Tuition costs are a reality of post-secondary education, but it’s important not to be discouraged. If your top school is financially out of reach, your second or third choice may serve your future just as well. To help you find the program — and school — that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up typical tuition costs for ecology degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,464 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

25% above average compared to other degrees

$ 27,846 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

39% above average compared to other degrees

$ 44,037 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

36% above average compared to other degrees

What do ecology graduates earn?

Ecology students make an average of $53,259 per year after graduation. This is 20% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

27% of ecology graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 53,259 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 19% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

31% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular ecology schools in the US

There are 130 schools in the US that offer a ecology degree. The ecology schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Davis and New York University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in ecology per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
San Diego State University$7,460
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
University of California-Santa Cruz$14,020
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
Cornell University$52,853
Fordham University$50,986

Top US schools for an ecology degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering ecology degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Northwestern University9%$52,678
Duke University10%$53,500
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
Cornell University13%$52,853
College of the Ozarks13%$19,130
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533
University of California-Los Angeles16%$13,261
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill24%$9,005

Cheapest US schools for an ecology degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an ecology degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Western Wyoming Community College$2,953
University of Wyoming$5,217
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce$5,872
University of Florida$6,381
New Mexico State University-Main Campus$6,461
The University of Montana$7,063
Idaho State University$7,166
Angelo State University$7,201
Appalachian State University$7,302
Shawnee State University$7,439

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