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2021 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Region

14 Colleges
2,315 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,651 Avg Cost*

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

Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England 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, 2,315 went to students in the New England region of the United States.

This year's Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Region ranking looked at 14 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 the New England Region

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

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

#1

Unity College

Unity, ME

Unity College tops the 2021 list of our schools in the New England Region that are best for non-traditional natural resources and conservation students. Located in the remote area of Unity, Unity is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Unity also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the New England Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.9%. 44 students are part time. Unity does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#2

University of Maine

Orono, ME

University of Maine landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best natural resources and conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small suburb of Orono, UMaine is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UMaine has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the New England Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.7%. Approximately 2,773 students take at least one class online at UMaine. 2,475 of UMaine students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

University of Vermont comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. UVM is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Burlington. UVM also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the New England Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at UVM is lower than is typical, just 2.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,537 students at UVM that take at least one class online. About 1,454 of the students at UVM are attending part time. UVM does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of New Hampshire - Main Campus. Located in the small suburb of Durham, UNH is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UNH has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the New England Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.2%. Approximately 1,816 students take at least one class online at UNH. There are roughly 1,402 part time students in attendance at UNH. UNH does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Rhode Island comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. URI is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Kingston. URI not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the New England Region list.

About 4.4% of URI students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,055 students take at least one class online at URI. About 3,456 of the students at URI are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA

Massachusetts Maritime Academy comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Buzzards Bay, Maritime is a public school with a small student population. Maritime not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the New England Region list.

The student loan default rate at Maritime is lower than is typical, just 0.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 64 students take at least one class online at Maritime. 95 of Maritime students 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 Massachusetts Amherst earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst. UMass Amherst also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the New England Region list, coming in at #5.

The student loan default rate at UMass Amherst is lower than is typical, just 3.0% of students default in three years. 3,607 students at UMass Amherst are exclusively online. There are roughly 6,250 part time students in attendance at UMass Amherst. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Massachusetts - Boston earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMass Boston is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Boston.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.8%. Approximately 2,315 students take at least one class online at UMass Boston. 4,896 students are part time. UMass Boston does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#9

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Our rankings recognize Westfield State University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Westfield is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Westfield.

The student loan default rate at Westfield is lower than is typical, just 4.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,923 students take at least one class online at Westfield. 1,207 students are part time. Westfield does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern New Hampshire University. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

96,912 students at SNHU are exclusively online. 74,621 students are part time. SNHU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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

Explore the best for non-traditional students natural resources and conservation colleges for a specific state in the New England region.

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 350
Maine 391
Rhode Island 148
Massachusetts 806
New Hampshire 420
Connecticut 195

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 2,556
Natural Resource Management 280
Wildlife Management 155
Forestry 103
Fisheries Sciences 14

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Majors Similar to Natural Resources & Conservation

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 13,791
Computer & Information Sciences 11,592
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 11,297
Mathematics & Statistics 4,476
Physical Sciences 3,212

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 14 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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