservation

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

37 Colleges
4,287 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,832 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast RegionNatural Resources & Conservation is the #23 most popular major in the country with 21,077 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 4,287 went to students in the Southeast region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region ranking analyzed 37 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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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 the Southeast Region

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

Top 10 Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools

#1

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a very large student population. U of F also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region rankings.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at U of F to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,230. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of F be around $120,542. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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North Carolina State University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, NC State has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region ranking.

The average student at NC State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $28,493 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NC State is about $124,799. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#3

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to West Virginia University. WVU is a very large public school located in the small city of Morgantown. WVU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region list.

It takes the average student at WVU about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,485. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the WVU is $122,583. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Our rankings recognize University of Georgia as the #4 school in this year's rankings. UGA is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Athens. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UGA, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region ranking.

The average student at UGA graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,505. 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 UGA is $134,211. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a fairly large student population.

At USF Tampa, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $23,095 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa be around $99,309. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population. UNC Chapel Hill also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region list, coming in at #7.

The average student at UNC Chapel Hill graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,820. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNC Chapel Hill is $109,694. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#7

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Mississippi State University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Mississippi State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Mississippi State.

At Mississippi State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,760. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Mississippi State is $130,570. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Western Carolina University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Located in the town of Cullowhee, WCU is a public college with a large student population.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at WCU to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $15,387. 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 WCU is $67,549. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#9

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. In addition to being on our best value list, Virginia Tech has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region ranking.

The average student at Virginia Tech graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,298. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech is $142,182. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#10

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Our rankings recognize Florida State University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Florida State is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Tallahassee.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,233. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida State is $115,196. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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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 Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 93
Florida 956
Virginia 539
Georgia 270
North Carolina 857
Alabama 252
Tennessee 241
West Virginia 483
South Carolina 126
Louisiana 187
Kentucky 166
Arkansas 117

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 2,931
Wildlife Management 512
Forestry 500
Natural Resource Management 341
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 3

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 29,899
Engineering 27,507
Computer & Information Sciences 18,703
Physical Sciences 7,280
Mathematics & Statistics 5,139

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 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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