2021 Best Animal Science Colleges for Veterans

67 Colleges
6,863 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,588 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Animal Science Schools for Vets

Best Animal Science Colleges for VeteransIn 2019-2020, 6,863 people earned their bachelor's in animal science, making the major the #65 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Animal Science Colleges for Veterans ranking analyzed 67 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 veterans and active service members.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the animal science program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran satisfaction. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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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 Animal Science Schools for Veterans.

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2021 Best Animal Science Schools for Veterans in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for vets studying animal science.

Top 10 Best Animal Science Schools for Veterans

South Dakota State University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Brookings. In addition to being on our best for vets list, South Dakota State has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 387 of the 11,405 students enrolled at South Dakota State were GI Bill® students, of which 192 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,217. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at South Dakota State University Report

Our rankings recognize Texas A&M University - College Station as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public college with a fairly large student population. Texas A&M College Station did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Animal Science list.

Our most recent data shows that 2,040 of the 70,418 students enrolled at Texas A&M College Station were GI Bill® students, of which 1,388 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,525. Texas A&M College Station does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Full Veterans at Texas A&M University - College Station Report

Our rankings recognize Iowa State University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the small city of Ames. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Iowa State has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science ranking.

According to our most recent data, Iowa State supports 31,822 students, and 824 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 455 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,422. To help with additional expenses, 14 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Lincoln, UNL is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, UNL has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science ranking.

Of the 25,108 students enrolled at UNL, 687 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 406 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,191. On top of their other funding sources, 92 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UNL does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

Delaware Valley University

Doylestown, PA

Our rankings recognize Delaware Valley University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Doylestown, DelVal is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 2,303 students enrolled at DelVal, 64 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 59 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,835. On top of their other funding sources, 11 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Auburn University

Auburn, AL

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Auburn University. Located in the city of Auburn, Auburn is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Auburn has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Animal Science ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 1,435 of the 30,737 students enrolled at Auburn were GI Bill® students, of which 826 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,004. To help with additional expenses, 42 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at Auburn University Report

#7

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. Purdue also made our Best Colleges for Animal Science list, coming in at #3.

Our most recent data shows that 761 of the 46,655 students enrolled at Purdue were GI Bill® students, of which 556 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,363. To help with additional expenses, 32 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Kansas State University. K -State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Manhattan. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, K -State also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Animal Science ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 1,106 of the 20,854 students enrolled at K -State were GI Bill® students, of which 769 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,442. K -State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Colorado State University - Fort Collins as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Colorado State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Fort Collins. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Colorado State also did well on our Best Colleges for Animal Science list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 32,428 students enrolled at Colorado State, 1,706 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,344 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,826. To help with additional expenses, 70 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Carolina State University. NC State is a very large public school located in the city of Raleigh. NC State also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Animal Science rankings.

According to our most recent data, NC State supports 36,042 students, and 1,068 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 719 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,891. During this same period, 33 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. NC State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for vets studying Animal Science that almost earned our Best Animal Science Colleges for Veterans award.

Rank College Location
11 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
12 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
13 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI

Animal Science by Region

View the best for vets 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

Animal Science is one of 16 different types of Agriculture & Agriculture Operations programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 5,233
General Agriculture 2,082
Plant Sciences 2,061
Food Science Technology 1,406
Agricultural Production 833

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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