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2022 Best Wildlife Management Bachelor's Degree Schools

45 Colleges in the United States
1,625 Bachelor's Degrees
If you plan on getting your bachelor's degree in wildlife management, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #133 in the country in terms of popularity. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 45 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Wildlife Management Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 1,625 bachelor's degrees in wildlife management during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Wildlife Management School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Wildlife Management Bachelor's Degree Schools The wildlife bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a bachelor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The vast majority of the schools on this list are in at least the top 38% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 587 to 42 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

The average early-career salary of those graduating with their bachelor's degree in wildlife management is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. While bachelor's degree recipients from schools in the United States earn an average starting salary of $24,411, the top 25 schools on this list made an average of $25,314.

Starting Salary  ( 20361 to 29338 )
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$33,800

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on wildlife management students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of wildlife management students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for wildlife management to pay back their student loans after receiving their bachelor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized wildlife management related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for wildlife management students working on their bachelor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Wildlife Management Schools

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Wildlife Management Bachelor's Degree Schools 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.

Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Wildlife Management in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for wildlife management students seeking a a bachelor's degree.

10 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Wildlife

42 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Texas A&M University - College Station if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in wildlife management. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of College Station. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #72 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Texas A&M College Station is a great university overall.

Texas A&M University - College Station is a fairly popular university to study wildlife in the United States with about 42 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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45 Annual Graduates
$22,875 Median Student Debt

It is hard to beat South Dakota State University if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in wildlife management. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 11 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of South Dakota.

There were about 45 wildlife management individuals who graduated with this degree at South Dakota State in the most recent data year. Wildlife Management bachelor's degree recipients from South Dakota State University earn a boost of around $7,389 over the typical income of wildlife management majors.

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23 Annual Graduates

University of Alaska Fairbanks is a wonderful decision for individuals pursuing a bachelor's degree in wildlife management. Located in the suburb of Fairbanks, UAF is a public university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 1st out of 4 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Alaska.

There were approximately 23 wildlife management individuals who graduated with this degree at UAF in the most recent year we have data available.

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#4

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
57 Annual Graduates
$27,000 Median Student Debt

Virginia Tech is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in wildlife management. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #67 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

There were roughly 57 wildlife management students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the wildlife program state that they receive average early career wages of $21,000.

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92 Annual Graduates
$14,918 Median Student Debt

UC Davis is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of Davis. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #104 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means UC Davis is a great university overall.

University of California - Davis is a fairly popular university to study wildlife in the United States with approximately 92 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
49 Annual Graduates
$13,250 Median Student Debt

UF is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Gainesville. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #88 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means UF is a great university overall.

There were approximately 49 wildlife management students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, wildlife bachelor's recipients typically earn an average of $21,900 in their early careers.

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#7

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
38 Annual Graduates
$21,250 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Auburn, Auburn is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #190 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Auburn is a great university overall.

There were about 38 wildlife management individuals who graduated with this degree at Auburn in the most recent year we have data available.

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59 Annual Graduates
$24,791 Median Student Debt

UW - Stevens Point is a moderately-sized public university located in the town of Stevens Point. This university ranks 12th out of 36 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were roughly 59 wildlife management students who graduated with this degree at UW - Stevens Point in the most recent data year. Bachelor's students who receive their degree from the wildlife program make an average of $25,100 for their early career.

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#9

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
66 Annual Graduates
$27,919 Median Student Debt

Michigan State is a very large public university located in the city of East Lansing. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #135 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Michigan State is a great university overall.

There were about 66 wildlife management students who graduated with this degree at Michigan State in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the wildlife program report average early career wages of $24,600.

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16 Annual Graduates
$20,646 Median Student Debt

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the city of Madison. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #64 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

University of Wisconsin - Madison is one of the most popular universities to study wildlife in the United States with approximately 16 graduates in the most recent data year. Bachelor's graduates who receive their degree from the wildlife program earn an average of $19,400 in their early career salary.

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Wildlife Management by Region

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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 17,043
Natural Resource Management 1,465
Forestry 1,193
Fisheries Sciences 315
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 92

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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