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2021 Best Forestry Schools

42 Colleges
$38,496 Avg Salary
$20,610 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Forestry School for You

In 2018-2019, 2,339 people earned a degree or certificate in forestry, making the major the #200 most popular in the United States.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Forestry Schools ranking. This report analyzed 42 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Forestry Schools in the United States

Check out the forestry programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 10 Best Forestry Schools

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Our 2021 rankings named Yale University the best school in the United States for forestry students. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of New Haven.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend North Carolina State University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Forestry Schools list. NC State is a very large public school located in the city of Raleigh.

Forestry majors at NC State take out an average of $23,190 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Duke University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Forestry Schools list. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

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#4

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Georgia. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Forestry Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Athens, UGA is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Forestry majors at UGA take out an average of $15,340 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $166, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 42 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of California - Berkeley landed the # 5 spot on the list. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley.

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The University of Tennessee - Knoxville did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for forestry students. It came in at #6 on the list. UT Knoxville is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Knoxville.

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Stephen F Austin State University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best forestry programs. SFASU is a fairly large public school located in the town of Nacogdoches.

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University of California - Davis came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Forestry Schools ranking. UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Davis.

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Texas A&M University - College Station came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Forestry Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best forestry programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse, SUNY - ESF is a public college with a small student population.

After completing their degree, forestry graduates from SUNY - ESF carry an average student debtload of $10,350. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $107.

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Forestry by Region

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

One of 5 majors within the area of study, forestry has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 21,552
Natural Resource Management 2,842
Wildlife Management 2,400
Fisheries Sciences 620
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 151

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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 Bureau of Land Management.

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