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2021 Best Value Colleges for General Agriculture

26 Colleges
2,377 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,808 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value General Agriculture School for You

Best Value Colleges for General AgricultureGeneral Agriculture is the #125 most popular major in the country with 2,377 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Value Colleges for General Agriculture ranking analyzed 26 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in agriculture. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on agriculture schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value Agriculture Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value General Agriculture Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best General Agriculture Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value General Agriculture Schools

Our rankings recognize The University of Tennessee - Martin as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Martin, UT Martin is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. UT Martin also made our Best Colleges for General Agriculture list, coming in at #5.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UT Martin to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $18,101. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Martin is $81,636. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that agriculture majors at UT Martin take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,233. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $214, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Western Illinois University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. WIU is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Macomb. WIU also made our Best Colleges for General Agriculture list, coming in at #7.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WIU is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $17,615. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from WIU is $78,211. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, agriculture graduates from WIU take out $18,455 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $176.

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#3

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Truman State University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Truman State is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Kirksville. In addition to being on our best value list, Truman State has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for General Agriculture ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Truman State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $18,927. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Truman State is $80,250. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, agriculture majors at Truman State accumulate an average of around $19,821 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $219.

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South Dakota State University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Brookings. As a testament to the quality of education offered at South Dakota State, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for General Agriculture ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at South Dakota State to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,370. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State is $89,628. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that agriculture majors at South Dakota State take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,428. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northwest Missouri State University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general agriculture schools. Northwest is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Maryville.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Northwest is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,341. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Northwest is about $78,035. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, agriculture graduates from Northwest carry an average student debtload of $17,433. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $158.

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Illinois State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general agriculture schools. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Illinois State, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for General Agriculture ranking.

The average student at Illinois State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,958. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State is $108,817. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, agriculture majors at Illinois State accumulate an average of around $18,604 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $169, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general agriculture schools. Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Lubbock. Texas Tech not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for General Agriculture list.

At Texas Tech, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,296. This means that the average student pays around $105,298 to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, agriculture graduates from Texas Tech carry an average student debtload of $21,277. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $228.

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#8

Berea College

Berea, KY

Berea College landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general agriculture schools. Located in the distant town of Berea, Berea is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

At Berea, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,680. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Berea be around $92,574. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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McNeese State University

Lake Charles, LA

McNeese State University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Lake Charles, McNeese is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

At McNeese, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,660. This means that the average student pays around $89,664 to get a bachelor’s degree from McNeese. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, agriculture graduates from McNeese carry an average student debtload of $19,178. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $182.

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Texas A&M University - College Station comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Texas A&M, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for General Agriculture ranking.

The average student at Texas A&M graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $38,607 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M is $168,327. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, agriculture majors at Texas A&M accumulate an average of around $17,411 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $181, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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General Agriculture by Region

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

One of 13 majors within the Agriculture & Agriculture Operations area of study, General Agriculture has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Agriculture

Related Major Annual Graduates
Animal Science 6,605
Agricultural Economics & Business 5,324
Plant Sciences 2,008
Food Science Technology 1,363
Agricultural Production 947

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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).
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