2018 Best Colleges for Environmental Science in AmericaAbout this List

The Best Colleges for Environmental Science ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. The ranking compares the top colleges for earth sciences, geology, forestry, meteorology, and climatology. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. Cornell University

    • 4 Year
    • Ithaca, NY
    • 1,741
    28 Best Colleges for Environmental Science in America

    College Junior: My experience at Cornell had been a whirlwind of endless opportunities. It has absolutely had it's ups and downs, with times where the stress and fast pace of classes seems to be unbearable, but usually when that happens a break was right around the corner and there was time to catch up. All the students at this school, from the engineers to the Hotelies, are used to being the top of their class in high school. It takes some getting used to learn that not everyone can be the best at this university.

    That being said, Cornell can offer you the change to truly impact the world in whatever field you pursue. Your plant science degree with lead to cutting edge research, your business major with give you connections others need years to build and your engineering degree will give you your choice of career straight out of college. But that diploma does not come easy, you will have to work relentlessly for four years to earn it (five years if you're studying architecture!).

    Looking back to choosing this university my senior year of high school, I wouldn't change a thing. My experience has been far from perfect: I've experienced failure just like the rest of my peers. I'm not, however, the same person I was in high school and this is a good thing. Cornell has changed me for the better and I highly recommend you let it do the same to you!
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    • A+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 14% Acceptance Rate
    • $30,014 Net Price
    • 1330-1530 SAT Range
  2. Macalester College

    • 4 Year
    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 373
    47 Best Colleges for Environmental Science in America

    College Freshman: The first week on campus is orientation, where first years are put into "clans" made up of students from our first year courses and students from another "sister" first year course. Clans spend this week getting to know each other and the campus, by playing ice breaker games and talking in circles. There are also opportunities for students to go and explore campus, meet staff and introduce themselves to different services offered on campus. There were also a lot of activities being held at all hours of the day- sometimes it could be overwhelming because there was never enough time to get to everything, but it was nice to have options. There were mandatory meetings with the school president and other staff to teach the first years about Macalester values and principles, such as consent, sustainability, diversity, and multiculturalism. While these could get a bit tedious, it was also very nice to have all the first years in one place to learn about Macalester. Overall, orientation here at Macalester was great, and really acclimated me to the college- so much so that after orientation, I already felt as though I had been on campus for a month, rather than a week. The welcoming nature of Macalester and the acceptance felt from staff and fellow students did not dissipate once classes began, either. Any stereotypes you have previously made of people based on their appearance or clothing is contradicted at Macalester. Everyone that I would normally write off as shallow or rude turn out to be very intelligent, kind, and open. It definitely threw me for a loop for a while, but it is nice to know that negative stereotypes do not prevail here. This means, however, that diversity of opinion on political and social issues is not very diverse. Most people on campus are very progressive, and this is definitely not a campus for someone of more conservative beliefs because there will rarely be someone else to agree with. Finally, classes are challenging but interesting and rewarding
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    • A+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 37% Acceptance Rate
    • $28,528 Net Price
    • 1260-1490 SAT Range
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