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2021 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

12 Colleges
2,912 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,034 Avg Cost*

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

Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, agriculture and agriculture operations was ranked #22 in the country. In fact 21,156 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 2,912 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

This year's Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 12 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in agriculture and agriculture operations. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent agriculture and agriculture operations programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the agriculture and agriculture operations program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools for Non-Traditional Students list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Top 10 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Ohio State University - Main Campus has taken the #1 spot in this year's agriculture and agriculture operations ranking for non-traditional students. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the city of Columbus. Ohio State also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at Ohio State is lower than is typical, just 4.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 18,037 students at Ohio State that take at least one class online. 8,041 of Ohio State students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. UW - Madison is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison. UW - Madison not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Great Lakes Region list.

About 1.3% of UW - Madison students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,424 students take at least one class online at UW - Madison. 4,418 of UW - Madison students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#3

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Purdue University - Main Campus. Purdue is a very large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Purdue, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

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 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the #4 school in this year's rankings. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UIUC, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

About 1.9% of UIUC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 12,503 students take at least one class online at UIUC. There are roughly 6,389 part time students in attendance at UIUC. UIUC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best agriculture and agriculture operations schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Michigan State, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.4%. There are approximately 9,273 students at Michigan State that take at least one class online. 6,488 students are part time.

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Illinois State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a very large student population. Illinois State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Great Lakes Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.9%. Approximately 3,895 students take at least one class online at Illinois State. 2,428 students are part time. Illinois State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Wisconsin - River Falls comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. UW - River Falls is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of River Falls. UW - River Falls did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Great Lakes Region list.

About 3.9% of UW - River Falls students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,867 students at UW - River Falls that take at least one class online. 739 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Western Illinois University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. WIU is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Macomb. WIU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Great Lakes Region list.

There are approximately 2,495 students at WIU that take at least one class online. About 1,724 of the students at WIU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Findlay as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Findlay, Findlay is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Findlay not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Great Lakes Region list.

The student loan default rate at Findlay is lower than is typical, just 4.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 983 students take at least one class online at Findlay. There are roughly 1,778 part time students in attendance at Findlay. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Platteville. UW - Platteville is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Platteville.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.7%. 1,569 of UW - Platteville students are exclusively distance learners. 1,946 of UW - Platteville students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students agriculture and agriculture operations colleges for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 276
Ohio 586
Illinois 915
Indiana 453
Wisconsin 682

Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 1,207
Animal Science 1,057
General Agriculture 510
Food Science Technology 437
Agricultural Mechanization 348

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 33,030
Computer & Information Sciences 22,467
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 21,673
Engineering Technologies 10,876
Mathematics & Statistics 6,948

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 12 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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