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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in North Carolina

8 Colleges
857 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,528 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in North CarolinaNatural Resources & Conservation is the #20 most popular major in North Carolina with 857 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 4.1% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in North Carolina ranking, we looked at 8 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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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 North Carolina

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

Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools in North Carolina

North Carolina State University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a very large student population. NC State also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in North Carolina rankings.

At NC State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,493. This means that the average student pays around $124,799 to get a bachelor’s degree from NC State. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a fairly large student population. UNC Chapel Hill not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in North Carolina list.

The average student at UNC Chapel Hill graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,820. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill is about $109,694. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Western Carolina University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Located in the distant town of Cullowhee, WCU is a public school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at WCU, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in North Carolina ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at WCU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $15,387. This means that the average student pays around $67,549 to get a bachelor’s degree from WCU. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#4

Warren Wilson College

Swannanoa, NC

Our rankings recognize Warren Wilson College as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Warren Wilson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Swannanoa. Warren Wilson did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in North Carolina list.

The average student at Warren Wilson graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $33,249 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Warren Wilson is about $136,653. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Appalachian State University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Appalachian State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Boone. Appalachian State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in North Carolina list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Appalachian State to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,137. 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 Appalachian State is $95,410. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. UNCW is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Wilmington. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UNCW, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in North Carolina ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at UNCW to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,031. This means that the average student pays around $124,833 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNCW. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of North Carolina at Asheville earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Asheville, UNCA is a public college with a small student population. UNCA also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in North Carolina list, coming in at #8.

It takes the average student at UNCA about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $25,634 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 UNCA is $110,739. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Duke also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in North Carolina list, coming in at #2.

The average student at Duke graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $31,472. 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 Duke is $129,035. 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 Southeast Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 93
Florida 956
Virginia 539
Georgia 270
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 732
Forestry 93
Natural Resource Management 32

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 4,042
Engineering 2,926
Computer & Information Sciences 2,606
Physical Sciences 1,179
Mathematics & Statistics 1,032

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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.

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