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2020 Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Great Lakes Region

Approximately 7,549 animal science degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 9 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in animal science. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges for Animal Science students in the Great Lakes Region.

Choosing a Great Animal Science School

Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Great Lakes Region 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 take this into account we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A animal science degree from colleges on this list usually results in higher than average income following graduation. A animal science bachelors degree from a school in Great Lakes helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $32,467 a couple years later.

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 in the Great Lakes Region.

Best Schools to Study Animal Science in Great Lakes

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Animal Science degree.

Best Animal Science Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$25,200 Median Starting Salary

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign is a wonderful option for students interested in a Animal Science major. Located in the city Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIUC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in animal science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the animal science program earn an average of $25,200 in their early career salary.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
6.2% Growth in Graduates
$32,800 Median Starting Salary

Ohio State University - Main Campus is a great option for individuals interested in a Animal Science major. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the large city of Columbus.

Ohio State offers animal science degrees as low as a One to Two Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's. Graduates of the animal science program earn about $32,800 for their early career.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$32,800 Median Starting Salary

Any student who is interested in animal science has to check out Purdue University - Main Campus. Purdue is a very large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette.

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. Graduates of the animal science program make about $32,800 in their early career salary.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
23.6% Growth in Graduates
$35,200 Median Starting Salary

It's difficult to beat Michigan State University if you want to pursue animal science as a major. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing.

Michigan State offers animal science degrees as low as a One to Two Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's. Students from the animal science degree program at Michigan State University make $2,733 more than the typical graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
32.9% Growth in Graduates
$36,500 Median Starting Salary

Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison.

For those interested in something more advanced, Wisconsin also offers 2 different higher degree levels in animal science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. University of Wisconsin - Madison animal science majors receive $4,033 more than the typical animal science graduate.

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21.4% Growth in Graduates
$30,300 Median Starting Salary

Located in the distant town Findlay, Findlay is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Students who graduate from the animal science program earn around $30,300 in the first couple years of their career.

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20.8% Growth in Graduates
$33,800 Median Starting Salary

UW - Platteville is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Platteville.

Soon after graduation, animal science students typically make about $33,800 in the first five years of their career.

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$34,000 Median Starting Salary

Located in the town River Falls, UW - River Falls is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

After getting their bachelor's degree, animal science students typically make an average of $34,000 in the first five years of their career.

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Master Highest Degree Type
14.5% Growth in Graduates
$31,600 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Carbondale, SIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, SIUC also offers a Master's Degree in animal science. Students who graduate from the animal science program earn around $31,600 in the first couple years of their career.

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Best Animal Science Colleges by State

Explore the best animal science colleges for a specific state in this the Great Lakes region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Ohio 318 301
Michigan 316 184
Illinois 306 227
Indiana 291 158
Wisconsin 290 281

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 8,521
Horticulture 4,175
General Agriculture 3,457
Plant Sciences 3,327
Agricultural Production 3,279

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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.

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