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2021 Best Value Colleges for Animal Science in California

5 Colleges
726 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,081 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Animal Science School for You

Best Value Colleges for Animal Science in CaliforniaAnimal Science is the #64 most popular major in California with 726 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 11.0% of all the animal science bachelor's degrees in the country.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Animal Science in California ranking, we looked at 5 colleges that offer a bachelor's in animal science. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those animal science schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Animal Science Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Value Animal Science Schools in California

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for animal science majors.

Best Value Animal Science Schools in California

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public school with a fairly large student population. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo also made our Best Colleges for Animal Science in California list, coming in at #2.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,197. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo be around $143,921. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that animal science majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,495. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $200, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California State University - Fresno comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Fresno State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Fresno. Fresno State also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Animal Science in California rankings.

It takes the average student at Fresno State about 5.0 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,188. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State be around $100,132. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, animal science graduates from Fresno State take out $19,333 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 $182.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Chico as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Chico State is a large public school located in the city of Chico. In addition to being on our best value list, Chico State has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science in California ranking.

It takes the average student at Chico State about 4.7 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,192. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Chico State is about $118,654. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that animal science majors at Chico State take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,301. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $182.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State Polytechnic University - Pomona. CSU Pomona is a very large public school located in the suburb of Pomona. CSU Pomona also made our Best Colleges for Animal Science in California list, coming in at #3.

It takes the average student at CSU Pomona about 4.9 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,111. This means that the average student pays around $137,744 to get a bachelor’s degree from CSU Pomona. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, animal science graduates from CSU Pomona take out $19,745 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 $215.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Davis. Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a very large student population. UC Davis did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science in California list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at UC Davis to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,717. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis is $171,975. 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 animal science majors at UC Davis take out while working on their bachelor's is $14,535. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $155.

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Best Animal Science Colleges in the Far Western US Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Washington 69
Oregon 75
Hawaii 19

Animal Science is one of 13 different types of Agriculture & Agriculture Operations programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Animal Science

Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 450
Food Science Technology 266
Plant Sciences 206
General Agriculture 146
Agricultural Production 131

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 5 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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