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2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

There are about 21,191 students enrolled in Creative Writing in the USA.

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popularity

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

7,117

Vs. National Avg.

-55%

popularity Rank

#119

cost

Average

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$31K

Vs. National Avg.

27%

cost Rank

#131

salary

Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$43K

Vs. National Avg.

8%

salary Rank

#169

professors

Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

6%

professors Rank

#176

students

Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

6%

students Rank

#123

SUMMARY

Choosing to study Creative Writing is not only a valuable choice, but generally a requisite first step for students trying to enter a career as a creative content writer, a novel author, or a children's book author. Interestingly, creative writing is fairly common coming in at the 110th most popular area of study. Last academic year alone, there were 3,226 creative writing graduates. In-state tuition for creative writing at private colleges is, on average, 4.3 times more costly than their public counterparts.

There are 256 schools which offer creative writing. 256 institutions is fairly average in terms of the number of institutions which offer each degree. If you're looking to immerse yourself with other creative writing undergrads, consider colleges in New Hampshire which have more students admitted to creative writing than any other state. less precisely, the top region to pursue creative writing is in the New England region with Emerson College, Southern New Hampshire University, and Brown University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the best conference to study creative writing is the Northeast 10 Conference with Southern New Hampshire University representing the conference. That being said, our choice for the best school for creative writing is Johns Hopkins University. You may also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The objectively best school might not actually be the best school for every student. There can be many more perspectives to weigh when choosing college. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might sway one's feelings on where to go to college. At Authority, we've weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which creative writing school has the top campus, the answer is Columbia University in the City of New York. If you are primarily interested in which university has the best campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more in order to evaluate each major in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life&nbsphere and our choice for the college with the best student life for creative writing is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Are you curious why? Continue reading to find out more about Authority's top choices. Many of our picks might surprise you.

If expense is a primary factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia University in the City of New York&nbspappears to be the most expensive college for creative writing, at least regarding out of state students. That being said, we have an entire page for the most expensive&nbspcolleges that could put the price tag at Columbia University in the City of New York&nbspinto perspective. Additionally, you could want to know that creative writing is the 41st most expensive major in the nation, with an average cost of $50,600. On a broader scale, the most costly state for creative writing in the nation is Colorado with tuition and fees at the primary university, Colorado College, of $57,612. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region for creative writing 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 creative writing is the Southwest region which is represented by University of Central Oklahoma with a cost of $17,573, Stephen F Austin State University with a cost of $16,224, and The University of Texas at El Paso with a cost of $22,556. More optimistically, the most affordable college for creative writing is University of Cincinnati-Main Campus. Authority's entire list of the most affordable colleges can be found here.

In-state attendees can anticipate paying around $10,500 for a degree in creative writing. The price swells significantly to a median of $23,300 for the out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our pick for the college constituting the best value for creative writing: Columbia University in the City of New York. Through this link you will see our comprehensive list for the colleges we believe to be the best value&nbspoverall. With that said, this discussion is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition is considered, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for creative writing students can differ, but two years after graduation graduates will often earn around $48,000. While there can be a lot of variation in pay; top earners can enjoy pay up to $80,900. Right out of school, the lowest earning positions within the creative writing field earn $28,100, which is an alright wage. The highest earning grads for creative writing come from Carnegie Mellon University&nbspand if you want to find the universities with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of creative writing ranks subpar, ranking in the 27th percentile of majors nationally. The school with the highest composite diversity for creative writing is Carnegie Mellon University&nbspand here you can find our comprehensive list for the schools with the most diversity. The financial diversity of Creative Writing ranks only in the 23rd percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is even less in the 23rd percentile. White collegians make up the largest proportion, 74%, of those majoring in creative writing. Additionally, 70% of scholars pursuing a creative writing major are women.

The median ranking of creative writing's professors is 4.3 stars, a ranking which is 8% better than the median score for all majors; which is a fairly good score. If you want to find the most popular creative writing instructor in the nation, take a look at Kate Bligh from Concordia University-Chicago. This might be surprising, but the highest rated instructors of creative writing by student come from San Francisco State University. As we incorporate data other than just rankings it becomes clear that the school with comprehensively the best instructors for creative writing is Johns Hopkins University. One will find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as many of the best professors in the country.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for creative writing is Hampshire College. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have a general list of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you believe that looking at college from examples primarily formed from superlatives could cause issues. We at Authority hope you read our more nuanced pages on different universities and read a few of our background articles on beneficial details to look out for as your school search develops.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Brown University

Providence, RI | www.brown.edu/

8%

Acceptance

10,807

Students

#13

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | www.northwestern.edu/

9%

Acceptance

25,870

Students

#12

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA | web.mit.edu/

7%

Acceptance

12,195

Students

#1

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH | www.dartmouth.edu/

9%

Acceptance

7,171

Students

#15

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA | www.upenn.edu/

9%

Acceptance

30,688

Students

#7

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY | www.columbia.edu/

7%

Acceptance

33,882

Students

#10

Ranking

$62K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD | www.jhu.edu/

11%

Acceptance

34,250

Students

#4

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA | www.cmu.edu/

17%

Acceptance

15,567

Students

#21

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI | https://umich.edu/

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

The University of Texas at Austin

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

32%

Acceptance

54,243

Students

#81

Ranking

$40K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO | www.wustl.edu/

16%

Acceptance

17,893

Students

#18

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL | www.uchicago.edu/

7%

Acceptance

20,413

Students

#11

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Haverford College

Haverford, PA | https://www.haverford.edu/

18%

Acceptance

1,392

Students

#39

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL | www.miami.edu/

33%

Acceptance

19,971

Students

#73

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

University Park, PA |

0%

Acceptance

0

Students

#0

Ranking

$0

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Emory University

Atlanta, GA | www.emory.edu/

19%

Acceptance

15,970

Students

#24

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA | www.wellesley.edu/

20%

Acceptance

2,735

Students

#31

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Macalester College

Saint Paul, MN | www.macalester.edu/

39%

Acceptance

2,118

Students

#88

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY | www.hamilton.edu/

18%

Acceptance

2,085

Students

#44

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX | https://www.smu.edu/

53%

Acceptance

12,963

Students

#100

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Colby College

Waterville, ME | www.colby.edu/

10%

Acceptance

2,196

Students

#34

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA | www.washington.edu/

56%

Acceptance

56,554

Students

#108

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY | https://www.rochester.edu/

35%

Acceptance

14,171

Students

#53

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Creative Writing

Purdue University-Main Campus

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

67%

Acceptance

49,027

Students

#129

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

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