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2021 Best Colleges for General Agriculture

Approximately 3,456 general agriculture degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for General Agriculture ranking analyzed 26 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general agriculture. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 3 schools for General Agriculture students.

Choosing a Great General Agriculture School

Best Colleges for General Agriculture Your choice of general agriculture 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

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 19% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 18%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 264 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A general agriculture degree from colleges on this list usually translates into above average earnings following graduation. While the average general agriculture bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $32,946, graduates of colleges on this list average $39,500.

Starting Salary  ( 35500 to 43500 )
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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 General Agriculture students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other general agriculture students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized general agriculture related accrediting body.

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

Best Schools to Study General Agriculture in United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study general agriculture.

Top 10 Best Agriculture Colleges

Illinois State University is a wonderful option for individuals pursuing a General Agriculture major. Located in the midsize suburb Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 331st out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are roughly 222 general agriculture undergraduates enrolled in this program at Illinois State. General Agriculture students from Illinois State University receive an earnings boost of about $6,180 over the typical earnings of general agriculture majors.

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Texas A&M University - College Station is among your best bets if you want to study general agriculture. Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of College Station. This college ranks 102nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

With 38 undergrads, Texas A&M University - College Station is one of most popular colleges to study agriculture in United States. General Agriculture students from Texas A&M University - College Station earn a boost of around $10,180 over the typical income of general agriculture majors.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

It is difficult to beat Cornell University if you wish to study general agriculture. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great school overall.

There are about 79 general agriculture undergraduates studying this program at Cornell. General Agriculture majors from Cornell University receive an earnings boost of approximately $2,180 above the typical income of general agriculture majors.

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South Dakota State University is among your top options if you're planning on studying general agriculture. Located in the town Brookings, South Dakota State is a public college with a large student population. This college ranks 549th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.

There are about 73 general agriculture undergrads studying this program at South Dakota State. South Dakota State University general agriculture students make $6,280 more than the standard agriculture student.

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Located in the town Martin, UT Martin is a public college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 915th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There are approximately 153 general agriculture undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UT Martin. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career wages of $32,800.

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Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Located in the remote town Kirksville, Truman State is a public school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 374th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There are approximately 45 general agriculture undergrads enrolled in this degree at Truman State. Graduates of the agriculture program make an average of $31,700 in their early career salary.

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WIU is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Macomb. This school ranks 853rd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

A preferred choice for general agriculture undergrads, there are approximately 109 students enrolled in this degree at WIU. Western Illinois University general agriculture majors make $5,480 more than the average agriculture student.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Located in the city Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 448th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

With 36 students enrolled, Texas Tech University is one of most popular schools to study agriculture in United States. General Agriculture graduates from Texas Tech University earn a boost of about $5,380 above the typical income of general agriculture majors.

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Located in the town Cookeville, Tennessee Tech University is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 657th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

Tennessee Technological University is a fairly popular school to study agriculture in United States with over 71 graduates last year. Tennessee Technological University general agriculture graduates receive $2,980 more than the average agriculture graduate.

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Corvallis. This school ranks 320th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

There are about 107 general agriculture undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Oregon State. Grads of the agriculture program state that they receive average early career income of $28,600.

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General Agriculture by Region

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

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 8,910
Animal Science 7,814
Horticulture 4,451
Agricultural Production 3,536
Plant Sciences 3,278

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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 W.carter. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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