Best Agriculture colleges in the U.S.

Why a degree in agriculture?

Growing up on a farm does a few things to you. You eat fresh grown vegetables, drive tractors, watch sunsets over the acreage, and don flannel on the regular. However, only about 10% of Americans are actual farmers*.

How to prepare for an agriculture degree

Believe it or not, there are more than 200 careers other than farming in the agriculture field: food science, purchasing, horticulture, and landscaping to name a few*. With such a large array of options, the job growth is varied. Some careers, such as food science, are increasing around 8%, while others, like farming, are seeing little to no jumps.

The increasing population is giving the agriculture business more mouths to feed. Some people hold doors open or volunteer their time. But you want to feed the people, and you are ready to work hard to do it. And if it all works out, a career in agriculture gives you permission to listen to all the country music you want with nobody to judge.

*Agriculture Council of America, Agriculture Careers
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Best Agriculture colleges in the U.S. for 2021

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Texas A & M University-College Station offers 79 Agriculture degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,654 Agriculture students graduated with students earning 1,302 Bachelor's degrees, 151 Master's degrees, 114 Certificates, and 87 Doctoral degrees.

Those who come to Iowa State University to major in agricultural disciplines should think of themselves not only as students but also as active participants in the future of farming and related areas. The institution’s commitment to training tomorrow’s leaders is exemplified in a senior-level capstone course fondly known as Ag450 Farm. Students get to manage the operations of the university’s 1,400-acre farm complete with corn, soybeans and pigs—oh my! Talk about putting the problem solving, decision-making, and communication skills learned in class to use. As a land-grant institution, the university focuses much of its agricultural research efforts on advances that will help the people of Iowa. However, Iowa State is also quite active on the global level and encourages studying abroad. More than 400 students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) traveled last year, doing everything from studying soil and crops in Costa Rica to examining agricultural world markets in Spain. The combination of thorough classroom training and hands-on experience prepares Iowa State agricultural students for post-graduation success. Nearly 98 percent of CALS graduates reported they were working, continuing their education, or serving in the military within six months of receiving their diplomas. The annual Agriculture and Life Sciences Fall Career Day brings more than 250 employers directly to campus, making the event one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

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Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

Oregon State University offers 72 Agriculture degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 1,202 Agriculture students graduated with students earning 860 Bachelor's degrees, 199 Master's degrees, 93 Certificates, and 50 Doctoral degrees.

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

University of Florida offers 51 Agriculture degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 905 Agriculture students graduated with students earning 506 Bachelor's degrees, 208 Master's degrees, 109 Doctoral degrees, and 82 Certificates.

Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University may be known as “The Little Apple” because it is located in Manhattan, Kan., but for the roughly 2,680 undergrads and 350 graduate students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, the classic college town is a great place to learn about farm-related issues. Twelve percent of Kansas State’s graduating class in 2013 earned a degree in an agricultural discipline, making it the school’s second most popular area of study. Undergraduate majors include agribusiness, agricultural communications and journalism, agricultural economics, agricultural education, agricultural technology management, agronomy, animal sciences and industry, bakery science and management, feed science and management, food science and industry, general agriculture, horticulture, milling science and management, park management and conservation, pre-veterinary medicine, and wildlife and outdoor enterprise management. In 2008, Kansas State opened the Biosecurity Research Institute, a frontline offensive against pathogens in livestock, insects and plants that threaten food supplies and health. University, industry, and governmental scientists conduct research in the 113,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility.This gives students countless opportunities for hands-on experience. “K-State Ag” students, as they are called, also benefit from more than 30 agriculture-related student organizations and 20 competitive teams. From Collegiate Cattlewomen to the Poultry Judging Team, there’s an extracurricular activity to suit every interest.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison offers 51 Agriculture degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 509 Agriculture students graduated with students earning 312 Bachelor's degrees, 96 Master's degrees, 54 Certificates, and 47 Doctoral degrees.

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Cornell University offers 35 Agriculture degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 678 Agriculture students graduated with students earning 496 Bachelor's degrees, 127 Master's degrees, and 55 Doctoral degrees.

North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers 59 Agriculture degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 857 Agriculture students graduated with students earning 543 Bachelor's degrees, 143 Associate's degrees, 118 Master's degrees, and 53 Doctoral degrees.

North Dakota State University-Main Campus offers 47 Agriculture degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 420 Agriculture students graduated with students earning 338 Bachelor's degrees, 68 Master's degrees, 13 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificate.

Purdue University-Main Campus
West Lafayette, IN
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Purdue University-Main Campus offers 43 Agriculture degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 826 Agriculture students graduated with students earning 630 Bachelor's degrees, 112 Master's degrees, 70 Doctoral degrees, and 14 Certificates.

List of all Agriculture colleges in the U.S.

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Texas A & M University-College Station Logo Texas A & M University-College Station College Station, TX
3/5
24 : 1 68,726
Iowa State University Logo Iowa State University Ames, IA
3/5
22 : 1 33,372
Oregon State University Logo Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
3/5
23 : 1 31,719
University of Florida Logo University of Florida Gainesville, FL
2/5
21 : 1 52,407
Kansas State University Logo Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
3/5
22 : 1 21,719
University of Wisconsin-Madison Logo University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI
3/5
20 : 1 44,257
Cornell University Logo Cornell University Ithaca, NY
5/5
13 : 1 24,027
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Logo North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC
3/5
21 : 1 36,304
North Dakota State University-Main Campus Logo North Dakota State University-Main Campus Fargo, ND
3/5
24 : 1 13,173
Purdue University-Main Campus Logo Purdue University-Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
3/5
22 : 1 45,500
University of Georgia Logo University of Georgia Athens, GA
3/5
18 : 1 38,920
Colorado State University-Fort Collins Logo Colorado State University-Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
3/5
20 : 1 33,426
Michigan State University Logo Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
4/5
20 : 1 49,809
University of Idaho Logo University of Idaho Moscow, ID
3/5
20 : 1 11,926
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Logo University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
4/5
22 : 1 51,605
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Logo University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
4/5
21 : 1 51,327
South Dakota State University Logo South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
3/5
22 : 1 11,512
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Logo Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA
4/5
19 : 1 91,427
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA
3/5
18 : 1 36,383
Washington State University Logo Washington State University Pullman, WA
3/5
25 : 1 31,607