Natural Resources & Conservation

2022 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools in North Carolina

11 Colleges in North Carolina
1,256 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded
$34,764 Avg Early-Career Salary
You'll be studying one of the lesser sought-after majors if you pursue a degree in natural resources and conservation. It is ranked #26 out of 38 major degree programs in terms of popularity. While this may limit the number of schools that offer the degree program, there are still top-quality ones to be found.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 11 schools in North Carolina to determine which ones were the best for natural resources and conservation students pursuing a degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 1,256 degrees in natural resources and conservation during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Natural Resources & Conservation School

Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools in North Carolina 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

The natural resources and conservation school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools in North Carolina. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Featured Natural Resources & Conservation Programs

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Best Schools for Natural Resources & Conservation in North Carolina

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.

10 Top North Carolina Schools in Natural Resources & Conservation

#1

Duke University

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

Duke University is a great choice for students interested in a degree in natural resources and conservation. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 200 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the natural resources and conservation program at Duke University earn $12,436 more than the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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

North Carolina State University is a good decision for students pursuing a degree in natural resources and conservation. NC State is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Raleigh. A Best Schools rank of #123 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means NC State is a great university overall.

There were roughly 284 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 approximately $10,986 over the average earnings of natural resources and conservation majors.

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

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a wonderful option for students interested in a degree in natural resources and conservation. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public university located in the small city of Chapel Hill. A Best Schools rank of #63 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great university overall.

There were approximately 192 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent data year. After graduating, natural resources and conservation degree recipients usually earn an average of $33,300 in their early careers.

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

University of North Carolina at Wilmington is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in natural resources and conservation. Located in the city of Wilmington, UNCW is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #491 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UNCW is a great university overall.

There were roughly 140 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at UNCW in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the natural resources and conservation program report average early career income of $24,400.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
104 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the distant town of Boone, Appalachian State is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #516 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Appalachian State is a great university overall.

There were about 104 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Appalachian State in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the natural resources and conservation program make around $21,500 in their early career salary.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
58 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Asheville, UNCA is a public university with a small student population. This university ranks 24th out of 113 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were approximately 58 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at UNCA in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the natural resources and conservation program earn an average of $21,700 in their early career salary.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
16th Most Popular In NC

UNC Pembroke is a moderately-sized public university located in the distant town of Pembroke. This university ranks 53rd out of 113 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were approximately 15 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at UNC Pembroke in the most recent year we have data available.

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#8

Warren Wilson College

Swannanoa, NC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$19,111 Median Student Debt

Warren Wilson is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Swannanoa. This college ranks 64th out of 113 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were approximately 21 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Warren Wilson in the most recent data year. After graduating, natural resources and conservation degree recipients typically earn around $18,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
31 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

WCU is a large public university located in the town of Cullowhee. This university ranks 25th out of 113 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were approximately 31 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at WCU in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the natural resources and conservation program make an average of $30,100 in their early career salary.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In NC
47 Natural Resources & Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Clyde, Haywood Community College is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 98th out of 113 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 47 natural resources and conservation students who graduated with this degree at Haywood Community College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
West Virginia 38 657
South Carolina 38 201
Florida 38 1,272
Virginia 38 698
Arkansas 38 134
Mississippi 38 196
Alabama 37 288
Kentucky 37 187
Georgia 37 366
Tennessee 37 283
Louisiana 36 232

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Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 1,005
Forestry 172
Natural Resource Management 60
Wildlife Management 19

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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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