2022 Best Food Science Technology Schools

58 Colleges in the United States
2,415 Food Science Tech Degrees Awarded
$42,382 Avg Early-Career Salary
Food Science Technology is about average in terms of popularity for degree programs. That is, it ranks #183 out of the 368 majors across the country that we analyze each year. As such, the degree program isn't offered at every college in the United States, but there are schools that do have a program in the field that are top-notch when it comes to quality.

College Factual reviewed 58 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of food science technology. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 2,415 degrees in food science technology during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Food Science Technology School

Best Food Science Technology Schools Your choice of food science technology school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for food science technology schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Food Science Technology Rankings by Degree Level

The food science tech school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Food Science Technology Schools. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Food Science Technology in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the food science tech degree levels they offer.

10 Top Schools in Food Science Tech

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
71 Food Science Tech Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in food science technology has to check out Cornell University. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Ithaca. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were about 71 food science technology students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in food science technology from Cornell University

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
97 Food Science Tech Degrees Awarded

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in food science technology. Located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #70 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a great university overall.

There were approximately 97 food science technology students who graduated with this degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the most recent data year. After graduating, food science tech degree recipients typically earn about $43,800 in their early careers.

More information about a degree in food science technology from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

#3

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IN
48 Food Science Tech Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in food science technology needs to check out Purdue University - Main Campus. Purdue is a fairly large public university located in the small city of West Lafayette. A Best Schools rank of #106 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Purdue is a great university overall.

There were approximately 48 food science technology students who graduated with this degree at Purdue in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in food science technology from Purdue University - Main Campus

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
48 Food Science Tech Degrees Awarded

University of Wisconsin - Madison is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in food science technology. Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #69 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were approximately 48 food science technology students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
84 Food Science Tech Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 4th out of 67 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 84 food science technology students who graduated with this degree at Michigan State in the most recent data year. Those food science technology students who get their degree from Michigan State University make $17,118 more than the standard food science tech student.

More information about a degree in food science technology from Michigan State University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
150 Food Science Tech Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #68 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 150 food science technology students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the food science tech program report average early career wages of $41,000.

More information about a degree in food science technology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NE
81 Food Science Tech Degrees Awarded

UNL is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Lincoln. This university ranks 1st out of 22 schools for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.

There were about 81 food science technology students who graduated with this degree at UNL in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in food science technology from University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
64 Food Science Tech Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 45 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were about 64 food science technology students who graduated with this degree at Iowa State in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, food science tech degree recipients typically earn around $39,500 in their early careers.

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#9

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
87 Food Science Tech Degrees Awarded

K -State is a very large public university located in the city of Manhattan. This university ranks 1st out of 54 schools for overall quality in the state of Kansas.

There were about 87 food science technology students who graduated with this degree at K -State in the most recent year we have data available. Those food science technology students who get their degree from Kansas State University earn $12,918 more than the typical food science tech graduate.

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#10

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA

Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #73 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

There were approximately 24 food science technology students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

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Food Science Technology by Region

View the Best Food Science Technology Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Food Science Technology is one of 16 different types of Agriculture & Agriculture Operations programs to choose from.

Food Science Tech Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Food Science 1,815
Food Science & Technology, Other 130
Food Technology & Processing 87
Brewing Science 50
Zymology/Fermentation Science 25

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 8,504
Veterinary/Animal Health Technologies/Technicians 8,311
Animal Science 8,086
Horticulture 4,051
Agricultural Production 3,610
General Agriculture 3,332
Plant Sciences 3,246
Agricultural Mechanization 1,550
Animal Services 1,058
Agricultural Public Services 823

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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 Muhammad Irshad Ansari.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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