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2021 Best Animal Science Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region

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

Finding the Best Animal Science Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Animal Science Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 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 Animal Science Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region ranking analyzed 10 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in animal science. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent animal science programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the animal science program at the school. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Animal Science Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying animal science.

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. Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public college with a large student population. South Dakota State also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at South Dakota State is lower than is typical, just 4.2% of students default in three years. 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. South Dakota State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Iowa State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best animal science schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Iowa State, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region ranking.

About 3.2% of Iowa State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,215 students at Iowa State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,779 part time students in attendance at Iowa State. Iowa State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best animal science schools for non-traditional students. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. UMN Twin Cities not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region list.

The student loan default rate at UMN Twin Cities is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 13,571 students take at least one class online at UMN Twin Cities. There are roughly 10,971 part time students in attendance at UMN Twin Cities. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Nebraska - Lincoln. UNL is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lincoln. UNL did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.5%. Approximately 10,178 students take at least one class online at UNL. There are roughly 3,629 part time students in attendance at UNL. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize North Dakota State University - Main Campus as the #5 school in this year's rankings. North Dakota State University is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Fargo. As a testament to the quality of education offered at North Dakota State University, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.6%. There are approximately 5,518 students at North Dakota State University that take at least one class online. 2,527 of North Dakota State University students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Manhattan, K -State is a public college with a fairly large student population. K -State also made our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #5.

About 4.7% of K -State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,564 students at K -State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,383 part time students in attendance at K -State. K -State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Missouri - Columbia earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public college with a fairly large student population. Mizzou also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at Mizzou is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,407 students take at least one class online at Mizzou. 4,578 students are part time. Mizzou does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Northwest Missouri State University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Maryville, Northwest is a public college with a medium-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.

About 7.9% of Northwest students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,516 students take at least one class online at Northwest. 1,477 of Northwest students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Minnesota - Crookston. UMN Crookston is a small public school located in the town of Crookston. UMN Crookston also made our Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #9.

The student loan default rate at UMN Crookston is lower than is typical, just 5.3% of students default in three years. 1,060 of UMN Crookston students are exclusively distance learners. 1,604 students are part time. UMN Crookston does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.6%. There are approximately 6,703 students at Missouri State that take at least one class online. 7,188 of Missouri State students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Animal Science Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students animal science schools 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.

Majors Similar to Animal Science

Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 1,805
Plant Sciences 810
General Agriculture 396
Agricultural Production 386
Agricultural Mechanization 373

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 10 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.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Billy Hathorn.

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