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2022 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

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202

Graduates Per Year

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$49K

Average Salary

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#352

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Unpopular

202

97% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

52

73% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

351

Data Modeling and Database Administration

203

352

Art Therapy

202

353

Stringed Instruments

188

Cost

Median Cost

$32,685

2% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

166

Nutrition Sciences

$32,693

167

Art Therapy

$32,685

168

Theatre Management

$32,572

Salary

Low Salary

$30,346

21% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

295

American Sign Language

$30,440

296

Art Therapy

$30,346

297

Recreational Therapy

$30,346

Professors

Students

Not Diverse

2.7/5

25.64% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

361

Network and System Administration

362

Art Therapy

363

Elementary Education and Teaching

SUMMARY

Majoring in Art Therapy is a valuable choice and usually a required first step for undergraduates seeking to begin a career as an art therapist, a recovery counselor, or a marriage counselor. In fact, art therapy is a very rare degree ranking as the 352nd most popular degree. In the last year, there were 202 art therapy diplomas received. In-state tuition for art therapy at private schools is, on average, Infinity times more pricey than their public counterparts.

With only 52 colleges offering art therapy there might be limited options as to the institutions that will have an option for you. If you're looking to surround yourself with other art therapy undergraduates, consider institutions in Massachusetts which have the most undergraduates admitted to art therapy annually. Zooming out, the top region to pursue art therapy is in the Great Lakes region with Capital University, Edgewood College, and Mount Mary University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to major in art therapy is the New England Collegiate Conference with Lesley University representing the conference. That said, our choice for the best college for art therapy is Cedar Crest College, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The objectively 'best' school does not have to be the best school for every student. There might be lots of facets to consider when selecting school. External stuff such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food might sway one's choice on where to go to university. At authority.org, we evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are interested in which art therapy university is home to the top campus, the answer is Lesley University. If, for example, you are mostly interested in which college is home to the best campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more in order to compare each major in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our comprehensive list for the universities with the best student life here and our selection of the university with the best student life for art therapy is Marywood University. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to discover more about Authority's top recommendations. Many of our picks will probably shock you.

If cost is a primary deciding factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Emmanuel College. Emmanuel College appears to be the most expensive school for art therapy, at least for out of state students. That being said, we have a list of the most expensive universities that might put the price tag of Emmanuel College into perspective. You could also be interested to know that art therapy is the 167th most expensive degree in the US, with an average expense of $32,700. On a broader scale, the most costly state for art therapy in the nation is Pennsylvania with expenses at the main three colleges Cedar Crest College, Marywood University, and Seton Hill University of $39,774, $34,154, and $34,154 respectively. Even more broadly, the most costly region of the U.S. for art therapy is the Mid East region which is best demonstrated with Long Island University with a cost of $36,452, Cedar Crest College with a cost of $39,774, and Seton Hill University with a cost of $36,306.

Our cheapest region for art therapy is the Great Lakes region which is represented by University of Indianapolis with a cost of $29,844, Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion with a cost of $27,296, and Alverno College with a cost of $28,656. On the bright side, the most affordable school for art therapy is Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion. Our comprehensive list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying about $0 for a degree in art therapy. That cost increases dramatically to an average of $0 for an out-of-state public-school undergrad. Our pick for the school constituting the best value for art therapy: Emmanuel College. On this page you can see our comprehensive list for the universities we believe to be the best value in general. Bear in mind, this discussion is predicated on being an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for art therapy majors can differ, but two-years after finishing the degree students will often earn in the neighborhood of $49,000. There can be much variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can rake in up to $89,600. Right out of college, the lowest end jobs within the art therapy field make $27,100, which could be worse. The top earning graduates for art therapy studied at Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion and if you want to find the universities with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The all-around diversity of art therapy sits subpar, falling within only the 9th percentile of majors nationally. The school with the highest composite diversity for art therapy is Long Island University and here you can find our general list for the schools which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Art Therapy only sits in the 76th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even lower in the 20th percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest proportion at 75% of students majoring in art therapy. Additionally, 95% of undergraduates pursuing an art therapy degree are women.

