Best Colleges for Graphic Design

4,926

Graduates Per Year

$51K

Average Salary

#81

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Popular

4,926

20% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

352

83% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

80

Communication Sciences and Disorders

4,956

81

Graphic Design

4,926

82

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

4,887

Cost

Somewhat Expensive

$39,880

25% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

94

Literature

$40,061

95

Graphic Design

$39,880

96

Ethnic Studies

$39,761

Salary

Average Salary

$35,097

9% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

194

Game and Interactive Media Design

$35,097

195

Graphic Design

$35,097

196

Urban Studies

$34,965

Professors

Average

4/5

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

171

Finance

172

Graphic Design

173

Literature

Students

Diverse

4/5

9.95% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

132

Voice and Opera

133

Graphic Design

134

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SUMMARY

Studying Graphic Design is a valuable choice and frequently an essential first step for students wanting to begin a career as a branding specialist, a digital media specialist, or a product photographer. In fact, graphic design is fairly common ranking as the 81st most popular area of study. Last academic year, there were 4,926 graphic design degrees conferred. In-state tuition for graphic design at private institutions is, on average, 3.5 times more spendy than their public counterparts.

There are 352 schools which offer graphic design. 352 schools is on par with other degrees offered in the United States. If you are looking to immerse yourself with other graphic design majors, consider colleges in California which have more undergrads admitted to graphic design than any other state. Zooming out, the best region to get a degree in graphic design is in the Great Lakes region with Columbia College Chicago, Ferris State University, and Oakland University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to study graphic design is the Northeast 10 Conference with Assumption College, Stonehill College, and Southern New Hampshire University representing the conference. That said, our choice for the best college for graphic design is Boston University. You might also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The objectively 'best' school does not have to be the best school for you. There can be many more factors to think about when choosing institution. External stuff such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food could modify one's inclinations on which school to attend. Here at authority.org, we examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which graphic design university is home to the best college campus, the winner is Northeastern University. If, for example, you are mostly interested in which college has the best campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more to compare every major in the United States in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our comprehensive list for the universities with the best student life here and, from that list, our pick for the college with the best student life for graphic design is University of Florida. Are you curious why? Continue reading to discover more about Authority's top recommendations. Many of our decisions might shock you.

If expense is a significant factor in your choice of where you attend school, you might be cautious about Boston University. Boston University is the most expensive school for graphic design, at least regarding out of state enrollment. That being said, we have an entire list of the most expensive colleges that might put the cost at Boston University into perspective. For more context, you may be interested to know that graphic design is the 95th most expensive major in the United States, with an average cost of $39,900. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for graphic design nationally is District of Columbia demonstrated with a cost of $49,070 at the main school in the state American University. To zoom out even further, the most costly region for graphic design is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Boston University with a cost of $54,720, Northeastern University with a cost of $52,420, and Rhode Island School of Design with a cost of $51,800.

Our cheapest region for graphic design is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790, Weber State University with a cost of $14,973, and Independence University with a cost of $14,585. On the bright side, the most affordable university for graphic design is CUNY Queens College. Authority's full list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state students can expect to pay about $9,900 for a degree in graphic design. That cost increases dramatically to a median of $21,300 for the out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our selection for the university representing the best value for graphic design: Thomas Jefferson University. On this page you will see our comprehensive list on the universities we see as being the best value in general. Bear in mind, this discussion is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for graphic design students can vary, but within two years finishing the degree graduates will often earn in the neighborhood of $50,800. While there is much variation in pay; top positions can experience pay up to $89,800. Right out of college, the lowest end jobs within the graphic design field make $29,100, which could be worse. The highest earning graduates from graphic design have come from Northeastern University and if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The prevailing diversity of graphic design ranks decent, ranking in the 67th percentile of majors nationally. The college with the most composite diversity for graphic design is Boston University and here you can find our comprehensive list for the colleges with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Graphic Design major sits only in the 55th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, in the 64th percentile. White students make up the largest proportion at 57% of scholars studying graphic design. Additionally, 72% of scholars seeking a graphic design major are women.

The median rating for graphic design professors is 4 stars, a ranking which is actually the average score across all majors; this is a fine. If you want the most popular graphic design professor in the country, look no further than We have insufficient professors data for graphic design to make the conclusions we normally would have made in this sentence. As we consider data other than simply rankings we find that the college possessing the overall best professors for graphic design is Boston University. One will find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the best professors in the country.

