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

7 Colleges
1,066 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,577 Avg Cost*

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

Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New YorkIn 2018-2019, 1,066 bachelor's degrees were awarded to natural resources and conservation students who went to a New York college or university. This makes it the #23 most popular major in the state. This means that of the 21,077 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 5.1% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New York ranking analyzed 7 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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 New York

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

Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science has taken the #1 spot in this year's natural resources and conservation ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the rural area of Paul Smiths, Paul Smith's College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Paul Smith's College has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in New York ranking.

The student loan default rate at Paul Smith’s College is lower than is typical, just 5.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 167 students take at least one class online at Paul Smith’s College. About 14 of the students at Paul Smith’s College are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as the #2 school in this year's rankings. ESF is a small public school located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, ESF has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in New York ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.1%. There are approximately 55 students at ESF that take at least one class online. 213 of ESF students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our rankings recognize Cornell University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca. Cornell did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in New York list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.0%. Approximately 309 students take at least one class online at Cornell. About 101 of the students at Cornell are attending part time.

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#4

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Binghamton University. Located in the midsize suburb of Vestal, Binghamton University is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Binghamton University, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in New York ranking.

About 2.1% of Binghamton University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 769 students take at least one class online at Binghamton University. 2,020 students are part time. Binghamton University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

SUNY Oneonta earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta is a public college with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at SUNY Oneonta, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in New York ranking.

The student loan default rate at SUNY Oneonta is lower than is typical, just 2.7% of students default in three years. 350 of SUNY Oneonta students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 474 part time students in attendance at SUNY Oneonta. SUNY Oneonta does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

SUNY Plattsburgh landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best natural resources and conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the town of Plattsburgh, SUNY Plattsburgh is a public college with a medium-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, SUNY Plattsburgh has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in New York ranking.

About 4.9% of SUNY Plattsburgh students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,287 students take at least one class online at SUNY Plattsburgh. There are roughly 581 part time students in attendance at SUNY Plattsburgh. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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SUNY Potsdam

Potsdam, NY

SUNY Potsdam comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. SUNY Potsdam is a small public school located in the town of Potsdam.

About 6.2% of SUNY Potsdam students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 88 students at SUNY Potsdam that take at least one class online. 131 of SUNY Potsdam students 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 Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 734
New Jersey 280
Maryland 418
Delaware 113
District of Columbia 46

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 1,149
Natural Resource Management 135
Wildlife Management 89
Forestry 83
Fisheries Sciences 44

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Majors Similar to Natural Resources & Conservation

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 15,888
Engineering 13,007
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 10,995
Mathematics & Statistics 4,685
Physical Sciences 4,649

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 7 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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