As research techniques improve and technology increases, students across the country study at top-rated agricultural colleges that train them to be successful in this ever-evolving industry. While there are too many top-rated agricultural programs to list them all, there are several colleges that stand out as the best in the industry. The country’s best agricultural colleges boast highly-trained faculty, advanced research facilities and diverse fields of study.
One of the best-known colleges in the country for agricultural studies, Purdue University has both high-ranking undergraduate and graduate programs, according to "U.S. News and World Report." The Agricultural and Biological Engineering graduate program has been ranked No. 1 in the nation at least four times, states Purdue’s website. The Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Forest and Natural Resources, Food Science and Agricultural Economics programs.within the Purdue University College of Agriculture are also top ranked.
The University of California, Davis is one of the top ranked agricultural schools, with some of the best research and teaching facilities in the nation. Originally founded in 1905, the school has a rich history in agriculture education. Students receive a quality research-based education in a variety of fields, including genetics, agricultural ecosystems and production techniques.. QS World lists the college first in the nation in Agriculture and Forestry.
University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana offers a top-ranked agriculture program, tied for first place in the "U.S. News and World Report" agriculture college rankings. Both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering are some of the best in the nation, with a focus on improving research in the industry, says the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana’s website. Their comprehensive education program informs students about a variety of relevant and contemporary agriculture topics, including renewable energy systems, food processing, agriculture engineering and production technology.
Iowa State University
Ranked third in the country by "U.S. News and World Report," Iowa State University’s agricultural school teaches students about crop production, livestock management, fruit and vegetable production, organic farming and more, reports Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Iowa State has a rich history in the industry and has long been associated with a quality agricultural education.
Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Science is one of the university’s largest undergraduate colleges, with approximately 13 percent of the student population enrolled in an agricultural field, cites "U.S. News and World Report." Cornell University has a tradition of excellence and their agricultural programs train students to work in a variety of agricultural careers, including landscape architecture or food, plant and animal sciences.
- Purdue University: Graduate Program Rankings
- University of California: Agriculture Programs Earn Top World Ranking
- Purdue Agriculture: Awards and Recognition
- QS World: QS World University Rankings By Subject 2013 – Forestry and Agriculture
- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Agriculture
- Cornell University: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana: ABE@Illinois Develops History of Excellence
- UC Davis: Agricultural Sciences
Amy Pearson earned dual bachelor's degrees in management and horticulture. She is a licensed elementary teacher for kindergarten through sixth grades. Pearson specializes in flower and vegetable gardening, landscape design, education, early childhood and child development.