Prospective Undergraduate Students

Why Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky

With around 300 undergraduate students in Agricultural Economics, you might think you will get lost in the crowd. Not so -- we pride ourselves in making everyone feel at home with accessible and friendly faculty and staff. Just ask our students! Faculty and staff work closely with students outside the classroom to offer academic advising and career advice. We love watching our students grow into outstanding future leaders.

Unlike many majors, students in Ag Econ get a 'try it before you buy it degree'. We offer experiential education where you have a choice of internships, education abroad, independent research projects, and entrepreneurial activity. The Agribusiness Club, our undergraduate student club, visits local businesses monthly to increase your exposure to different areas within our major.

Maybe one of our students said it best:

A lot of people do not understand that agriculture is incorporated into every facet and market of our lives. This major gives me the opportunity to implement scholarship and change within the community, through my knowledge of markets, business, and general agricultural practices.
-- Jessie Stewart, Class of 2016

That involvement with every facet of our lives that Jessie mentions means that jobs are available after our students graduate. A 2011 study by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce rated agricultural economics tied for 8th out of 171 fields in terms of employability. The study showed that 98.7 percent of students were employed after finishing their degree.

How to Apply

Probably the most complete source for information about how to be admitted to the University of Kentucky is the Office of Undergraduate Admission. From there, you can:

Another great source of information is the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment's (CAFE) Academic Programs. From there, you can:

A Few Other Resources