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2023 Acting Cost

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

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Acting is the 141st most expensive major in the US, with a median cost of $34,531 for the top 50 programs (just ahead of #142, Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, with a median cost of $34,423).

The Far West has the most expensive colleges with top 50 acting programs led by Chapman University with an annual cost of $54,540. California is the most expensive state for acting also led by Chapman University and Pepperdine University.

Public schools with good programs by and large charge 68.36% less than private schools for in-state students. When looking at out-of-state tuition however, the median top 50 Public school charges 32.7% less than your average private school. So, if you're looking into studying at a state school, make sure you qualify for in-state tuition sooner rather than later.

The most expensive top 25 college for acting is University of Southern California, which is the 14th most expensive college in the US. The most affordable option in the top 100 is Brigham Young University-Provo. It costs just $5,790 per year, and it is its acting program is ranked #26. If you’re looking for the least expensive option in the top 25, University of Illinois at Chicago  is probably right for you, ranked #25 with an in-state cost of just $10,584. Another more affordable option would be #18, Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma County, OK with a cost of $28,094 for in-state students and $28,094 for out-of-state students.

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