No! In fact, most of the students we have in the department do not come from farming backgrounds. This is the very reason we emphasize experiential learning. We give students many opportunities to gain experience as described in the introductory paragraph. Our students graduate with the knowledge and experience necessary to step into the workforce able to quickly integrate into the company or enterprise as a productive member.
The average size of our classes is 20 students. This gives us, as faculty members, opportunity to know each student. We provide a quality, comprehensive program in a smaller, more personalized environment.
There is no denying the agriculture economy has been down of late, but it has had little effect on the number of jobs and beginning pay for those jobs. Our students are getting well-paid jobs with progressive companies.
We encourage all students to get to know two people in our department. The first is your advisor, and second is our department secretary. Either will be able to help you, or give directions where you can get the help you need.
The Department of Agriculture sponsors six clubs. They are the Agriculture Club, DTA, Collegiate Farm Bureau Club, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Horticulture Club and Pre-vet Club. Each offers social activities, as well as service and leadership opportunities. By actively participating in club activities, you will make life-long friends, as well as establish contacts that will benefit you throughout your career.