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2021 Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business

Approximately 7,646 agricultural economics and business degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business ranking analyzed 57 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and business. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business students.

Choosing a Great Agricultural Economics & Business School

Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business Your choice of agricultural economics and business school matters. Important measures of a quality agricultural business program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 12% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 18%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 182 to 11 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Agricultural Economics & Business graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average agricultural economics and business bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $40,788, graduates of colleges on this list average $50,675.

Starting Salary  ( 38125 to 58474 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Agricultural Economics & Business students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other agricultural economics and business students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized agricultural economics and business related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business students.

More Ways to Rank Agricultural Economics & Business Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Agricultural Business Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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Best Schools to Study Agricultural Economics & Business in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study agricultural economics and business.

Top 10 Best Agricultural Business Colleges

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

It is difficult to beat Cornell University if you want to pursue agricultural economics and business as a major. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Cornell also offers 2 different higher degree levels in agricultural economics and business, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Cornell University agricultural economics and business students earn $28,068 more than the standard agricultural business graduate.

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Texas A&M University - College Station is a great choice for individuals interested in a Agricultural Economics & Business degree. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of College Station. This university ranks 102nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were roughly 563 agricultural economics and business students who graduated from this program at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent data year. Graduates of the agricultural business program make an average of $42,100 for their early career.

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#3

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Every student pursuing a degree in agricultural economics and business has to check out Purdue University - Main Campus. Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Purdue is a great university overall.

There were approximately 199 agricultural economics and business individuals who graduated from this program at Purdue in the most recent year we have data available. After graduating, agricultural business students usually earn about $46,500 in their early careers.

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Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

It's difficult to beat Kansas State University if you wish to study agricultural economics and business. Located in the small city of Manhattan, K -State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 310th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Kansas.

There were roughly 169 agricultural economics and business students who graduated from this program at K -State in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates from the agricultural economics and business major at Kansas State University earn $6,468 above the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 92 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIUC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in agricultural economics and business, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign agricultural economics and business students receive $4,868 more than the standard agricultural business student.

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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. This university ranks 155th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo offers a Master's Degrees in agricultural economics and business. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo agricultural economics and business students make $9,468 more than the average agricultural business student.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

UF is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Gainesville. A Best Colleges rank of 85 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UF is a great university overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UF also offers 2 different higher degree levels in agricultural economics and business, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career earnings of $42,700.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 107th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

For those interested in something more advanced, Michigan State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in agricultural economics and business, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree. Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career wages of $44,300.

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UW - Madison is a very large public university located in the large city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

A favorite major for agricultural economics and business undergraduates, there were approximately 76 individuals who completed this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates of the agricultural business program earn about $43,800 for their early career.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

UGA is a very large public university located in the city of Athens. This university ranks 143rd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were roughly 126 agricultural economics and business individuals who graduated from this degree at UGA in the most recent data year. Graduates of the agricultural business program make about $39,800 in their early career salary.

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Agricultural Economics & Business by Region

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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Agricultural Economics & Business is one of 13 different types of Agriculture & Agriculture Operations programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Animal Science 7,614
General Agriculture 3,456
Plant Sciences 3,064
Agricultural Production 2,452
Food Science Technology 2,100

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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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