CLEMSON — Clemson University has been ranked 12th among the top 30 best value agriculture colleges by College Values Online.

College Values Online rated the schools on their 29-year net return on investment based on tuition, percentage of students receiving financial aid, and the number of agricultural programs available at the school.

“It is no secret that a Clemson University education is an amazing value,” said Clemson President James P. Clements. “Quality, value, efficiency and return on investment — that is a very powerful combination. It is an honor to be recognized as one of the best value agriculture schools in the country, a nod to Clemson’s heritage.”

Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences is home to the departments of agricultural and environmental sciences; forestry and environmental conservation; animal and veterinary sciences; food, nutrition and packaging sciences; biological sciences; and genetics and biochemistry.

“Our educational programs in agriculture provide students with a solid foundation based on classroom learning and hands-on experience giving them the knowledge and flexibility needed to succeed,” said Pat Zungoli, chair of the department of agricultural and environmental sciences. “They are highly competitive for employment or graduate school opportunities after graduation.“

The broad spectrum of choices available to students interested in agricultural careers include agribusiness, agricultural education, agricultural mechanization, agronomy, entomology, environmental sciences, horticulture, turfgrass, plant pathology, forestry, wildlife conservation, ecology, soil and water sciences, pre-veterinary science, equine business and animal agribusiness.

The college’s professors are educators, researchers and they are engaged in Clemson’s land-grant tradition of public service. Many work closely with Public Service and Agriculture’s Extension Service and Experiment Station on research and outreach.