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2023 Painting Popularity

There are about 2,175 students enrolled in Painting in the USA.

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Painting is the 267th most popular degree in America, with 568 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #268 Construction Engineering, and narrowly lost to #266 Developmental and Child Psychology.

The degree is offered at a total of 76 colleges across the nation, and is the 213th most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 4% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that 32% of colleges offering painting are public making it a relatively inaccessible field.

The mid east produces the most painting graduates, largely led by Maryland Institute College of Art, while it’s the Atlantic 10 Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, New York ranks highest, with particular help from Pratt Institute-Main and State University of New York at New Paltz.

All that being said, no individual school produces more painting graduates than Wichita State University, which graduated 44 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 painting). More students studied painting as a percentage of total students at Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Diseno de Puerto Rico than any other college.

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