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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in New Jersey

7 Colleges
$24,675 Avg Salary
$17,398 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

With 611 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, design and applied arts is the #47 most popular major in New Jersey.

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.

The Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in New Jersey ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 7 schools in New Jersey to see which ones offered the best programs for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in New Jersey

The following schools top our list of the Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges.

Top New Jersey Schools in Design

Our 2021 rankings named Rutgers University - New Brunswick the best school in New Jersey for design and applied arts students. Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a very large student population.

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#2

Kean University

Union, NJ

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Kean University is a great place for design and applied arts students. Kean is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Union.

Design majors at Kean take out an average of $26,375 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $274, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

The excellent programs at Montclair State University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in New Jersey. Montclair State is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Montclair.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at Montclair State take out is $25,000. 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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#4

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Rider University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in New Jersey list. Rider is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville.

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Out of the 7 schools in New Jersey that were part of this year’s ranking, Fairleigh Dickinson University - Florham Campus landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the suburb of Madison, FDU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#6

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

With a ranking of #6, Seton Hall University did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Located in the large suburb of South Orange, Seton Hall is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Seton Hall carry an average student debtload of $26,000. 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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#7

Centenary University

Hackettstown, NJ

Centenary University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in New Jersey list. Located in the large suburb of Hackettstown, Centenary is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

While working on their degree, design majors at Centenary accumulate an average of around $25,560 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $265, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

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

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

Majors Similar to Design

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 7 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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