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2021 Best Value Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business in the Plains States Region

12 Colleges
1,068 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,533 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Agricultural Economics & Business School for You

Best Value Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business in the Plains States RegionAgricultural Economics & Business is the #76 most popular major in the country with 5,324 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 1,068 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business in the Plains States Region ranking analyzed 12 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in agricultural business. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on agricultural business schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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2021 Best Value Agricultural Economics & Business Schools in the Plains States Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Agricultural Economics & Business Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Agricultural Economics & Business Schools

North Dakota State University - Main Campus landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value agricultural economics and business schools. Located in the midsize city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a large student population. North Dakota State University not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business in the Plains States Region list.

The average student at North Dakota State University graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,224. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the North Dakota State University is $96,145. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that agricultural business majors at North Dakota State University take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,016. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $221.

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Iowa State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value agricultural economics and business schools. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ames. In addition to being on our best value list, Iowa State has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business in the Plains States Region ranking.

At Iowa State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,749. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State is $118,231. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Agricultural Business majors at Iowa State take out an average of $17,206 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $179.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to South Dakota State University. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Brookings. South Dakota State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business in the Plains States Region list.

The average student at South Dakota State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,370. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State is about $89,628. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that agricultural business majors at South Dakota State take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,216. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $231, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Kansas State University. K - State is a very large public school located in the city of Manhattan. K - State also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business in the Plains States Region rankings.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at K - State to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,639. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the K - State is $139,407. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that agricultural business majors at K - State take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,999. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $216.

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Our rankings recognize Northwest Missouri State University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Northwest is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Maryville. Northwest also made our Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #9.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Northwest is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $17,341. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Northwest is $78,034. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, agricultural business graduates from Northwest carry an average student debtload of $18,143. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $192, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Nebraska at Kearney. Located in the distant town of Kearney, UNK is a public college with a medium-sized student population. UNK also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business in the Plains States Region rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNK is 4.5 years, and it costs about $20,217 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNK is $91,987. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, agricultural business majors at UNK accumulate an average of around $17,919 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $171.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Lincoln, UNL is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UNL, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business in the Plains States Region ranking.

It takes the average student at UNL about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,697. This means that the average student pays around $128,563 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNL. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, agricultural business graduates from UNL take out $17,362 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $180.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a fairly large student population. UMN Twin Cities not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business in the Plains States Region list.

It takes the average student at UMN Twin Cities about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,989. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMN Twin Cities is about $143,094. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, agricultural business graduates from UMN Twin Cities take out $18,500 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $189, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize University of Central Missouri as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public school with a large student population.

The average student at UCM graduates in less than 4.5 years, and it costs about $19,956 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $89,802 to get a bachelor’s degree from UCM. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that agricultural business majors at UCM take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,665.

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Our rankings recognize University of Missouri - Columbia as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Mizzou is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia. Mizzou also made our Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #6.

The average student at Mizzou graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $31,545 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Mizzou is $137,852. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that agricultural business majors at Mizzou take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,118. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $192, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Agricultural Economics & Business Colleges by State

Explore the best agricultural economics and business schools for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 245
Minnesota 89
Iowa 301
Kansas 171
Nebraska 119
South Dakota 64
North Dakota 79

One of 13 majors within the Agriculture & Agriculture Operations area of study, Agricultural Economics & Business has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Animal Science 1,012
Plant Sciences 559
General Agriculture 264
Food Science Technology 219
Agricultural Mechanization 210

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 12 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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