Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for a soil science degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,641 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

39% above average compared to other degrees

$ 29,956 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

49% above average compared to other degrees

$ 4,018 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

88% below average compared to other degrees

What do soil science graduates earn?

Soil science students make an average of $72,231 per year after graduation. This is 8% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

14% of soil science graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 72,231 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 75% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

31% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular soil science schools in the US

There are 42 schools in the US that offer a soil science degree. The soil 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 soil 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
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417
University of California-Riverside$13,917
Texas A & M University-College Station$11,234
Michigan State University$14,460
University of Wisconsin-Madison$10,533
University of Maryland-College Park$10,399

Top US schools for a soil science degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo35%$9,432
University of Florida42%$6,381
University of California-Davis43%$14,419
University of Maryland-College Park45%$10,399
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities50%$14,417
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus50%$18,436
Tuskegee University50%$22,170
North Carolina State University at Raleigh51%$9,058
University of Wisconsin-Madison54%$10,533
University of Georgia54%$11,818

Cheapest US schools for a soil science degree

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

School NameTuition
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez$2,083
Brigham Young University-Idaho$4,018
University of Wyoming$5,217
Treasure Valley Community College$5,445
University of Florida$6,381
New Mexico State University-Main Campus$6,461
Grand Rapids Community College$6,945
University of Idaho$7,488
Utah State University$7,870
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill$8,139


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