2021 Best Value Colleges for General Agriculture in Illinois

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

Finding the Best Value General Agriculture School for You

Best Value Colleges for General Agriculture in IllinoisWith 354 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, general agriculture is the #47 most popular major in Illinois. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 14.9% of all the agriculture bachelor's degrees in the country.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for General Agriculture in Illinois ranking, we looked at 3 colleges that offer a bachelor's in agriculture. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those agriculture schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Agriculture Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value General Agriculture Schools in Illinois

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for agriculture majors.

Best Value Agriculture Schools in Illinois

Our rankings recognize Western Illinois University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. WIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Macomb. In addition to being on our best value list, WIU has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for General Agriculture in Illinois ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at WIU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend 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.

While working on their bachelor's, agriculture majors at WIU accumulate an average of around $18,455 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $176, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Illinois State University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Illinois State also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for General Agriculture in Illinois rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Illinois State is 4.4 years, and it costs about $24,958 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State is $108,817. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that agriculture majors at Illinois State take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,604. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $169.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Carbondale, SIUC is a public school with a large student population. SIUC also made our Best Colleges for General Agriculture in Illinois list, coming in at #3.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SIUC is 4.5 years, and it costs about $28,953 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SIUC is about $129,130. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Agriculture majors at SIUC take out an average of $14,222 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $144.

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Best General Agriculture Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 0
Indiana 10
Wisconsin 6

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 228
Animal Science 156
Food Science Technology 92
Plant Sciences 45
Soil Sciences 20

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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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