Natural Resources & Conservation

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

13 Colleges
1,290 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,611 Avg Cost*

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

Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, natural resources and conservation was ranked #23 in the country. In fact 21,077 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 1,290 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States.

This year's Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region ranking looked at 13 colleges that offer a bachelor's in natural resources and conservation. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent natural resources and conservation programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the natural resources and conservation program at the school. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying natural resources and conservation.

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

South Dakota State University has taken the #1 spot in this year's natural resources and conservation ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, South Dakota State has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Plains States Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at South Dakota State is lower than is typical, just 4.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 2,992 students at South Dakota State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,377 part time students in attendance at South Dakota State. South Dakota State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UMN Twin Cities has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Plains States Region ranking.

About 2.2% of UMN Twin Cities students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 13,571 students take at least one class online at UMN Twin Cities. There are roughly 10,971 part time students in attendance at UMN Twin Cities. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Iowa State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Iowa State has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Plains States Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.2%. There are approximately 6,215 students at Iowa State that take at least one class online. 3,779 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best natural resources and conservation schools for non-traditional students. UNL is a very large public school located in the large city of Lincoln. UNL not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Plains States Region list.

The student loan default rate at UNL is lower than is typical, just 3.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 10,178 students take at least one class online at UNL. There are roughly 3,629 part time students in attendance at UNL. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize North Dakota State University - Main Campus as the #5 school in this year's rankings. North Dakota State University is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Fargo. North Dakota State University not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Plains States Region list.

About 2.6% of North Dakota State University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,518 students at North Dakota State University that take at least one class online. 2,527 of North Dakota State University students are attending part time. North Dakota State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Nebraska at Omaha as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Omaha, UNOMAHA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at UNOMAHA is lower than is typical, just 6.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,224 students take at least one class online at UNOMAHA. 4,569 of UNOMAHA 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 Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Our rankings recognize University of Iowa as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Iowa is a very large public school located in the city of Iowa City. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Iowa, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Plains States Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.5%. There are approximately 12,073 students at Iowa that take at least one class online. About 5,224 of the students at Iowa are attending part time. Iowa does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Minnesota - Crookston earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMN Crookston is a small public school located in the distant town of Crookston.

The student loan default rate at UMN Crookston is lower than is typical, just 5.3% of students default in three years. 1,060 students at UMN Crookston are exclusively online. About 1,604 of the students at UMN Crookston are attending part time. UMN Crookston does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Missouri - Columbia as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a fairly large student population. Mizzou also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the Plains States Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at Mizzou is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 6,407 students at Mizzou that take at least one class online. About 4,578 of the students at Mizzou are attending part time. Mizzou does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best natural resources and conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small city of Saint Cloud, St. Cloud State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 4.6% of St. Cloud State University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,478 students at St. Cloud State University that take at least one class online. About 5,416 of the students at St. Cloud State University are attending part time. St. Cloud State 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 schools for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 213
Minnesota 483
Kansas 75
South Dakota 58
Iowa 277
Nebraska 138
North Dakota 43

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 1,246
Wildlife Management 164
Forestry 105
Natural Resource Management 83
Fisheries Sciences 49

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 12,039
Computer & Information Sciences 11,250
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 10,570
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 5,708
Engineering Technologies 4,594

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 13 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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