University of New Hampshire

Location: Durham, New Hampshire

Established: 1886

Ag Studies: Thompson School of Applied Science; 603-862-1025

Imagine a classroom where you will apply learning in the setting where you will begin your life’s work. The Thompson School of Applied Science offers dedicated professional faculty delivering career relevant education for students wanting an associate degree who value a college education combining hands-on experiences and academic knowledge in a small learning environment within and on the campus of the University of New Hampshire.

The faculty and staff of the Thompson School are committed to educate, retain and train students to be entrepreneurs, to be sound in their knowledge, to be competent in their acquired skills, and to be aware of the community they impact. This is accomplished because of the development of mentorships with faculty and advisors, business and industry partnerships, unique programs of study with relevant facilities, excellent job placement, inculcating a love for and need to keep learning throughout their careers and life. The School has renewed its emphasis on the broad discipline areas of food, land and animals as it continues its 121-year existence as part of the University of New Hampshire.

Paul Smith’s College

Location: Paul Smiths, New York

Established: 1946

Ag Studies: Forestry; Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences; 518-327-6000

When it comes to cookie-cutter colleges, Paul Smith’s is anything but. In fact, we’re the only 4-year college inside the boundaries of the world famous “forever wild” Adirondacks.

Students at Paul Smith’s College experience a hands-on education that combines proven career training with a meaningful exploration of self, society and the earth:

If you’re a forestry major, you’ll play a role in the sustainable management of the college’s 14,000-acre property.

If you’re a fisheries and wildlife science major, you will learn to tag and track different species.

If you’re an entrepreneurial business studies major, you will write a working business plan for a local operation.

Living and learning here requires a special kind of student – someone who values the abundance of our natural landscape and embraces our spirit of creative self-reliance. We call ourselves “Smitties.” Sounds like you? Let’s talk!

Virginia Tech

Location: Blacksburg, Virginia

Established: 1872

Ag Studies: Agricultural Technology Program; 540-231-7950

The Agricultural Technology Program provides two years of education leading to an associate of agriculture degree. In traditional baccalaureate (four-year) programs, the first two years are devoted to classes often not directly tied to a student’s career goals. The Agricultural Technology Program, however, concentrates on specialized courses that focus on preparing students for their chosen career.

Agricultural Technology students have the same rights and privileges as other students at Virginia Tech except they cannot participate in NCAA sports or in the Corps of Cadets.

All Agricultural Technology students are required to complete an occupational internship to provide practical experience in a working environment. The internship lasts for a minimum of 10 weeks and is usually completed during the summer between the student’s first and second year in the program. In consultation with the Agricultural Technology faculty, the student will select an internship that may involve assignments with the Virginia Tech farms or the Agricultural Research and Extension Centers, and/or private farms, landscaping companies, golf courses, sports fields, or agricultural businesses.