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2023 Best Colleges for Acting

There are about 5,312 students enrolled in Acting in the USA.

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popularity

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

1,940

Vs. National Avg.

-88%

popularity Rank

#234

cost

Somewhat Expensive

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$33K

Vs. National Avg.

36%

cost Rank

#96

salary

Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$42K

Vs. National Avg.

6%

salary Rank

#190

professors

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

0%

professors Rank

#248

students

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

9%

students Rank

#86

SUMMARY

A degree in Acting is not only a valuable choice, but naturally a necessary first step for students intending to pursue a career as a choreographer, a dramatherapist, or a movie star. In fact, acting is an uncommon major coming in at the 204th most popular major. Last year, there were 1,135 acting degrees conferred. In-state tuition for acting at private colleges is, on average, 3.2 times more expensive than their public counterparts.

With only 93 colleges offering this degree you may have a smaller selection of institutions that will have an option for you. If you are looking to immerse yourself with other acting undergraduates, consider looking at institutions in New York which have more undergraduates admitted to acting than any other state. less precisely, the top region to major in acting is in the Mid East region with Marymount Manhattan College, Pace University, and Temple University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the best conference to study acting is the Pacific-12 Conference with University of Southern California representing the conference. On that topic, our selection for the best college for acting is University of Southern California, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The 'best' school does not mean it is the 'best' school for you. There might be many more facets to think about when choosing ​university. Things such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food might definitely affect one's thoughts of which school to attend. At Authority, we weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which acting university boasts the top campus, the answer is Boston University. If you are very interested in which school has the finest campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, government databases, professor reviews, and more so we can compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life&nbsphere and from that list, our pick for the college with the best student life for acting is The University of Texas at Austin. Curious why? Continue scrolling to find out more about Authority's top recommendations. Some of our decisions just might shock you.

If expense is a major influence in your decisions, you might consider avoiding University of Southern California. University of Southern California&nbspappears to be the most expensive school for acting, at least for out of state students. That being said, we have a list of the most expensive&nbspuniversities that could put the price tag at University of Southern California&nbspinto perspective. Additionally, you may care to know that acting is the 141st most expensive major in the nation, with an average expense of $34,500. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for acting in the nation is California with tuition and fees at the primary three colleges Chapman University, Pepperdine University, and University of Southern California of $54,540, $55,640, and $55,640 respectively. Even more broadly, the most costly region for acting is the Far West region which is best demonstrated with Chapman University with a cost of $54,540, Pepperdine University with a cost of $55,640, and University of Southern California with a cost of $57,256.

Our cheapest region for acting is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790. More optimistically, the most affordable school for acting is Oklahoma City University. Our full list of the most affordable colleges can be found here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $12,400 for a degree in acting. The price inflates intensely to a median of $26,300 for the out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our choice for the university with the best value for acting: University of Southern California. Through this link you will see our comprehensive list about the colleges we believe to be the best value&nbspin general. With that said, this section is predicated on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for acting majors can vary, but within two years graduation students will often make in the neighborhood of $48,900. While there is a lot of variation in pay; highest paid earners can enjoy pay up to $101,600. Even right out of college, the lowest end jobs within the acting field make $24,000, which is an alright wage. The highest earning graduates for acting have come from University of Southern California&nbspand if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of acting is subpar, coming within the 43rd percentile of all majors. The university with the most composite diversity for acting is Boston University&nbspand here you can find our general list for the schools with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Acting is only in the 33rd percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, in the 36th percentile. White students make up the largest share at 67% of those majoring in acting. Additionally, 62% of undergrads pursuing an acting degree are women.

We have insufficient professors data for acting to make the conclusions we normally would have made in this sentence. If we consider data other than simply rankings it becomes clear that the university possessing the overall best professors for acting is Boston University. You will find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with many of the best professors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for acting is The Juilliard School. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we do have a comprehensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we do hope you understand that approaching academics with a lens mainly informed by superlatives can create problems. We at Authority hope you explore our more nuanced pages on different universities and read a few of Authority's helpful background pages on useful things to look for as your school search develops.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Acting

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Yale University

New Haven, CT | https://www.yale.edu/

7%

Acceptance

14,910

Students

#8

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Brown University

Providence, RI | www.brown.edu/

8%

Acceptance

10,807

Students

#13

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Boston University

Boston, MA | www.bu.edu/

20%

Acceptance

42,047

Students

#35

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX | https://www.utexas.edu/

32%

Acceptance

54,243

Students

#81

Ranking

$40K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL | www.miami.edu/

33%

Acceptance

19,971

Students

#73

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA | www.washington.edu/

56%

Acceptance

56,554

Students

#108

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

University of California-San Diego

La Jolla, CA | www.ucsd.edu/

37%

Acceptance

40,547

Students

#61

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Purdue University-Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN | https://www.purdue.edu/

67%

Acceptance

49,027

Students

#129

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX | www.tcu.edu/

48%

Acceptance

11,506

Students

#119

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT | www.byu.edu/

69%

Acceptance

39,086

Students

#198

Ranking

$6K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

George Washington University

Washington, DC | https://www.gwu.edu/

43%

Acceptance

32,209

Students

#68

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA | www.pepperdine.edu/

42%

Acceptance

10,579

Students

#109

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Cincinnati, OH | www.uc.edu/

76%

Acceptance

46,140

Students

#632

Ranking

$27K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT | uconn.edu/

56%

Acceptance

29,818

Students

#134

Ranking

$41K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA | www.sandiego.edu/

59%

Acceptance

10,181

Students

#165

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Creighton University

Omaha, NE | https://www.creighton.edu/

64%

Acceptance

10,225

Students

#207

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

A

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Baylor University

Waco, TX | www.baylor.edu/

68%

Acceptance

19,632

Students

#225

Ranking

$49K

Tuition

A

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Drake University

Des Moines, IA | www.drake.edu/

68%

Acceptance

5,504

Students

#250

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Chapman University

Orange, CA | https://www.chapman.edu/

58%

Acceptance

10,654

Students

#133

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN | https://www.lipscomb.edu/

62%

Acceptance

5,876

Students

#408

Ranking

$35K

Tuition

A

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA | www.temple.edu/

71%

Acceptance

42,075

Students

#303

Ranking

$30K

Tuition

A

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL | www.iwu.edu/

57%

Acceptance

1,643

Students

#221

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

A

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD | umbc.edu/

69%

Acceptance

15,403

Students

#385

Ranking

$25K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Acting

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY | https://www.syracuse.edu/

69%

Acceptance

38,868

Students

#140

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

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