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2022 Best Colleges for Fine Art

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9,409

Graduates Per Year

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$49K

Average Salary

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#49

Most Popular Major

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TOP

50

Popularity

Popular

9,409

53% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

572

198% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

48

International Relations and Affairs

9,868

49

Fine Art

9,409

50

Drama

9,323

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50

Cost

Very Expensive

$52,928

66% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

26

Experimental Psychology

$53,145

27

Fine Art

$52,928

28

Spanish Language and Literature

$52,732

Salary

Low Salary

$26,246

32% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

363

Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts

$26,246

364

Fine Art

$26,246

365

Multimedia Art

$26,246

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50

Professors

Very Good

4.4/5

10% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

48

Middle Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

49

Fine Art

50

Arabic Language and Literature

Students

Very Diverse

4.3/5

17.71% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

55

Critical Theory and Analysis

56

Fine Art

57

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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 here 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 appears 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 universities that could put the cost of University of Southern California into 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 overall. 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 and 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 and 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.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

#1 Best Colleges for Fine Art

School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a small private art school located in Chicago, IL ranked 14th in Illinois. It has a total of 3,175 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 57.04% of applicants. School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers 19 different majors and is best known for its Fine Art, Visual and Performing Arts, and Creative Writing programs (nationally ranked 1st, 22nd, and 46th respectively). With an annual tuition of $49,980 per year, School of the Art Institute of Chicago is extremely high-priced. 62.26% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to make around $33,500 per year, which is 19% less than the national median.

Chicago, IL

www.saic.edu

A-

Rating

57%

Acceptance

3,998

Students

#316

Ranking

$49,980

Tuition

Stanford University

#2 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Stanford University is a large private university located in Stanford, CA ranked 2nd in the nation. It has a total of 8,290 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 4.34% of applicants. Stanford University offers 227 different majors and is best known for its Human Biology, Industrial Management, and Earth Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $52,857 per year, Stanford University is exceptionally pricey. 89.2% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make roughly $94,000 per year, which is 126% above the national median.

Stanford, CA

www.stanford.edu/

A+

Rating

4%

Acceptance

20,993

Students

#2

Ranking

$52,857

Tuition

Harvard University

#3 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Harvard University is a very large private university located in Cambridge, MA ranked 3rd in America. It has a total of 14,467 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 4.64% of applicants. Harvard University offers 375 different majors and is best known for its History, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $47,730 per year, Harvard University is very high-priced. 77.7% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make more or less $89,700 per year, which is 116% above the national median.

Cambridge, MA

www.harvard.edu

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Rating

5%

Acceptance

41,987

Students

#3

Ranking

$47,730

Tuition

University of Pennsylvania

#4 Best Colleges for Fine Art

University of Pennsylvania is a very large private university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 8th in the US. It has a total of 14,000 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.66% acceptance rate. University of Pennsylvania offers 355 different majors and is best known for its Finance, Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, and Philosophy programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,156 per year, University of Pennsylvania is exceptionally pricey. 81.13% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $85,900 per year, which is 107% greater than the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.upenn.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

29,813

Students

#8

Ranking

$51,156

Tuition

Cornell University

#5 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Cornell University is a very large private university located in Ithaca, NY ranked 11th in America. It has a total of 15,464 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 10.85% of applicants. Cornell University offers 323 different majors and is best known for its Human Resources, Agricultural Business and Management, and Agriculture programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $56,550 per year, Cornell University is very high-priced. 89.35% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to take home roughly $77,200 per year, which is 86% above the national median.

Ithaca, NY

www.cornell.edu

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

24,189

Students

#11

Ranking

$56,550

Tuition

Washington University in St Louis

#6 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Washington University in St Louis is a large private university located in Saint Louis, MO ranked 15th in the nation. It has a total of 8,774 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 13.85% of applicants. Washington University in St Louis offers 291 different majors and is best known for its Anthropology, Design and Visual Communications, and Environmental Biology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,250 per year, Washington University in St Louis is exceptionally costly. 88.9% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in approximately $70,100 per year, which is 69% greater than the national median.

Saint Louis, MO

www.wustl.edu

A+

Rating

14%

Acceptance

17,794

Students

#15

Ranking

$54,250

Tuition

Dartmouth College

#7 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Dartmouth College is a mid-sized private university located in Hanover, NH ranked 14th in the US. It has a total of 4,797 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.93% acceptance rate. Dartmouth College offers 113 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Science, Latin American Studies, and Native American Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,605 per year, Dartmouth College is extremely expensive. 90.38% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home more or less $75,500 per year, which is 82% greater than the national median.

Hanover, NH

www.dartmouth.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

7,081

Students

#14

Ranking

$55,605

Tuition

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

#8 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a very small private school of engineering and technology located in New York, NY ranked 58th in America. It has a total of 893 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 15.45% acceptance rate. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers 12 different majors and is best known for its Civil Engineering, Fine Art, and Electrical and Electronics Engineering programs (nationally ranked 6th, 8th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,550 per year, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is quite high-priced. 72% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to take home more or less $64,900 per year, which is 56% above the national median.