We have insufficient professors data for art therapy to make the conclusions we normally would have made in this sentence. As we incorporate data beyond simply rankings it becomes clear that the school possessing the overall best professors for art therapy is Long Island University. One can find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with many of the finest examples of instructors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for art therapy is Mount Mary University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have a general page of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you understand that looking at university from context mainly derived from superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental problems. We at Authority hope you explore our other pages on different schools and peruse a couple of our background pages on beneficial things to consider as you continue your school search.

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Marywood University

#1 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

Marywood University is a small private institution located in Scranton, PA ranked 53rd in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 1,974 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 77.76% of applicants. Marywood University offers 141 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Music Therapy, and Clinical Nutrition Services programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $34,154 per year, Marywood University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 65.8% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to make roughly $39,600 per year, which is 5% below the national median.

Scranton, PA

www.marywood.edu/

C+

Rating

78%

Acceptance

3,135

Students

#642

Ranking

$34,154

Tuition

Cedar Crest College

#2 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

Cedar Crest College is a small private institution located in Allentown, PA ranked 45th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 1,568 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 60.87% acceptance rate. Cedar Crest College offers 86 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, and Criminology programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 24th, and 44th respectively). With an annual tuition of $39,774 per year, Cedar Crest College is quite pricey. 53.33% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home approximately $46,700 per year, which is 12% over the national median.

Allentown, PA

www.cedarcrest.edu

B-

Rating

61%

Acceptance

1,931

Students

#572

Ranking

$39,774

Tuition

Lesley University

#3 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

Lesley University is a small private college located in Cambridge, MA ranked 48th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 2,707 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 74.68% acceptance rate. Lesley University offers 102 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Counseling Psychology, and Developmental and Child Psychology programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 13th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $28,500 per year, Lesley University is somewhat moderately costly. 55.13% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to earn more or less $38,700 per year, which is 7% less than the national median.

Cambridge, MA

www.lesley.edu

C+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

6,593

Students

#899

Ranking

$28,500

Tuition

Seton Hill University

#4 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

Seton Hill University is a small private liberal arts college located in Greensburg, PA ranked 64th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 3,259 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 75.7% of applicants. Seton Hill University offers 97 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Music Therapy programs (nationally ranked 4th, 8th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,306 per year, Seton Hill University is quite expensive. 55.7% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $40,200 per year, which is 3% less than the national median.

Greensburg, PA

www.setonhill.edu

C+

Rating

76%

Acceptance

3,787

Students

#720

Ranking

$36,306

Tuition

Long Island University

#5 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

Long Island University is a large private institution located in Brookville, NY ranked 84th in New York. It has a total of 11,530 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 80.09% of applicants. Long Island University offers 323 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Occupational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,452 per year, Long Island University is rather pricey. 40.15% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home close to $49,000 per year, which is 18% over the national median.

Brookville, NY

www.liu.edu

C+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

17,703

Students

#758

Ranking

$36,452

Tuition

Emmanuel College

#6 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

Emmanuel College is a small private college located in Boston, MA ranked 42nd in Massachusetts. It has a total of 2,241 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.14% of applicants. Emmanuel College offers 59 different majors and is best known for its Developmental and Child Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and Art Therapy programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 5th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,028 per year, Emmanuel College is rather costly. 62.64% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home near $49,700 per year, which is 20% above the national median.

Boston, MA

www.emmanuel.edu

B-

Rating

78%

Acceptance

2,398

Students

#593

Ranking

$41,028

Tuition

Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion

#7 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion is a small private college located in Marion, IN ranked 17th in Indiana. It has a total of 2,921 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 67% of applicants. Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion offers 96 different majors and is best known for its Pastoral Counseling, Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, and Religious Music programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $27,296 per year, Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion is reasonably high-priced. 51.63% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw about $49,900 per year, which is 20% greater than the national median.

