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A Message from the Dean
Feeding the world. Protecting the planet. These are truly grand challenges, and the motivation behind all that we do in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It is estimated that food supply must double to feed a growing population by the year 2050. Our natural resource base, upon which everything depends, must be preserved as population grows, so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the quality of life that we have experienced. Are you up for a challenge? Do you want more than a job, but a career that allows you to live your passion? We invite you to explore these pages and then come to visit us to get started on an exciting educational experience.
The University of Delaware is strongly committed to undergraduate education, and in our college, each student is welcomed and treated as an individual. With less than ten percent of the student population of UD, our faculty:student ratio is more favorable than most other colleges. And with our “350-acre classroom” just steps from main campus, we can provide hands on experience with animals, crop plants, wetlands, forest, greenhouses and more for every student, in every major. If you’re looking for a small college feel but still want to reap the benefits of attending a world class research university, the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is for you.
A college education is much more than job training, but most of you (and your parents!) expect to enter exciting careers upon graduation. Recent statistics show that 94% or more of our graduates are gainfully employed after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in an agriculture or natural resources major. Nationwide, agriculture and related industries produce about 54,000 new jobs annually. However, there are only about 29,000 graduates from colleges like ours to fill these positions. That’s almost a 2:1 ratio of jobs to graduates. And the jobs pay well – in 2011, starting salaries for our graduates ranged from the mid-thirties to the mid-forties (thousands $/year), at or above the median starting salary for college graduates. Furthermore, median overall salaries are higher than those for more popular college majors such as biology, psychology, education, and the liberal arts and humanities. More than a quarter of graduates from colleges of agriculture and related sciences go on to earn a graduate or professional degree, where annual earnings can double.
Our graduate programs provide a pathway to academia, industry, and agency careers for those whose goal is to help feed the world and protect the planet. We have a diverse set of disciplines that scale from molecular biology to population ecology, covering food system issues from “farm to fork” and environmental issues from water quality to wildlife conservation. If your passion is sustainability, then the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the best place to obtain your graduate degree.
– Mark Rieger, Dean