2021 Best Value Colleges for Wildlife Management

27 Colleges
1,761 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,408 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Wildlife Management School for You

Best Value Colleges for Wildlife ManagementWildlife Management is the #133 most popular major in the country with 1,761 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Wildlife Management ranking looked at 27 colleges that offer a bachelor's in wildlife. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on wildlife schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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 Value Wildlife Schools list to help you make the college decision.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

2021 Best Value Wildlife Management Schools in the United States

Check out the wildlife programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Wildlife Management Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to South Dakota State University. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a large student population. South Dakota State also made our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management list, coming in at #5.

At South Dakota State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $20,370 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State is $89,628. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, wildlife graduates from South Dakota State carry an average student debtload of $22,387. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $237.

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#2

Unity College

Unity, ME

Unity College earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Unity is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote area of Unity. Unity not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management list.

It takes the average student at Unity about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $29,495. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Unity is about $122,109. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, wildlife graduates from Unity take out $27,585 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a very large student population. U of F also made our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management list, coming in at #2.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of F is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,230. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of F is about $120,542. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that wildlife majors at U of F take out while working on their bachelor's is $15,818. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $138.

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University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. UW - Stevens Point is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Stevens Point.

At UW - Stevens Point, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,927. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - Stevens Point is about $90,070. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that wildlife majors at UW - Stevens Point take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,457. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $257.

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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Mississippi State University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value wildlife management schools. Mississippi State is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Mississippi State. Mississippi State also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Mississippi State is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,760. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State be around $130,570. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Wildlife majors at Mississippi State take out an average of $22,364 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $245.

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Stephen F Austin State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Nacogdoches, SFASU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at SFASU about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,360. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from SFASU is $99,278. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that wildlife majors at SFASU take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,714. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $286.

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West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

The #7 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.

At WVU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,485. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from WVU be around $122,583. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, wildlife majors at WVU accumulate an average of around $22,562 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $226, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

University of Maine

Orono, ME

University of Maine earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMaine is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Orono. UMaine also made our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management list, coming in at #6.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMaine is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,976. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMaine is $144,765. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, wildlife majors at UMaine accumulate an average of around $23,651 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $279, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Arkansas Tech University

Russellville, AR

Arkansas Tech University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value wildlife management schools. ATU is a fairly large public school located in the town of Russellville.

The average student at ATU graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,676. This means that the average student pays around $74,542 to get a bachelor’s degree from ATU. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Wildlife majors at ATU take out an average of $17,226 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $156.

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#10

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value wildlife management schools. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. Michigan State also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Michigan State is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,866. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State be around $161,473. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, wildlife graduates from Michigan State take out $26,720 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $290, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Wildlife Management by Region

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

Wildlife Management is one of 5 different types of Natural Resources & Conservation programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Wildlife

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 16,348
Natural Resource Management 1,307
Forestry 1,156
Fisheries Sciences 405
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 100

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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 Nicholas A. Tonelli.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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