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

13 Colleges
1,745 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,203 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southwest 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, 1,745 went to students in the Southwest region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southwest Region ranking, we looked at 13 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 the Southwest Region

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

Top 10 Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools

Stephen F Austin State University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Nacogdoches, SFASU is a public school with a large student population. SFASU also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southwest Region rankings.

The average student at SFASU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,360. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SFASU be around $99,278. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Arizona State University - Tempe earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public college with a very large student population. ASU - Tempe did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southwest Region list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at ASU - Tempe to complete their degree, and it costs about $32,198 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Tempe is about $138,451. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX

Tarleton State University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Located in the town of Stephenville, Tarleton is a public school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Tarleton, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southwest Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Tarleton is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,595. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Tarleton is $101,226. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Texas State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Texas State is a very large public school located in the small city of San Marcos. Texas State also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southwest Region rankings.

It takes the average student at Texas State about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,274. This means that the average student pays around $111,418 to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas State. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas A&M University - College Station. Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the city of College Station. Texas A&M did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southwest Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Texas A&M is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $38,607. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M is about $168,327. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Northern Arizona University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. NAU is a very large public school located in the city of Flagstaff. In addition to being on our best value list, NAU has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southwest Region ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at NAU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,230. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the NAU is $101,050. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas Tech University. Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a very large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Texas Tech to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,296. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Texas Tech is $105,298. 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 Oklahoma Norman Campus. University of Oklahoma is a very large public school located in the suburb of Norman. University of Oklahoma also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southwest Region list, coming in at #5.

The average student at University of Oklahoma graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,331. This means that the average student pays around $134,973 to get a bachelor’s degree from University of Oklahoma. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at San Antonio. Located in the large city of San Antonio, UTSA is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at UTSA to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,313. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UTSA is about $95,471. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to New Mexico State University - Main Campus. New Mexico State University - Main Campus is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Las Cruces. New Mexico State University - Main Campus also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southwest Region rankings.

It takes about 4.8 years for the average student at New Mexico State University - Main Campus to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,597. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University - Main Campus is about $116,836. 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

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State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 534
Texas 1,075
Oklahoma 76
New Mexico 60

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 1,385
Wildlife Management 209
Forestry 65
Natural Resource Management 64
Fisheries Sciences 22

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Majors Similar to Natural Resources & Conservation

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 15,674
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 13,102
Computer & Information Sciences 8,301
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 3,370
Physical Sciences 2,984

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 13 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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