Great Environment Colleges

environmentalistWhen a prospective student is searching for environmental colleges, there are many deciding factors which can influence the choice. The term “green technology” has been a popular catch phrase in recent years, but environmental science is a complex course of study and goes far beyond mere technology. Conservation, farming, forestry, sustainable building, fisheries as well as other areas of study are all included in the field of environmental science. Let’s look at some of the deciding factors and the colleges which are available to pursue this field of study.

Size can be an important aspect of a prospective college. Two of the larger colleges which are highly ranked and offer respected environmental science study programs are the University of Georgia located at Anthen, Georgia as well as the University of Colorado Boulder located at Boulder Colorado. With an approximate enrollment of about 35,000 students, the University of Georgia has about 63% acceptance rate for applicants. The University of Colorado Boulder has an enrollment of about 33,000 and an acceptance rate of of 84%. Both of these larger environmental colleges offer in state tuition and are public 4 year research institutions.

While some students prefer the big college offerings such as variety of housing opportunities, well funded sports programs and wide range of and student activities, there are many smaller colleges which offer environemental science programs of study. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY has approximately 3,000 students and an acceptance rate of about 51%. Research takes a high priority at SUNY, with over 450 research projects underway which include wildlife disease prevention and genetic engineering. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is a public 4 year institution and has affordable in state tuition available. Ranked #86 out of 201 in a US News 2014 evaluation of national universities, SUNY College at Syracuse is a good choice for those who seek environmental degrees at a smaller university. Unity College (unity.org),which is located in Unity, Maine, has approximately 575 students as is one of the smaller facilities offering a environmental science program. Unity College has a very high acceptance rate for applicants (approximately 88%) and has a very low number of applicants annually at 402 last year. Unity College was ranked 43 Out of 350 Baccalaureate Colleges in the 2013 Washington Monthly college ratings. With it’s unique rural location, Unity College is well suited for field study experiences beyond those available at more urban universities.

Regardless of the requirements, there are a wide range of environmental institutions to choose from across the United States. As the need for experts in environmental policy, sustainability, law, and management become greater, these universities will fill the need for years to come.

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