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2021 Best Value Colleges for Wildlife Management in the Plains States Region

2 Colleges
142 Bachelor's Degrees
$18,856 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Wildlife Management School for You

Best Value Colleges for Wildlife Management in the Plains States RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, wildlife management was ranked #133 in the country. In fact 1,761 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 142 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Wildlife Management in the Plains States Region ranking looked at 2 colleges that offer a bachelor's in wildlife. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those wildlife schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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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.

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2021 Best Value Wildlife Management Schools in the Plains States Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for wildlife majors.

Best Value Wildlife Schools in the Plains States Region

The #1 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 fairly large student population. South Dakota State also made our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #1.

It takes the average student at South Dakota State about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,370. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State is $89,628. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northwest Missouri State University. Located in the remote town of Maryville, Northwest is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Northwest, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management in the Plains States Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Northwest about 4.5 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,341. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Northwest is about $78,034. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, wildlife graduates from Northwest take out $25,308 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Best Wildlife Management Colleges by State

Explore the best wildlife management colleges for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 63
Minnesota 21
South Dakota 47
North Dakota 11

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 954
Forestry 86
Fisheries Sciences 48
Natural Resource Management 41
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 19

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 2 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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