2022 Best Wildlife Management Schools

55 Colleges in the United States
2,030 Wildlife Degrees Awarded
$24,370 Avg Early-Career Salary
Wildlife Management is about average in terms of popularity for degree programs. That is, it ranks #181 out of the 368 majors across the country that we analyze each year. So, it might take a little more work to find colleges and universities that offer the degree program.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 55 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for wildlife management students pursuing a degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 2,030 degrees in wildlife management during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Wildlife Management School

Best Wildlife Management Schools The wildlife program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Wildlife Management rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for wildlife management schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Wildlife Management Degree Level

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 Wildlife Management Schools list to help you make the college decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

Best Schools for Wildlife Management in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of wildlife degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer.

10 Top Schools in Wildlife

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type

University of California - Berkeley is a good choice for students pursuing a degree in wildlife management. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. A Best Schools rank of #26 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.More information about a degree in wildlife management from University of California - Berkeley

#2

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In TX

Texas Tech University is a good option for students pursuing a degree in wildlife management. Texas Tech is a very large public university located in the large city of Lubbock. This university ranks 15th out of 136 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were roughly 9 wildlife management students who graduated with this degree at Texas Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in wildlife management from Texas Tech University

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TX
42 Wildlife Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in wildlife management needs to look into Texas A&M University - College Station. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #81 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Texas A&M College Station is a great university overall.

There were about 42 wildlife management students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in wildlife management from Texas A&M University - College Station

#4

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In SC

It's difficult to beat Clemson University if you wish to pursue a degree in wildlife management. Located in the large suburb of Clemson, Clemson is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #195 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Clemson is a great university overall.

There were approximately 26 wildlife management students who graduated with this degree at Clemson in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in wildlife management from Clemson University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In SD
55 Wildlife Degrees Awarded

South Dakota State is a fairly large public university located in the remote town of Brookings. This university ranks 4th out of 15 schools for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.

There were roughly 55 wildlife management students who graduated with this degree at South Dakota State in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in wildlife management from South Dakota State University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In AK

UAF is a moderately-sized public university located in the small suburb of Fairbanks. This university ranks 3rd out of 4 schools for overall quality in the state of Alaska.

There were about 27 wildlife management students who graduated with this degree at UAF in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in wildlife management from University of Alaska Fairbanks

#7

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
57 Wildlife Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #73 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

There were about 57 wildlife management students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in wildlife management from Virginia Tech

#8

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
61 Wildlife Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #94 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UF is a great university overall.

There were approximately 61 wildlife management students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the wildlife program make around $21,900 in their early career salary.

More information about a degree in wildlife management from University of Florida

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
92 Wildlife Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #112 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UC Davis is a great university overall.

There were approximately 92 wildlife management students who graduated with this degree at UC Davis in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in wildlife management from University of California - Davis

#10

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In OR

Oregon State is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Corvallis. This university ranks 6th out of 36 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

There were roughly 11 wildlife management students who graduated with this degree at Oregon State in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in wildlife management from Oregon State University

Wildlife Management by Region

View the Best Wildlife Management Schools for a specific region near you.

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

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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 21,317
Natural Resource Management 2,509
Forestry 2,005
Fisheries Sciences 417
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 118

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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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