2022 Best Animal Science Schools

89 Colleges in the United States
8,086 Animal Science Degrees Awarded
$28,818 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you plan on majoring in animal science, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #96 in the country in terms of popularity. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 89 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Animal Science Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 8,086 degrees in animal science to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Degree-Level Rankings

Choosing a Great Animal Science School

Best Animal Science Schools Your choice of animal science school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for animal science schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Animal Science Degree Level

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. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

Best Schools for Animal Science in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the animal science degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

13 Top Schools in Animal Science

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In WI
64 Animal Science Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in animal science has to look into University of Wisconsin - Madison. UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the city of Madison. A Best Schools rank of #69 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were about 64 animal science students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year.

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#2

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
114 Animal Science Degrees Awarded

Cornell University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in animal science. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were roughly 114 animal science students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the animal science program earn an average of $26,300 in their early career salary.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In OH
38 Animal Science Degrees Awarded

Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in animal science. Located in the town of Wooster, Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute is a public university with a small student population.

There were approximately 38 animal science students who graduated with this degree at Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
264 Animal Science Degrees Awarded

Texas A&M University - College Station is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in animal science. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of College Station. A Best Schools rank of #81 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Texas A&M College Station is a great university overall.

There were approximately 264 animal science students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent data year.

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#5

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
111 Animal Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Auburn, Auburn is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 48 colleges for overall quality in the state of Alabama.

There were about 111 animal science students who graduated with this degree at Auburn in the most recent year we have data available. Animal Science degree recipients from Auburn University get an earnings boost of about $7,582 above the average earnings of animal science majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In SD
124 Animal Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 4th out of 15 schools for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.

There were approximately 124 animal science students who graduated with this degree at South Dakota State in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
245 Animal Science Degrees Awarded

Iowa State is a fairly large public university located in the city of Ames. This university ranks 2nd out of 45 colleges for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were roughly 245 animal science students who graduated with this degree at Iowa State in the most recent year we have data available. Those animal science students who get their degree from Iowa State University earn $6,982 more than the typical animal science grad.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
182 Animal Science Degrees Awarded

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public university located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. A Best Schools rank of #70 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a great university overall.

There were about 182 animal science students who graduated with this degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the animal science program earn about $29,100 for their early career.

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#9

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IN
154 Animal Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #106 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Purdue is a great university overall.

There were approximately 154 animal science students who graduated with this degree at Purdue in the most recent data year.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
158 Animal Science Degrees Awarded

UW - River Falls is a medium-sized public university located in the town of River Falls. This university ranks 5th out of 52 schools for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were about 158 animal science students who graduated with this degree at UW - River Falls in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
333 Animal Science Degrees Awarded

UC Davis is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of Davis. A Best Schools rank of #112 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UC Davis is a great university overall.

There were approximately 333 animal science students who graduated with this degree at UC Davis in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the animal science program report average early career wages of $27,100.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
97 Animal Science Degrees Awarded

UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Minneapolis. A Best Schools rank of #120 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UMN Twin Cities is a great university overall.

There were roughly 97 animal science students who graduated with this degree at UMN Twin Cities in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the animal science program at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities make $6,182 above the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#13

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
172 Animal Science Degrees Awarded

Michigan State is a fairly large public university located in the small city of East Lansing. This university ranks 4th out of 67 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 172 animal science students who graduated with this degree at Michigan State in the most recent year we have data available. Those animal science students who get their degree from Michigan State University earn $6,382 more than the typical animal science student.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Animal Science students that almost earned our Best Animal Science Schools award.

Rank College Location
14 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
15 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
16 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
17 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
18 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
19 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
20 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
21 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
22 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC

Animal Science by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 16 majors within the Agriculture & Agriculture Operations area of study, Animal Science has other similar majors worth exploring.

Animal Science Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Animal Sciences, General 7,374
Dairy Science 255
Animal Sciences, Other 196
Poultry Science 162
Animal Health 44
Livestock Management 31
Agricultural Animal Breeding 20
Animal Nutrition 4

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 8,504
Veterinary/Animal Health Technologies/Technicians 8,311
Horticulture 4,051
Agricultural Production 3,610
General Agriculture 3,332
Plant Sciences 3,246
Food Science Technology 2,415
Agricultural Mechanization 1,550
Animal Services 1,058
Agricultural Public Services 823

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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