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2021 Best Colleges for Nutrition Science

Approximately 4,688 nutrition science degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Nutrition Science ranking analyzed 23 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in nutrition science. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Nutrition Science students.

Choosing a Great Nutrition Science School

Best Colleges for Nutrition Science Your choice of nutrition science school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 9% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 9%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 145 to 64 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Nutrition Science graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average nutrition science bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $29,364, graduates of colleges on this list average $35,900.

Starting Salary  ( 34048 to 37951 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Nutrition Science students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other nutrition science students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized nutrition science related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Nutrition Science students.

Best Schools to Study Nutrition Science in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for a Nutrition Science degree.

Top 10 Best Nutrition Science Colleges

#1

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN

Every student pursuing a degree in nutrition science needs to check out College of Saint Benedict. CSB is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Saint Joseph. This school ranks 150th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There are roughly 39 nutrition science undergrads studying this degree at CSB. Nutrition Science students from College of Saint Benedict receive an earnings boost of around $4,878 above the average earnings of nutrition science graduates.

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North Carolina State University is among your best bets if you want to study nutrition science. NC State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Raleigh. This school ranks 105th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

For those interested in something more advanced, NC State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in nutrition science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. North Carolina State University nutrition science graduates receive $6,978 more than the standard nutrition science student.

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University of California - Berkeley is one of the finest schools in the United States for nutrition science. Located in the city Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 69 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great college overall.

University of California - Berkeley is one of the most popular school to study nutrition science in United States exceeding 85 graduations last year. Nutrition Science graduates from University of California - Berkeley earn a boost of about $8,778 over the average income of nutrition science graduates.

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It is difficult to beat University of California - Davis if you wish to pursue nutrition science as a major. UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Davis. A Best Colleges rank of 83 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UC Davis is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UC Davis also offers 2 different higher degree levels in nutrition science, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, nutrition science students usually earn an average of $27,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great school overall.

Cornell University is one of the most popular college to study nutrition science in United States exceeding 49 graduations last year. Grads of the nutrition science program state that they receive average early career earnings of $26,700.

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University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

UVM is a fairly large public school located in the city of Burlington. This school ranks 231st out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Vermont.

There are about 52 nutrition science undergraduates studying this degree at UVM. Students from the nutrition science degree program at University of Vermont earn $5,078 more than the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. This college ranks 124th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There are approximately 93 nutrition science undergraduates studying this degree at UMN Twin Cities. Students who graduate from the nutrition science program earn around $30,900 in the first couple years of working.

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Located in the large city Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Wisconsin is a great college overall.

There are about 71 nutrition science undergraduates studying this degree at Wisconsin. Nutrition Science majors from University of Wisconsin - Madison get a earnings boost of approximately $2,378 above the typical earnings of nutrition science majors.

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UCONN is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Storrs. A Best Colleges rank of 104 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UCONN is a great college overall.

There are approximately 76 nutrition science undergraduates enrolled in this program at UCONN. Students who graduate from the nutrition science program make around $26,900 for their early career.

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Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick. This school ranks 183rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

For those interested in something more advanced, Rutgers New Brunswick also offers 2 different higher degree levels in nutrition science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, nutrition science students typically make an average of $28,500 in the first five years of their career.

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Nutrition Science by Region

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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Nutrition Science is one of 28 different types of Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 37,392
Biological & Physical Science 29,278
International Studies 7,967
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,609
Behavioral Science 3,731

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to division, CSIRO. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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