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50-50 Highlights: Colleges With the Most Visual and Performing Arts Majors

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dancers representing visual and performaing arts majorsAre there any good 50-50 schools for students majoring in the Visual and Performing Arts? Unfortunately, I can’t say since I don’t really know much about what defines a quality music program or which schools have the best reputation in theater or dance. Just from the little I’ve read, I suspect that the category is too broad to be meaningful to students seriously interested in one of the art disciplines.

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What I can tell you is which 50-50 schools have the highest percentage or absolute number of their graduates with majors in the Visual and Performing Arts. The table below lists the top 50 50-50 schools in terms of percentage of graduates with Performing and Visual Arts majors and absolute number of such graduates. Thirteen schools appear on both lists. Nine of the schools have a Carnegie Classification of “Schools of art-music and design.”

Resources for Visual and Performing Arts Majors

For those who are looking for more information about the Visual and Performing Arts, you might start with the following resources:

Performing and Visual Arts College Fair The National Association for College Admissions Counseling hosts 20 Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs nationwide each fall.

Creative Kid College Coach This blog is by a college counselor who specializes in the students pursuing the arts.

ArtsBridge Another blog by a college counseling group that specializes in the arts. Be sure to check out their FAQ section.

CollegeXpress This is a general college search website but has some good articles for those interested in the visual and performing arts.

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Majoring In Music.com The website title says it all. Definitely the place to start if you’re interested in music.

Dance-Colleges.com Listing and ranking of dance schools. Can’t tell the source of the rankings or who is responsible for the website.

National Unified Auditions Holds auditions annually for over 20 colleges overs undergraduate B.F.A. programs in theatre.

50 Great Affordable Colleges for Art and Music Worth reading just for the brief descriptions of each college.

National Portfolio Day Offers students opportunity to discuss portfolio with colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Teen Life Guide to Performing & Visual Arts Includes articles, fair schedules, and college listings.

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50-50 Schools with the Most Graduates with Visual and Performing Arts Majors

 

Name Type State Full-time Under-grads 4/5 yr Grad Rate Visual and Performing Arts % Freshman Receiving Pell Grants Avg Net Price After Gift Aid (2014-2015)
Savannah College of Art and Design Private GA 7,981 52 1073 23 $38,645
Arizona State University-Tempe Public AZ 38,212 61 717 28 $12,893
Virginia Commonwealth University Public VA 20,137 56 580 30 $19,898
University of Central Florida Public FL 37,661 64 551 33 $14,366
Belmont University Private TN 5,639 57 507 18 $32,672
Temple University Public PA 25,318 66 472 30 $20,236
Florida State University Public FL 29,185 77 455 24 $16,708
Montclair State University Public NJ 14,433 60 448 42 $14,549
Indiana University-Bloomington Public IN 31,728 74 390 18 $13,289
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Public OH 21,017 59 387 21 $20,141
The University of the Arts Private PA 1,664 58 382 31 $35,019
University of California-Santa Cruz Public CA 15,823 75 379 40 $17,550
University of Oregon Public OR 18,630 68 367 24 $15,128
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Public MA 1,546 70 356 30 $21,277
University of Colorado Boulder Public CO 25,059 67 310 16 $21,248
University of Arizona Public AZ 29,597 57 302 28 $15,591
University of Washington-Seattle Campus Public WA 28,377 81 297 21 $9,744
Emerson College Private MA 3,732 78 291 15 $36,720
University of Iowa Public IA 19,911 69 287 21 $14,558
Kent State University at Kent Public OH 19,207 51 286 34 $18,531
University of Utah Public UT 16,927 52 281 27 $12,136
Ohio State University-Main Campus Public OH 41,117 80 275 17 $18,502
California State University-Chico Public CA 14,934 55 272 45 $13,583
Columbus College of Art and Design Private OH 1,064 50 271 38 $26,056
Appalachian State University Public NC 15,351 68 267 25 $11,508
George Mason University Public VA 18,430 64 266 26 $17,316
University of Georgia Public GA 25,906 82 265 20 $13,280
Towson University Public MD 16,768 67 253 23 $14,696
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Public OH 13,214 52 251 36 $17,516
Iowa State University Public IA 28,771 68 249 20 $13,647
University of California-Riverside Public CA 18,279 69 247 52 $13,365
Ithaca College Private NY 6,206 69 246 19 $34,893
University of Kansas Public KS 17,191 58 244 24 $18,485
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Public PA 39,520 83 244 13 $24,992
Colorado State University-Fort Collins Public CO 20,769 63 241 21 $15,664
DePaul University Private IL 13,664 56 239 33 $30,676
Ball State University Public IN 14,716 58 238 36 $12,847
University of South Carolina-Columbia Public SC 23,613 70 231 18 $19,434
College of Charleston Public SC 9,590 66 228 20 $18,677
Loyola Marymount University Private CA 6,030 70 227 18 $40,226
Michigan State University Public MI 35,645 73 227 21 $14,601
Otis College of Art and Design Private CA 1,081 65 226 34 $38,141
Grand Valley State University Public MI 19,376 60 220 30 $15,752
Rutgers University-New Brunswick Public NJ 33,392 77 219 28 $15,869
Illinois State University Public IL 17,151 70 218 29 $17,509
University of Hartford Private CT 4,533 49 216 33 $30,328
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Public NC 13,451 52 211 51 $9,875
James Madison University Public VA 18,433 81 204 15 $16,683
Ringling College of Art and Design Private FL 1,181 64 201 22 $42,532
University of Wisconsin-Madison Public WI 28,555 81 197 12 $16,060
50-50 Highlights: Colleges With the Most Visual and Performing Arts Majors

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