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2021 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Minnesota

6 Colleges
483 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,337 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation School for You

Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in MinnesotaNatural Resources & Conservation is the #20 most popular major in Minnesota with 483 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 2.3% 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 Minnesota ranking, we looked at 6 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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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2021 Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools in Minnesota

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

Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Schools in Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMN Twin Cities, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Minnesota ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UMN Twin Cities to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,989. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UMN Twin Cities is $143,094. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the fringe town of Saint Peter, Gustavus Adolphus is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Gustavus Adolphus also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Minnesota list, coming in at #2.

At Gustavus Adolphus, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,332. This means that the average student pays around $125,955 to get a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Duluth as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Duluth, UMN Duluth is a public college with a large student population. UMN Duluth also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Minnesota rankings.

The average student at UMN Duluth graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,044. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMN Duluth is $98,537. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Minnesota - Crookston landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Located in the town of Crookston, UMN Crookston is a public school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMN Crookston, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Minnesota ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMN Crookston is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,147. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UMN Crookston is $66,364. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

St Olaf College earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. St. Olaf is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Northfield. As a testament to the quality of education offered at St. Olaf, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Minnesota ranking.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at St. Olaf to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,599. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf be around $132,026. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Saint Cloud State University. St. Cloud State University is a large public school located in the small city of Saint Cloud. St. Cloud State University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Minnesota list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at St. Cloud State University is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,909. This means that the average student pays around $102,315 to get a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University. 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 Plains States Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 213
Kansas 75
South Dakota 58
Iowa 277
Nebraska 138
North Dakota 43

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 367
Fisheries Sciences 48
Forestry 47
Wildlife Management 21

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 2,564
Computer & Information Sciences 1,901
Engineering 1,652
Physical Sciences 834
Mathematics & Statistics 786

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 6 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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