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2021 Best Colleges for Animal Science

Approximately 7,614 animal science degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Animal Science ranking analyzed 66 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in animal science. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 9 schools for Animal Science students.

Choosing a Great Animal Science School

Best Colleges for Animal Science The animal science program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 32%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 256 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
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Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A animal science degree from colleges on this list typically translates into above average salaries following graduation. While the average animal science bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $28,954, graduates of colleges on this list average $34,622.

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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Animal Science students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other animal science students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized animal science related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Animal Science students.

Best Schools to Study Animal Science in United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for animal science majors.

Top 10 Best Animal Science Colleges

It's hard to beat Texas A&M University - College Station if you want to pursue animal science as a major. Located in the medium-sized city College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 102 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Texas A&M is a great school overall.

There are approximately 210 animal science undergraduates studying this program at Texas A&M. Students who graduate from the animal science program make around $33,700 in the first couple years of working.

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It's hard to beat Iowa State University if you want to pursue animal science as a major. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the city of Ames. This college ranks 213th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

For those interested in something more advanced, Iowa State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in animal science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students from the animal science degree program at Iowa State University make $4,048 above the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Every student pursuing a degree in animal science needs to take a look at Purdue University - Main Campus. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Purdue is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Purdue also offers 2 different higher degree levels in animal science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After graduating, animal science students usually earn an average of $32,800 at the beginning of their careers.

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Any student pursuing a degree in animal science needs to look into South Dakota State University. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Brookings. This college ranks 549th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.

There are approximately 131 animal science undergraduates enrolled in this program at South Dakota State. Animal Science students from South Dakota State University earn a boost of around $7,948 over the average earnings of animal science graduates.

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Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the large city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Wisconsin is a great school overall.

A preferred choice for animal science undergraduates, there are roughly 70 individuals enrolled in this program at Wisconsin. Animal Science graduates from University of Wisconsin - Madison get a earnings boost of about $4,748 above the typical earnings of animal science majors.

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Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Auburn is a very large public school located in the small city of Auburn. This school ranks 209th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Alabama.

There are about 119 animal science undergrads studying this program at Auburn. Auburn University animal science students receive $4,648 more than the standard animal science student.

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Located in the city Lincoln, UNL is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 248th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.

There are approximately 127 animal science undergrads enrolled in this program at UNL. Animal Science graduates from University of Nebraska - Lincoln receive an earnings boost of around $2,848 over the average earnings of animal science graduates.

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Located in the large city Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 105 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means NC State is a great college overall.

There are approximately 226 animal science undergrads studying this program at NC State. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, animal science students generally earn around $26,900 in their early careers.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. This college ranks 107th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are approximately 121 animal science undergraduates studying this degree at Michigan State. Animal Science students from Michigan State University earn a boost of about $3,448 over the average income of animal science graduates.

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Located in the city Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 124th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There are about 125 animal science undergraduates studying this degree at UMN Twin Cities. Animal Science majors from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities receive an earnings boost of around $3,248 above the average income of animal science majors.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
11 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
12 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
13 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
14 University of Georgia Athens, GA
15 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
16 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD

Animal Science by Region

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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
The 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 8,910
Horticulture 4,451
General Agriculture 3,551
Agricultural Production 3,536
Plant Sciences 3,278

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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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