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About CALS

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To seek knowledge—and share it.

To cultivate understanding—and champion it.

To envision change—and lead it.

To imagine a world beyond boundaries—and build it.

For more than 150 years this very idea has thrived at the heart of everything we do and every life we touch: a vision to expand minds and help communities thrive by nurturing our greatest natural resource—ingenuity. Together, we harness the human capacity to realize a better future. Today.

From local economies and hometown issues to global health and environmental impact, our work empowers people and communities worldwide. We solve the demands of an ever-changing planet. We fill the jobs, roles, and knowledge gaps that will benefit lives for generations to come.

This is Agriculture. This is Science. This is Life.

This is the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


More than $900,000 in scholarships awarded every year.

23,905 living alumni

10:1 student to faculty ratio

More than 30 registered student organizations

More than $50,000,000 in competitive research awards

8 CALS faculty-led study abroad courses on 5 continents

109 local Virginia Cooperative Extension offices

11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers