We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for a food science degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,297 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

35% above average compared to other degrees

$ 29,673 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

48% above average compared to other degrees

$ 29,342 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

9% below average compared to other degrees

What do food science graduates earn?

Food science students make an average of $87,003 per year after graduation. This is 30% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

17% of food science graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 87,003 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 86% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

16% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular food science schools in the US

There are 94 schools in the US that offer a food science degree. The food science schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Davis, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus and Purdue University-Main Campus. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in food science per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Davis$14,419
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo$9,432
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
Cornell University$52,853
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417
University of Massachusetts-Amherst$15,411
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign$15,074

Top US schools for a food science degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering food science degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Cornell University13%$52,853
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo35%$9,432
University of Maryland Eastern Shore39%$8,042
University of Florida42%$6,381
University of California-Davis43%$14,419
University of Maryland-College Park45%$10,399
University of Washington-Seattle Campus46%$10,974
Clemson University47%$15,116
Ohio State University-Main Campus48%$10,592
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities50%$14,417

Cheapest US schools for a food science degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a food science degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Arizona Western College$2,660
Grayson College$2,904
Brigham Young University-Idaho$4,018
Skagit Valley College$4,200
Missouri State University-West Plains$4,230
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College$4,340
Chemeketa Community College$4,500
Finger Lakes Community College$5,096
Brigham Young University-Provo$5,460
Minnesota West Community and Technical College$5,692

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