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2021 Best Value Colleges for Animal Science in South Dakota

1 College
115 Bachelor's Degrees
$20,370 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Animal Science School for You

Best Value Colleges for Animal Science in South DakotaAnimal Science is the #13 most popular major in South Dakota with 115 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that of the 6,605 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 1.7% were from a college or university in the state.

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

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.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

2021 Best Value Animal Science School in South Dakota

The following school tops our list of the Best Animal Science Colleges for the Money.

Best Value Animal Science School

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to South Dakota State University. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public college with a fairly large student population. South Dakota State also made our Best Colleges for Animal Science in South Dakota list, coming in at #1.

It takes the average student at South Dakota State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,370. 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 South Dakota State is $89,628. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that animal science majors at South Dakota State take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,019. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $232.

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Best Animal Science Colleges in the Plains States Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 178
Minnesota 128
Iowa 239
Kansas 204
Nebraska 102
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 64
General Agriculture 52
Plant Sciences 49
Agricultural Public Services 31
Agricultural Mechanization 29

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Notes and References

*These values are for the top school 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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