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 choices it can be a daunting task 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 schools for Animal Science students.
Choosing a Great Animal Science School
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 quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a school'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%.
Better Early and Mid Career Salaries
A animal science degree from schools on this list usually results in above average wages 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.
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 full 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 the United States
Top 10 Best Animal Science Colleges
It's hard to beat Texas A&M University - College Station if you wish to pursue animal science as a major. Located in the midsize city College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 102 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Texas A&M is a great college overall.
There are roughly 210 animal science undergrads enrolled in this degree at Texas A&M. Students who graduate from the animal science program make an average of $33,700 in their early career salary.More… Request Information
It is hard to beat Iowa State University if you want to study animal science. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Ames. This college ranks 213th out of 1,715 colleges 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 earn $4,048 more than the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.More… Request Information
Every student who is interested in animal science has to look into Purdue University - Main Campus. Purdue is a very 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 graduation, animal science students usually make about $32,800 in the first five years of their career.More… Request Information
Every student who is interested in animal science needs to take a look at South Dakota State University. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the remote town of Brookings. This school ranks 549th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.
There are roughly 131 animal science undergraduates studying this degree at South Dakota State. Animal Science students from South Dakota State University receive an earnings boost of about $7,948 above the typical income of animal science graduates.More… Request Information
Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Wisconsin is a great school overall.
A favorite major for animal science undergraduates, there are approximately 70 learners enrolled in this degree at Wisconsin. Animal Science students from University of Wisconsin - Madison receive an earnings boost of about $4,748 over the average income of animal science majors.More… Request Information
Auburn is a fairly 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 undergraduates enrolled in this program at Auburn. Auburn University animal science majors receive $4,648 more than the typical animal science grad.More… Request Information
Located in the city Lincoln, UNL is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 248th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.
There are about 127 animal science undergrads enrolled in this degree at UNL. Animal Science majors from University of Nebraska - Lincoln get a earnings boost of about $2,848 over the typical income of animal science graduates.More… Request Information
Located in the large city Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 105 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means NC State is a great school overall.
There are about 226 animal science undergrads enrolled in this degree at NC State. After graduating, animal science students generally earn around $26,900 in their early careers.More… Request Information
Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing. This college ranks 107th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.
There are roughly 121 animal science undergrads studying this program at Michigan State. Animal Science graduates from Michigan State University receive an earnings boost of around $3,448 above the typical earnings of animal science majors.More… Request Information
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 undergrads enrolled in this degree at UMN Twin Cities. Animal Science majors from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities get a earnings boost of around $3,248 above the average income of animal science graduates.More… Request Information
Here are some additional great schools for Animal Science students that almost earned our Best Colleges for Animal Science award.
|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|
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Rankings in Majors Related to Animal Science
One of 13 majors within the Agriculture & Agriculture Operations area of study, Animal Science has other similar majors worth exploring.
Most Popular Majors Related to Animal Science
|Related Major||Annual Graduates|
|Agricultural Economics & Business||8,910|
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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