You know environmental college programs have become popular when they earn a special mention in The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011 edition. The Fiske Guide to Colleges has been a go-to source for parents and high school students for more than 25 years, and the updated 2011 edition features the top 10 environmental studies undergraduate degree programs.

  • Colby College – In small-town Maine, an ideal perch to study the environment.
  • College of the Atlantic – Tiny college for alternative types that is totally devoted to human ecology.
  • University of California, Davis – Renowned for its research and innovation in the environmental, agricultural and biological sciences.
  • University of Colorado at Boulder – There is no bigger draw than Boulder for the nation’s green movement.
  • Dartmouth College – The Ivy League’s only rural outpost, and its leading program in environmental studies.
  • Eckerd College – Small college near St. Petersburg with its own stretch of Gulf Coast beach.
  • Evergreen State College – Epicenter of all things green in the Pacific Northwest.
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville – Set among the North Carolina mountains
  • Tulane University – After Hurricane Katrina, Tulane stepped up its game.
  • University of Washington – Leader in the study of the environment in the seas as well as on land.
Some of these schools have appeared on other green college lists including the College of the Atlantic, which earned a spot on The Princeton Review’s 2010 Green Rating Honor Roll, was recognized for earning an A+ on the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, and earned a number five ranking on Sierra magazine's Cool Schools list.

If you are searching for a solid environmental studies program, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011 will help guide your search. While this list is only their top 10 choices, the book features information about more than 300 schools across the country.

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