As college football kicks off once again, lots of discussion (and arguments) are centered around who does or doesn’t belong in the Top 25. Perhaps inspired by this, website College Ranker dragged college farms into the fray.
The subject is certainly up to debate. For this particular ranking, college farms were evaluated on the following criteria:
- Hands-on experiences
- Student involvement
- Community Outreach programs
- Workshops, classes and lectures
- Volunteering opportunities
- Degree plan options
The article’s author, Elizabeth Chapman, says hundreds of colleges benefit not only the students themselves, but also the communities around them, through learning opportunities and in many cases, fresh produce.
“These schools are impacting the future of our country as they work to research and develop innovative ways to grow and provide for families around the globe,” she says.
Taking top honors in this particular ranking is the University of Virginia. The school boasts a 172-acre arboretum and does an exceptional job with K-12 outreach, giving today’s youth a head start on agricultural and environmental issues.
Here’s the entire list in alphabetical order. The top 10 schools are highlighted. To see where the other schools ranked, click here.
- Antioch College - Yellow Springs, OH
- Berea College - Berea, KY
- Berry College - Mount Berry, GA
- Bowdoin College - Brunswick, ME
- Butte College - Oroville, CA
- Cal State Chico - Chico, CA
- College of the Atlantic - Bar Harbor, ME
- College of the Ozarks - Point Lookout, MO
- Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
- Dartmouth College -Hanover, NH
- Deep Springs College - Big Pine, CA
- Delaware Valley College - Doylestown, PA
- Earlham College - Richmond, IN
- Evergreen State College - Olympia, WA
- Ferrum College - Ferrum, VA
- Goshen College - Goshen, IN
- Green Mountain College -Poultney, VT
- Hampshire College -Amherst, MA
- Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
- Montana State University - Bozeman, MT
- New Mexico State University - Las Cruces, NM
- North Carolina State - Raleigh, NC
- Oberlin College - Oberlin, OH
- Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
- Penn State University - State College, PA
- Pomona College - Claremont, CA
- Prescott College - Prescott, AZ
- Sterling College - Sterling, KS
- University of California: Davis - Davis, CA
- University of Idaho - Moscow, Idaho
- University of Maine - Orono, ME
- University of Vermont - Burlington, VT
- University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
- University of Minnesota: Duluth - Duluth, MN
- University of New Hampshire - Durham, NH
- Warren Wilson College - Swannanoa, NC
- Washington State University - Pullman, WA
- Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA
- Wilson College - Chambersburg, PA
- Yale University - New Haven, CT
Like a competitor’s list of 20 “best university farms” created this spring, College Ranker’s criteria for ranking schools may draw criticism for skewing toward smaller schools at the expense of Midwestern ag powerhouses such as Iowa State University, University of Wisconsin, Purdue University and other notable omissions.
Did your school make the list? If not, does it deserve to be there? Continue the conversation in the comments section below or on this discussion board thread.