Here Are the Best Agriculture Colleges on the Planet

Last year, Kaestart University was ranked #29 in the QS Agriculture & Forestry listing. Learn more about this school.
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The University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna touts itself as a teaching and research center for renewable resources. Learn more about this school.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees. Learn more about this school.

The University of Minnesota is both the state land grant university and the state's primary research university. Learn more about this school.

Universidade de São Paulo is the largest University in Brazil. Learn more about this school.

The University of Hohenheim was founded in 1818 after a devastating famine. Learn more about this school.

Seoul National University comprises 16 colleges as well as a graduate school and nine professional schools. Learn more about this institution.

Rated the maximum 5 QS stars, Yale University achieved full marks in research, innovation, internationalization, and specialist criteria. Learn more about this school.

The University of Western Australia is part of the acclaimed “Group of Eight” – Australia’s leading group of research universities – and one of two Australian members of the Worldwide Universities Network, a collective of 18 research universities. Learn more about this school.

The Ohio State University jumped up 9 places in rank compared to last year's QS list. Learn more about this school.

Kyoto University is the second-oldest university in Japan. Learn more about this school.

Washington State University scholars include members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and recipients of numerous national awards and fellowships. Learn more about this school.

The University of Melbourne offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in more than 80 different study areas. Learn more about this school.

In addition to its high ranking in agriculture, North Carolina State University consistently rates as one of the best values in higher education. Learn more about this school.

The University of Florida is one of only 17 public, land grant universities that belongs to the Association of American Universities. Learn more about this school.

More than 52,000 students study across University of Queensland's three campuses. Learn more about this school.

Penn State University, founded in 1855 as an agricultural college, admitted its first class in 1859. Learn more about this school.

Oregon State University is one of only three U.S. universities to have been awarded all four land grants in Land, Sea, Space and Sun. Learn more about this school.

Massey University has more than 4,400 international students from more than 100 countries. Learn more about this school.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranks among the top 50 universities in the world for multiple subjects besides agriculture and forestry. Learn more about this school.

Texas A&M University's Mays Business School moved up two spots from last year's QS ranking. Learn more about this school.

The Australian National University is distinguished by an outstanding record for student satisfaction and graduate employability. Learn more about this school.

The University of Guelph’s campus features the Summerlee Science Complex, North America’s largest science teaching and research facility. Learn more about this school.

With more than 40,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is one of the largest institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries. Learn more about this school.

The strong groups of disciplines at China Agricultural University are agriculture and life science, resources and environmental sciences, information and computer science, agricultural engineering and automation science, as well as economics, management, and social sciences. Learn more about this school.

Norwegian University of Life Sciences was ranked #24 in last year's QS report. Learn more about this school.

The University of Tokyo is home to 10 faculties, spread across five campuses. Learn more about this school.

In addition to this rankingU.S. News & World Report lists Iowa State University among the top 50 public national universities. Learn more about this school.

The University of British Columbia moved up in this year's QS rankings from #17 last year. Learn more about this school.

ETH Zurich's 500 professors and 20,000 students come from than 120 countries. Learn more about this school.

Agro, Paris Tech is a member of the Paris Institute of Technology, which is a consortium of 10 of the foremost French Graduate Institutes in Science and Engineering. Learn more about this school.

Purdue University has ranked in the top 10 for Agriculture & Forestry every year the QS ranking has been in existence. Learn more about this school.

Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the nation's pioneer land grant institution. Learn more about this school.

Amid the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a dairy farm and botanical gardens. Learn more about this school.

The University of Reading is one of the UK's leading research-intensive institutions. Learn more about this school.

National rankings consistently place Berkeley's undergraduate and graduate programs among the very best in a variety of disciplines. Learn more about this school.

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences maintained its #4 ranking from last year's QS report. Learn more about this school.

Rated the maximum 5 QS stars, Cornell University ranked 16th overall in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017 and 13th in the Graduate Employability Rankings (2017). Learn more about this school.

Always at or near the top of this ranking, UC Davis is known for its outstanding programs in biological and agricultural sciences. Learn more about this school.

Three in a row! Congratulations again to Wageningen University. Learn more about this school.

To see the complete QS Agriculture & Forestry ranking for 2018, click here.

Prestigious learning institutions earn such status for a reason. Exceptional quality and consistency in academic performance, peer instruction, and real-world results will almost always net an honor roll ranking. Some higher learning institutions stand out above others, and it’s report card time, according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which has just released its 2018 QS World University Ranking by Subject report.

Compiled and presented annually by the London-based education marketing and networking company, the comprehensive listing is based on a methodology that measures academic standing, employer reputation, and research impact gathered from more than 300 universities across the globe covering 48 different disciplines. 2018 marks the sixth consecutive year the organization has produced rankings specifically for the field of Agriculture & Forestry.

Each of the subject rankings is calculated using four sources. Per QS, the first two of these are global surveys of academics and employers, which are used to assess institutions’ international reputation in each subject. The second two indicators assess research impact based on research citations per paper and h-index in the relevant subject. These are sourced from Elsevier’s Scopus research citations database.

For the first three years of QS’ top agriculture colleges ranking, the University of California, Davis emerged as king of hill. Wageningen University in the Netherlands has held the No.1  spot for the last two years.

To find out whether Wageningen won top honors again, if UC Davis took back what was theirs, and/or if a newcomer crashed the party, scan the photo gallery above to count down the world’s Top 40 Agriculture & Forestry Colleges for 2018.

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