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2021 Best Natural Resource Management Schools

65 Colleges
$36,179 Avg Salary
$26,799 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Natural Resource Management School for You

In 2018-2019, 2,842 people earned a degree or certificate in natural resource management, making the major the #186 most popular in the United States.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Natural Resource Management Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 65 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Natural Resource Management Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for resource management majors pursuing a .

Top 10 Best Natural Resource Management Schools

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Our analysis found Yale University to be the best school for natural resource management students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Yale is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Haven.

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#2

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Virginia Tech is a great place for natural resource management students. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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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 Natural Resource Management Schools list. Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham.

While working on their degree, resource management majors at Duke accumulate an average of around $66,566 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $776.

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#4

University of Denver

Denver, CO

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Denver. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Natural Resource Management Schools list. U of Denver is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Denver.

The average amount in student loans that resource management majors at U of Denver take out is $41,000. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $478.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend California State University - Bakersfield. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Natural Resource Management Schools list. Located in the city of Bakersfield, California State University - Bakersfield is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, resource management graduates from California State University - Bakersfield carry an average student debtload of $12,750. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $132.

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The University of Tennessee - Knoxville ranked #6 on this year’s Best Natural Resource Management Schools list. UT Knoxville is a fairly large public school located in the city of Knoxville.

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Finger Lakes Community College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Natural Resource Management Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Canandaigua, Finger Lakes Community College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their degree, resource management graduates from Finger Lakes Community College carry an average student debtload of $12,000. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $125.

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With a ranking of #8, University of Maryland - College Park did quite well on this year’s best schools for natural resource management students. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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North Carolina State University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Natural Resource Management Schools list. NC State is a very large public school located in the city of Raleigh.

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

While working on their degree, resource management majors at SUNY - ESF accumulate an average of around $17,750 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $184, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Natural Resource Management Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
12 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
13 Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon, WA

Natural Resource Management 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, natural resource management has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 21,552
Wildlife Management 2,400
Forestry 2,339
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 Brian M. Powell.

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