At A Glance

Spartans in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources cultivate the next BIG IDEAS in food, health and the environment.

Areas of Study

The CANR offers four main areas of study.

CANR Students

Overall CANR Enrollment: 4,893

  • Undergraduate: 3,782
  • Graduate: 617
  • Institute of Agricultural Technology (certificate program): 494

Academic Profile

  • Average GPA: 3.68
  • Average Composite ACT: 25
  • Average Combined SAT: 1205

Our alumni network of CANR graduates numbers is roughly 65,000 worldwide

(Numbers are from fall 2018 enrollments & reporting)

Undergraduate Academics

CANR offers 20 majors and 20 minors.

Top CANR Undergraduate Majors (fall 2018):

  1. Packaging (522)
  2. Animal Science (452)
  3. Environmental Studies and Sustainability (253)

Connections to campus through activities and clubs ensure that students have opportunities to develop leadership skills, build community and foster professional networks.

  • 32% of students participate in a study abroad program
  • 32% of students participate in undergraduate research
  • 89% of student participate in internships or co-ops
  • 94% of CANR undergraduate student job placement rate

(Numbers are from the 2017 CANR Destination Data & Survey)

Graduate Programs

Graduate students work closely with faculty and researchers across campus and around the world to address complex challenges at the intersections of human health, nutrition, food safety, sustainability, social justice, natural resources and quality of life.

Certificate Programs

The CANR offers 13 specialized certificate programs through the Institute of Agricultural Technology in East Lansing and off campus in partnership with Michigan community colleges in Battle Creek, Centreville, Dowagiac, Escanaba, Monroe, Muskegon, Scottville, Sidney, Taylor and Traverse City.

Programs provide practical learning and skill enhancement that can be completed in two years including a required professional internship.

Top IAT Certificate Programs (fall 2018):

  1. Agricultural Operations (162)
  2. Agricultural Industries (53)
  3. Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management (39)
  4. Electrical Technology (39)

Global Engagement & Research

CANR continues to foster global engagement through international education and supports students in life-changing immersive study, student-initiated projects, research internships and volunteer abroad programs.

The overall college’s global reach has more than 140 faculty participating in 118 global collaboration initiatives focused on agricultural research, education, outreach and human and institutional capacity building, amounting to more than $72 million dollars in grant funding.

Top global grant projects include those that support USAID’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security – the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative – and an agricultural development project by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

From 2014-2018, global engagement and research generated more than 2,700 impactful scholarly works especially in the areas of plant sciences, entomology, horticulture, fisheries, and food science and technology. CANR’s global activities are conducted with counterparts from more than 170 countries.

Over the years, the CANR has been recognized for path-breaking discoveries, scholarship and leadership in agriculture and natural resources research in the U.S. and abroad. The college – through its faculty, staff and students – sustains its long and distinguished history of involvement in global programs.

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