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2020 Best Colleges for Food Science Technology

Approximately 2,262 food science technology degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Food Science Technology ranking analyzed 34 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in food science technology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 5 schools for Food Science Technology students.

Choosing a Great Food Science Technology School

Best Colleges for Food Science Technology Your choice of food science technology school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 6% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 6%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 109 to 38 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Food Science Technology graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent food science technology graduates from U.S. schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $41,155 in 2017-2018.

Starting Salary  ( 25090 to 39609 )
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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 Food Science Technology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other food science technology students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized food science technology related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Food Science Technology students.

Best Schools to Study Food Science Technology in United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for food science technology majors.

Top 10 Best Food Science Tech Colleges

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
15.8% Growth in Graduates

Cornell University is one of the finest schools in the United States for food science technology. Located in the city Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great school overall.

There are roughly 76 food science technology undergraduates studying this degree at Cornell.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA
15.4% Growth in Graduates

University of California - Davis is a good decision for individuals interested in a Food Science Technology major. Located in the small suburb Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 74th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are about 162 food science technology undergrads studying this program at UC Davis. After getting their bachelor's degree, food science tech students usually make around $36,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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#3

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In FL
$25,100 Median Starting Salary

University of Florida is a wonderful option for students interested in a Food Science Technology degree. Located in the midsize city Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 73 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means U of F is a great school overall.

There are roughly 60 food science technology undergrads enrolled in this program at U of F. Soon after graduating, food science tech students usually earn about $25,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
19.9% Growth in Graduates

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign is a wonderful decision for students interested in a Food Science Technology degree. Located in the small city Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 85th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are about 161 food science technology undergrads studying this degree at UIUC. Graduates of the food science tech program earn around $41,000 for their early career.

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Clemson University

Clemson, SC
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In SC
$28,400 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large suburb Clemson, Clemson is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 108th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

There are approximately 65 food science technology undergraduates enrolled in this program at Clemson. Graduates of the food science tech program make around $28,400 in their early career salary.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In PA
10.8% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city University Park, Penn State University Park is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 170th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

For those interested in something more advanced, Penn State University Park also offers 2 different higher degree levels in food science technology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates from the food science technology degree program at Pennsylvania State University - University Park earn $10,631 more than the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MD
$36,200 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large suburb College Park, UMCP is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 103rd out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There are approximately 64 food science technology undergrads enrolled in this program at UMCP. Students who complete this degree report average early career wages of $36,200.

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#8

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IN
12.1% Growth in Graduates

Purdue is a very large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette. This college ranks 100th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

For those interested in something more advanced, Purdue also offers 2 different higher degree levels in food science technology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MI
$39,600 Median Starting Salary

Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing. This school ranks 120th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

For those interested in something more advanced, Michigan State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in food science technology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Grads of the food science tech program report average early career income of $39,600.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
$45,300 Median Starting Salary

UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst. This college ranks 167th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are about 42 food science technology undergrads studying this degree at UMass Amherst. Students from the food science technology program at University of Massachusetts Amherst earn $3,831 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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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.

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