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2020 Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources & Conservation is a popular major and United States is the most popular state for students studying it. 28,567 of the 28,567 Natural Resources & Conservation degrees earned last year were given by schools in United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation ranking analyzed 48 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in natural resources and conservation. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 7 colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation students.

Choosing a Great Natural Resources & Conservation School

Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation The natural resources and conservation program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 13% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 17%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 174 to 3 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

A natural resources and conservation degree from colleges on this list typically results in higher than average wages following graduation. A natural resources and conservation bachelors degree from a school in the United States helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $30,114 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Natural Resources & Conservation students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other natural resources and conservation students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized natural resources and conservation related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Natural Resources & Conservation students.

Best Schools to Study Natural Resources & Conservation in United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Natural Resources & Conservation degree.

Top 10 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges

#1

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
1.8% Growth in Graduates

It's difficult to beat Virginia Tech if you want to study natural resources and conservation. Located in the small city Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 79 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

There are roughly 284 natural resources and conservation undergraduates studying this program at Virginia Tech.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX

Texas A&M University - College Station is among your best bets if you're planning on studying natural resources and conservation. Located in the city College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 89th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There are approximately 405 natural resources and conservation undergrads studying this degree at Texas A&M.

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#3

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In OR

Any student pursuing a degree in natural resources and conservation needs to take a look at Oregon State University. Located in the small city Corvallis, Oregon State is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 299th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

For those interested in something more advanced, Oregon State also offers 3 different higher degree levels in natural resources and conservation, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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#4

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In FL

It is difficult to beat University of Florida if you wish to pursue natural resources and conservation as a major. Located in the city Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 73 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means U of F is a great college overall.

There are roughly 211 natural resources and conservation undergrads studying this program at U of F.

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#5

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MI
5.6% Growth in Graduates

Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the city of East Lansing. This college ranks 120th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

Michigan State University is a fairly popular college to study natural resources and conservation in United States exceeding 213 graduations last year.

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Certificate Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CA
14.3% Growth in Graduates

Located in the small suburb Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 74 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UC Davis is a great college overall.

A preferred major for natural resources and conservation undergraduates, there are roughly 301 individuals enrolled in this degree at UC Davis.

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#7

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In AL
19.7% Growth in Graduates

Auburn is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Auburn. This school ranks 195th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Alabama.

A popular major for natural resources and conservation undergraduates, there are approximately 117 individuals studying this degree at Auburn.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NC
5.4% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 121st out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are approximately 276 natural resources and conservation undergraduates enrolled in this program at NC State.

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#9

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In ID

Idaho is a large public school located in the town of Moscow. This college ranks 554th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Idaho.

There are about 201 natural resources and conservation undergraduates enrolled in this program at Idaho.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
55.9% Growth in Graduates

Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of 80 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Wisconsin is a great school overall.

There are roughly 558 natural resources and conservation undergrads enrolled in this degree at Wisconsin.

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Natural Resources & Conservation by Region

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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
The Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 20,787
Natural Resource Management 2,675
Wildlife Management 2,217
Forestry 2,155
Fisheries Sciences 547

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 209,723
Engineering 197,582
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 157,997
Engineering Technologies 92,253
Physical Sciences 53,768

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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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