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2021 Best Wildlife Management Colleges for Veterans in the United States

27 Colleges
1,761 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,587 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Wildlife Management Schools for Vets

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

This year's Best Wildlife Management Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking analyzed 27 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in wildlife. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent wildlife management programs, but they also offer a lot of support to veterans and active service members.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as veteran satisfaction, veteran affordability, and overall quality of the wildlife management program at the school. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Wildlife Schools for Veterans list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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 Wildlife Management Schools for Veterans in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Wildlife Management Colleges for Veterans.

Top 10 Best Wildlife Management Schools for Veterans

#1

Unity College

Unity, ME

Our rankings recognize Unity College as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Unity is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote area of Unity. Unity did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management in the United States list.

Of the 814 students enrolled at Unity, 62 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 37 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,447. During this same period, 2 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Unity does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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South Dakota State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public college with a large student population. South Dakota State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management in the United States list.

Of the 12,104 students enrolled at South Dakota State, 387 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 192 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,217. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 college with a fairly large student population. U of F also made our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management in the United States list, coming in at #2.

Our most recent data shows that 1,109 of the 52,218 students enrolled at U of F were GI Bill® students, of which 752 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,193. U of F does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The University of Tennessee - Knoxville landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value wildlife management schools. Located in the midsize city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public school with a fairly large student population. UT Knoxville also made our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management in the United States list, coming in at #4.

Our most recent data shows that 1,026 of the 28,894 students enrolled at UT Knoxville were GI Bill® students, of which 716 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,916. To help with additional expenses, 6 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

University of Maine

Orono, ME

University of Maine landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value wildlife management schools. UMaine is a large public school located in the suburb of Orono. UMaine did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management in the United States list.

Of the 11,404 students enrolled at UMaine, 427 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 221 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,466. UMaine does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Mississippi State University. Mississippi State is a very large public school located in the remote town of Mississippi State. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Mississippi State has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management in the United States ranking.

Of the 21,974 students enrolled at Mississippi State, 1,051 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 694 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,832. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing. Michigan State also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Wildlife Management in the United States rankings.

Of the 50,351 students enrolled at Michigan State, 763 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 500 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,685. In addition to receiving other benefits, 8 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#8

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX

Tarleton State University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Stephenville, Tarleton is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Our most recent data shows that 719 of the 13,109 students enrolled at Tarleton were GI Bill® students, of which 417 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,524. Tarleton does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Stephen F Austin State University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Nacogdoches, SFASU is a public college with a large student population.

Among the 13,144 students enrolled at SFASU, 389 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 179 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,906. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The University of Montana

Missoula, MT

Our rankings recognize The University of Montana as the #10 school in this year's rankings. University of Montana is a large public school located in the small city of Missoula.

Among the 10,962 students enrolled at University of Montana, 657 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 364 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,292. On top of their other funding sources, 45 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Wildlife Management by Region

View the best for vets Wildlife Management schools in a specific region near you.

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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

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Nicholas A. Tonelli.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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