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2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

There are about 25,448 students enrolled in Environmental Studies in the USA.

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popularity

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

10,690

Vs. National Avg.

-32%

popularity Rank

#88

cost

Somewhat Expensive

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$33K

Vs. National Avg.

36%

cost Rank

#94

salary

Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$44K

Vs. National Avg.

10%

salary Rank

#148

professors

Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

8%

professors Rank

#165

students

Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

6%

students Rank

#124

SUMMARY

Going to school for Environmental Studies is a valuable choice and usually an essential first step for undergrads planning to enter a career as an environmental policy specialist, an urban planner, or a sustainability specialist. In fact, environmental studies is somewhat popular ranking as the 64th most popular area of study. Last academic year, there were 7,421 environmental studies degrees conferred. In-state tuition for environmental studies at private universities is, on average, 4.4 times more pricey than their public equivalents.

There are 446 institutions that offer environmental studies. 446 universities is on par with other majors offered in the United States. If you are looking to surround yourself with other environmental studies students, consider looking at schools in California which have the most undergraduates admitted to environmental studies annually. More generally, the best region to pursue environmental studies is in the Far West region with University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Santa Barbara, and University of California-Santa Cruz best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the best conference to study environmental studies is the Pacific-12 Conference with Arizona State University-Tempe, University of California-Berkeley, and University of Colorado Boulder representing the conference. That said, our choice for the best college for environmental studies is Harvard University, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The objectively 'best' school does not have to be the best school for you. There are tons of angels to think about when choosing college. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would alter your feelings of where to go to university. At authority.org, we've examined the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are interested in which environmental studies university boasts the top campus, the answer is Harvard University. If, for example, you are very interested in which college has the top campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, student reviews, government databases, and more in order to evaluate every major in the United States in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the schools with the best student life&nbspand, from that list, our choice for the university with the best student life for environmental studies is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Are you curious why? Continue reading to learn more about Authority's top selections. Many of our decisions might surprise you.

If cost is a significant deciding factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Colgate University. Colgate University&nbspappears to be our most expensive school for environmental studies, at least for out of state students. That being said, we have an entire list of the most expensive&nbspuniversities that might put the expense at Colgate University&nbspinto perspective. Additionally, you may want to know that environmental studies is the 3rd most expensive major in the United States, with an average expense of $55,400. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for environmental studies on our list is Maine with costs at the main three colleges Bates College at $55,683, Bowdoin College of $55,822, and costs at Colby College of $55,822. Even more broadly, the most costly region for environmental studies is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Amherst College with a cost of $57,640, Tufts University with a cost of $57,324, and Brown University with a cost of $57,112.

Our cheapest region for environmental studies is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Fort Lewis College with a cost of $17,712, Western Colorado University with a cost of $18,096, and University of Wyoming with a cost of $13,392. More optimistically, the most affordable college for environmental studies is University of Wisconsin-Madison. Authority.org's full list of the most affordable colleges can be explored here.

In-state students can anticipate paying about $10,800 for a degree in environmental studies. The price grows substantially to a median of $25,500 for an out-of-state public-school undergraduate. Our pick for the university constituting the best value for environmental studies: Duke University. On this page you can see our comprehensive list on the schools we believe to be the best value&nbspin general. Do know, this section is predicated on out-of-state tuition costs. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for environmental studies majors range widely, but two-years after graduation students will often make around $44,900. While there is much variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can enjoy pay up to $78,100. Straight out of college, the lowest end positions within the environmental studies field make $25,900, which isn't that bad. The highest earning grads from environmental studies have come from Duke University&nbspand if you are looking for colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of environmental studies ranks on the higher end, coming within the 57th percentile of majors nationally. The school with the highest composite diversity for environmental studies is Swarthmore College&nbspand here you can find our general list of the universities with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Environmental Studies only is within the 19th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, ranking in the 45th percentile. White undergraduates compose the largest share, 63%, of students majoring in environmental studies. Additionally, 62% of undergraduates seeking an environmental studies major are women.

The median score of environmental studies professors is 4 stars, a ranking which is surprisingly the median for every major; which is a fine. If you are interested in the most popular environmental studies instructor in the nation, take a look at Jeffrey Wilson at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. It might surprise you, but the top rated environmental studies instructors according to students come from University of California-Berkeley. If we incorporate information beyond basic rankings we find that the college with comprehensively the best instructors for environmental studies is Harvard University. You will find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as many of the best examples of instructors nationwide.

Finally, the hardest university to get into for environmental studies is Harvard University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have a general list of the hardest colleges to get into. But, we hope you believe that considering the education process from context primarily formed from superlatives can create issues. We encourage you to read our more focused pages on different topics and peruse a few of our background articles on important details to consider as your university search continues.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Yale University

New Haven, CT | https://www.yale.edu/

7%

Acceptance

14,910

Students

#8

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Brown University

Providence, RI | www.brown.edu/

8%

Acceptance

10,807

Students

#13

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Duke University

Durham, NC | www.duke.edu/

8%

Acceptance

17,855

Students

#6

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Stanford University

Stanford, CA | www.stanford.edu/

5%

Acceptance

20,961

Students

#2

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY | www.columbia.edu/

7%

Acceptance

33,882

Students

#10

Ranking

$62K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA | web.mit.edu/

7%

Acceptance

12,195

Students

#1

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Rice University

Houston, TX | www.rice.edu/

11%

Acceptance

8,005

Students

#22

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA | www.harvard.edu/

5%

Acceptance

41,024

Students

#3

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH | www.dartmouth.edu/

9%

Acceptance

7,171

Students

#15

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ | www.princeton.edu/

6%

Acceptance

8,532

Students

#5

Ranking

$49K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI | https://umich.edu/

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL | www.uchicago.edu/

7%

Acceptance

20,413

Students

#11

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD | www.jhu.edu/

11%

Acceptance

34,250

Students

#4

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME | https://www.bowdoin.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,973

Students

#41

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO | www.wustl.edu/

16%

Acceptance

17,893

Students

#18

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN | www.vanderbilt.edu/

12%

Acceptance

13,918

Students

#17

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA | www.upenn.edu/

9%

Acceptance

30,688

Students

#7

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY | www.cornell.edu/

11%

Acceptance

24,594

Students

#14

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Pomona College

Claremont, CA | www.pomona.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,733

Students

#40

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT | www.middlebury.edu/

22%

Acceptance

4,616

Students

#54

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | www.northwestern.edu/

9%

Acceptance

25,870

Students

#12

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CA | www.berkeley.edu/

17%

Acceptance

45,878

Students

#55

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL | www.ufl.edu/

31%

Acceptance

58,857

Students

#76

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Environmental Studies

University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA | www.ucla.edu/

14%

Acceptance

46,947

Students

#50

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

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