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2021 Best Value Colleges for Animal Science in the Southwest Region

9 Colleges
1,008 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,805 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Animal Science School for You

Best Value Colleges for Animal Science in the Southwest RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, animal science was ranked #65 in the country. In fact 6,605 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 1,008 went to students in the Southwest region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Animal Science in the Southwest Region ranking looked at 9 colleges that offer a bachelor's in animal science. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. Instead, we are looking at those animal science schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Animal Science Schools in the Southwest Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Animal Science Colleges for the Money.

Best Value Animal Science Schools in the Southwest Region

#1

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Lubbock. Texas Tech did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Southwest Region list.

The average student at Texas Tech graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,296. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is about $105,298. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Animal Science majors at Texas Tech take out an average of $19,429 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 $180.

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Oklahoma State University - Main Campus landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value animal science schools. Oklahoma State is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Stillwater. Oklahoma State also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Southwest Region rankings.

It takes the average student at Oklahoma State about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,971. 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 Oklahoma State is $119,212. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Animal Science majors at Oklahoma State take out an average of $18,691 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $181, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Texas A&M University - College Station as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a fairly large student population. Texas A&M also made our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Southwest Region list, coming in at #1.

The average student at Texas A&M graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $38,607. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M is about $168,327. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, animal science graduates from Texas A&M carry an average student debtload of $17,101. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $184.

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Sam Houston State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. SHSU is a fairly large public school located in the town of Huntsville. SHSU also made our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Southwest Region list, coming in at #5.

It takes the average student at SHSU about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $22,492 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SHSU is $101,889. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

On average, animal science graduates from SHSU take out $24,659 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 $228.

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#5

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX

Tarleton State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Tarleton is a fairly large public school located in the town of Stephenville. Tarleton not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Southwest Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Tarleton is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,595. 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 Tarleton is $101,226. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, animal science graduates from Tarleton take out $18,324 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 $204.

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New Mexico State University - Main Campus earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Las Cruces, New Mexico State University - Main Campus is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, New Mexico State University - Main Campus has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Southwest Region ranking.

The average student at New Mexico State University - Main Campus graduates in less than 4.8 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,597. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the New Mexico State University - Main Campus is $116,836. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, animal science majors at New Mexico State University - Main Campus accumulate an average of around $17,508 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 $139.

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#7

Angelo State University

San Angelo, TX

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Angelo State University. Angelo State is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Angelo. Angelo State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Southwest Region list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Angelo State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,776. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Angelo State is about $97,339. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Animal Science majors at Angelo State take out an average of $21,290 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $229, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas State University. Located in the small city of San Marcos, Texas State is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Texas State has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Southwest Region ranking.

At Texas State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and it costs about $24,274 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas State be around $111,418. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Animal Science majors at Texas State take out an average of $22,583 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $215.

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#9

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Arizona. Located in the city of Tucson, Arizona is a public college with a fairly large student population. Arizona also made our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Southwest Region list, coming in at #4.

The average student at Arizona graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,634. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Arizona is $158,625. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that animal science majors at Arizona take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,671. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $230, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Animal Science Colleges by State

Explore the best animal science colleges for a specific state in the Southwest region.

State Degrees Awarded
Texas 646
Oklahoma 247
Arizona 36
New Mexico 79

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 1,110
General Agriculture 432
Agricultural Public Services 245
Plant Sciences 195
Agricultural Production 165

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 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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