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2022 Best Plant Sciences Schools

80 Colleges in the United States
3,094 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded
$35,854 Avg Early-Career Salary
When it comes to popularity, plant sciences sits in the middle of the road, ranking #162 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 looked at 80 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Plant Sciences Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 3,094 degrees in plant sciences during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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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

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.

12 Top Schools in Plant Sciences

#1

Cornell University

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

It's hard to beat Cornell University if you want to pursue a degree in plant sciences. Located in the 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 approximately 52 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent data year.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
65 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in plant sciences needs to look into California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. A Best Schools rank of #70 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a great university overall.

There were about 65 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the plant sciences major at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo get $5,246 more than the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

More information about a degree in plant sciences from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
184 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded

Iowa State University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in plant sciences. Iowa State is a very large public university located in the small city of Ames. A Best Schools rank of #146 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Iowa State is a great university overall.

There were about 184 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 $18,546 more than the typical plant sciences student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
87 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded

It is hard 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 city of College Station. A Best Schools rank of #81 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Texas A&M College Station is a great university overall.

There were approximately 87 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In SD
58 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 4th out of 15 schools for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.

There were about 58 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at South Dakota State in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
94 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Lincoln, UNL is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 22 colleges for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.

There were about 94 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at UNL in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the plant sciences major at University of Nebraska - Lincoln get $5,346 more than the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#7

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
125 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded

UF is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Gainesville. A Best Schools rank of #94 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UF is a great university overall.

There were roughly 125 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the plant sciences program make about $23,200 in the first couple years of their career.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
69 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded

UIUC is a very large public university located in the small city of Champaign. A Best Schools rank of #68 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

There were about 69 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the plant sciences program state that they receive average early career wages of $35,300.

More information about a degree in plant sciences from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In OH
$12,000 Median Student Debt

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

There were approximately 14 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In GA
69 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded

UGA is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Athens. A Best Schools rank of #116 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UGA is a great university overall.

There were about 69 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at UGA in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
74 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Fresno, Fresno State is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 102nd out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 74 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at Fresno State in the most recent year we have data available. Plant Sciences degree recipients from California State University - Fresno earn a boost of around $14,046 over the average income of plant sciences graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WA
58 Plant Sciences Degrees Awarded

Wazzu is a fairly large public university located in the distant town of Pullman. This university ranks 6th out of 58 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were about 58 plant sciences students who graduated with this degree at Wazzu in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in plant sciences from Washington State University

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.

Rank College Location
13 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
14 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
15 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
16 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
17 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
18 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
19 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
20 University of Delaware Newark, DE

Plant Sciences 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, Plant Sciences has other similar majors worth exploring.

Plant Sciences Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Agronomy & Crop Science 1,121
Horticultural Science 775
Plant Science, General 697
Range Science & Management 181
Plant Protection & Integrated Pest Management 164
Plant Sciences, Other 97
Agricultural & Horticultural Plant Breeding 59

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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
Agricultural Production 2,272
Food Science Technology 2,215
Horticulture 1,675
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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Lufa Farms.

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