Finally, the most difficult university to get into for graphic design is Northeastern University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a comprehensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we do hope you believe that approaching college with context primarily derived from superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental problems. We hope you read our more nuanced pages on different universities and read a few of Authority's background pages on essential details to look out for as you continue your university search.

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Maryland Institute College of Art

#1 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Maryland Institute College of Art is a small private art school located in Baltimore, MD ranked 223rd in the United States. It has a total of 2,139 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 63.89% of applicants. Maryland Institute College of Art offers 42 different majors and is best known for its Graphic Design, Multimedia Art, and Painting programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $48,510 per year, Maryland Institute College of Art is very high-priced. 65.79% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home near $37,300 per year, which is 10% below the national median.

Baltimore, MD

www.mica.edu

A

Rating

64%

Acceptance

2,589

Students

#223

Ranking

$48,510

Tuition

Rhode Island School of Design

#2 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Rhode Island School of Design is a small private art school located in Providence, RI ranked 77th in the US. It has a total of 2,049 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 25.76% of applicants. Rhode Island School of Design offers 33 different majors and is best known for its Systems Science and Theory, Painting, and Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,800 per year, Rhode Island School of Design is exceptionally high-priced. 85% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn close to $51,100 per year, which is 23% over the national median.

Providence, RI

www.risd.edu

A+

Rating

26%

Acceptance

2,542

Students

#77

Ranking

$51,800

Tuition

Art Center College of Design

#3 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Art Center College of Design is a small private art school located in Pasadena, CA ranked 43rd in California. It has a total of 2,699 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a little over seven in ten applicants. Art Center College of Design offers 18 different majors and is best known for its Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,272 per year, Art Center College of Design is quite expensive. 65.07% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring home about $53,600 per year, which is 29% greater than the national median.

Pasadena, CA

www.artcenter.edu

B+

Rating

71%

Acceptance

2,970

Students

#364

Ranking

$44,272

Tuition

Boston University

#4 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Boston University is a very large private university located in Boston, MA ranked 35th in the US. It has a total of 23,235 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting about one in five applicants. Boston University offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology, Athletic Training, and Archeology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,720 per year, Boston University is extremely high-priced. 77.85% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw about $65,300 per year, which is 57% above the national median.

Boston, MA

www.bu.edu

A+

Rating

19%

Acceptance

42,779

Students

#35

Ranking

$54,720

Tuition

Pratt Institute-Main

#5 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Pratt Institute-Main is a mid-sized private art school located in Brooklyn, NY ranked 206th in America. It has a total of 4,192 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 55.5% of applicants. Pratt Institute-Main offers 73 different majors and is best known for its Architectural Technology, Drawing, and Industrial and Product Design programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $51,754 per year, Pratt Institute-Main is exceptionally high-priced. 63.82% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take home approximately $43,400 per year, which is 4% above the national median.

Brooklyn, NY

www.pratt.edu

A

Rating

56%

Acceptance

5,683

Students

#206

Ranking

$51,754

Tuition

Northeastern University

#6 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Northeastern University is a very large private university located in Boston, MA ranked 36th in the United States. It has a total of 18,753 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 18.05% acceptance rate. Northeastern University offers 186 different majors and is best known for its Human Services, Physical Therapy, and Data Modeling and Database Administration programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,420 per year, Northeastern University is very expensive. 73.11% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in approximately $67,400 per year, which is 62% greater than the national median.

Boston, MA

www.northeastern.edu

A+

Rating

18%

Acceptance

28,374

Students

#36

Ranking

$52,420

Tuition

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

#7 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a very large public university located in Minneapolis, MN ranked 137th in the United States. It has a total of 43,828 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 56.74% of applicants. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers 520 different majors and is best known for its Computer Systems Analysis, Developmental and Child Psychology, and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $13,318 for students from Minnesota and $31,616 for those from out-of-state, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is reasonably costly. 73.11% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home close to $51,900 per year, which is 25% above the national median.

Minneapolis, MN

https://twin-cities.umn.edu

A

Rating

57%

Acceptance

61,787

Students

#137

Ranking

$31,616

Tuition

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

#8 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is a small public art school located in Boston, MA ranked 28th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 2,293 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 57.82% acceptance rate. Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers 31 different majors and is best known for its Art Teacher Education, Environmental Design, and Printmaking programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $1,030 for students from Massachusetts and $25,730 for those from out-of-state, Massachusetts College of Art and Design is somewhat moderately expensive. 72.5% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home roughly $36,200 per year, which is 13% below the national median.

