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2021 Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business

Approximately 7,646 agricultural economics and business degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. 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 schools for Agricultural Economics & Business students.

Choosing a Great Agricultural Economics & Business School

Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business The agricultural business program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 18% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 12%.

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

Graduates Earn More After College

A agricultural economics and business degree from colleges on this list typically translates into higher than average salaries following graduation. 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 schools for Agricultural Economics & Business students.

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

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for agricultural economics and business majors.

Top 10 Best Agricultural Business Colleges

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Every student pursuing a degree in agricultural economics and business needs to check out Cornell University. Located in the city Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

There are about 270 agricultural economics and business undergrads enrolled in this degree at Cornell. Students from the agricultural economics and business degree program at Cornell University get $28,068 more than the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Texas A&M University - College Station is among your top options if you want to study agricultural economics and business. Located in the medium-sized city College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 102nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There are approximately 563 agricultural economics and business undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Texas A&M. Graduates of the agricultural business program state that they receive average early career income of $42,100.

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#3

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus is a good decision for students pursuing a Agricultural Economics & Business degree. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Purdue is a great college overall.

There are approximately 199 agricultural economics and business undergrads studying this program at Purdue. Graduates of the agricultural business program earn around $46,500 for their early career.

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Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Every student who is interested in agricultural economics and business needs to check out Kansas State University. Located in the small city Manhattan, K - State is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 310th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Kansas.

For those interested in something more advanced, K - State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in agricultural economics and business, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Agricultural Economics & Business majors from Kansas State University get a earnings boost of around $6,468 over the average earnings of agricultural economics and business majors.

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Located in the city Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 92 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UIUC is a great college 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 (Research / Scholarship). Graduates from the agricultural economics and business major at University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign earn $4,868 above the standard college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo. This college ranks 155th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There are about 182 agricultural economics and business undergrads enrolled in this degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo agricultural economics and business graduates receive $9,468 more than the standard agricultural business student.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Located in the midsize city Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 85 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U of F is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of F also offers 2 different higher degree levels in agricultural economics and business, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After graduation, agricultural business students generally make an average of $42,700 in the first five years of their career.

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#8

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. This college ranks 107th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are about 80 agricultural economics and business undergraduates studying this degree at Michigan State. After graduating, agricultural business students usually earn an average of $44,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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

With 76 students enrolled, University of Wisconsin - Madison is one of most popular schools to study agricultural business in United States. Grads of the agricultural business program report average early career earnings of $43,800.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Located in the medium-sized city Athens, UGA is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 143rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

For those interested in something more advanced, UGA also offers 2 different higher degree levels in agricultural economics and business, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from this program report average early career wages of $39,800.

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Agricultural Economics & Business by Region

View the Best Colleges for Agricultural Economics & Business for a specific region near you.

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

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 7,814
Horticulture 4,451
General Agriculture 3,551
Agricultural Production 3,536
Plant Sciences 3,278

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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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