New York, NY

www.cooper.edu

A+

Rating

15%

Acceptance

1,000

Students

#58

Ranking

$44,550

Tuition

Vanderbilt University

#9 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Vanderbilt University is a large private university located in Nashville, TN ranked 17th in America. It has a total of 6,974 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 9.12% acceptance rate. Vanderbilt University offers 245 different majors and is best known for its Teacher Education and Professional Development, Secondary Education and Teaching, and Social Sciences programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,800 per year, Vanderbilt University is exceptionally high-priced. 86.73% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $69,000 per year, which is 66% greater than the national median.

Nashville, TN

www.vanderbilt.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

13,634

Students

#17

Ranking

$50,800

Tuition

New York University

#10 Best Colleges for Fine Art

New York University is a very large private university located in New York, NY ranked 25th in America. It has a total of 29,902 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 16.2% of applicants. New York University offers 564 different majors and is best known for its Drama, Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, and Management Information Systems programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $50,684 per year, New York University is exceptionally expensive. 73.93% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $61,900 per year, which is 49% over the national median.

New York, NY

www.nyu.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

58,091

Students

#25

Ranking

$50,684

Tuition

Swarthmore College

#11 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Swarthmore College is a small private liberal arts college located in Swarthmore, PA ranked 27th in the United States. It has a total of 1,660 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting around one out of ten applicants. Swarthmore College offers 89 different majors and is best known for its Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Classical and Ancient Studies, and Mathematics programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,256 per year, Swarthmore College is exceptionally expensive. 88.55% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to bring in close to $56,700 per year, which is 37% over the national median.

Swarthmore, PA

www.swarthmore.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

1,660

Students

#27

Ranking

$54,256

Tuition

University of Southern California

#12 Best Colleges for Fine Art

University of Southern California is a very large private university located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 24th in the United States. It has a total of 21,909 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 11.42% of applicants. University of Southern California offers 527 different majors and is best known for its Communication and Media Studies, Film, and Gerontology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,256 per year, University of Southern California is very high-priced. 87.78% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take home around $74,000 per year, which is 78% over the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

www.usc.edu/

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

53,186

Students

#24

Ranking

$57,256

Tuition

Colby College

#13 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Colby College is a small private liberal arts college located in Waterville, ME ranked 32nd in the United States. It has a total of 2,150 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 9.67% acceptance rate. Colby College offers 45 different majors and is best known for its Latin American Studies, Global Studies, and Physiological Psychology programs (nationally ranked 4th, 5th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,870 per year, Colby College is exceptionally expensive. 89.63% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home about $58,100 per year, which is 40% above the national median.

Waterville, ME

www.colby.edu

A+

Rating

10%

Acceptance

2,150

Students

#32

Ranking

$54,870

Tuition

Carleton College

#14 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Carleton College is a small private liberal arts college located in Northfield, MN ranked 38th in the US. It has a total of 2,129 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting a tad shy of 1/5th of applicants. Carleton College offers 35 different majors and is best known for its International Relations and Affairs, Religious Studies, and Fine Art programs (nationally ranked 11th, 14th, and 14th respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,778 per year, Carleton College is exceptionally expensive. 89.73% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in near $54,200 per year, which is 30% above the national median.

Northfield, MN

https://www.carleton.edu

A+

Rating

19%

Acceptance

2,129

Students

#38

Ranking

$56,778

Tuition

Hamilton College

#15 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Hamilton College is a small private liberal arts college located in Clinton, NY ranked 44th in the nation. It has a total of 2,083 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 16.39% acceptance rate. Hamilton College offers 42 different majors and is best known for its Literature, Chinese Language and Literature, and Creative Writing programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,970 per year, Hamilton College is very pricey. 92.82% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in close to $60,200 per year, which is 45% greater than the national median.

Clinton, NY

www.hamilton.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

2,083

Students

#44

Ranking

$55,970

Tuition

Middlebury College

#16 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Middlebury College is a small private liberal arts college located in Middlebury, VT ranked 39th in the United States. It has a total of 3,931 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting practically 1 out of every 7 applicants. Middlebury College offers 65 different majors and is best known for its European Studies, Spanish Language and Literature, and Chinese Language and Literature programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,790 per year, Middlebury College is exceptionally pricey. 85.77% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to make close to $58,200 per year, which is 40% greater than the national median.

Middlebury, VT

www.middlebury.edu

A+

Rating

15%

Acceptance

4,751

Students

#39

Ranking

$55,790

Tuition

Wesleyan University

#17 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Wesleyan University is a small private liberal arts college located in Middletown, CT ranked 48th in America. It has a total of 3,261 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 16.48% acceptance rate. Wesleyan University offers 85 different majors and is best known for its Italian Studies, American Studies, and Physiological Psychology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,704 per year, Wesleyan University is exceptionally expensive. 89.47% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home close to $54,700 per year, which is 32% above the national median.

