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2021 Best Horticulture Schools

38 Colleges
$32,043 Avg Salary
$18,172 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Horticulture School for You

Horticulture is the #156 most popular major in the country with 4,451 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Horticulture Schools ranking. This report analyzed 38 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Horticulture Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Horticulture Colleges.

Top 10 Best Horticulture Schools

#1

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Our analysis found Southeast Technical Institute to be the best school for horticulture students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the rural area of Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute is a public college with a small student population.

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#2

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Cornell University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Horticulture Schools list. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Out of the 38 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Pennsylvania State University - World Campus landed the # 3 spot on the list. Penn State World Campus is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

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#4

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Michigan State University is a great place for horticulture students. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

The average amount in student loans that horticulture majors at Michigan State take out is $11,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $114, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Pennsylvania State University - University Park is a great place for horticulture students. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the city of University Park.

The average amount in student loans that horticulture majors at Penn State University Park take out is $25,875. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $268, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA

With a ranking of #6, Kirkwood Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for horticulture students. Kirkwood Community College is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Cedar Rapids.

While working on their degree, horticulture majors at Kirkwood Community College accumulate an average of around $11,831 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $123, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #7, Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well on this year’s best schools for horticulture students. Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the city of College Station.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for horticulture students. It came in at #8 on the list. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Fargo.

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#9

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Horticulture Schools ranking. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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North Shore Community College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best horticulture programs. North Shore Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Danvers.

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Horticulture by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Horticulture is one of 13 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 8,910
Animal Science 7,814
General Agriculture 3,551
Agricultural Production 3,536
Plant Sciences 3,278

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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