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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Pennsylvania

21 Colleges
$29,866 Avg Salary
$26,524 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts School for You

With 1,272 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, design and applied arts is the #44 most popular major in Pennsylvania.

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 can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Pennsylvania ranking. This report analyzed 21 schools in Pennsylvania to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Pennsylvania

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

Top 10 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools

#1

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Our 2021 rankings named Carnegie Mellon University the best school in Pennsylvania for design and applied arts students. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

On average, design graduates from Carnegie Mellon take out $23,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $239, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Out of the 21 schools in Pennsylvania that were part of this year’s ranking, Drexel University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, design majors at Drexel accumulate an average of around $26,500 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $275, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 21 schools in Pennsylvania that were part of this year’s ranking, Pennsylvania State University - University Park landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the small city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Penn State University Park carry an average student debtload of $26,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $270, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, PA

The excellent programs at Susquehanna University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best design and applied arts schools in Pennsylvania. Susquehanna is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Selinsgrove.

The average amount in student loans that design majors at Susquehanna take out is $27,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Pennsylvania list. Located in the town of Shippensburg, Ship is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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Kutztown University of Pennsylvania landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best design and applied arts programs. Kutztown University is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Kutztown.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Kutztown University carry an average student debtload of $27,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Pennsylvania State University - Altoona came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in Pennsylvania ranking. Penn State Altoona is a small public school located in the city of Altoona.

Design majors at Penn State Altoona take out an average of $26,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $270, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #8, Mercyhurst University did quite well on this year’s best schools for design and applied arts students. Mercyhurst College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Erie.

While working on their degree, design majors at Mercyhurst College accumulate an average of around $27,000 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University 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 large city of Philadelphia, Temple is a public school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, design graduates from Temple carry an average student debtload of $27,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Millersville University of Pennsylvania did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for design and applied arts students. It came in at #10 on the list. Millersville is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Millersville.

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Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
New York 4,739
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.

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 21 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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