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2020 Best Colleges for Animal Science in Illinois

Animal Science is a popular major and Illinois is the 12th most popular state for students studying this major. 227 of the 7,549 Animal Science degrees awarded last year were given by colleges in Illinois. With so many options it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Animal Science in Illinois ranking analyzed 2 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in animal science. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 0 colleges for Animal Science students in Illinois.

Choosing a Great Animal Science School

Best Colleges for Animal Science in Illinois Your choice of animal science school matters. Important measures of a quality animal science program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Animal Science graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A animal science bachelors degree from a school in Illinois helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $28,400 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 Illinois.

Best Schools to Study Animal Science in Illinois

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for animal science majors.

Best Animal Science Colleges in Illinois

Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$25,200 Median Starting Salary

Any student pursuing a degree in animal science needs to take a look at University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

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. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, animal science students generally earn an average of $25,200 at the beginning of their careers.


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

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is one of the best schools in the United States for animal science. SIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Carbondale.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, SIUC offers a Master's Degree in animal science. After graduating, animal science students usually make around $31,600 in the first five years of their career.


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Best Animal Science Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Animal Science Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Animal Science is one of 13 different types of Agriculture & Agriculture Operations programs to choose from.

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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