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2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

There are about 37,266 students enrolled in Fine Art in the USA.

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popularity

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

12,203

Vs. National Avg.

-23%

popularity Rank

#80

cost

Average

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$28K

Vs. National Avg.

16%

cost Rank

#175

salary

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$41K

Vs. National Avg.

2%

salary Rank

#233

professors

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

2%

professors Rank

#222

students

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

1%

students Rank

#225

SUMMARY

A degree in Fine Art is not only a valuable choice, but naturally a required first step for undergraduates aspiring to pursue a career as a forensic artist, a commercial art gallery manager, or a music director. In fact, fine art is of average popularity ranking as the 49th most popular area of study. Last academic year alone, there were 9,409 fine art graduates. In-state tuition for fine art at private universities is, on average, 4.4 times more spendy than their public equivalents.

There are 572 colleges that offer fine art. 572 schools is on par with other majors offered in the United States. If you're looking to surround yourself with other fine art undergraduates, look at colleges in California which have the most undergrads admitted to fine art annually. Zooming out, the best region to pursue fine art is in the Southeast region with University of Central Florida, Florida State University, and East Carolina University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the top conference to study fine art is the Big West Conference with California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, California State University-Fullerton, and California State University-Long Beach representing the conference. Based on our comprehensive list on the best colleges, our choice for the best university for fine art is Stanford University.

The overall best school is not necessarily the best school for you. There might be lots of angels to weigh when deciding on institution. Features such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely affect your inclinations of where to go to school. At Authority, we weighed the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are interested in which fine art university has the best campus, the answer is Harvard University. If you are very interested in which college has the finest campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, student reviews, professor reviews, and more in order to evaluate every major in the United States in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life&nbsphere and our pick for the school with the best student life for fine art is Cornell University. Curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about our top choices. Some of our picks might shock you.

If price is a primary influence in your choice of where you attend university, you might be cautious about University of Southern California. University of Southern California&nbspappears to be our most expensive school for fine art, at least for out of state students. That being said, we have a list of the most expensive&nbspuniversities that could put the cost of University of Southern California&nbspinto perspective. You may also want to know that fine art is the 27th most expensive major in America, with an average cost of $52,900. On a broader scale, the most costly state for fine art on our list is District of Columbia with expenses at the main two universities American University and George Washington University of $49,070 and $54,453 respectively. Even more broadly, the most costly region of the country for fine art is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Wesleyan University with a cost of $56,704, Boston College with a cost of $56,780, and Landmark College with a cost of $59,100.

Our cheapest region for fine art is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Adams State University with a cost of $17,160, Fort Lewis College with a cost of $17,712, and Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790. On the bright side, the most affordable university for fine art is University of Florida. Authority's comprehensive list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $9,800 for a degree in fine art. That price inflates significantly to a median of $22,500 for an out-of-state public-school student. Our selection for the school constituting the best value for fine art: Stanford University. On this page you can find our comprehensive list of the schools we believe to be the best value&nbspoverall. With that said, this idea is based on out-of-state tuition costs. 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 fine art students differ a lot, but two-years after graduation graduates will often earn around $49,000. While there can be much variation in earnings potential; top earners can rake in up to $89,700. Even straight out of university, the lowest end positions within the fine art field earn $26,900, which isn't that bad. The top earning grads from fine art graduated from Stanford University&nbspand if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The all-around diversity of fine art ranks quite high, falling within the 86th percentile of majors nationally. The college with the highest composite diversity for fine art is Swarthmore College&nbspand here you can find our comprehensive list of the schools with the most diversity. The financial diversity of Fine Art only ranks within the 41st percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually greater, in the 86th percentile. White undergraduates compose the largest share, 50%, of those studying fine art. Additionally, 72% of undergrads pursuing a fine art major are women.

The median ranking of fine art professors is 4.4 stars, a ranking which is 10% higher than the average across every major; which is a fairly good score. If you want to find the most popular fine art instructor in the nation, consider looking up Patrick Trimble at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus. This may come as a shock, but the best ranked professors for fine art by student are found at University of Houston-Downtown. As we including data other than just rankings it becomes clear that the university with the best professors for fine art is Stanford University. One can find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with some of the finest professors nationwide.

Finally, the hardest college to get into for fine art is Stanford University. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we have a general list for the hardest colleges to get into. But, we hope you believe that looking at the higher education world with context only derived from superlatives can cause problems. We at Authority encourage you to look at some of our other pages on different schools and peruse some of our informative background pages on important things to consider as your school search continues.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Fine Art

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Stanford University

Stanford, CA | www.stanford.edu/

5%

Acceptance

20,961

Students

#2

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Yale University

New Haven, CT | https://www.yale.edu/

7%

Acceptance

14,910

Students

#8

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA | www.harvard.edu/

5%

Acceptance

41,024

Students

#3

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI | www.risd.edu/

27%

Acceptance

2,557

Students

#92

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Brown University

Providence, RI | www.brown.edu/

8%

Acceptance

10,807

Students

#13

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH | www.dartmouth.edu/

9%

Acceptance

7,171

Students

#15

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Rice University

Houston, TX | www.rice.edu/

11%

Acceptance

8,005

Students

#22

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

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 Fine Art

Duke University

Durham, NC | www.duke.edu/

8%

Acceptance

17,855

Students

#6

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA | www.upenn.edu/

9%

Acceptance

30,688

Students

#7

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA | www.cmu.edu/

17%

Acceptance

15,567

Students

#21

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

New York, NY | www.cooper.edu/

18%

Acceptance

985

Students

#62

Ranking

$47K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Pomona College

Claremont, CA | www.pomona.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,733

Students

#40

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

New York University

New York, NY | www.nyu.edu/

21%

Acceptance

58,361

Students

#23

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Williams College

Williamstown, MA | https://www.williams.edu/

15%

Acceptance

2,307

Students

#46

Ranking

$50K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN | www.vanderbilt.edu/

12%

Acceptance

13,918

Students

#17

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA | www.ucla.edu/

14%

Acceptance

46,947

Students

#50

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO | www.wustl.edu/

16%

Acceptance

17,893

Students

#18

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | www.northwestern.edu/

9%

Acceptance

25,870

Students

#12

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Minneapolis, MN | mcad.edu/

55%

Acceptance

862

Students

#568

Ranking

$42K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME | https://www.bowdoin.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,973

Students

#41

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA | www.swarthmore.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,689

Students

#36

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Tufts University

Medford, MA | https://www.tufts.edu/

16%

Acceptance

13,458

Students

#37

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY | www.cornell.edu/

11%

Acceptance

24,594

Students

#14

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

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