Boston, MA

www.massart.edu

A-

Rating

58%

Acceptance

2,495

Students

#308

Ranking

$25,730

Tuition

University of Florida

#9 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

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

College for Creative Studies

#10 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

College for Creative Studies is a small private art school located in Detroit, MI ranked 5th in Michigan. It has a total of 1,500 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 43.78% acceptance rate. College for Creative Studies offers 15 different majors and is best known for its Industrial and Product Design, Commercial and Advertising Art, and Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,400 per year, College for Creative Studies is rather expensive. 57.91% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to generate around $44,100 per year, which is 6% over the national median.

Detroit, MI

https://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu

A-

Rating

44%

Acceptance

1,568

Students

#300

Ranking

$44,400

Tuition

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#11 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a very large public university located in Champaign, IL ranked 117th in the US. It has a total of 35,883 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting nearly three out of every five applicants. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 372 different majors and is best known for its Civil Engineering, Food Science, and Architectural Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,036 for in-state students and $29,178 for those from out-of-state, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is reasonably costly. 80.23% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw about $61,500 per year, which is 48% greater than the national median.

Champaign, IL

www.illinois.edu/

A

Rating

59%

Acceptance

54,985

Students

#117

Ranking

$29,178

Tuition

CUNY Queens College

#12 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

CUNY Queens College is a large public institution located in Queens, NY ranked 63rd in New York. It has a total of 20,505 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 48.79% acceptance rate. CUNY Queens College offers 209 different majors and is best known for its Teaching English as a Second Language, Labor Studies, and Spanish Language Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,930 for in-state students and $14,880 for those from out-of-state, CUNY Queens College is reasonably priced. 50.4% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to bring in more or less $48,200 per year, which is 16% greater than the national median.

Queens, NY

https://www.qc.cuny.edu

B

Rating

49%

Acceptance

24,148

Students

#449

Ranking

$14,880

Tuition

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

#13 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a very small private art school located in Minneapolis, MN ranked 11th in Minnesota. It has a total of 786 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting something like 4/7ths of applicants. Minneapolis College of Art and Design offers 18 different majors and is best known for its Printmaking, Illustration, and Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $39,946 per year, Minneapolis College of Art and Design is rather high-priced. 62.4% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to draw around $35,400 per year, which is 15% under the national median.

Minneapolis, MN

MCAD.EDU

B

Rating

59%

Acceptance

909

Students

#524

Ranking

$39,946

Tuition

California College of the Arts

#14 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

California College of the Arts is a small private art school located in San Francisco, CA ranked 50th in California. It has a total of 1,655 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting just less than six in seven applicants. California College of the Arts offers 33 different majors and is best known for its Industrial and Product Design, Multimedia Art, and Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,592 per year, California College of the Arts is exceptionally high-priced. 57.53% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home more or less $37,200 per year, which is 10% below the national median.

San Francisco, CA

www.cca.edu

B

Rating

85%

Acceptance

2,136

Students

#484

Ranking

$50,592

Tuition

American University

#15 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

American University is a large private university located in Washington, DC ranked 107th in the nation. It has a total of 9,034 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 36.08% of applicants. American University offers 199 different majors and is best known for its International Relations and Affairs, Recording Arts Technology, and Musical Theatre programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $49,070 per year, American University is exceptionally pricey. 75.84% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take home near $61,000 per year, which is 47% above the national median.

Washington, DC

WWW.AMERICAN.EDU

A

Rating

36%

Acceptance

16,079

Students

#107

Ranking

$49,070

Tuition

Rochester Institute of Technology

#16 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Rochester Institute of Technology is a large private institution located in Rochester, NY ranked 190th in the US. It has a total of 15,118 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting close to 7 in every 10 applicants. Rochester Institute of Technology offers 201 different majors and is best known for its Mechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technologies, and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $45,244 per year, Rochester Institute of Technology is exceptionally costly. 62.58% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home near $62,400 per year, which is 50% above the national median.

Rochester, NY

www.rit.edu/

A

Rating

71%

Acceptance

18,660

Students

#190

Ranking

$45,244

Tuition

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

#17 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona is a very large public college located in Pomona, CA ranked 42nd in California. It has a total of 26,549 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 54.59% acceptance rate. California State Polytechnic University-Pomona offers 93 different majors and is best known for its Landscape Architecture, Electrical Engineering Technologies, and Manufacturing Engineering programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for students from California and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona is moderately priced. 67.5% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, entering the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to make around $54,000 per year, which is 30% greater than the national median.

