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2020 Best Colleges for Animal Science in Missouri

Animal Science is a popular major and Missouri is the 9th most popular state for students studying this major. 242 of the 7,549 Animal Science diplomas awarded last year were given by schools in Missouri. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Animal Science in Missouri ranking analyzed 5 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 Missouri.

Choosing a Great Animal Science School

Best Colleges for Animal Science in Missouri Your choice of animal science school matters. Important measures of a quality animal science program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

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.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Animal Science graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent animal science graduates from Missouri schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $31,467 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 complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Animal Science students in Missouri.

Best Schools to Study Animal Science in Missouri

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

Best Animal Science Colleges in Missouri

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

University of Missouri - Columbia is a great option for students pursuing a Animal Science degree. Mizzou is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia.

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 graduating, animal science students generally earn an average of $32,700 at the beginning of their careers.


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College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MO

College of the Ozarks is one of the best schools in the country for animal science. Located in the distant town Point Lookout, Hard Work U is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More…

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$35,600 Median Starting Salary

It is hard to beat Northwest Missouri State University if you want to pursue animal science as a major. Located in the town Maryville, Northwest is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Graduates from the animal science program at Northwest Missouri State University earn $4,133 more than the typical graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.


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Southeast Missouri State University is a great choice for individuals interested in a Animal Science degree. Located in the city Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri State University is a public school with a large student population.More…

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19.0% Growth in Graduates
$26,100 Median Starting Salary

Located in the medium-sized city Springfield, Missouri State is a public college with a very large student population.

Students who graduate from this degree report average early career earnings of $26,100.


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Best Animal Science Colleges in the The Plains States Region

Explore all the Best Animal Science Colleges in the The Plains States Area or other specific states within that region.

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

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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