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2020 Best Colleges for Animal Science in the The Plains States Region

Approximately 7,549 animal science degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Animal Science in the The Plains States Region ranking analyzed 11 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 The Plains States Region.

Choosing a Great Animal Science School

Best Colleges for Animal Science in the The Plains States 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 good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host 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 schools on this list usually translates into higher than average salaries following graduation. A animal science bachelors degree from a college in The Plains States helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $33,850 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 complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Animal Science students in the The Plains States Region.

Best Schools to Study Animal Science in The Plains States

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

Top 10 Best Animal Science Colleges in the The Plains States Region

#1

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
4.5% Growth in Graduates
$32,800 Median Starting Salary

Every student pursuing a degree in animal science has to take a look at Kansas State University. Located in the small city Manhattan, K - State is a public college with a very large student population.

K - State offers animal science degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's. Graduates of the animal science program make an average of $32,800 in the first couple years of their career.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
6.6% Growth in Graduates
$35,000 Median Starting Salary

It's hard to beat University of Minnesota - Twin Cities if you want to pursue animal science as a major. Located in the large city Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMN Twin Cities also offers 2 different higher degree levels in animal science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from the animal science program earn around $35,000 in the first couple years of working.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$34,600 Median Starting Salary

It is difficult to beat University of Nebraska - Lincoln if you want to study animal science. Located in the large city Lincoln, UNL is a public college with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, UNL 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 an average of $34,600 in the first five years of their career.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2.4% Growth in Graduates
$35,800 Median Starting Salary

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.

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 who graduate from the animal science program earn an average of $35,800 for their early career.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
9.4% Growth in Graduates
$32,700 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Mizzou also offers 2 different higher degree levels in animal science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After getting their bachelor's degree, animal science students typically earn around $32,700 in their early careers.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
4.6% Growth in Graduates
$39,700 Median Starting Salary

South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Brookings.

South Dakota State offers animal science degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's. South Dakota State University animal science graduates make $5,522 more than the standard animal science grad.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
10.0% Growth in Graduates
$35,300 Median Starting Salary

Located in the midsize city Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a large student population.

North Dakota State University offers animal science degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's. After getting their bachelor's degree, animal science students generally earn an average of $35,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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#8

College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MO

Hard Work U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Point Lookout.More…

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$35,600 Median Starting Salary

Northwest is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Maryville.

Graduates of the animal science program make about $35,600 in their early career salary.

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Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO

Southeast Missouri State University is a large public school located in the small city of Cape Girardeau.More…

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Best Animal Science Colleges by State

Explore the best animal science schools for a specific state in this the The Plains States region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Missouri 291 242
Minnesota 288 140
Kansas 269 244
Iowa 263 286
Nebraska 233 106
South Dakota 210 130
North Dakota 206 70

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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