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 environmental science degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,125 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

21% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,446 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

32% above average compared to other degrees

$ 35,396 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

9% above average compared to other degrees

What do environmental science graduates earn?

Environmental science students make an average of $52,171 per year after graduation. This is 22% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 52,171 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 24% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular environmental science schools in the US

There are 952 schools in the US that offer a environmental science degree. The environmental science schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Irvine and University of California-Berkeley. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in environmental science per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
University of Southern California$54,259
Northeastern University$49,497
University of California-Santa Cruz$14,020

Top US schools for an environmental science degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering environmental science 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
Yale University7%$51,400
Pomona College8%$51,075
Brown University8%$53,419
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
United States Military Academy10%$null
Claremont McKenna College10%$52,825
Williams College15%$53,550
Colorado College15%$52,818

Cheapest US schools for an environmental science degree

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

School NameTuition
Haskell Indian Nations University$480
Fullerton College$1,138
Napa Valley College$1,142
Santa Monica College$1,142
Crafton Hills College$1,143
MiraCosta College$1,152
Columbia College - Sonora$1,162
Ohlone College$1,162
Los Angeles Pierce College$1,220
San Bernardino Valley College$1,238


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