Agri View: Ag College Enrollment

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Everett Griner talks about the lagging enrollment in agriculture colleges in today’s Agri View.

Agriculture College Enrollment


Agriculture Schools, Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

enrollmentAgriculture schools educate students who are interested in careers in farming and related services. These may involve plant cultivation, dealing with animals or business and economics. There are many agriculture schools in the United States.

How to Select an Agriculture School

enrollmentThe best schools for agriculture separate the subject into its own school separate from the rest of the university. This assures choice of specializations within agriculture, as well as a variety of professors from which to learn. Specializations should include agronomy, horticulture, agriscience technology, agriculture education, agribusiness economics and animal sciences, like equine science and veterinary technology.

Other considerations:

  • Programs should offer a variety of classes, including animal/plant science, agricultural computer software, animal anatomy, agriculture safety, public policy and research.
  • Look for a school with agriculture-based student organizations, clubs, or leadership opportunities.
  • Quality schools feature state-of-the-art facilities with a computer lab, animal health facility, a farm center and a rodeo barn.

Top Agriculture Schools

College/University Institution Type
University of California-Davis 4-year, Public
Cornell University 4-year, Private
University of Massachusetts-Amherst 4-year, Public
University of Florida 4-year, Public
Harvard University 4-year, Private
University of Wisconsin-Madison 4-year, Public
Texas A & M University 4-year, Public
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 4-year, Public
Rutgers State University 4-year, Public
Tufts University 4-year, Private

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Online Agriculture Schools and Colleges: How to Choose

Numerous universities and colleges offer online agriculture programs to accommodate working professionals or those seeking a career change. With certificate, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree programs available, students can utilize online discussion forums, chat rooms and interactive television to learn.

How to Select an Online Agricultural School

Students interested in a degree or certificate in the agricultural sciences might want to evaluate each school’s offerings before choosing a program. How much time are you willing to devote to your education, and what type of credential are you trying to earn? Programs ranging from a certificate through master levels exist with complete or partially-online formats. Internships may exist that the student has to weigh as well.

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