2018 Top Colleges for Food Science and Nutrition Methodology

The 2018 Top Colleges for Food Science and Nutrition ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Overall Niche Grade Overall Niche Grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding all aspects of the student experience, such as academics, value, professors, diversity, local area, campus quality, safety and student life. Niche 30.0%
Percent Majoring in Food Science and Nutrition Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Food Science and Nutrition. U.S. Dept. of Education 15.0%
Food Science and Nutrition Program Demand A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Food Science and Nutrition program compared to the size of the program. Self-reported by Niche users 12.5%
Acceptance Rate Percent of applicants accepted. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%
Student-Faculty Ratio Total full-time undergraduate students per full-time undergraduate faculty. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%
Food Science and Nutrition Program Demand Within School A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Food Science and Nutrition program compared with other majors at the school, normalized by the size of each program. Self-reported by Niche users 7.5%
Food Science and Nutrition Student Surveys Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Food Science and Nutrition. Self-reported by Niche users 7.5%
Percent of U.S. Food Science and Nutrition Graduates Percent of total annual Food Science and Nutrition graduates nationally that come from this program. U.S. Dept. of Education 7.5%

To be included, the school must confer at least 20 bachelor’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 2.5% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by the school. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2015–2017, as self-reported by the colleges.

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