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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 difficult finding the best choice. 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 15% of colleges 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. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of various 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
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A animal science degree from schools on this list usually results in higher than average wages after 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.

Starting Salary  ( 31700 to 38699 )
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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 colleges for Animal Science students.

More Ways to Rank Animal Science Schools

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Animal Science Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

Best Schools to Study Animal Science in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study animal science.

Top 10 Best Animal Science Colleges

Texas A&M University - College Station is a great decision for students interested in a Animal Science degree. Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 102 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Texas A&M College Station is a great university overall.

There were about 210 animal science individuals who graduated from this program at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent year we have data available. Grads of the animal science program state that they receive average early career wages of $33,700.

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Iowa State University is a good decision for individuals interested in a Animal Science major. Iowa State is a very large public university located in the small city of Ames. This university ranks 213th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were about 248 animal science students who graduated from this degree at Iowa State in the most recent year we have data available. Iowa State University animal science students make $4,048 more than the typical animal science grad.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus is among your top options if you're planning on studying animal science. Purdue is a very large public university located in the city of West Lafayette. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Purdue is a great university overall.

There were about 168 animal science individuals who graduated from this degree at Purdue in the most recent data year. Graduates of the animal science program earn about $32,800 in their early career salary.

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South Dakota State University is one of the finest schools in the United States for animal science. South Dakota State is a large public university located in the remote town of Brookings. This university ranks 549th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.

There were roughly 131 animal science students who graduated from this program at South Dakota State in the most recent data year. Animal Science graduates from South Dakota State University earn a boost of around $7,948 over the typical earnings of animal science graduates.

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Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

With 70 students who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, University of Wisconsin - Madison is one of the most popular universities to study animal science in the United States. University of Wisconsin - Madison animal science students receive $4,748 more than the average animal science student.

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Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Located in the city of Auburn, Auburn is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 209th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Alabama.

For those interested in something more advanced, Auburn also offers 2 different higher degree levels in animal science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Animal Science majors from Auburn University get an earnings boost of approximately $4,648 over the average earnings of animal science graduates.

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

There were approximately 127 animal science individuals who graduated from this degree at UNL in the most recent data year. Animal Science students from University of Nebraska - Lincoln earn a boost of around $2,848 above the average earnings of animal science majors.

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NC State is a fairly large public university located in the city of Raleigh. A Best Colleges rank of 105 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means NC State is a great university overall.

There were approximately 226 animal science students who graduated from this degree at NC State in the most recent data year. Graduates of the animal science program make around $26,900 in their early career salary.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State is a very large public university located in the small city of East Lansing. This university ranks 107th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

For those interested in something more advanced, Michigan State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in animal science, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree. Animal Science students from Michigan State University get an earnings boost of approximately $3,448 above the average income of animal science majors.

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

There were approximately 125 animal science individuals who graduated from this program at UMN Twin Cities in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates from the animal science program at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities get $3,248 above the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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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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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

  • 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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