We have reviewed all of the equine educational programs listed in out State-by-State Guide. Any “ranking” contains some subjective determinations, but we have attempted to provide this requested listing with as much objectivity as possible. While schools excel in many different areas, it is important to remember that any educational opportunity depends upon what the student makes of the opportunity. The reader should note that many equine schools offer multiple degrees and certificates, from Bachelor’s level through Certificate Level.
TOP FIFTEEN FOUR-YEAR DEGREEE (B.S./B.A.) PROGRAMS: Earning a traditional 4-year bachelor’s Degree offers a traditional college or university experience. These programs are typically assisted with major colleges and universities and are more selective in their admissions requirements. They will also offer a wider range of opportunities in terms of academics and student life. Some of these 4-year programs are “science” oriented and grew out of Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Programs available at these schools.
1. University of Kentucky: Lexington, Kentucky
2. Colorado State University: Fort Collins, Colorado
3. California State Polytechnic University: Pomona, California
4. Sul Ross University: Alpine, Texas
5. Delaware Valley College (DelVal): Doylestown, Pennsylvania
6. West Texas A&M: Canyon, Texas
7. Wilson College: Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
8. University of Wisconsin-River Falls: River Falls, Wisconsin
9. Arizona State University: Tucson, Arizona
10. University of Findlay: Findlay, Ohio
11. University of New Hampshire: Durham, New Hampshire
12. University of of Montana Western: Dillon, Montana
13. State University of New York (SUNY): Cobbleskill, New York
14. Purdue University: Hammond, Indiana + Lafayette, Indiana Campus
15. Lake Erie College: Painesville, Ohio
TOP FIFTEEN TWO-YEAR DEGREE (A.S/A.A.) PROGRAMS: These two-year degrees are typically offered by junior and community colleges. The Associate Degree (Science or Arts) will typically require that some basic collegiate courses in addition to your equine studies. Tthe Associate’s Degree in Arts or Science can have the credits transferred towards a Bachelor’s degree at nearly every school. Check with the advisors.
1. College of Central Florida: Ocala, Florida
2. Midway College: Midway, Kentucky
3. College of Southern Idaho: Twin Falls, Idaho
4. Centenary College: Hackettstown, New Jersey
5. Laramie Community College: Laramie Wyoming
6. Mt. San Antonio Community College (Mt. SAC): Walnut, California
7. Pierce College: Woodland Hills, California
8. Coffeyville Community College: Coffeyville, Kansas
9. Santa Rosa Junior College: Santa Rosa, California
10. Rochester Community and Technical College: Rochester, Minnesota
12. Linn-Benton Community College: Albany, Oregon
13. Miles Community College: Miles City, Montana
14 Connors State College: Warner Oklahoma
15. Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture: Curtis, Nebraska
TOP FIFTEEN TWO-YEAR DEGREE (A.A.S) PROGRAMS: The “A.A.S.” degree is a two-year Associate Degree in Applied Arts or Science. The word “applied” usually designates a degree that has fewer traditional academic courses and focuses more on vocational and trade degrees. The courses taken and credits earned pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science or Art does not usually transfer towards a future Bachelor’s Degree.
1. North Central Texas Community College: Gainesville, Texas
2. Lamar Community College: Lamar, Colorado
3. Ohio University Southern: Ironton, Ohio
4. Bluegrass Community College: Lexington, Kentucky
5. University of Connecticut: Mansfield, Connecticut
6. Morrisville State College: Morrisville, New York
7. Ellsworth Community College: Iowa Falls, Iowa
8. Cecil Community College: North East, Maryland
9. Black Hawk Community College: Galva, Illinois
10. Colorado Northwestern Community College: Rangely, Colorado
11. Yavapai College: Prescott, Arizona
12. Minnesota State and Community Technical College: Fergus Falls, Minnesota
13. Hiwassie College: Madisonville, Tennessee
14. Northeast Oklahoma A&M: Miami, Oklahoma
15. Martin Community College: Williamston, North Carolina
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