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2021 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Michigan

8 Colleges
716 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,556 Avg Cost*

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

Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in MichiganIn 2018-2019, 716 bachelor's degrees were awarded to natural resources and conservation students who went to a Michigan college or university. This makes it the #20 most popular major in the state. This means that of the 21,077 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 3.4% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Michigan ranking, we looked at 8 colleges that offer a bachelor's in natural resources and conservation. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great natural resources and conservation programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the natural resources and conservation program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Michigan

The following schools top our list of the Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

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 Michigan that are best for non-traditional natural resources and conservation students. Located in the remote town of Sault Ste Marie, Lake Superior State University is a public college with a small student population. Lake Superior State University also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan rankings.

The student loan default rate at Lake Superior State University is lower than is typical, just 5.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 214 students at Lake Superior State University that take at least one class online. 322 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Our rankings recognize Michigan State University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the city of East Lansing. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Michigan State has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan ranking.

The student loan default rate at Michigan State is lower than is typical, just 3.4% of students default in three years. There are approximately 9,273 students at Michigan State that take at least one class online. 6,488 students are part time.

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Michigan Technological University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Michigan Tech is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Houghton. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Michigan Tech, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.8%. Approximately 331 students take at least one class online at Michigan Tech. About 734 of the students at Michigan Tech are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public school with a very large student population. U-M not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.1%. Approximately 487 students take at least one class online at U-M. There are roughly 2,376 part time students in attendance at U-M. U-M does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public school with a fairly large student population. Oakland not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan list.

The student loan default rate at Oakland is lower than is typical, just 4.4% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,058 students at Oakland that take at least one class online. 4,704 of Oakland students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Northern Michigan University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Marquette, Northern Michigan University is a public college with a medium-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Northern Michigan University has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan ranking.

The student loan default rate at Northern Michigan University is lower than is typical, just 8.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,641 students take at least one class online at Northern Michigan University. 1,257 of Northern Michigan University students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Grand Valley State University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public school with a fairly large student population. GVSU also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan list, coming in at #5.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.8%. There are approximately 2,115 students at GVSU that take at least one class online. 4,024 students are part time. GVSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#8

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best natural resources and conservation schools for non-traditional students. Central Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Mount Pleasant. Central Michigan not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in Michigan list.

About 4.9% of Central Michigan students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 4,102 of Central Michigan students are exclusively distance learners. About 5,656 of the students at Central Michigan are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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

Explore all the Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Ohio 640
Illinois 483
Indiana 282
Wisconsin 758

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 684
Wildlife Management 85
Forestry 66
Fisheries Sciences 52
Natural Resource Management 49

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Majors Similar to Natural Resources & Conservation

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 8,384
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 5,041
Computer & Information Sciences 4,352
Engineering Technologies 2,680
Physical Sciences 1,386

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 8 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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