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

36 Colleges
4,287 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,146 Avg Cost*

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

Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast 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, 4,287 went to students in the Southeast region of the United States.

For this year's Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Region ranking, we looked at 36 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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2021 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Region

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

North Carolina State University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Southeast Region that are best for non-traditional natural resources and conservation students. Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a very large student population. NC State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.8%. There are approximately 11,555 students at NC State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 7,111 part time students in attendance at NC State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best natural resources and conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, UF is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UF, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at UF is lower than is typical, just 1.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 21,513 students at UF that take at least one class online. 8,083 students are part time. UF does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. Virginia Tech did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region list.

The student loan default rate at Virginia Tech is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 8,844 students at Virginia Tech that take at least one class online. 2,711 students are part time.

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West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to West Virginia University. WVU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Morgantown. WVU did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region list.

About 8.0% of WVU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,231 students at WVU that take at least one class online. 3,018 of WVU students are attending part time.

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The University of Tennessee - Knoxville earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public college with a fairly large student population. UT Knoxville not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region list.

The student loan default rate at UT Knoxville is lower than is typical, just 4.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 9,112 students take at least one class online at UT Knoxville. About 3,637 of the students at UT Knoxville are attending part time. UT Knoxville does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. UGA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Athens. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UGA, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at UGA is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,957 students at UGA that take at least one class online. 3,722 of UGA students are attending part time.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Tennessee Technological University. Tennessee Tech University is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Cookeville.

The student loan default rate at Tennessee Tech University is lower than is typical, just 5.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,322 students take at least one class online at Tennessee Tech University. There are roughly 1,896 part time students in attendance at Tennessee Tech University. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Our rankings recognize Mississippi State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Mississippi State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Mississippi State.

The student loan default rate at Mississippi State is lower than is typical, just 7.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,874 students at Mississippi State that take at least one class online. 3,265 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a fairly large student population. UNC Chapel Hill also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Southeast Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at UNC Chapel Hill is lower than is typical, just 1.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,101 students at UNC Chapel Hill that take at least one class online. About 4,791 of the students at UNC Chapel Hill are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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American Public University System comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

All 46,088 students take classes exclusively online at American Military University. About 43,358 of the students at American Military University are attending part time. American Military University 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 Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 93
Florida 956
Virginia 539
Georgia 270
North Carolina 857
Alabama 252
Tennessee 241
West Virginia 483
South Carolina 126
Louisiana 187
Kentucky 166
Arkansas 117

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 3,663
Forestry 879
Wildlife Management 632
Natural Resource Management 546
Fisheries Sciences 68

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 38,834
Computer & Information Sciences 36,830
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 36,476
Engineering Technologies 13,097
Physical Sciences 9,964

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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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