MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources ranked eighth internationally, fifth in US
CANR has been ranked eighth in the world — and fifth in the country — for 2018 in the Agriculture and Forestry category by Quacquarelli Symonds, a global higher education company.
Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) has been ranked eighth in the world — and fifth in the country — for 2018 in the Agriculture and Forestry category by Quacquarelli Symonds, a global higher education company.
In February, Quacquarelli Symonds released its eighth edition of the World University Rankings by Subject. The criteria include both academic and employer reputation, in addition to citations and student-to-faculty ratio.
CANR has been in the top 10 of the international Agriculture and Forestry category for three consecutive years, peaking at seventh in 2017.
“CANR is at the heart of Michigan State University’s land-grant mission, and this ranking showcases our commitment to the ideals of teaching, research and outreach,” said Ron Hendrick, dean of CANR. “I’m proud to be a part of such a diverse college, one that gives students from around the world access to leading educational programs and world-renowned faculty. Through these educational endeavors, as well as our expansive research and outreach efforts, we continually strive to solve problems in food, health and the environment.”
More than 4,500 students are enrolled in CANR, including more than 3,500 undergraduates, nearly 600 graduate students, and close to 500 students in two-year certificate programs within the Institute for Agricultural Technology.
CANR offers 20 majors, 17 minors and 13 certificate programs. These range from traditional agriculture topics such as crop and soil sciences and animal science to packaging, interior design and landscape architecture.
With assistance from CANR’s 450 faculty members, roughly a quarter of CANR students participate in undergraduate research, gaining hands-on learning experience in a variety of fields.
Upon graduating, 91 percent of CANR students are placed in jobs or attend graduate school.
“While we are honored at the recognition, it’s important that we not rest on our past accomplishments,” Hendrick said. “The world is faced with tremendous challenges: increasing food production, protecting the environment, using sustainable energy sources, and identifying human, animal and plant health risks. We must look for answers now and equip the next generation with the tools to advance that work.”