Best Colleges for Dance

2,661

Graduates Per Year

$49K

Average Salary

#122

Most Popular Major

Degree Stats

Popular

2,661

13% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

267

5% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

121

Interior Design

2,721

122

Dance

2,661

123

Apparel and Textiles

2,638

Most Widely Offered Degrees

35

/

1.852

Worse

Better

offeringnot offering41%41%

Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicnon public58%58%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Mid East

SUNY at Purchase College

By State

New York

Marymount Manhattan College

By Conference

Pacific-12 Conference

University of Arizona

By School

Glendale Community College

INTRODUCTION

If you think life as a private dance instructor, pilates instructor, or group fitness instructor sounds interesting, then a degree in dance may just be for you. You could even become the dance instructor for competitive ballet!

POPULARITY

Dance is the 122nd most popular degree in America, with 2,661 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #123 Apparel and Textiles, and narrowly lost to #121 Interior Design.

The degree is offered at a total of 267 colleges across the nation, and is the 85th most widely offered degree. Given that dance is offered at 41% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that close to four in seven colleges offering dance are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The mid east produces the most dance graduates, largely led by SUNY at Purchase College, while it’s the Pacific-12 Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, New York ranks highest, with particular help from Marymount Manhattan College and Pace University.

All that being said, no individual school produces more dance graduates than Glendale Community College, which graduated 59 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study dance). More students studied dance as a percentage of total students at The Juilliard School than any other college.

We wish you luck finding the right college for you. We hope you enjoy Authority's 2022 official Best Colleges for Dance list. Some of our picks may surprise you!

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The University of the Arts

#1 Best Colleges for Dance

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Philadelphia, PA

https://www.uarts.edu

B

Rating

73%

Acceptance

2,080

Students

# 321

Ranking

$46,530

Tuition

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The Juilliard School

#2 Best Colleges for Dance

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New York, NY

www.juilliard.edu/

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Rating

7%

Acceptance

971

Students

# 117

Ranking

$47,370

Tuition

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New York University

#3 Best Colleges for Dance

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New York, NY

www.nyu.edu

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Rating

16%

Acceptance

58,091

Students

# 25

Ranking

$50,684

Tuition

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University of North Carolina School of the Arts

#4 Best Colleges for Dance

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Winston Salem, NC

www.uncsa.edu/

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Rating

29%

Acceptance

1,057

Students

# 56

Ranking

$23,040

Tuition

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University of Southern California

#5 Best Colleges for Dance

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Los Angeles, CA

www.usc.edu/

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

53,186

Students

# 24

Ranking

$57,256

Tuition

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University of Utah

#6 Best Colleges for Dance

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Salt Lake City, UT

www.utah.edu

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Rating

62%

Acceptance

38,652

Students

# 71

Ranking

$26,017

Tuition

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University of California-Irvine

#7 Best Colleges for Dance

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Irvine, CA

www.uci.edu/

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Rating

27%

Acceptance

38,105

Students

# 20

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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University of California-Los Angeles

#8 Best Colleges for Dance

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Los Angeles, CA

www.ucla.edu/

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Rating

12%

Acceptance

47,103

Students

# 1

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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University of Washington-Seattle Campus

#9 Best Colleges for Dance

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Seattle, WA

www.washington.edu

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Rating

52%

Acceptance

56,315

Students

# 15

Ranking

$37,071

Tuition

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SUNY at Purchase College

#10 Best Colleges for Dance

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Purchase, NY

www.purchase.edu

B

Rating

52%

Acceptance

4,753

Students

# 134

Ranking

$16,980

Tuition

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Fordham University

#11 Best Colleges for Dance

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Bronx, NY

www.fordham.edu

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Rating

46%

Acceptance

18,774

Students

# 94

Ranking

$52,980

Tuition

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California Institute of the Arts

#12 Best Colleges for Dance

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Valencia, CA

www.calarts.edu

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Rating

25%

Acceptance

1,618

Students

# 134

Ranking

$50,850

Tuition

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Chapman University

#13 Best Colleges for Dance

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Orange, CA

https://www.chapman.edu

A

Rating

56%

Acceptance

10,286

Students

# 106

Ranking

$54,540

Tuition

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Ohio State University-Main Campus

#14 Best Colleges for Dance

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Columbus, OH

www.osu.edu/

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

66,178

Students

# 39

Ranking

$31,174

Tuition

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Temple University

#15 Best Colleges for Dance

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Philadelphia, PA

www.temple.edu

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Rating

60%

Acceptance

43,154

Students

# 67

Ranking

$28,992

Tuition

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Emory University

#16 Best Colleges for Dance

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Atlanta, GA

www.emory.edu

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Rating

16%

Acceptance

16,024

Students

# 23

Ranking

$53,070

Tuition

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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#17 Best Colleges for Dance

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Ann Arbor, MI

https://umich.edu/

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

48,218

Students

# 2

Ranking

$50,872

Tuition

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Muhlenberg College

#18 Best Colleges for Dance

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Allentown, PA

www.muhlenberg.edu

A

Rating

66%

Acceptance

2,443

Students

# 125

Ranking

$53,865

Tuition

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University of California-Riverside

#19 Best Colleges for Dance

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Riverside, CA

www.ucr.edu/

A

Rating

57%

Acceptance

25,816

Students

# 49

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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University of Florida

#20 Best Colleges for Dance

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Gainesville, FL

www.ufl.edu/

A+

Rating

37%

Acceptance

58,749

Students

# 8

Ranking

$25,694

Tuition

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Florida State University

#21 Best Colleges for Dance

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Tallahassee, FL

www.fsu.edu

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Rating

36%

Acceptance

46,825

Students

# 32

Ranking

$16,540

Tuition

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Rutgers University-New Brunswick

#22 Best Colleges for Dance

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New Brunswick, NJ

https://newbrunswick.rutgers.edu

A

Rating

61%

Acceptance

57,162

Students

# 31

Ranking

$29,012

Tuition

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Skidmore College

#23 Best Colleges for Dance

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Saratoga Springs, NY

www.skidmore.edu/

A+

Rating

30%

Acceptance

2,820

Students

# 77

Ranking

$55,136

Tuition

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The University of Alabama

#24 Best Colleges for Dance

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Tuscaloosa, AL

www.ua.edu/

B

Rating

83%

Acceptance

42,432

Students

# 148

Ranking

$30,250

Tuition

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The University of Texas at Austin

#25 Best Colleges for Dance

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Austin, TX

www.utexas.edu

A+

Rating

32%

Acceptance

55,128

Students

# 10

Ranking

$38,326

Tuition