Utah State University was recently ranked 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 cited USU’s awarding more scholarships to agriculture students than any other agriculture program. This year, USU’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS) awarded $461,888 in scholarships with 363 students receiving this scholarship help. 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. In fact, USU is the No. 2 public university in the West (and top four in the nation) for lowest tuition on the Forbes list of America’s Best College Buys (2014).

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, numerous opportunities for undergraduate research and a diverse range of academic offerings, it’s not surprising that our college continues to be nationally ranked.”

CAAS is home to more than 1,200 undergraduate students and seven departments that offer 72 degrees across a broad range of disciplines, all of them committed to active learning and hands-on experiences.

The agricultural education program at USU boasts 100 percent job placement of graduates who seek employment as agricultural educators. The program provides opportunities for students to share their passion about the science and production of food, fiber and natural resources, animal science, plant science, horticulture, agricultural mechanics and veterinary science.

Dean White said the college is unique, and offers something for everyone.

“In CAAS we know more than your name; we know who you are,” White said. “Our faculty pride themselves on understanding your personal and scholarly ambitions and then helping you reach those goals. From research opportunities to one-on-one mentorship, our professors work to help students succeed.”

USU is located in Logan, Utah, just minutes from two mountain ranges and within a half-day’s drive of six national parks, including Yellowstone, Arches and Zion. It provides big-school opportunities with a small-school feel, for a great value. Students have access to thousands of acres of public wilderness land for backcountry skiing, hiking and more.

Logan ranks among the top 15 (and No. 2 in the West) for Best College Towns, according to the AIER College Destination Index. The city was also ranked No. 1 easiest place to find a job, according to Business Insider.

Since its founding in 1888, Utah State University has evolved from a small-town college tucked away in the Northern Utah mountains to a thriving research university respected around the world.

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