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2024 Best Animal Science Schools

76 Colleges in the United States
8,178 Animal Science Degrees Awarded
$30,701 Avg Early-Career Salary
Animal Science is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #92 most popular degree program in the country. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

For its 2024 ranking, College Factual looked at 76 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for animal science students pursuing a degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 8,178 degrees in animal science during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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

Associate Degrees in Animal Science
Bachelor's Degrees in Animal Science
Master's Degrees in Animal Science
Doctor's Degrees in Animal Science

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.

11 Top Schools in Animal Science

1
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
410 Animal Science Degrees Awarded
27.3% Growth in Graduates

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 fairly large public university located in the midsize city of College Station. A Best Colleges rank of #44 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Texas A&M College Station is a great university overall.

There were roughly 410 animal science students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent year we have data available. Those animal science students who get their degree from Texas A&M University - College Station earn $11,040 more than the standard animal science grad.

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2
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
262 Animal Science Degrees Awarded
14.1% Growth in Graduates

Iowa State University is a good decision for students pursuing a degree in animal science. Iowa State is a fairly large public university located in the city of Ames. This university ranks 1st out of 40 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were about 262 animal science students who graduated with this degree at Iowa State in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the animal science program at Iowa State University make $21,286 more than the average college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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3
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
370 Animal Science Degrees Awarded
1.6% Growth in Graduates

It's difficult to beat University of California - Davis if you wish to pursue a degree in animal science. UC Davis is a very large public university located in the small suburb of Davis. A Best Colleges rank of #52 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means UC Davis is a great university overall.

There were roughly 370 animal science students who graduated with this degree at UC Davis in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduating, animal science degree recipients typically earn about $27,988 in their early careers.

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4
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
59 Animal Science Degrees Awarded
$35,454 Median Starting Salary

Any student who is interested in animal science needs to check out University of Wisconsin - Madison. UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of #30 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were about 59 animal science students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year. Those animal science students who get their degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison make $4,753 more than the typical animal science graduate.

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5
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
133 Animal Science Degrees Awarded
$40,797 Median Starting Salary

Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 13 colleges for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.

There were about 133 animal science students who graduated with this degree at South Dakota State in the most recent data year. Those animal science students who get their degree from South Dakota State University make $10,096 more than the typical animal science graduate.

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6
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
276 Animal Science Degrees Awarded
18.5% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 93 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 276 animal science students who graduated with this degree at NC State in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the animal science program state that they receive average early career earnings of $31,223.

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7
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
84 Animal Science Degrees Awarded
$25,436 Median Starting Salary

Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #22 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were about 84 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 make about $25,436 in their early career salary.

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8
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
113 Animal Science Degrees Awarded
$33,052 Median Starting Salary

UGA is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Athens. A Best Colleges rank of #72 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means UGA is a great university overall.

There were roughly 113 animal science students who graduated with this degree at UGA in the most recent year we have data available. Those animal science students who get their degree from University of Georgia earn $2,351 more than the standard animal science student.

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9
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
267 Animal Science Degrees Awarded
4.1% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city of Manhattan, K -State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 47 schools for overall quality in the state of Kansas.

There were about 267 animal science students who graduated with this degree at K -State in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the animal science degree program at Kansas State University earn $3,227 more than the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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10
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
156 Animal Science Degrees Awarded
$32,784 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #69 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Ohio State is a great university overall.

There were about 156 animal science students who graduated with this degree at Ohio State in the most recent year we have data available. Those animal science students who get their degree from Ohio State University - Main Campus earn $2,083 more than the average animal science student.

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11
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
162 Animal Science Degrees Awarded
$32,152 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #40 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Purdue is a great university overall.

There were about 162 animal science students who graduated with this degree at Purdue in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, animal science degree recipients typically make about $32,152 at the beginning of their careers.

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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.

RankCollegeLocation
12University of Minnesota - Twin CitiesMinneapolis, MN
13Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MI
14Virginia TechBlacksburg, VA
15University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaign, IL
16California Polytechnic State University - San Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo, CA
17University of Maryland - College ParkCollege Park, MD
18Auburn UniversityAuburn, AL
19University of FloridaGainesville, FL

Animal Science by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Other U.S. Territories
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One of 18 majors within the Agriculture & Agriculture Operations area of study, Animal Science has other similar majors worth exploring.

Animal Science Concentrations

MajorAnnual Graduates
Animal Sciences, General7,530
Poultry Science207
Animal Sciences, Other194
Dairy Science191
Livestock Management23
Animal Health21
Agricultural Animal Breeding7
Animal Nutrition5

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Related MajorAnnual Graduates
Veterinary/Animal Health Technologies/Technicians8,951
Agricultural Economics & Business8,140
Horticulture3,591
Veterinary Medicine3,468
Plant Sciences3,152
General Agriculture3,151
Agricultural Production3,124
Food Science Technology2,397
Agricultural Mechanization1,376
Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Sciences1,031

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