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2021 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

25 Colleges
2,879 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,343 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes 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, 2,879 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

For this year's Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking, we looked at 25 colleges that offer a bachelor's in natural resources and conservation. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality natural resources and conservation programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the natural resources and conservation program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

Check out the natural resources and conservation programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

Top 10 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, MI

Lake Superior State University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Great Lakes Region that are best for non-traditional natural resources and conservation students. Located in the town of Sault Ste Marie, Lake Superior State University is a public college with a small student population. Lake Superior State University did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Great Lakes Region list.

About 5.2% of Lake Superior State University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 214 students at Lake Superior State University that take at least one class online. 322 of Lake Superior State University students are attending part time. Lake Superior State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best natural resources and conservation schools for non-traditional students. UW - Stevens Point is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Stevens Point. UW - Stevens Point also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #3.

The student loan default rate at UW - Stevens Point is lower than is typical, just 3.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,589 students take at least one class online at UW - Stevens Point. There are roughly 1,574 part time students in attendance at UW - Stevens Point. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#3

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Michigan State University. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. Michigan State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Great Lakes Region list.

About 3.4% of Michigan State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 9,273 students take at least one class online at Michigan State. About 6,488 of the students at Michigan State are attending part time.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Madison as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a very large student population. UW - Madison also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #4.

About 1.3% of UW - Madison students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,424 students at UW - Madison that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,418 part time students in attendance at UW - Madison. UW - Madison does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Michigan Technological University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Michigan Tech is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Houghton. Michigan Tech also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.8%. There are approximately 331 students at Michigan Tech that take at least one class online. 734 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best natural resources and conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Ohio State has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

About 4.5% of Ohio State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 18,037 students take at least one class online at Ohio State. About 8,041 of the students at Ohio State are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Wisconsin - Green Bay earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW - Green Bay is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Green Bay.

Approximately 2,689 students take at least one class online at UW - Green Bay. 3,605 of UW - Green Bay students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UIUC, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

About 1.9% of UIUC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 12,503 students at UIUC that take at least one class online. 6,389 of UIUC students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. SIUC is a large public school located in the small city of Carbondale.

There are approximately 2,504 students at SIUC that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,431 part time students in attendance at SIUC. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Loyola University Chicago comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Chicago, Loyola Chicago is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Loyola Chicago has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

About 3.2% of Loyola Chicago students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,136 students at Loyola Chicago are exclusively online. There are roughly 2,010 part time students in attendance at Loyola Chicago. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 716
Ohio 640
Illinois 483
Indiana 282
Wisconsin 758

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 2,645
Natural Resource Management 382
Forestry 291
Wildlife Management 282
Fisheries Sciences 155

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 33,030
Computer & Information Sciences 22,467
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 21,673
Engineering Technologies 10,876
Mathematics & Statistics 6,948

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Lynn Betts.

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