2021 Best Animal Science Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

67 Colleges
6,605 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,663 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Animal Science Schools for Non-Traditional Students

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

For this year's Best Animal Science Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 67 colleges that offer a bachelor's in animal science. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great animal science programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the animal science program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Animal Science Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Animal Science Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Top 10 Best Animal Science Schools for Non-Traditional Students

South Dakota State University has taken the #1 spot in this year's animal science ranking for non-traditional students. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Brookings. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, South Dakota State has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science ranking.

About 4.2% of South Dakota State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,992 students take at least one class online at South Dakota State. There are roughly 3,377 part time students in attendance at South Dakota State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas A&M University - College Station. Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public school with a fairly large student population. Texas A&M College Station not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science list.

The student loan default rate at Texas A&M College Station is lower than is typical, just 2.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 4,608 students take at least one class online at Texas A&M College Station. 9,459 students are part time. Texas A&M College Station does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Delaware Valley University

Doylestown, PA

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Delaware Valley University. Located in the large suburb of Doylestown, DelVal is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

About 8.0% of DelVal students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 467 students at DelVal that take at least one class online. 512 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Iowa State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best animal science schools for non-traditional students. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the city of Ames. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Iowa State, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science ranking.

The student loan default rate at Iowa State is lower than is typical, just 3.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,215 students take at least one class online at Iowa State. 3,779 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population. UMN Twin Cities excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Animal Science list.

About 2.2% of UMN Twin Cities students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 13,571 students at UMN Twin Cities that take at least one class online. There are roughly 10,971 part time students in attendance at UMN Twin Cities. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 very large student population. UNL also made our Best Colleges for Animal Science list, coming in at #7.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.5%. There are approximately 10,178 students at UNL that take at least one class online. 3,629 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Madison as the #7 school in this year's rankings. UW - Madison is a very large public school located in the city of Madison. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UW - Madison, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science ranking.

About 1.3% of UW - Madison students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,424 students take at least one class online at UW - Madison. 4,418 of UW - Madison students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best animal science schools for non-traditional students. Located in the midsize city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at North Dakota State University is lower than is typical, just 2.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 5,518 students take at least one class online at North Dakota State University. 2,527 of North Dakota State University students are attending part time. North Dakota State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Michigan State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science list.

The student loan default rate at Michigan State is lower than is typical, just 3.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 9,273 students take at least one class online at Michigan State. 6,488 of Michigan State students are attending part time.

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Colorado State University - Fort Collins earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Colorado State is a very large public school located in the city of Fort Collins. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Colorado State is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Animal Science list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.1%. There are approximately 4,779 students at Colorado State that take at least one class online. About 7,877 of the students at Colorado State are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for non-traditional students studying Animal Science that almost earned our Best Animal Science Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
11 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
12 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
13 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC

Animal Science by Region

View the best for non-traditional students Animal Science colleges in a specific region near you.

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 7,646
General Agriculture 3,456
Plant Sciences 3,064
Agricultural Production 2,452
Food Science Technology 2,100

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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