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2021 Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Southeast Region

Approximately 7,614 animal science degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Southeast Region ranking analyzed 15 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in animal science. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 2 colleges for Animal Science students in the Southeast Region.

Choosing a Great Animal Science School

Best Colleges for Animal Science in the Southeast Region Your choice of animal science school matters. Important measures of a quality animal science program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

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.

Graduates Earn More After College

Animal Science graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent animal science graduates from Southeast schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $27,075 in 2017-2018.

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 Southeast Region.

Best Schools to Study Animal Science in Southeast

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

Top 10 Best Animal Science Colleges in the Southeast Region

#1

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

It is hard to beat Auburn University if you want to study animal science. Located in the city Auburn, Auburn is a public college with a very large student population.

Students from the animal science program at Auburn University earn $9,100 more than the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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North Carolina State University is among your top options if you're planning on studying animal science. NC State is a very large public school located in the city of Raleigh.

Students who complete this program report average early career wages of $26,900.

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#3

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Every student who is interested in animal science has to take a look at University of Florida. U of F is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville.

Grads of the animal science program state that they receive average early career income of $26,400.

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#4

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

It's difficult to beat University of Georgia if you want to study animal science. UGA is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Athens.

Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, animal science students generally earn an average of $29,000 in their early careers.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

Graduates of the animal science program state that they receive average early career wages of $25,500.

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#6

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

UARK is a very large public school located in the city of Fayetteville.

Graduates from the animal science degree program at University of Arkansas get $4,400 more than the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Located in the medium-sized city Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University is a public college with a very large student population.

Graduates of the animal science program make around $28,200 in the first couple years of working.

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Located in the medium-sized city Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Students who complete this degree report average early career wages of $25,200.

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University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

UK is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lexington.

Students who graduate from this program report average early career wages of $27,000.

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West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

WVU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Morgantown.

After getting their bachelor's degree, animal science students usually earn about $29,200 in the first five years of their career.

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Best Animal Science Colleges by State

Explore the best animal science schools for a specific state in this the Southeast region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 279 141
Florida 276 207
North Carolina 274 295
Virginia 268 174
Tennessee 257 182
South Carolina 239 108
Kentucky 238 74
Alabama 230 170
Mississippi 228 98
Arkansas 226 121
Louisiana 225 91
West Virginia 205 99

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

Majors Similar to Animal Science

Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 1,624
Horticulture 1,183
General Agriculture 935
Agricultural Production 793
Plant Sciences 692

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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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