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2023 Best Colleges for Dance

There are about 9,331 students enrolled in Dance in the USA.

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popularity

Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

3,439

Vs. National Avg.

-78%

popularity Rank

#182

cost

Average

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$29K

Vs. National Avg.

18%

cost Rank

#160

salary

Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$42K

Vs. National Avg.

5%

salary Rank

#202

professors

Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

11%

professors Rank

#129

students

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

7%

students Rank

#112

SUMMARY

Going to school for Dance is not only a valuable choice, but typically a required first step for pupils endeavoring to pursue a career as a private dance instructor, a pilates instructor, or a group fitness instructor. In fact, dance is of average popularity ranking as the 122nd most popular major. Last year alone, there were 2,661 dance degrees conferred. In-state tuition for dance at private universities is, on average, 3.9 times more spendy than their public equivalents.

There are 267 schools that offer this degree. This number of schools is on par with other majors offered in the United States. If you're looking to immerse yourself with other dance undergrads, consider colleges in New York which have the most students admitted to dance annually. less precisely, the best region to major in dance is in the Mid East region with SUNY at Purchase College, The University of the Arts, and Point Park University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the best conference to major in dance is the Pacific-12 Conference with University of Arizona, University of Utah, and University of Washington-Seattle Campus representing the conference. Based on our list on the best colleges, our belief is that the best college for dance is Emory University.

The overall 'best' school might not actually be the best school for you. There might be tons of facets to think about when choosing institution. Features such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would sway your decision on which school to attend. Here at Authority, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which dance university is home to the top campus, the answer is New York University. If you are very interested in which university is home to the finest campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more to evaluate each major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the colleges with the best student life&nbspand, from that list, our selection of the university with the best student life for dance is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about our top selections. Many of our conclusions just might shock you.

If price is a significant deciding factor in your choice of where you attend school, you might consider avoiding University of Southern California. University of Southern California&nbspappears to be our most expensive school for dance, at least regarding out of state attendance. We have a list of the most expensive&nbspuniversities that could put the expense at University of Southern California&nbspinto perspective. For more context, you could care to know that dance is the 76th most expensive major in America, with an average associated cost of $41,200. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for dance in the nation is District of Columbia demonstrated with a cost of $54,453 at the main college in the state George Washington University. Even more broadly, the most expensive region of the U.S. for dance is the Far West region which is best demonstrated with California Institute of the Arts with a cost of $50,850, Chapman University with a cost of $54,540, and University of Southern California with a cost of $57,256.

Our cheapest region for dance is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Brigham Young University-Idaho with a cost of $4,208, Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790, and Utah Valley University with a cost of $15,872. More optimistically, the most affordable university for dance is Florida State University. Our comprehensive list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state learners can expect to pay around $10,500 for a degree in dance. The cost grows by a lot to an average of $25,900 for an out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our selection for the college with the best value for dance: Emory University. On this page you can see our comprehensive list for the universities we believe to be the best value&nbspoverall. That being said, this discussion is based on being an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for dance students differ a lot, but two-years after completing the major students will often make in the neighborhood of $49,000. While there can be much variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can rake in up to $107,000. Even right out of school, the lowest end jobs within the dance field make $21,900, which isn't that bad. The top earning grads for dance have come from University of Southern California&nbspand if you are looking for universities with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of dance is subpar, arriving in the 41st percentile of majors nationally. The university with the highest composite diversity for dance is New York University&nbspand here you can find our general list of the universities which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Dance major ranks only within the 72nd percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even lower in the 52nd percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest share at 62% of students studying dance. Additionally, 87% of students seeking a dance major are women.

The median score of dance professors is 4.3 stars, a ranking that is 8% above the median score for every major; this is a pretty good ranking. If you are interested in the most popular dance professor nationally, look no further than Fanchon Cordell from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. This may come as a shock, but the best ranked professors for dance by student are at University of Utah. As we incorporate data other than simply rankings we find that the school with the overall best instructors for dance is New York University. You can find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the top examples of instructors in the country.

Finally, the most difficult university to get into for dance is The Juilliard School. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a general page for the hardest colleges to get into. Although, we do hope you believe that approaching the education process from context only formed from superlatives could cause problems. We at Authority encourage you to look at some of our other pages on different topics and peruse a couple of our background articles on beneficial things to look out for as you continue your university search.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Dance

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Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

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

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | www.northwestern.edu/

9%

Acceptance

25,870

Students

#12

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Duke University

Durham, NC | www.duke.edu/

8%

Acceptance

17,855

Students

#6

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Pomona College

Claremont, CA | www.pomona.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,733

Students

#40

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY | www.cornell.edu/

11%

Acceptance

24,594

Students

#14

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO | www.wustl.edu/

16%

Acceptance

17,893

Students

#18

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA | https://www.hmc.edu/

18%

Acceptance

1,132

Students

#20

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA | www.cmc.edu/

13%

Acceptance

1,361

Students

#26

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL | www.ufl.edu/

31%

Acceptance

58,857

Students

#76

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Emory University

Atlanta, GA | www.emory.edu/

19%

Acceptance

15,970

Students

#24

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Barnard College

New York, NY | www.barnard.edu/

14%

Acceptance

2,771

Students

#30

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT | www.middlebury.edu/

22%

Acceptance

4,616

Students

#54

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

The University of Texas at Austin

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

32%

Acceptance

54,243

Students

#81

Ranking

$40K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA | www.ucla.edu/

14%

Acceptance

46,947

Students

#50

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI | www.wisc.edu/

57%

Acceptance

47,831

Students

#101

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA | www.swarthmore.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,689

Students

#36

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY | www.hamilton.edu/

18%

Acceptance

2,085

Students

#44

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CA | www.berkeley.edu/

17%

Acceptance

45,878

Students

#55

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

University of Georgia

Athens, GA | www.uga.edu/

48%

Acceptance

42,941

Students

#120

Ranking

$31K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

New York University

New York, NY | www.nyu.edu/

21%

Acceptance

58,361

Students

#23

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA | https://tulane.edu/

11%

Acceptance

14,652

Students

#71

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

Bates College

Lewiston, ME | www.bates.edu/

14%

Acceptance

1,958

Students

#63

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Dance

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL | www.illinois.edu/

63%

Acceptance

57,324

Students

#125

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

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