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2021 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

97 Colleges
21,156 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,188 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 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.

For this year's Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 97 colleges that offer a bachelor's in agriculture and agriculture operations. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great agriculture and agriculture operations programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the agriculture and agriculture operations program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying agriculture and agriculture operations.

Top 15% Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Delaware Valley University

Doylestown, PA

Delaware Valley University has taken the #1 spot in this year's agriculture and agriculture operations ranking for non-traditional students. DelVal is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Doylestown. DelVal also made our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations list, coming in at #6.

The student loan default rate at DelVal is lower than is typical, just 8.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 467 students take at least one class online at DelVal. About 512 of the students at DelVal are attending part time. DelVal does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#2

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Manhattan, K -State is a public college with a fairly large student population. K -State also made our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations list, coming in at #1.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.7%. Approximately 3,564 students take at least one class online at K -State. There are roughly 3,383 part time students in attendance at K -State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Texas A&M University - College Station as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station. Texas A&M College Station did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations list.

The student loan default rate at Texas A&M College Station is lower than is typical, just 2.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,608 students at Texas A&M College Station that take at least one class online. 9,459 students are part time. Texas A&M College Station does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public school with a fairly large student population. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 0.9%. There are approximately 1,637 students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo that take at least one class online. 1,017 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best agriculture and agriculture operations schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Cornell has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations ranking.

About 1.0% of Cornell students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 309 students at Cornell that take at least one class online. About 101 of the students at Cornell are attending part time.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the city of Fargo. North Dakota State University also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations rankings.

About 2.6% of North Dakota State University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,518 students at North Dakota State University that take at least one class online. About 2,527 of the students at North Dakota State University are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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South Dakota State University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a fairly large student population. South Dakota State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

About 4.2% of South Dakota State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 2,992 students at South Dakota State that take at least one class online. 3,377 of South Dakota State students are attending part time. South Dakota State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Ohio State University - Main Campus as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Ohio State has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations ranking.

About 4.5% of Ohio State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 18,037 students take at least one class online at Ohio State. There are roughly 8,041 part time students in attendance at Ohio State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#9

SUNY Cobleskill

Cobleskill, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Cobleskill as the #9 school in this year's rankings. SUNY Cobleskill is a small public school located in the distant town of Cobleskill.

Approximately 50 students take at least one class online at SUNY Cobleskill. There are roughly 217 part time students in attendance at SUNY Cobleskill. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Iowa State University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a very large student population. Iowa State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.2%. There are approximately 6,215 students at Iowa State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,779 part time students in attendance at Iowa State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. UNL is a very large public school located in the city of Lincoln. UNL excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations list.

About 3.5% of UNL students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 10,178 students at UNL that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,629 part time students in attendance at UNL. UNL does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Madison as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UW - Madison is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.3%. There are approximately 6,424 students at UW - Madison that take at least one class online. 4,418 of UW - Madison students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#13

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a very large student population. Purdue did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations list.

About 2.3% of Purdue students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,641 students take at least one class online at Purdue. 6,079 of Purdue students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UIUC also did well on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 1.9% of UIUC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 12,503 students at UIUC that take at least one class online. There are roughly 6,389 part time students in attendance at UIUC. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
15 University of Georgia Athens, GA
16 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
17 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
18 The University of Tennessee - Martin Martin, TN
19 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA

Agriculture & Agriculture Operations by Region

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Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 7,646
Animal Science 7,614
General Agriculture 3,456
Plant Sciences 3,064
Agricultural Production 2,452

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 196,678
Computer & Information Sciences 173,112
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 160,242
Physical Sciences 53,214
Engineering Technologies 52,780

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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