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Utah State University Named Top College for Agriculture Majors

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

A usu vet med student with a lamb

USU's College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences is the home of the USU School of Veterinary Medicine.

USU's Agricultural Sciences building

The Agricultural Sciences building is home to the college.

Utah State University was recently ranked as the top school in the nation for students pursuing careers in agriculture-related fields.

Campus Explorer, an online service that assists more than 30 million students a year with college planning, ranked colleges based on tuition prices and ability to provide resources for agriculture majors.

The ranking also cited USU’s ability to award more scholarships to agriculture students than any other agriculture program. This year, USU’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences awarded $461,888 in scholarships with 363 students receiving this scholarship help. Other highly ranked schools included Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Purdue University and Montana State University. Included in the rankings were tuition comparisons, with USU costs for resident tuition coming in $11,000 to $20,000 less per semester than the other top three schools.

According to Ken White, dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, the college focuses on preparing students for real careers while remaining affordable.

“The key to our college’s success comes from the value offered by an education here,” White said. “With a legacy of award-winning faculty, plenty of undergraduate research and a diverse range of academic offerings, it’s not surprising that our college continues to be nationally ranked.”

The College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences is home to more than 1,200 undergraduate students and seven departments that offer 72 degrees across a broad range of disciplines. The college continues to grow every year and plans to add additional degrees.

See the Campus Explorer rankings online. To learn more about the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, see its website.

Writer: Shelby Ruud,

Contacts: Lynnette Harris,, 435-797-2189; Associate Dean Brian Warnick,

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