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2021 Best Colleges for Animal Science in the The Plains States Region

Approximately 7,614 animal science degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Animal Science in the The Plains States Region ranking analyzed 10 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in animal science. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 schools 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 quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different 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 typically results in above average wages following graduation. A animal science bachelors degree from a school 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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges 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

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.

Students who graduate from the animal science program make about $35,800 for their early career.

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Every student who is interested in animal science needs to look into South Dakota State University. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the town of Brookings.

South Dakota State University animal science majors make $5,850 more than the standard animal science graduate.

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

Soon after graduation, animal science students generally make about $34,600 in their early careers.

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It is difficult to beat University of Minnesota - Twin Cities if you wish 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.

Graduates of the animal science program make an average of $35,000 in the first couple years of working.

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Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Located in the city Manhattan, K - State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Graduates of the animal science program earn about $32,800 in the first couple years of their career.

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

After getting their bachelor's degree, animal science students generally make about $32,700 in their early careers.

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

After getting their bachelor's degree, animal science students usually make around $35,300 in their early careers.

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

Students who graduate from the animal science program make around $35,600 for their early career.

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Located in the town Crookston, UMN Crookston is a public school with a small student population.

Students who graduate from this degree report average early career earnings of $30,900.

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Missouri State is a very large public school located in the city of Springfield.

Graduates of the animal science program report average early career income of $26,100.

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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
Minnesota 275 145
Missouri 272 196
Kansas 258 220
Iowa 254 257
Nebraska 227 144
North Dakota 200 56
South Dakota 199 131

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 2,422
Plant Sciences 865
Agricultural Production 541
Agricultural Mechanization 422
General Agriculture 401

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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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