Natural Resources & Conservation

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. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great natural resources and conservation programs and a strong support system for veterans and active service members.

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. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

One Size Does Not Fit All

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

The following schools top our list of the Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Veterans.

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. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Unity, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States ranking.

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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,447. In addition to receiving other benefits, 2 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Unity does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 fairly 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.

According to our most recent data, Paul Smith’s College supports 745 students, and 43 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 40 are 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. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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.

Of the 1,991 students enrolled at Lake Superior State University, 94 were 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. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 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.

Among the 68,679 students enrolled at Texas A&M, 2,040 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,388 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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 medium-sized city of Syracuse. SUNY - ESF not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 38 of the 2,220 students enrolled at SUNY - ESF were GI Bill® students, of which 25 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,339. SUNY - ESF does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 school with a very large student population. NC State also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States rankings.

According to our most recent data, NC State supports 35,479 students, and 1,068 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 719 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,891. On top of their other funding sources, 33 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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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 distant 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.

Among the 9,086 students enrolled at UW - Stevens Point, 304 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 139 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,096. On top of their other funding sources, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 very large student population. Oregon State also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States rankings.

Among the 30,986 students enrolled at Oregon State, 1,493 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 930 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,431. On top of their other funding sources, 22 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 fairly 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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,466. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 school with a fairly large student population. U of F also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States rankings.

Of the 52,218 students enrolled at U of F, 1,109 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 752 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,193. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 college with a 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.

Among the 12,104 students enrolled at South Dakota State, 387 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 192 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients 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 school with a large student population.

Our most recent data shows that 389 of the 13,144 students enrolled at SFASU were GI Bill® students, of which 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. UC Berkeley did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States list.

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 small 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.

Of the 46,810 students enrolled at Penn State University Park, 1,039 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 836 were 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 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.

According to our most recent data, UT Knoxville supports 28,894 students, and 1,026 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 716 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,916. During this same period, 6 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 large public school located in the small city of Missoula.

According to our most recent data, University of Montana supports 10,962 students, and 657 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 364 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,292. In addition to receiving other benefits, 45 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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Humboldt State University comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Humboldt State University is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Arcata.

Our most recent data shows that 179 of the 7,972 students enrolled at Humboldt State University were GI Bill® students, of which 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 fairly 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.

According to our most recent data, Virginia Tech supports 34,683 students, and 1,159 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 809 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,824. On top of their other funding sources, 14 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#19

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

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

Among the 50,351 students enrolled at Michigan State, 763 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 500 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,685. To help with additional expenses, 8 students received funds through 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 large 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.

According to our most recent data, UMN Twin Cities supports 50,734 students, and 824 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 585 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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 small city of Burlington, UVM is a public college 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.

Of the 13,395 students enrolled at UVM, 220 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 182 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,965. To help with additional expenses, 40 students received funds through 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 fairly 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.

Among the 26,864 students enrolled at WVU, 1,014 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 411 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,328. On top of their other funding sources, 62 students qualified for 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 small suburb of Durham, U of NH is a public college with a 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.

According to our most recent data, U of NH supports 15,298 students, and 457 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 314 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,532. During this same period, 16 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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University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly 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.

Of the 43,463 students enrolled at Wisconsin, 554 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,489. To help with additional expenses, 21 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 fairly 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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,832. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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

View the best for vets Natural Resources & Conservation colleges in a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
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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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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