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2021 Best Value Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations

97 Colleges
21,156 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,365 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Agriculture & Agriculture Operations School for You

Best Value Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture OperationsIn 2018-2019, 21,156 people earned their bachelor's in agriculture and agriculture operations, making the major the #22 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations ranking analyzed 97 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in agriculture and agriculture operations. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those agriculture and agriculture operations schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools in the United States

Check out the agriculture and agriculture operations programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 15% Best Value Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools

North Dakota State University - Main Campus earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. North Dakota State University is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Fargo. North Dakota State University not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations list.

The average student at North Dakota State University graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,224. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University is about $96,145. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize South Dakota State University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, South Dakota State also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at South Dakota State is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,370. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the South Dakota State is $89,628. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Tennessee - Martin. UT Martin is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Martin.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UT Martin to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $18,101. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Martin is $81,636. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Iowa State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value agriculture and agriculture operations schools. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Iowa State has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Iowa State is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,749. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State is $118,231. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Northwest Missouri State University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value agriculture and agriculture operations schools. Located in the town of Maryville, Northwest is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Northwest is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,341. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Northwest is $78,034. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Wisconsin - River Falls comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of River Falls, UW - River Falls is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average student at UW - River Falls graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,058. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW - River Falls is $88,656. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#7

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Truman State University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value agriculture and agriculture operations schools. Located in the town of Kirksville, Truman State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

At Truman State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,927. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Truman State is $80,250. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Western Illinois University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Macomb, WIU is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at WIU to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,615. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from WIU be around $78,211. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#9

SUNY Cobleskill

Cobleskill, NY

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Cobleskill. SUNY Cobleskill is a small public school located in the distant town of Cobleskill.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at SUNY Cobleskill to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,129. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cobleskill is $104,537. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

Our rankings recognize University of Wyoming as the #10 school in this year's rankings. U of Wyoming is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Laramie.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of Wyoming is 4.6 years, and it costs about $20,323 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming is about $94,299. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#11

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Manhattan, K - State is a public school with a very large student population. K - State also made our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations list, coming in at #1.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at K - State is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,639. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from K - State be around $139,407. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#12

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average student at Texas Tech graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,296. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is about $105,298. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#13

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value agriculture and agriculture operations schools. UGA is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Athens. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UGA also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at UGA to complete their degree, and it costs about $31,505 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UGA be around $134,211. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of F is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,230. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from U of F is $120,542. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations award.

Rank College Location
15 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tifton, GA
16 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
17 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
18 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
19 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE

Agriculture & Agriculture Operations by Region

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Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Animal Science 6,605
Agricultural Economics & Business 5,324
General Agriculture 2,377
Plant Sciences 2,008
Food Science Technology 1,363

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 128,724
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 126,493
Computer & Information Sciences 92,596
Physical Sciences 32,633
Mathematics & Statistics 30,991

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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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