Pomona, CA

www.cpp.edu

B+

Rating

55%

Acceptance

28,547

Students

#355

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

#18 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a very large public university located in Raleigh, NC ranked 134th in the nation. It has a total of 28,147 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 45.13% of applicants. North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers 294 different majors and is best known for its Animal Sciences, Forestry, and Botany programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $6,535 for students from North Carolina and $26,654 for those from out-of-state, North Carolina State University at Raleigh is somewhat moderately high-priced. 73.33% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn near $52,500 per year, which is 26% over the national median.

Raleigh, NC

www.ncsu.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

39,822

Students

#134

Ranking

$26,654

Tuition

Drexel University

#19 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Drexel University is a very large private university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 174th in America. It has a total of 17,591 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.7% of applicants. Drexel University offers 360 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Business Management, and Culinary Arts programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,146 per year, Drexel University is extremely high-priced. 56.25% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn approximately $68,800 per year, which is 66% above the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

https://drexel.edu

A

Rating

75%

Acceptance

28,249

Students

#174

Ranking

$52,146

Tuition

Fashion Institute of Technology

#20 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Fashion Institute of Technology is a mid-sized public college located in New York, NY ranked 196th in the United States. It has a total of 9,832 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 53.89% of applicants. Fashion Institute of Technology offers 49 different majors and is best known for its Fashion Merchandising, Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, and Advertising programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $5,190 for in-state students and $15,570 for those from out-of-state, Fashion Institute of Technology is moderately priced. 68.35% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make roughly $48,900 per year, which is 18% over the national median.

New York, NY

www.fitnyc.edu

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

10,065

Students

#196

Ranking

$15,570

Tuition

Chapman University

#21 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Chapman University is a mid-sized private institution located in Orange, CA ranked 131st in the nation. It has a total of 7,626 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 55.65% of applicants. Chapman University offers 96 different majors and is best known for its Playwriting and Screenwriting, Cinematography, and Broadcast Journalism programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,540 per year, Chapman University is very high-priced. 69.79% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After college, alumni go on to generate more or less $54,500 per year, which is 31% above the national median.

Orange, CA

https://www.chapman.edu

A

Rating

56%

Acceptance

10,286

Students

#131

Ranking

$54,540

Tuition

Texas Christian University

#22 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Texas Christian University is a large private university located in Fort Worth, TX ranked 119th in America. It has a total of 9,780 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 47.12% of applicants. Texas Christian University offers 199 different majors and is best known for its Computer Systems Analysis, Entrepreneurship, and Fashion Merchandising programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $49,160 per year, Texas Christian University is very pricey. 77.26% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home approximately $52,800 per year, which is 27% greater than the national median.

Fort Worth, TX

www.tcu.edu/

A

Rating

47%

Acceptance

11,499

Students

#119

Ranking

$49,160

Tuition

Iowa State University

#23 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Iowa State University is a very large public university located in Ames, IA ranked 5th in Iowa. It has a total of 31,555 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 92.05% of applicants. Iowa State University offers 345 different majors and is best known for its Plant Sciences, Agronomy and Crop Science, and Agricultural Mechanization programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $8,042 for students from Iowa and $23,230 for those from out-of-state, Iowa State University is reasonably high-priced. 68.35% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $50,700 per year, which is 22% greater than the national median.

Ames, IA

www.iastate.edu

B+

Rating

92%

Acceptance

37,944

Students

#376

Ranking

$23,230

Tuition

Thomas Jefferson University

#24 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

Thomas Jefferson University is a mid-sized private medical school located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 187th in the US. It has a total of 3,980 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 65.88% of applicants. Thomas Jefferson University offers 125 different majors and is best known for its Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Ultrasound Technology, Interior Architecture, and Fashion Merchandising programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $40,680 per year, Thomas Jefferson University is rather expensive. 73.57% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in about $80,300 per year, which is 93% greater than the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.jefferson.edu

A

Rating

66%

Acceptance

8,773

Students

#187

Ranking

$40,680

Tuition

California Institute of the Arts

#25 Best Colleges for Graphic Design

California Institute of the Arts is a small private art school located in Valencia, CA ranked 181st in the nation. It has a total of 1,111 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 25.28% acceptance rate. California Institute of the Arts offers 39 different majors and is best known for its Acting, Theatre Design and Technology, and Photography programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 3rd, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,850 per year, California Institute of the Arts is very high-priced. 63.73% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring in roughly $37,900 per year, which is 9% under the national median.

Valencia, CA

www.calarts.edu

A

Rating

25%

Acceptance

1,618

Students

#181

Ranking

$50,850

Tuition