A leading organization for ranking America’s best colleges and universities has listed the Kansas State University College of Agriculture in the top 10 of the nation’s best 140 agricultural schools. Niche.com released its rankings in late August, taking into account volumes of data provided through the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and millions of reviews from students and alumni from across the nation.
“This is something we are very proud of, particularly because it represents the quality of education we provide to students as well as the quality of agricultural research being conducted at Kansas State University,” said Ernie Minton, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.
To be included, a college must confer at least five bachelor’s degrees in agriculture or represent at least 20% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by the university. The ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial and student life data from USDE and research expenditures gathered by NSF.
Niche.com also surveys current students and alumni to analyze their overall experience while attending classes in the university’s program. For this year’s ranking, 3,283 current or former K-State students participated in the survey. According to the results, 93% said K-State professors are passionate about the topics they teach; 90% said K-State professors are approachable and helpful; and 89% said K-State professors care about student success. It was noted that 94% of K-State ag graduates are employed or furthering their education within two years of graduation.
“It’s important to note the contributions of our faculty and staff in the success we have experienced over time,” Minton said. “It’s evident to me that throughout the college, we have employees at every level who understand the importance of creating the best possible environment for learning. Being recognized for that is gratifying.”