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2021 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Veterans in the United States

188 Colleges
21,077 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,475 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Vets

Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesNatural Resources & Conservation is the #23 most popular major in the country with 21,077 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking analyzed 188 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in natural resources and conservation. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality natural resources and conservation programs as well as strong veteran support.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the natural resources and conservation program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran satisfaction. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Veterans list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Veterans in the United States

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Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Natural Resources & Conservation Schools

#1

Unity College

Unity, ME

Unity College earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Unity is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote area of Unity. Unity also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list, coming in at #1.

Our most recent data shows that 62 of the 814 students enrolled at Unity were GI Bill® students, of which 37 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,447. During this same period, 2 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Paul Smith's College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Paul Smiths. Paul Smith's College also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 43 of the 745 students enrolled at Paul Smith’s College were GI Bill® students, of which 40 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,050. On top of their other funding sources, 10 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#3

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, MI

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lake Superior State University. Located in the remote town of Sault Ste Marie, Lake Superior State University is a public school with a small student population. Lake Superior State University excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list.

Among the 1,991 students enrolled at Lake Superior State University, 94 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 53 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,467. Lake Superior State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of College Station. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Texas A&M, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States ranking.

Of the 68,679 students enrolled at Texas A&M, 2,040 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,388 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,525. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as the #5 school in this year's rankings. SUNY - ESF is a small public school located in the city of Syracuse. SUNY - ESF did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list.

Of the 2,220 students enrolled at SUNY - ESF, 38 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 25 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,339. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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North Carolina State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at NC State, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States ranking.

Among the 35,479 students enrolled at NC State, 1,068 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 719 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,891. To help with additional expenses, 33 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point as the #7 school in this year's rankings. UW - Stevens Point is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Stevens Point. UW - Stevens Point also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 304 of the 9,086 students enrolled at UW - Stevens Point were GI Bill® students, of which 139 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,096. During this same period, 3 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Oregon State University. Located in the city of Corvallis, Oregon State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Oregon State also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States rankings.

According to our most recent data, Oregon State supports 30,986 students, and 1,493 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 930 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,431. In addition to receiving other benefits, 22 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Oregon State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#9

University of Maine

Orono, ME

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Maine. UMaine is a large public school located in the suburb of Orono. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMaine also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States ranking.

Among the 11,404 students enrolled at UMaine, 427 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 221 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,466. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a fairly large student population. U of F also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list, coming in at #8.

According to our most recent data, U of F supports 52,218 students, and 1,109 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 752 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,193. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to South Dakota State University. Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a fairly large student population. South Dakota State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, South Dakota State supports 12,104 students, and 387 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 192 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,217. South Dakota State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Stephen F Austin State University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Nacogdoches, SFASU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Among the 13,144 students enrolled at SFASU, 389 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 179 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,906. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of California - Berkeley comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, UC Berkeley has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 557 of the 42,501 students enrolled at UC Berkeley were GI Bill® students, of which 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,465. During this same period, 3 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the city of University Park. Penn State University Park also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, Penn State University Park supports 46,810 students, and 1,039 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 836 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,714. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Located in the medium-sized city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public college with a very large student population. UT Knoxville excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list.

Of the 28,894 students enrolled at UT Knoxville, 1,026 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 716 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,916. In addition to receiving other benefits, 6 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#16

The University of Montana

Missoula, MT

The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Montana. University of Montana is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Missoula.

Our most recent data shows that 657 of the 10,962 students enrolled at University of Montana were GI Bill® students, of which 364 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,292. To help with additional expenses, 45 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. University of Montana does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Humboldt State University comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Humboldt State University is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Arcata.

Among the 7,972 students enrolled at Humboldt State University, 179 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 92 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,780. Humboldt State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#18

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Virginia Tech also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States ranking.

Of the 34,683 students enrolled at Virginia Tech, 1,159 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 809 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,824. To help with additional expenses, 14 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. Michigan State also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list, coming in at #9.

Of the 50,351 students enrolled at Michigan State, 763 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 500 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,685. In addition to receiving other benefits, 8 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UMN Twin Cities also did well on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 50,734 students enrolled at UMN Twin Cities, 824 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 585 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,664. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#21

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

The #21 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Vermont. Located in the city of Burlington, UVM is a public school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UVM also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, UVM supports 13,395 students, and 220 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 182 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,965. In addition to receiving other benefits, 40 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UVM does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#22

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

The #22 spot in this year's ranking belongs to West Virginia University. WVU is a very large public school located in the small city of Morgantown. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, WVU also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States ranking.

Of the 26,864 students enrolled at WVU, 1,014 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 411 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,328. During this same period, 62 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of New Hampshire - Main Campus landed the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value natural resources and conservation schools. Located in the suburb of Durham, U of NH is a public school with a fairly large student population. U of NH also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 457 of the 15,298 students enrolled at U of NH were GI Bill® students, of which 314 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,532. On top of their other funding sources, 16 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a very large student population. Wisconsin also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

Among the 43,463 students enrolled at Wisconsin, 554 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,489. During this same period, 21 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Wisconsin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#25

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Our rankings recognize Mississippi State University as the #25 school in this year's rankings. Mississippi State is a very large public school located in the town of Mississippi State.

According to our most recent data, Mississippi State supports 21,974 students, and 1,051 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 694 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,832. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Natural Resources & Conservation that almost earned our Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
29 Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL
30 University of Georgia Athens, GA
31 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
32 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
33 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
34 Delaware Valley University Doylestown, PA
35 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
36 University of Maryland - University College Adelphi, MD
37 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC

Natural Resources & Conservation by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
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Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 16,348
Wildlife Management 1,761
Natural Resource Management 1,307
Forestry 1,156
Fisheries Sciences 405

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Majors Similar to Natural Resources & Conservation

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 128,724
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 126,493
Computer & Information Sciences 92,596
Physical Sciences 32,633
Mathematics & Statistics 30,991

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

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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