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2021 Best Colleges for Wildlife Management

Approximately 2,179 wildlife management degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Wildlife Management ranking analyzed 27 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in wildlife management. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 schools for Wildlife Management students.

Choosing a Great Wildlife Management School

Best Colleges for Wildlife Management Your choice of wildlife management school matters. Important measures of a quality wildlife program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 47% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 621 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A wildlife management degree from schools on this list typically results in higher than average salaries following graduation. A wildlife management bachelors degree from a college in the United States helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $24,411 a couple years later.

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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 Wildlife Management students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other wildlife management students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized wildlife management related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Wildlife Management students.

Best Schools to Study Wildlife Management in United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for wildlife management majors.

Top 10 Best Wildlife Colleges

#1

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University is a wonderful decision for individuals pursuing a Wildlife Management degree. Located in the city East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 107 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Michigan State is a great school overall.

There are roughly 73 wildlife management undergraduates studying this degree at Michigan State. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, wildlife students typically earn about $24,600 in the first five years of their career.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

It's difficult to beat University of Florida if you wish to study wildlife management. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville. A Best Colleges rank of 85 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of F is a great college overall.

There are roughly 95 wildlife management undergraduates studying this program at U of F. Graduates of the wildlife program earn about $21,900 for their early career.

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#3

Unity College

Unity, ME

It's hard to beat Unity College if you wish to study wildlife management. Unity is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote area of Unity. This college ranks 1021st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maine.

A preferred choice for wildlife management undergrads, there are about 45 learners studying this program at Unity. Graduates of the wildlife program report average early career wages of $22,200.

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It is hard to beat The University of Tennessee - Knoxville if you want to pursue wildlife management as a major. Located in the midsize city Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 251st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, UT Knoxville offers a Master's Degree in wildlife management. Wildlife Management majors from The University of Tennessee - Knoxville receive an earnings boost of approximately $6,536 over the typical income of wildlife management graduates.

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Located in the town Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a large student population. This school ranks 549th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.

For those interested in something more advanced, South Dakota State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in wildlife management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates from the wildlife management degree program at South Dakota State University earn $7,436 above the typical graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#6

University of Maine

Orono, ME

Located in the small suburb Orono, UMaine is a public school with a large student population. This school ranks 551st out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Maine.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMaine also offers 2 different higher degree levels in wildlife management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. University of Maine wildlife management graduates receive $2,336 more than the standard wildlife grad.

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Located in the large city Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Wisconsin is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Wisconsin also offers 2 different higher degree levels in wildlife management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from the wildlife program make an average of $19,400 in their early career salary.

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#8

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Mississippi State is a very large public school located in the town of Mississippi State. This school ranks 597th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Mississippi.

There are approximately 61 wildlife management undergrads enrolled in this degree at Mississippi State. Mississippi State University wildlife management majors receive $2,836 more than the standard wildlife graduate.

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U of Delaware is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Newark. A Best Colleges rank of 87 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U of Delaware is a great school overall.

There are roughly 31 wildlife management undergrads enrolled in this degree at U of Delaware. Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career wages of $23,700.

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#10

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. A Best Colleges rank of 88 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

There are approximately 71 wildlife management undergraduates studying this degree at Virginia Tech. Graduates of the wildlife program state that they receive average early career income of $21,000.

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Wildlife Management by Region

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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
The 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.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 21,552
Natural Resource Management 2,842
Forestry 2,339
Fisheries Sciences 620
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 151

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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 Nicholas A. Tonelli. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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