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2021 Best Food, Nutrition & Related Services Schools

74 Colleges
$33,096 Avg Salary
$25,351 Avg Student Debt

In 2018-2019, 5,318 people earned a degree or certificate in food, nutrition and related services, making the major the #149 most popular in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Food, Nutrition & Related Services Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 74 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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The following schools top our list of the Best Food, Nutrition & Related Services Colleges.

Our analysis found Case Western Reserve University to be the best school for food, nutrition and related services students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Case Western is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cleveland.

On average, nutrition graduates from Case Western take out $54,475 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $635.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means University of Delaware is a great place for food, nutrition and related services students. Located in the large suburb of Newark, U of Delaware is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, nutrition graduates from U of Delaware take out $25,500 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $265, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 74 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, North Dakota State University - Main Campus landed the # 3 spot on the list. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the city of Fargo.

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The excellent programs at University of Missouri - Columbia helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best food, nutrition and related services schools in the United States. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Nutrition majors at Mizzou take out an average of $19,500 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend South Dakota State University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Food, Nutrition & Related Services Schools list. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a large student population.

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#6

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

SUNY Oneonta came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Food, Nutrition & Related Services Schools ranking. SUNY Oneonta is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Oneonta.

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University of Wisconsin - Stout ranked #7 on this year’s Best Food, Nutrition & Related Services Schools list. UW - Stout is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Menomonie.

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Iowa State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for food, nutrition and related services students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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The University of Texas at Austin came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Food, Nutrition & Related Services Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#10

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for food, nutrition and related services students. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Tuscaloosa, UA is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, nutrition graduates from UA take out $25,000 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $259.

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#11

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best food, nutrition and related services programs. UGA is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Athens.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Food, Nutrition & Related Services students that almost earned our Best Food, Nutrition & Related Services Schools award.

Rank College Location
12 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
13 Auburn University Auburn, AL
14 Meredith College Raleigh, NC

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

One of 8 majors within the area of study, food, nutrition and related services has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Nutrition

Related Major Annual Graduates
Human Development & Family Studies 43,687
General Family & Consumer Sciences 3,753
Textile & Apparel Studies 3,476
Family & Consumer Economics 1,593
Housing 785

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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