Middletown, CT

www.wesleyan.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

3,524

Students

#48

Ranking

$56,704

Tuition

University of California-Berkeley

#18 Best Colleges for Fine Art

University of California-Berkeley is a very large public university located in Berkeley, CA ranked 68th in the United States. It has a total of 32,700 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 16.25% of applicants. University of California-Berkeley offers 315 different majors and is best known for its Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Natural Resources and Conservation, and Environmental Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Berkeley is rather costly. 58.68% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home roughly $64,700 per year, which is 56% above the national median.

Berkeley, CA

www.berkeley.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

45,183

Students

#68

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Boston College

#19 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Boston College is a large private university located in Chestnut Hill, MA ranked 40th in the United States. It has a total of 10,369 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 27.22% of applicants. Boston College offers 176 different majors and is best known for its Applied Psychology, Operations Management and Supervision, and Theological and Ministerial Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,780 per year, Boston College is extremely costly. 89.53% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn about $72,500 per year, which is 75% above the national median.

Chestnut Hill, MA

www.bc.edu

A+

Rating

27%

Acceptance

15,981

Students

#40

Ranking

$56,780

Tuition

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

#20 Best Colleges for Fine Art

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a very large public university located in Chapel Hill, NC ranked 64th in the nation. It has a total of 19,957 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 22.63% acceptance rate. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers 232 different majors and is best known for its Health and Fitness, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, and Environmental Science programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $7,019 for students from North Carolina and $34,198 for those from out-of-state, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is somewhat moderately costly. 84.25% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home roughly $55,600 per year, which is 34% above the national median.

Chapel Hill, NC

www.unc.edu

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

32,346

Students

#64

Ranking

$34,198

Tuition

University of Florida

#21 Best Colleges for Fine Art

University of Florida is a very large public university located in Gainesville, FL ranked 78th in America. It has a total of 38,645 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting just under 3 in every 8 applicants. University of Florida offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Exercise Physiology, Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, and Family and Community Services programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $4,477 for in-state students and $25,694 for those from out-of-state, University of Florida is somewhat moderately pricey. 85.38% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $56,000 per year, which is 35% above the national median.

Gainesville, FL

www.ufl.edu/

A+

Rating

37%

Acceptance

58,749

Students

#78

Ranking

$25,694

Tuition

Grinnell College

#22 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Grinnell College is a small private liberal arts college located in Grinnell, IA ranked 54th in the US. It has a total of 1,770 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 23.08% of applicants. Grinnell College offers 27 different majors and is best known for its Russian Language and Literature, Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, and French Language and Literature programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $53,872 per year, Grinnell College is exceptionally pricey. 86.21% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make approximately $49,100 per year, which is 18% greater than the national median.

Grinnell, IA

www.grinnell.edu

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

1,770

Students

#54

Ranking

$53,872

Tuition

Washington and Lee University

#23 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Washington and Lee University is a small private liberal arts college located in Lexington, VA ranked 52nd in the United States. It has a total of 1,848 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 18.57% acceptance rate. Washington and Lee University offers 38 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Business Management, German Language and Literature, and Journalism programs (nationally ranked 1st, 6th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $53,730 per year, Washington and Lee University is extremely expensive. 87.97% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn roughly $76,100 per year, which is 83% greater than the national median.

Lexington, VA

www.wlu.edu/

A+

Rating

19%

Acceptance

2,243

Students

#52

Ranking

$53,730

Tuition

University of California-San Diego

#24 Best Colleges for Fine Art

University of California-San Diego is a very large public university located in La Jolla, CA ranked 66th in America. It has a total of 31,840 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 31.48% acceptance rate. University of California-San Diego offers 228 different majors and is best known for its Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Global Studies, and Cognitive Science programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-San Diego is quite pricey. 78.44% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home about $59,900 per year, which is 44% above the national median.

La Jolla, CA

www.ucsd.edu

A+

Rating

31%

Acceptance

39,811

Students

#66

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Wake Forest University

#25 Best Colleges for Fine Art

Wake Forest University is a mid-sized private university located in Winston-Salem, NC ranked 62nd in the United States. It has a total of 5,399 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting nearly two out of seven applicants. Wake Forest University offers 100 different majors and is best known for its French Studies, General Studies, and Elementary Education and Teaching programs (nationally ranked 1st, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,430 per year, Wake Forest University is exceptionally expensive. 85.68% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in approximately $63,800 per year, which is 54% above the national median.

Winston-Salem, NC

www.wfu.edu

A+

Rating

30%

Acceptance

9,032

Students

#62

Ranking

$54,430

Tuition