Cowboy Colleges

Some of the best life lessons are learned on the ranch, but cowboy-friendly colleges offer amazing educational opportunities. From the April/May 2013 issue, here are five American Cowboy-approved schools with cowboy cred.

Colorado State University,

Ft. Collins, Colo.

For the Legends of Ranching sale, students train young Quarter Horses then plan, market, and produce the event. CSU also boasts a top-tier veterinary school and great extracurricular activities. Join the rodeo team or the ranch horse versatility team!


Texas A&M,

College Station, Texas

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has 7,000 students and more than 90 degree programs. Student organizations include the Beef Cattle Association, Horseman’s Association, Rodeo Club, and more.


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo,

San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Cal Poly’s 3,200-acre Swanton Pacific Ranch is a working ranch that allows students to learn about livestock and rangeland management. The school is located is the heart of coastal California’s Californio ranching culture.


Walla Walla Community College,

Walla Walla, Wash.

The team to beat in the collegiate rodeo world, Walla Walla Community College’s men’s team won the all around at the 2012 College Nationals Finals Rodeo.


Montana State University,

Bozeman, Mont.

The university owns a herd of 30 horses and runs a 400-acre teaching ranch and a farrier school. A horse-lover’s paradise, Bozeman, Mont., has several riding facilities, ranch recreation enterprises, and stunning trails.


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