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2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

There are about 3,458 students enrolled in Food Science in the USA.

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popularity

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

1,818

Vs. National Avg.

-89%

popularity Rank

#237

cost

Average

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$27K

Vs. National Avg.

12%

cost Rank

#200

salary

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$46K

Vs. National Avg.

14%

salary Rank

#117

professors

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

22%

professors Rank

#70

students

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

-0%

students Rank

#259

SUMMARY

Studying Food Science is a valuable choice and naturally a required first step for pupils coveting to enter a career as a food scientist, a food technologist, or a clinical dietitian. Interestingly, nationally, food science is an uncommon degree coming in at the 187th most popular area of study. Last year alone, there were 1,278 food science diplomas received. In-state tuition for food science at private schools is, on average, 2.4 times more expensive than their public peers.

With just 53 schools having programs for food science there might be a more finite list of the institutions you can choose from. If you are looking to surround yourself with other food science majors, consider institutions in California which have more students admitted to food science than any other state. Zooming out, the top region to major in food science is in the Far West region with California State University-Fresno, University of California-Davis, and Oregon State University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to major in food science is the Big Ten Conference with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Maryland-College Park, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln representing the conference. That being said, our belief is that the best college for food science is Cornell University. You might also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The overall 'best' school does not mean it is the best school for every student. There might be many more angels to consider when selecting institution. External stuff such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food could definitely change your inclinations of which school to attend. Here at authority.org, we've weighed the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you want to know which food science university is home to the top campus, the answer is Rutgers University-New Brunswick. If, for example, you are very interested in which school has the finest campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, government databases, professor reviews, and more in order to compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life&nbspand our selection of the school with the best student life for food science is Cornell University. Curious why? Continue scrolling to learn more about Authority's top choices. Some of our conclusions might shock you.

If expense is a significant deciding factor in your decision on where to go to school, you might be cautious about Cornell University. Cornell University&nbspis the most expensive college for food science, at least for out of state enrollment. That being said, we have a page for the most expensive&nbspcolleges that could put the cost at Cornell University&nbspinto perspective. For more context, you could want to know that food science is the 254th most expensive degree in America, with an average cost of $26,800. On a broader scale, the most costly state for food science on our list is New York with costs at the primary institution, Cornell University, of $56,550. Even more broadly, the most costly region for food science is the Mid East region which is best demonstrated with University of Maryland-College Park with a cost of $34,936, Cornell University with a cost of $56,550, and Delaware Valley University with a cost of $38,070.

Our cheapest region for food science is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by University of Idaho with a cost of $25,418, Brigham Young University-Idaho with a cost of $4,208, and Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790. On the bright side, the most affordable college for food science is California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. Authority.org's comprehensive list of the most affordable colleges can be explored here.

In-state students can expect to pay about $11,200 for a degree in food science. That price increases by a lot to an average of $28,300 for the out-of-state public-school student. Our pick for the school with the best value for food science: Cornell University. Through this link you will see our comprehensive list about the colleges we believe to be the best value&nbspoverall. Do know, this list is predicated on being an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for food science majors can cover a wide range, but two-years after leaving college graduates will typically earn around $53,900. There can be a lot of variation in pay; top positions can enjoy pay up to $98,600. Even straight out of university, the minimum earning positions within the food science space make $28,900, which could be worse. The highest earning graduates for food science studied at Cornell University&nbspand if you are looking for schools with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The all-around diversity of food science ranks on the higher end, ranking within the 72nd percentile of all majors. The college with the highest composite diversity for food science is Cornell University&nbspand here you can find our comprehensive list of the colleges with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Food Science major only is within the 52nd percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, in the 73rd percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest proportion at 51% of scholars majoring in food science. Additionally, 70% of students seeking a food science degree are women.

The median rating for food science professors is 4 stars, a ranking that is surprisingly the median score across all majors; which is a fine. If you want to find the most popular food science professor nationally, look no further than Terri Verone at Long Beach City College. It might be shocking, but the best ranked food science instructors by student come from SUNY Oneonta. If we consider data other than basic rankings it becomes clear that the college with the best professors for food science is Cornell University. One can find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as some of the finest professors nationwide.

Finally, the hardest college to get into for food science is Cornell University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have a detailed page for the hardest colleges to get into. But, we hope you believe that considering the higher education world from context mainly formed from superlatives might create issues. We at Authority encourage you to read our more focused pages on different universities and peruse a couple of our background articles on beneficial things to consider as your university search continues.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Food Science

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI | www.wisc.edu/

57%

Acceptance

47,831

Students

#101

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY | www.cornell.edu/

11%

Acceptance

24,594

Students

#14

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

University of Georgia

Athens, GA | www.uga.edu/

48%

Acceptance

42,941

Students

#120

Ranking

$31K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA | www.vt.edu/

66%

Acceptance

38,350

Students

#130

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL | www.ufl.edu/

31%

Acceptance

58,857

Students

#76

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL | www.illinois.edu/

63%

Acceptance

57,324

Students

#125

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA | www.washington.edu/

56%

Acceptance

56,554

Students

#108

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

University Park, PA |

0%

Acceptance

0

Students

#0

Ranking

$0

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN | https://twin-cities.umn.edu/

70%

Acceptance

63,760

Students

#159

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Texas A & M University-College Station

College Station, TX | https://www.tamu.edu/

63%

Acceptance

73,308

Students

#123

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Purdue University-Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN | https://www.purdue.edu/

67%

Acceptance

49,027

Students

#129

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Columbus, OH | www.osu.edu/

68%

Acceptance

66,017

Students

#194

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MD | www.umd.edu/

51%

Acceptance

44,404

Students

#98

Ranking

$37K

Tuition

A

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI | https://www.msu.edu/

76%

Acceptance

55,406

Students

#178

Ranking

$40K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ | https://newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/

67%

Acceptance

56,178

Students

#152

Ranking

$32K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC | www.ncsu.edu/

46%

Acceptance

40,537

Students

#136

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

University of California-Davis

Davis, CA | ucdavis.edu/

46%

Acceptance

41,236

Students

#96

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

Stillwater, OK | www.okstate.edu/

67%

Acceptance

26,463

Students

#453

Ranking

$25K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Clemson University

Clemson, SC | www.clemson.edu/

62%

Acceptance

28,933

Students

#153

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Iowa State University

Ames, IA | www.iastate.edu/

88%

Acceptance

35,319

Students

#375

Ranking

$25K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX | www.ttu.edu/

70%

Acceptance

41,909

Students

#406

Ranking

$24K

Tuition

A

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT | www.byu.edu/

69%

Acceptance

39,086

Students

#198

Ranking

$6K

Tuition

A

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

Auburn University

Auburn, AL | www.auburn.edu/

85%

Acceptance

32,840

Students

#276

Ranking

$32K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

University of Delaware

Newark, DE | www.udel.edu/

66%

Acceptance

26,527

Students

#142

Ranking

$36K

Tuition

A

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Food Science

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, MA | www.umass.edu/

65%

Acceptance

35,781

Students

#218

Ranking

$36K

Tuition

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