Marion, IN

https://www.indwes.edu

C+

Rating

67%

Acceptance

3,321

Students

#713

Ranking

$27,296

Tuition

Mount Mary University

#8 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

Mount Mary University is a small private college located in Milwaukee, WI ranked 19th in Wisconsin. It has a total of 779 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 57.87% acceptance rate. Mount Mary University offers 83 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Fashion Merchandising programs (nationally ranked 8th, 16th, and 33rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $30,550 per year, Mount Mary University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 44.6% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take home approximately $40,000 per year, which is 4% under the national median.

Milwaukee, WI

www.mtmary.edu/

C+

Rating

58%

Acceptance

1,554

Students

#1050

Ranking

$30,550

Tuition

Ursuline College

#9 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

Ursuline College is a small private college located in Pepper Pike, OH ranked 66th in Ohio. It has a total of 774 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting just about 6/7 of applicants. Ursuline College offers 109 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy program, which is ranked 9th in the US. With an annual tuition of $33,120 per year, Ursuline College is reasonably pricey. 51.91% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to earn around $47,800 per year, which is 15% over the national median.

Pepper Pike, OH

www.ursuline.edu

C

Rating

85%

Acceptance

1,419

Students

#1463

Ranking

$33,120

Tuition

St. Thomas Aquinas College

#10 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

St. Thomas Aquinas College is a small private college located in Sparkill, NY ranked 96th in New York. It has a total of 2,178 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting a little greater than 4 out of every 5 applicants. St. Thomas Aquinas College offers 47 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy program, which is ranked 10th in the nation. With an annual tuition of $32,250 per year, St. Thomas Aquinas College is somewhat moderately expensive. 57.14% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $46,900 per year, which is 13% above the national median.

Sparkill, NY

www.stac.edu

C+

Rating

81%

Acceptance

2,382

Students

#896

Ranking

$32,250

Tuition

Edgewood College

#11 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

Edgewood College is a small private college located in Madison, WI ranked 14th in Wisconsin. It has a total of 1,599 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting in the neighborhood of 5/7 of applicants. Edgewood College offers 83 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy and Organizational Behavior Studies programs, which are respectively ranked 11th and 43rd in the United States. With an annual tuition of $30,600 per year, Edgewood College is somewhat moderately expensive. 58.03% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn around $43,300 per year, which is 4% above the national median.

Madison, WI

www.edgewood.edu

C+

Rating

72%

Acceptance

2,496

Students

#802

Ranking

$30,600

Tuition

Capital University

#12 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

Capital University is a small private college located in Columbus, OH ranked 36th in Ohio. It has a total of 2,772 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 72.11% acceptance rate. Capital University offers 84 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy program, which is ranked 12th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $36,552 per year, Capital University is quite high-priced. 52.77% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $44,000 per year, which is 6% greater than the national median.

Columbus, OH

https://www.capital.edu

C+

Rating

72%

Acceptance

3,649

Students

#881

Ranking

$36,552

Tuition

Alverno College

#13 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

Alverno College is a small private college located in Milwaukee, WI ranked 28th in Wisconsin. It has a total of 1,288 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 69.37% of applicants. Alverno College offers 88 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy and Music Therapy programs, which are respectively ranked 13th and 35th in the nation. With an annual tuition of $28,656 per year, Alverno College is somewhat moderately expensive. 48.97% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home roughly $38,800 per year, which is 7% under the national median.

Milwaukee, WI

https://www.alverno.edu

C

Rating

69%

Acceptance

2,003

Students

#1304

Ranking

$28,656

Tuition

University of Indianapolis

#14 Best Colleges for Art Therapy

University of Indianapolis is a mid-sized private college located in Indianapolis, IN ranked 28th in Indiana. It has a total of 5,073 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 92.79% acceptance rate. University of Indianapolis offers 110 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Archeology, and Commercial and Advertising Art programs (nationally ranked 14th, 19th, and 33rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $29,844 per year, University of Indianapolis is reasonably costly. 44.92% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn approximately $40,600 per year, which is 2% under the national median.

Indianapolis, IN

uindy.edu

C+

Rating

93%

Acceptance

6,850

Students

#1224

Ranking

$29,844

Tuition