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2024 Best Plant Sciences Schools

71 Colleges in the United States
3,152 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded
$38,582 Avg Early-Career Salary
Plant Sciences is about average in terms of popularity for degree programs. That is, it ranks #164 out of the 395 majors across the country that we analyze each year. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

In 2024, College Factual analyzed 71 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Plant Sciences Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 3,152 degrees in plant sciences to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Degree-Level Rankings

Choosing a Great Plant Sciences School

Best Plant Sciences Schools Your choice of plant sciences school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Plant Sciences 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.

Plant Sciences Rankings by Degree Level

Associate Degrees in Plant Sciences
Bachelor's Degrees in Plant Sciences
Master's Degrees in Plant Sciences
Doctor's Degrees in Plant Sciences

The plant sciences 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 Plant Sciences 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 Plant Sciences in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of plant sciences degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

10 Top Schools in Plant Sciences

1
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
47 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Cornell University if you want to pursue a degree in plant sciences. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #22 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were roughly 47 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available.

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2
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
132 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded
$57,755 Median Starting Salary

Iowa State University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in plant sciences. Iowa State is a fairly large public university located in the city of Ames. This university ranks 1st out of 40 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were about 132 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at Iowa State in the most recent data year. Those plant sciences students who get their degree from Iowa State University earn $19,173 more than the standard plant sciences student.

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3
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
85 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded
1.2% Growth in Graduates

It is difficult to beat Texas A&M University - College Station if you wish to pursue a degree in plant sciences. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public university located in the midsize city of College Station. A Best Colleges rank of #44 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Texas A&M College Station is a great university overall.

There were roughly 85 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the plant sciences major at Texas A&M University - College Station get $3,887 more than the average graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
153 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded
2.6% Growth in Graduates

It is hard to beat University of Florida if you wish to pursue a degree in plant sciences. UF is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Gainesville. A Best Colleges rank of #58 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means UF is a great university overall.

There were roughly 153 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent data year. Plant Sciences degree recipients from University of Florida receive an earnings boost of approximately $8,599 above the average income of plant sciences majors.

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5
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
95 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded
7.4% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city of Lincoln, UNL is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 19 colleges for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.

There were roughly 95 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at UNL in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the plant sciences degree program at University of Nebraska - Lincoln earn $6,731 above the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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6
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In WI
13.6% Growth in Graduates

UW - Madison is a very large public university located in the city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of #30 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were about 22 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent year we have data available.

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7
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
50 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded
$50,213 Median Starting Salary

Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 13 schools for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.

There were about 50 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at South Dakota State in the most recent data year. Plant Sciences degree recipients from South Dakota State University receive an earnings boost of approximately $11,631 over the average income of plant sciences graduates.

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8
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
49 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded
$50,514 Median Starting Salary

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public university located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo. This university ranks 17th out of 168 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 49 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the most recent data year. Those plant sciences students who get their degree from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo receive $11,932 more than the average plant sciences graduate.

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9
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
90 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded
$37,111 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 93 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 90 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at NC State in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the plant sciences program earn an average of $37,111 in the first couple years of their career.

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10
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
61 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded
$49,146 Median Starting Salary

UIUC is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Champaign. A Best Colleges rank of #34 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

There were approximately 61 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the plant sciences degree program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign get $10,564 above the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Plant Sciences Schools award.

RankCollegeLocation
11Ohio State University - Main CampusColumbus, OH
12University of California - DavisDavis, CA
13Kansas State UniversityManhattan, KS
14Washington State UniversityPullman, WA
15University of GeorgiaAthens, GA
16Virginia TechBlacksburg, VA
17California State University - FresnoFresno, CA

Plant Sciences by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Other U.S. Territories
Great Lakes

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One of 18 majors within the Agriculture & Agriculture Operations area of study, Plant Sciences has other similar majors worth exploring.

Plant Sciences Focus Areas

MajorAnnual Graduates
Agronomy & Crop Science1,127
Horticultural Science836
Plant Science, General685
Range Science & Management211
Plant Protection & Integrated Pest Management154
Plant Sciences, Other99
Agricultural & Horticultural Plant Breeding40

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Related MajorAnnual Graduates
Veterinary/Animal Health Technologies/Technicians8,951
Animal Science8,178
Agricultural Economics & Business8,140
Horticulture3,591
Veterinary Medicine3,468
General Agriculture3,151
Agricultural Production3,124
Food Science Technology2,397
Agricultural Mechanization1,376
Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Sciences1,031

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