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2023 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools

270 Colleges in the United States
30,503 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded
$35,158 Avg Early-Career Salary
Natural Resources & Conservation degree programs are on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of popularity. In fact, the major ranks #25 out of the 38 majors we look at each year. While this may limit the number of schools that offer the degree program, there are still top-quality ones to be found.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 270 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for natural resources and conservation students pursuing a degree. Combined, these schools handed out 30,503 degrees in natural resources and conservation to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Natural Resources & Conservation School

Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools Your choice of natural resources and conservation school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Natural Resources & Conservation School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Natural Resources & Conservation Rankings by Degree Level

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 list to help you make the college decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the natural resources and conservation degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Natural Resources & Conservation

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
195 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat Duke University if you wish to pursue a degree in natural resources and conservation. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 195 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Those natural resources and conservation students who get their degree from Duke University receive $12,956 more than the average natural resources and conservation student.

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#2

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
150 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat Yale University if you wish to pursue a degree in natural resources and conservation. Located in the city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #15 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were approximately 150 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the natural resources and conservation program at Yale University get $24,331 above the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
258 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Harvard University is a wonderful option for students interested in a degree in natural resources and conservation. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of #12 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 258 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year. Those natural resources and conservation students who get their degree from Harvard University make $23,575 more than the average natural resources and conservation graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
616 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat University of California - Berkeley if you want to pursue a degree in natural resources and conservation. UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Berkeley. A Best Colleges rank of #17 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were about 616 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available. Natural Resources & Conservation degree recipients from University of California - Berkeley receive an earnings boost of about $16,201 over the average income of natural resources and conservation graduates.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
83 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #14 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 83 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available. Those natural resources and conservation students who get their degree from Columbia University in the City of New York make $24,085 more than the typical natural resources and conservation student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
312 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of #25 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were about 312 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the natural resources and conservation degree program at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor make $4,372 above the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#7

Brown University

Providence, RI
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
32 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #11 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 32 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year. After graduating, natural resources and conservation degree recipients typically earn about $30,489 at the beginning of their careers.

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#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
119 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of #13 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were approximately 119 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the natural resources and conservation program make about $29,011 in their early career salary.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
245 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 51 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were about 245 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent data year. Natural Resources & Conservation degree recipients from University of Washington - Seattle Campus receive an earnings boost of about $4,876 over the average income of natural resources and conservation graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
333 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

NC State is a fairly large public university located in the city of Raleigh. This university ranks 5th out of 93 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 333 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at NC State in the most recent data year. Natural Resources & Conservation degree recipients from North Carolina State University get an earnings boost of about $10,203 over the typical earnings of natural resources and conservation majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
154 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Chapel Hill. This university ranks 2nd out of 93 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were approximately 154 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the natural resources and conservation program state that they receive average early career earnings of $29,460.

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#12

University of Denver

Denver, CO
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
203 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Denver, DU is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 34 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There were roughly 203 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at DU in the most recent data year. Natural Resources & Conservation degree recipients from University of Denver get an earnings boost of about $29,597 above the average income of natural resources and conservation majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
387 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 116 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 387 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the natural resources and conservation program report average early career wages of $33,549.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
491 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #33 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were roughly 491 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year. After graduation, natural resources and conservation degree recipients usually make about $24,435 at the beginning of their careers.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
370 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 170 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 370 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at UC Davis in the most recent data year. After graduation, natural resources and conservation degree recipients generally make an average of $30,105 in the first five years of their career.

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#16

Colby College

Waterville, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
46 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Waterville, Colby is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 3rd out of 19 schools for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were roughly 46 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Colby in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, natural resources and conservation degree recipients typically make around $37,156 at the beginning of their careers.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
141 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

University of Virginia is a very large public university located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Colleges rank of #32 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 141 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the natural resources and conservation program state that they receive average early career wages of $26,595.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
470 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 10th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 470 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at UCSB in the most recent year we have data available. Those natural resources and conservation students who get their degree from University of California - Santa Barbara make $7,343 more than the typical natural resources and conservation graduate.

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#19

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
37 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 69 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were about 37 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the natural resources and conservation program make about $36,820 for their early career.

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#20

American University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
65 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

The American University is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington. This university ranks 3rd out of 8 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were approximately 65 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at The American University in the most recent year we have data available. Those natural resources and conservation students who get their degree from American University earn $18,179 more than the typical natural resources and conservation grad.

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#21

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
401 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 2nd out of 65 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 401 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent year we have data available. Those natural resources and conservation students who get their degree from Virginia Tech receive $3,864 more than the average natural resources and conservation grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
237 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were approximately 237 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at UMN Twin Cities in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, natural resources and conservation degree recipients usually earn an average of $35,869 in the first five years of their career.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
101 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #29 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

There were roughly 101 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, natural resources and conservation degree recipients generally make around $36,898 at the beginning of their careers.

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#24

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
40 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Dartmouth is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit college located in the town of Hanover. A Best Colleges rank of #22 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were about 40 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the natural resources and conservation program earn an average of $35,621 in their early career salary.

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#25

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
37 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, Webster is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 6th out of 48 colleges for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were roughly 37 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Webster in the most recent year we have data available. Natural Resources & Conservation degree recipients from Webster University earn a boost of about $36,616 over the average income of natural resources and conservation graduates.

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Rest of the Top Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools

#25

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO
#30

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#31

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

#39

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Natural Resources & Conservation students that almost earned our Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools award.

Rank College Location
41 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
42 George Washington University Washington, DC
43 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
44 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
45 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
46 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
47 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
48 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
49 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
50 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
51 University of Georgia Athens, GA
52 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
53 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
54 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE

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Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 22,254
Natural Resource Management 2,933
Wildlife Management 2,449
Forestry 2,233
Fisheries Sciences 483
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 151

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Lynn Betts.

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