I read an article a few years back about large, “land-grant” universities. The article talked about how the Agriculture and Animal Science departments at these universities are such an integral part of their original mission and how much these universities treasured their Agriculture and Animal Science students. The point of the article was to illustrate how so few students choose to study in these areas and how these universities balance expansion into offering majors in business, liberal arts, etc., but still strive to preserve their traditional, agriculture identities.
My DD22 is interested in Agribusiness, Ag Economics, or Ag Journalism/Communications. Pre-COVID we visited a smaller, state university in Texas and were very welcomed by the whole Agriculture Department. We heard about all of the ways to be involved with the university, and it did seem like they really went out of their way to recruit Ag students; we really felt like we got the “red carpet” treatment. It was a great visit, but my daughter is interested in a university that would also offer a more traditional college experience. Some schools of interest for her are Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Auburn, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Kansas State, and Purdue.
Does anyone have experience with having a child or being a student in Agriculture at a large university?
Did being in the school of Agriculture make a large university seem smaller?
I appreciate reading about any thoughts or experiences you may have had.