Best Colleges for Drama

9,323

Graduates Per Year

$49K

Average Salary

#50

Most Popular Major

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TOP

50

Degree Stats

Popular

9,323

13% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

810

5% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

49

Fine Art

9,409

50

Drama

9,323

51

Spanish Language and Literature

9,277

Most Widely Offered Degrees

35

/

1.852

Worse

Better

offeringnot offering79%79%

Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicnon public53%53%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Southeast

University of Central Florida

By State

New York

New York University

By Conference

University Athletic Association

Brandeis University

By School

Cochise County Community College District

INTRODUCTION

If you think life as a stage actor, stage manager, or dance therapist sounds interesting, then a degree in drama may just be for you. You could even become the lead role in the next hit Broadway play!

POPULARITY

Drama is the 50th most popular degree in America, with 9,323 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #51 Spanish Language and Literature, and narrowly lost to #49 Fine Art.

The degree is offered at a total of 810 colleges across the nation, and is the 24th most widely offered degree. Given that drama is offered at 79% 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 53% of colleges offering drama are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The southeast produces the most drama graduates, largely led by University of Central Florida, while it’s the University Athletic Association that leads conference totals. As far as states, New York ranks highest, with particular help from New York University and State University of New York at New Paltz.

All that being said, no individual school produces more drama graduates than Cochise County Community College District, which graduated 373 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 drama). More students studied drama as a percentage of total students at Cornish College of the Arts 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 Drama list. Some of our picks may surprise you!

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New York University

#1 Best Colleges for Drama

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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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Northwestern University

#2 Best Colleges for Drama

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Evanston, IL

www.northwestern.edu

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Rating

9%

Acceptance

25,614

Students

# 18

Ranking

$56,232

Tuition

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Brown University

#3 Best Colleges for Drama

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Providence, RI

www.brown.edu

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Rating

7%

Acceptance

10,760

Students

# 12

Ranking

$57,112

Tuition

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Columbia University in the City of New York

#4 Best Colleges for Drama

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New York, NY

www.columbia.edu

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Rating

5%

Acceptance

33,301

Students

# 9

Ranking

$58,920

Tuition

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Yale University

#5 Best Colleges for Drama

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New Haven, CT

https://www.yale.edu

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Rating

6%

Acceptance

14,389

Students

# 4

Ranking

$55,500

Tuition

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Stanford University

#6 Best Colleges for Drama

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Stanford, CA

www.stanford.edu/

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Rating

4%

Acceptance

20,993

Students

# 2

Ranking

$52,857

Tuition

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University of California-Irvine

#7 Best Colleges for Drama

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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 Notre Dame

#8 Best Colleges for Drama

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Notre Dame, IN

www.nd.edu

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Rating

16%

Acceptance

13,221

Students

# 16

Ranking

$55,046

Tuition

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University of California-Santa Barbara

#9 Best Colleges for Drama

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Santa Barbara, CA

www.ucsb.edu

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Rating

30%

Acceptance

27,685

Students

# 12

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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University of California-Los Angeles

#10 Best Colleges for Drama

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Los Angeles, CA

www.ucla.edu/

A+

Rating

12%

Acceptance

47,103

Students

# 1

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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Carnegie Mellon University

#11 Best Colleges for Drama

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Pittsburgh, PA

www.cmu.edu/

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Rating

15%

Acceptance

15,143

Students

# 21

Ranking

$55,816

Tuition

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University of California-San Diego

#12 Best Colleges for Drama

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La Jolla, CA

www.ucsd.edu

A+

Rating

31%

Acceptance

39,811

Students

# 6

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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The University of Texas at Austin

#13 Best Colleges for Drama

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Austin, TX

www.utexas.edu

A+

Rating

32%

Acceptance

55,128

Students

# 10

Ranking

$38,326

Tuition

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Dartmouth College

#14 Best Colleges for Drama

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Hanover, NH

www.dartmouth.edu

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Rating

8%

Acceptance

7,081

Students

# 14

Ranking

$55,605

Tuition

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Washington University in St Louis

#15 Best Colleges for Drama

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Saint Louis, MO

www.wustl.edu

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Rating

14%

Acceptance

17,794

Students

# 15

Ranking

$54,250

Tuition

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University of Southern California

#16 Best Colleges for Drama

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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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Georgetown University

#17 Best Colleges for Drama

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Washington, DC

www.georgetown.edu

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Rating

14%

Acceptance

22,534

Students

# 13

Ranking

$55,440

Tuition

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Muhlenberg College

#18 Best Colleges for Drama

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Allentown, PA

www.muhlenberg.edu

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Rating

66%

Acceptance

2,443

Students

# 125

Ranking

$53,865

Tuition

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Emory University

#19 Best Colleges for Drama

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Atlanta, GA

www.emory.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

16,024

Students

# 23

Ranking

$53,070

Tuition

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University of California-Berkeley

#20 Best Colleges for Drama

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Berkeley, CA

www.berkeley.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

45,183

Students

# 7

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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Florida State University

#21 Best Colleges for Drama

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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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Barnard College

#22 Best Colleges for Drama

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New York, NY

www.barnard.edu

A+

Rating

12%

Acceptance

2,723

Students

# 31

Ranking

$55,781

Tuition

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Colby College

#23 Best Colleges for Drama

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Waterville, ME

www.colby.edu

A+

Rating

10%

Acceptance

2,150

Students

# 32

Ranking

$54,870

Tuition

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University of Virginia-Main Campus

#24 Best Colleges for Drama

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Charlottesville, VA

https://www.virginia.edu

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Rating

24%

Acceptance

28,593

Students

# 3

Ranking

$47,257

Tuition

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Vassar College

#25 Best Colleges for Drama

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Poughkeepsie, NY

www.vassar.edu

A+

Rating

24%

Acceptance

2,603

Students

# 56

Ranking

$57,910

Tuition