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2021 Best Value Colleges for Animal Science

66 Colleges
6,605 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,013 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Animal Science School for You

Best Value Colleges for Animal ScienceAnimal Science is the #65 most popular major in the country with 6,605 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Animal Science ranking, we looked at 66 colleges that offer a bachelor's in animal science. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on animal science 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 Animal Science Schools in the United States

Check out the animal science programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Animal Science Schools

South Dakota State University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. 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 #4 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at South Dakota State is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,370. This means that the average student pays around $89,628 to get a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Animal Science majors at South Dakota State take out an average of $21,019 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $232, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Iowa State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the small 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 Animal Science ranking.

At Iowa State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $26,749 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Iowa State is $118,231. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Animal Science majors at Iowa State take out an average of $22,509 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 $253.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Dakota State University - Main Campus. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at North Dakota State University is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,224. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University be around $96,145. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, animal science majors at North Dakota State University accumulate an average of around $19,134 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

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#4

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. U of F is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville. In addition to its great value ranking, U of F is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Animal Science list.

At U of F, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $28,230 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $120,542 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of F. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, animal science majors at U of F accumulate an average of around $16,779 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $156.

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University of Wisconsin - River Falls earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW - River Falls is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of River Falls.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UW - River Falls is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,058. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - River Falls is about $88,656. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that animal science majors at UW - River Falls take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,360. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Located in the large city of Lincoln, UNL is a public school with a fairly large student population. UNL also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Animal Science rankings.

At UNL, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,697. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNL is $128,563. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

On average, animal science graduates from UNL take out $18,878 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $200.

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#7

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Purdue, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science ranking.

At Purdue, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,495. This means that the average student pays around $124,238 to get a bachelor’s degree from Purdue. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, animal science graduates from Purdue carry an average student debtload of $17,839. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Athens, UGA is a public school with a very large student population. UGA also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Animal Science list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

At UGA, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,505. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UGA be around $134,211. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that animal science majors at UGA take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,807. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $200.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas Tech University. Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Lubbock.

It takes the average student at Texas Tech about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,296. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is $105,298. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, animal science graduates from Texas Tech carry an average student debtload of $19,429. 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 #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Carolina State University. NC State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Raleigh. NC State also made our Best Colleges for Animal Science list, coming in at #8.

It takes the average student at NC State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,493. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from NC State is $124,799. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Animal Science majors at NC State take out an average of $19,663 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $213, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Animal Science students that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for Animal Science award.

Rank College Location
11 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
12 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
13 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK

Animal Science by Region

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Region
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, Animal Science has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 5,324
General Agriculture 2,377
Plant Sciences 2,008
Food Science Technology 1,363
Agricultural Production 947

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Billy Hathorn.

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