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2021 Best Value Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region

10 Colleges
1,012 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,884 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Animal Science School for You

Best Value Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States RegionAnimal Science is the #65 most popular major in the country with 6,605 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 1,012 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region ranking looked at 10 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.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The animal science school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Animal Science Schools.

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2021 Best Value Animal Science Schools in the Plains States Region

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

Top 10 Best Value Animal Science Schools

South Dakota State University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a fairly large student population. South Dakota State also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region rankings.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at South Dakota State to complete their degree, and it costs about $20,370 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $89,628 to get a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State. 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 South Dakota State carry an average student debtload of $21,019. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $232.

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Iowa State University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Iowa State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Iowa State is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,749. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State is about $118,231. 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 Iowa State carry an average student debtload of $22,509. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $253, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. North Dakota State University is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Fargo. North Dakota State University also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region rankings.

The average student at North Dakota State University graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,224. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University is about $96,145. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that animal science majors at North Dakota State University take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,134. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. UNL is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lincoln. In addition to being on our best value list, UNL has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region ranking.

At UNL, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $28,697 per year to attend the school. 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 UNL is $128,563. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, animal science majors at UNL accumulate an average of around $18,878 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 $200.

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Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Kansas State University. Located in the small city of Manhattan, K - State is a public school with a fairly large student population. K - State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region list.

At K - State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $30,639 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $139,407 to get a bachelor’s degree from K - State. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, animal science graduates from K - State carry an average student debtload of $22,470. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northwest Missouri State University. Located in the town of Maryville, Northwest is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Northwest, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Northwest is 4.5 years, and it costs about $17,341 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Northwest is about $78,034. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, animal science majors at Northwest accumulate an average of around $19,828 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Missouri - Columbia. Located in the city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public college with a very large student population. Mizzou not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region list.

The average student at Mizzou graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,545. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Mizzou be around $137,852. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Animal Science majors at Mizzou take out an average of $20,942 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 $223.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. UMN Twin Cities did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region list.

At UMN Twin Cities, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs about $33,989 per year to attend the school. 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 UMN Twin Cities is $143,094. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that animal science majors at UMN Twin Cities take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,441. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $192.

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University of Minnesota - Crookston earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMN Crookston is a small public school located in the distant town of Crookston. UMN Crookston also made our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #9.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at UMN Crookston to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $16,147. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMN Crookston be around $66,364. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Animal Science majors at UMN Crookston take out an average of $20,803 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $212, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Missouri State University - Springfield earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Springfield, Missouri State is a public school with a very large student population.

It takes the average student at Missouri State about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,142. This means that the average student pays around $100,303 to get a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State. 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 Missouri State take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,833. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $206.

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Best Animal Science Colleges by State

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

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 178
Minnesota 128
Iowa 239
Kansas 204
Nebraska 102
South Dakota 115
North Dakota 46

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 1,068
Plant Sciences 559
General Agriculture 264
Food Science Technology 219
Agricultural Mechanization 210

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 10 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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