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2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

There are about 23,500 students enrolled in Interior Design in the USA.

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popularity

Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

5,656

Vs. National Avg.

-64%

popularity Rank

#134

cost

Very Affordable

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$20K

Vs. National Avg.

-17%

cost Rank

#322

salary

Low Paying

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$38K

Vs. National Avg.

-6%

salary Rank

#321

professors

Not Very Good

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

-3%

professors Rank

#299

students

Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

2%

students Rank

#197

SUMMARY

A degree in Interior Design is a valuable choice and often an obligatory first step for undergraduates choosing to pursue a career as an interior designer, a sofa artisan, or a rug craftsmen. In fact, interior design is of average popularity ranking as the 121st most popular major. Last academic year alone, there were 2,721 interior design graduates. In-state tuition for interior design at private institutions is, on average, 3.4 times more spendy than their public rivals.

There are 172 universities that offer interior design. 172 universities is on par with other degrees offered in the United States. If you are hoping to immerse yourself with other interior design undergrads, look at schools in California which have the most undergraduates admitted to interior design annually. More generally, the best region to major in interior design is in the Southeast region with The University of Alabama, AI Miami International University of Art and Design, and Savannah College of Art and Design best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the best conference to major in interior design is the Big Twelve Conference with Iowa State University, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus, and Texas Christian University representing the conference. From our extensive list on the best colleges, our belief is that the best university for interior design is George Washington University.

The objectively 'best' school does not have to be the best school for you. There might be tons of angels to consider when deciding on institution. Things such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would affect one's inclinations on where to go to school. At Authority, we have examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which interior design university boasts the top college campus, the answer is Michigan State University. If you are primarily interested in which school has the best campus, then we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more in order to compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life&nbspand, from that list, our selection of the university with the best student life for interior design is University of Florida. Curious why? Keep reading to learn more about our top recommendations. Some of our picks will probably surprise you.

If cost is a primary factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding George Washington University. George Washington University&nbspappears to be our most expensive college for interior design, at least for out of state students. We do have a list of the most expensive&nbspcolleges that might put the price tag of George Washington University&nbspinto perspective. For more context, you could be interested to know that interior design is the 190th most expensive program in the nation, with an average cost of $30,700. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for interior design in the country is District of Columbia demonstrated by a tuition of $54,453 at the main college in the state George Washington University. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region for interior design is the Mid East region which is best demonstrated with George Washington University with a cost of $54,453, Pratt Institute-Main with a cost of $51,754, and Drexel University with a cost of $52,146.

Our cheapest region for interior design is the Plains region which is represented by Park University with a cost of $7,999, North Dakota State University-Main Campus with a cost of $12,413, and South Dakota State University with a cost of $11,172. More optimistically, the most affordable university for interior design is Fashion Institute of Technology. Authority's full list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state attendees can expect to pay around $10,000 for a degree in interior design. The cost swells intensely to an average of $23,500 for the out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our selection for the college representing the best value for interior design: George Washington University. On this page you will see our comprehensive list on the colleges we believe to be the best value&nbspin general. With that said, this idea is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for interior design majors can cover a wide range, but two years after graduation graduates will typically earn around $52,800. There can be a lot of variation in earnings potential; top earners can rake in up to $86,300. Right out of university, the lowest end positions within the interior design space make $33,100, which is an alright wage. The highest earning graduates from interior design graduated from Drexel University&nbspand if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of interior design ranks below average, ranking in the 42nd percentile of all programs. The school with the most composite diversity for interior design is The New School&nbspand here you can find our general list of the universities with the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Interior Design major ranks only within the 89th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even less in the 56th percentile. White students compose the largest share at 59% of students studying interior design. Additionally, 90% of scholars seeking an interior design degree are women.

The median ranking for interior design professors is 2.9 stars, a score that is 27% worse than the median score for all majors; which is a subpar score. If you are looking for the most popular interior design instructor in the country, look no further than Susan Meggs at East Carolina University. This might be shocking, but the best ranked professors of interior design from student rankings are found at East Carolina University. As we including information other than just rankings we find that the university with the overall best instructors for interior design is The University of Texas at Austin. One can find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the top professors in the country.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for interior design is New York School of Interior Design. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we do have an extensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. But, we do hope you believe that looking at academics with context only formed from superlatives might cause issues. We encourage you to look at some of our other pages on different colleges and read a couple of our helpful background pages on important things to look for as your college search continues.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Interior Design

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI | www.wisc.edu/

57%

Acceptance

47,831

Students

#101

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA | www.vt.edu/

66%

Acceptance

38,350

Students

#130

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL | www.ufl.edu/

31%

Acceptance

58,857

Students

#76

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL | https://www.fsu.edu/

32%

Acceptance

47,836

Students

#138

Ranking

$19K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA | www.washington.edu/

56%

Acceptance

56,554

Students

#108

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX | https://www.utexas.edu/

32%

Acceptance

54,243

Students

#81

Ranking

$40K

Tuition

A

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Columbus, OH | www.osu.edu/

68%

Acceptance

66,017

Students

#194

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Purdue University-Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN | https://www.purdue.edu/

67%

Acceptance

49,027

Students

#129

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN | https://twin-cities.umn.edu/

70%

Acceptance

63,760

Students

#159

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

George Washington University

Washington, DC | https://www.gwu.edu/

43%

Acceptance

32,209

Students

#68

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI | https://www.msu.edu/

76%

Acceptance

55,406

Students

#178

Ranking

$40K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX | www.tcu.edu/

48%

Acceptance

11,506

Students

#119

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT | www.byu.edu/

69%

Acceptance

39,086

Students

#198

Ranking

$6K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

Stillwater, OK | www.okstate.edu/

67%

Acceptance

26,463

Students

#453

Ranking

$25K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Cincinnati, OH | www.uc.edu/

76%

Acceptance

46,140

Students

#632

Ranking

$27K

Tuition

A

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Arizona State University Campus Immersion

Tempe, AZ | www.asu.edu/

88%

Acceptance

82,880

Students

#332

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Iowa State University

Ames, IA | www.iastate.edu/

88%

Acceptance

35,319

Students

#375

Ranking

$25K

Tuition

A

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Florida International University

Miami, FL | www.fiu.edu/

58%

Acceptance

73,970

Students

#364

Ranking

$19K

Tuition

A

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Indiana University-Bloomington

Bloomington, IN | www.indiana.edu/

80%

Acceptance

46,441

Students

#265

Ranking

$38K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL | www.ua.edu/

80%

Acceptance

42,096

Students

#403

Ranking

$31K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

Norman, OK | www.ou.edu/

83%

Acceptance

31,445

Students

#440

Ranking

$27K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR | https://www.uark.edu/

78%

Acceptance

30,137

Students

#498

Ranking

$26K

Tuition

A

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Harding University

Searcy, AR | www.harding.edu/

55%

Acceptance

5,204

Students

#297

Ranking

$22K

Tuition

A

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Auburn University

Auburn, AL | www.auburn.edu/

85%

Acceptance

32,840

Students

#276

Ranking

$32K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Interior Design

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI | www.risd.edu/

27%

Acceptance

2,557

Students

#92

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

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