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2020 Best Colleges for Animal Science in South Dakota

Animal Science is a popular major and South Dakota is the 21st most popular state for students studying this major. 130 of the 7,549 Animal Science degrees awarded last year were given by colleges in South Dakota. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Animal Science in South Dakota ranking analyzed 1 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in animal science. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 0 schools for Animal Science students in South Dakota.

Choosing a Great Animal Science School

Best Colleges for Animal Science in South Dakota 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. Recent animal science graduates from South Dakota schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $39,700 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 colleges for Animal Science students in South Dakota.

Best Schools to Study Animal Science in South Dakota

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Best Animal Science Colleges in South Dakota

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

It's difficult to beat South Dakota State University if you want to study animal science. Located in the remote town Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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. Graduates of the animal science program state that they receive average early career income of $39,700.

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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
Missouri 291 242
Minnesota 288 140
Kansas 269 244
Iowa 263 286
Nebraska 233 106
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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