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2021 Best Dance Bachelor's Degree Schools

171 Colleges
$20,472 Avg Salary
$24,777 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Dance Bachelor's Degree School for You

Dance is the #179 most popular major in the country with 3,234 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Dance Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 171 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for dance majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Dance

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC

Our analysis found Duke University to be the best school for dance students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

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#2

American University

Washington, DC

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend American University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. The American University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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#3

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Texas State University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of San Marcos, Texas State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, dance graduates from Texas State take out $21,871 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $210.

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Out of the 171 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the # 4 spot on the list. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison.

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#5

University of Houston

Houston, TX

Out of the 171 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Houston landed the # 5 spot on the list. U of H is a very large public school located in the city of Houston.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor ranked #6 on this year’s Best Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public college with a very large student population.

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#7

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Loyola Marymount University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree dance programs. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, dance graduates from Loyola Marymount carry an average student debtload of $18,624.

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University of North Carolina School of the Arts did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for dance students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. UNCSA is a small public school located in the city of Winston-Salem.

Dance majors at UNCSA take out an average of $23,947 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $259.

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University of Southern California landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree dance programs. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Southern Methodist University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree dance programs. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas.

On average, dance graduates from SMU take out $20,525 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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University of Maryland - College Park did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for dance students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that dance majors at UMCP take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $19,251.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for dance students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Dance majors at UW Seattle take out an average of $17,777 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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#13

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#14

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for dance students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lubbock.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick ranked #15 on this year’s Best Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public college with a very large student population.

Dance majors at Rutgers New Brunswick take out an average of $23,197 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $270, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Luther College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for dance students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Luther is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Decorah.

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With a ranking of #17, University of California - Santa Barbara did quite well on this year’s best schools for dance students working on their bachelor’s degree. UCSB is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, dance majors at UCSB accumulate an average of around $22,457 in student debt.

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#18

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Lindenwood University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Charles.

The average amount in student loans that dance majors at Lindenwood University take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $28,101.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for dance students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the city of Mankato, Minnesota State University - Mankato is a public school with a large student population.

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With a ranking of #20, The University of Texas at Austin did quite well on this year’s best schools for dance students working on their bachelor’s degree. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin.

On average, dance graduates from UT Austin take out $22,146 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $240.

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With a ranking of #21, University of California - Los Angeles did quite well on this year’s best schools for dance students working on their bachelor’s degree. UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, dance majors at UCLA accumulate an average of around $18,180 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $180.

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#22

Towson University

Towson, MD

Towson University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Towson, Towson is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, dance majors at Towson accumulate an average of around $22,919 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $262.

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#23

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Skidmore College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for dance students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Skidmore is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saratoga Springs.

Dance majors at Skidmore take out an average of $20,191 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree dance programs. Located in the city of Lincoln, UNL is a public college with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #25, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well on this year’s best schools for dance students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, dance graduates from UMN Twin Cities take out $22,230 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $259.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Dance students that almost earned our Best Dance Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
26 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
27 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
28 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
29 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
30 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
31 Oral Roberts University Tulsa, OK
32 Elon University Elon, NC
33 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
34 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO

Dance by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 9 majors within the area of study, dance has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Design & Applied Arts 36,179
Music 26,968
Drama & Theater Arts 17,726
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,756

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Jazzart Dance Theatre.

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