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

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

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

Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 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 Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southwest Region ranking analyzed 14 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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The agriculture and agriculture operations 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 Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

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

Texas A&M University - College Station has taken the #1 spot in this year's agriculture and agriculture operations ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Texas A&M College Station, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region ranking.

About 2.1% of Texas A&M College Station students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 4,608 students at Texas A&M College Station that take at least one class online. 9,459 of Texas A&M College Station students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Oklahoma State University - Main Campus landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best agriculture and agriculture operations schools for non-traditional students. OSU is a very large public school located in the distant town of Stillwater. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, OSU has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.0%. Approximately 8,190 students take at least one class online at OSU. About 5,303 of the students at OSU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas Tech University. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lubbock. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Texas Tech has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region ranking.

About 6.0% of Texas Tech students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 15,508 students take at least one class online at Texas Tech. There are roughly 6,714 part time students in attendance at Texas Tech. Texas Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Texas A&M University - Kingsville landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best agriculture and agriculture operations schools for non-traditional students. Located in the distant town of Kingsville, Texas A&M Kingsville is a public college with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Texas A&M Kingsville, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region ranking.

About 8.7% of Texas A&M Kingsville students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,745 students take at least one class online at Texas A&M Kingsville. 2,561 of Texas A&M Kingsville students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Texas A&M University - Commerce landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best agriculture and agriculture operations schools for non-traditional students. Located in the distant town of Commerce, Texas A&M Commerce is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Texas A&M Commerce has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region ranking.

4,239 students at Texas A&M Commerce are exclusively online. 5,232 of Texas A&M Commerce students are attending part time. Texas A&M Commerce does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Sam Houston State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best agriculture and agriculture operations schools for non-traditional students. SHSU is a fairly large public school located in the town of Huntsville. SHSU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region list.

About 5.8% of SHSU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 7,776 students take at least one class online at SHSU. There are roughly 5,468 part time students in attendance at SHSU. SHSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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West Texas A&M University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. West Texas A&M University is a moderately-sized public school located in the fringe town of Canyon. West Texas A&M University also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.1%. 3,382 of West Texas A&M University students are exclusively distance learners. 3,916 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Tucson, University of Arizona is a public college with a fairly large student population. University of Arizona did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region list.

The student loan default rate at University of Arizona is lower than is typical, just 6.0% of students default in three years. There are approximately 12,701 students at University of Arizona that take at least one class online. 7,884 of University of Arizona students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Tarleton State University. Tarleton is a fairly large public school located in the town of Stephenville.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.7%. 1,004 of Tarleton students are exclusively distance learners. 4,374 of Tarleton students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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New Mexico State University - Main Campus earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Las Cruces, NMSU Main Campus is a public college with a large student population. NMSU Main Campus did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations in the Southwest Region list.

There are approximately 4,521 students at NMSU Main Campus that take at least one class online. 3,156 students are part time. NMSU Main Campus does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 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 1,310
Animal Science 1,161
General Agriculture 776
Plant Sciences 310
Agricultural Public Services 302

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 24,046
Computer & Information Sciences 17,134
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 16,865
Engineering Technologies 6,209
Physical Sciences 6,035

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 14 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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