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2021 Best Value Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region

14 Colleges
3,370 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,773 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Agriculture & Agriculture Operations School for You

Best Value Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest RegionAgriculture & Agriculture Operations is the #22 most popular major in the country with 21,156 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 3,370 went to students in the Southwest region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region ranking looked at 14 colleges that offer a bachelor's in agriculture and agriculture operations. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those agriculture and agriculture operations schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. 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 Southwest Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for agriculture and agriculture operations majors.

Top 10 Best Value Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools

#1

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lubbock. Texas Tech did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Texas Tech is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,296. 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 Texas Tech is $105,298. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize Oklahoma State University - Main Campus as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Oklahoma State is a very large public school located in the distant town of Stillwater. Oklahoma State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region list.

The average student at Oklahoma State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $26,971 per year to attend the school. 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 Oklahoma State is $119,212. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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West Texas A&M University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. West Texas A&M University is a moderately-sized public school located in the fringe town of Canyon. As a testament to the quality of education offered at West Texas A&M University, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at West Texas A&M University to complete their degree, and it costs about $16,505 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $72,952 to get a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Sam Houston State University. SHSU is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Huntsville. As a testament to the quality of education offered at SHSU, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at SHSU to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,492. This means that the average student pays around $101,889 to get a bachelor’s degree from SHSU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Texas A&M University - College Station as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a fairly large student population. Texas A&M also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Texas A&M is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $38,607. This means that the average student pays around $168,327 to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Oklahoma Panhandle State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value agriculture and agriculture operations schools. Located in the rural area of Goodwell, OPSU is a public college with a small student population.

It takes the average student at OPSU about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $11,888. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the OPSU is $52,664. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Texas A&M University - Commerce earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Commerce, Texas A&M Commerce is a public school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Texas A&M Commerce, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Texas A&M Commerce is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,650. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M Commerce be around $111,172. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Texas A&M University - Kingsville earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Kingsville, Texas A&M Kingsville is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Texas A&M Kingsville did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Texas A&M Kingsville is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,950. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M Kingsville is about $123,162. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#9

Angelo State University

San Angelo, TX

Angelo State University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value agriculture and agriculture operations schools. Angelo State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of San Angelo.

At Angelo State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $21,776 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Angelo State is $97,339. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Tarleton State University. Tarleton is a large public school located in the town of Stephenville.

It takes the average student at Tarleton about 4.5 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,595. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Tarleton be around $101,226. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Colleges by State

Explore the best agriculture and agriculture operations colleges for a specific state in the Southwest region.

State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 133
Texas 2,500
Oklahoma 588
New Mexico 149

Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 1,110
Animal Science 1,008
General Agriculture 432
Agricultural Public Services 245
Plant Sciences 195

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 15,674
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 13,102
Computer & Information Sciences 8,301
Physical Sciences 2,984
Mathematics & Statistics 2,598

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 14 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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