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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

69 Colleges
$31,202 Avg Salary
$27,301 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

Design & Applied Arts is the #35 most popular major in the country with 36,179 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

The Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 69 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for design majors pursuing a .

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our 2021 rankings named Cornell University the best school in the Middle Atlantic Region for design and applied arts students. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

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#2

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Carnegie Mellon University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Design majors at Carnegie Mellon take out an average of $23,000 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Delaware. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. U of Delaware is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Newark.

While working on their degree, design majors at U of Delaware accumulate an average of around $24,500 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $254, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

American University

Washington, DC

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend American University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. The American University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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#5

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Marist College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Marist is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie.

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#6

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Syracuse is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Syracuse.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at Syracuse take out is $27,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#7

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Drexel carry an average student debtload of $26,500. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $275, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Troy, RPI is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from RPI carry an average student debtload of $25,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the small city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #10, Pennsylvania State University - University Park did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at Penn State University Park take out is $26,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $270.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region award.

Rank College Location
11 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
12 George Washington University Washington, DC
13 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA

Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges by State

Explore the best design and applied arts schools for a specific state in the Middle Atlantic region.

State Degrees Awarded
New York 4,739
Pennsylvania 1,272
Maryland 629
New Jersey 611
District of Columbia 55
Delaware 68

Design & Applied Arts is one of 9 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Music 26,968
Drama & Theater Arts 17,726
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,756
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,720

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).

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