2021 Best Value Colleges for General Agriculture in the Great Lakes Region

3 Colleges
370 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,842 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value General Agriculture School for You

Best Value Colleges for General Agriculture in the Great Lakes RegionGeneral Agriculture is the #125 most popular major in the country with 2,377 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 370 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for General Agriculture in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 3 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in agriculture. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. For this ranking, we are identifying those agriculture schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value General Agriculture Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Check out the agriculture programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Best Value Agriculture Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Western Illinois University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Macomb, WIU is a public college with a medium-sized student population. WIU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for General Agriculture in the Great Lakes Region list.

The average student at WIU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,615. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from WIU be around $78,211. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Agriculture majors at WIU take out an average of $18,455 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $176, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Illinois State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal. 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 in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Illinois State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,958. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State be around $108,817. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, agriculture graduates from Illinois State carry an average student debtload of $18,604. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $169.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general agriculture schools. SIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Carbondale. SIUC did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for General Agriculture in the Great Lakes Region list.

It takes the average student at SIUC about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,953. 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 SIUC is $129,130. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, agriculture graduates from SIUC take out $14,222 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $144.

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Best General Agriculture Colleges by State

Explore the best general agriculture colleges for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 0
Illinois 354
Indiana 10
Wisconsin 6

General Agriculture is one of 13 different types of Agriculture & Agriculture Operations programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Animal Science 912
Agricultural Economics & Business 771
Food Science Technology 213
Plant Sciences 206
Agricultural Public Services 90

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 3 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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