The cost of attending college or university seems to consistently trend upwards. And while it’s true that you have to be prepared to make a financial commitment to your post-secondary education, there are ways that you can reduce the overall cost. Plan ahead. Compare the costs and benefits of earning an associate degree versus a bachelor’s degree. Explore scholarship opportunities and financial aid. Become informed about available tax credits and deductions. And of course, investigate tuition fees at both public and private institutions. To help you get started, here are the typical costs for an environmental studies degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,082 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

32% above average compared to other degrees

$ 29,355 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

46% above average compared to other degrees

$ 41,091 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

27% above average compared to other degrees

What do environmental studies graduates earn?

Environmental studies students make an average of $58,083 per year after graduation. This is 13% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 58,083 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 30% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular environmental studies schools in the US

There are 862 schools in the US that offer a environmental studies degree. The environmental studies schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-San Diego, 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 studies per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-San Diego$14,018
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
San Diego State University$7,460
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Northeastern University$49,497

Top US schools for an environmental studies degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Harvard University5%$48,949
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Brown University8%$53,419
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
United States Military Academy10%$null
Duke University10%$53,500
Claremont McKenna College10%$52,825

Cheapest US schools for an environmental studies degree

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

School NameTuition
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
Copper Mountain Community College$1,112
Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Manati$1,125
Chabot College$1,138
Santa Monica College$1,142
Sierra College$1,142
Ohlone College$1,162
Santa Rosa Junior College$1,282
Saddleback College$1,328


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