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2021 Best Colleges for General Agriculture

Approximately 3,456 general agriculture degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be difficult 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 15% of 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 schools on this list typically results in above average salaries after graduation. While the average general agriculture bachelors degree from U.S. schools 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 the 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 choice for individuals interested in 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 studying this degree at Illinois State. General Agriculture graduates from Illinois State University receive an earnings boost of approximately $6,180 above the typical earnings of general agriculture majors.

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Texas A&M University - College Station is among your best bets if you're planning on studying general agriculture. Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the city of College Station. This college ranks 102nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

With 38 undergraduates, Texas A&M University - College Station is one of most popular schools to study agriculture in United States. General Agriculture majors from Texas A&M University - College Station get a earnings boost of about $10,180 above the typical income of general agriculture graduates.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

It is hard to beat Cornell University if you want to pursue general agriculture as a major. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

There are about 79 general agriculture undergraduates enrolled in this program at Cornell. General Agriculture graduates from Cornell University get a earnings boost of about $2,180 over the average earnings of general agriculture graduates.

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South Dakota State University is one of the best schools in the United States for general agriculture. Located in the town Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 549th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.

There are approximately 73 general agriculture undergraduates studying this program at South Dakota State. South Dakota State University general agriculture graduates earn $6,280 more than the average agriculture graduate.

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

There are approximately 153 general agriculture undergrads studying this degree at UT Martin. Grads of the agriculture program state that they receive average early career wages of $32,800.

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Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Located in the town Kirksville, Truman State is a public college with a moderately-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 undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Truman State. Students who graduate from the agriculture program earn about $31,700 for their early career.

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

A preferred major for general agriculture undergraduates, there are roughly 109 individuals enrolled in this program at WIU. Western Illinois University general agriculture majors receive $5,480 more than the typical agriculture grad.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Located in the city Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public college 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 undergraduates, Texas Tech University is one of most popular schools to study agriculture in United States. General Agriculture graduates from Texas Tech University receive an earnings boost of approximately $5,380 over the average earnings of general agriculture majors.

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

Tennessee Technological University is one of the most popular school to study agriculture in United States with over 71 graduations last year. Tennessee Technological University general agriculture majors receive $2,980 more than the typical 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 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

There are roughly 107 general agriculture undergrads studying this program at Oregon State. Graduates 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
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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