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2022 Best Horticulture Schools

53 Colleges in the United States
1,675 Horticulture Degrees Awarded
$32,043 Avg Early-Career Salary
Horticulture isn't the most popular major in the world, but it's not the least popular either. To be more precise it ranks #194 in popularity out of 368 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

College Factual reviewed 53 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of horticulture. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 1,675 degrees in horticulture during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Horticulture School

Best Horticulture Schools Your choice of horticulture school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Horticulture School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Horticulture Degree Level

The horticulture school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Horticulture Schools. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Horticulture in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of horticulture degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer.

10 Top Schools in Horticulture

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In NY

Cornell University is a good option for students interested in a degree in horticulture. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were roughly 9 horticulture students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in horticulture from Cornell University

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
34 Horticulture Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in horticulture has to take a look at University of Massachusetts Amherst. UMass Amherst is a very large public university located in the large suburb of Amherst. A Best Schools rank of #131 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UMass Amherst is a great university overall.

There were about 34 horticulture students who graduated with this degree at UMass Amherst in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in horticulture from University of Massachusetts Amherst

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
48 Horticulture Degrees Awarded

Texas A&M University - College Station is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in horticulture. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of College Station. A Best Schools rank of #81 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Texas A&M College Station is a great university overall.

There were roughly 48 horticulture students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University - College Station

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NC
38 Horticulture Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat North Carolina State University if you wish to pursue a degree in horticulture. Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #123 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means NC State is a great university overall.

There were approximately 38 horticulture students who graduated with this degree at NC State in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in horticulture from North Carolina State University

Located in the town of Wooster, Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute is a public university with a fairly small student population.

There were about 24 horticulture students who graduated with this degree at Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the horticulture program earn about $26,300 for their early career.

More information about a degree in horticulture from Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In UT

Located in the city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #192 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means BYU is a great university overall.

There were roughly 16 horticulture students who graduated with this degree at BYU in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in horticulture from Brigham Young University - Provo

#7

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IN

Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #106 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Purdue is a great university overall.

There were roughly 4 horticulture students who graduated with this degree at Purdue in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in horticulture from Purdue University - Main Campus

#8

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In OR

Located in the city of Corvallis, Oregon State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 36 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

There were approximately 13 horticulture students who graduated with this degree at Oregon State in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in horticulture from Oregon State University

#9

Southeast Technical College

Sioux Falls, SD
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In SD

Located in the rural area of Sioux Falls, Southeast Tech is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 5th out of 15 schools for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.

There were about 26 horticulture students who graduated with this degree at Southeast Tech in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in horticulture from Southeast Technical College

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$21,272 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Lincoln, UNL is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #212 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UNL is a great university overall.

There were about 21 horticulture students who graduated with this degree at UNL in the most recent data year. Soon after graduating, horticulture degree recipients generally make an average of $33,000 at the beginning of their careers.

More information about a degree in horticulture from University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Horticulture by Region

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

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One of 16 majors within the Agriculture & Agriculture Operations area of study, Horticulture has other similar majors worth exploring.

Horticulture Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations 823
L&scaping & Groundskeeping 375
Turf & Turfgrass Management 259
Ornamental Horticulture 72
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other 60
Greenhouse Operations & Management 40
Plant Nursery Operations & Management 23
Floriculture/Floristry Operations & Management 23

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Animal Science 7,900
Agricultural Economics & Business 7,547
Veterinary/Animal Health Technologies/Technicians 4,816
General Agriculture 3,242
Plant Sciences 3,094
Agricultural Production 2,272
Food Science Technology 2,215
Agricultural Mechanization 877
Agricultural Public Services 811
Animal Services 619

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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).
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