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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools

383 Colleges
$20,591 Avg Salary
$23,238 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 17,726 people earned a degree or certificate in drama and theater arts, making the major the #69 most popular in the United States.

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 Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 383 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences 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 Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the theater bachelor's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Theater

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Our 2021 rankings named University of Notre Dame the best school in the United States for drama and theater arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

Theater majors at Notre Dame take out an average of $17,855 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 $202.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC

Out of the 383 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Duke University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means University of Virginia - Main Campus is a great place for drama and theater arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, theater graduates from University of Virginia take out $18,294 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo.

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#5

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Out of the 383 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Williams College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the fringe town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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University of North Carolina School of the Arts came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UNCSA is a small public school located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, theater majors at UNCSA accumulate an average of around $23,720 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree drama and theater arts programs. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that theater majors at U of Michigan take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $15,965. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $187, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for drama and theater arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, theater graduates from Wisconsin carry an average student debtload of $20,175. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $198.

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#9

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

With a ranking of #9, Fairfield University did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fairfield.

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#10

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree drama and theater arts programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#11

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Loyola Marymount University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree drama and theater arts programs. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, theater majors at Loyola Marymount accumulate an average of around $20,047 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $213, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Vassar is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie.

On average, theater graduates from Vassar take out $16,062 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $176, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

With a ranking of #13, Northeastern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#14

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for drama and theater arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Theater majors at Carnegie Mellon take out an average of $25,757 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Concordia College at Moorhead ranked #15 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Moorhead.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, theater graduates from Concordia College Moorhead carry an average student debtload of $26,150.

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#16

Taylor University

Upland, IN

Taylor University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for drama and theater arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the distant town of Upland, Taylor U is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree drama and theater arts programs. Located in the distant town of Kearney, UNK is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#18

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts 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.

On average, theater graduates from Northwestern U take out $14,353 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 $148.

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With a ranking of #19, University of Nebraska - Lincoln did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of Lincoln, UNL is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that theater majors at UNL take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $20,595. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $229.

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The University of Texas at Austin came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin.

The average amount in student loans that theater majors at UT Austin take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $22,494. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $228.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park ranked #21 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Theater majors at Penn State University Park take out an average of $24,329 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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Southern Connecticut State University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, SCSU is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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Pennsylvania State University - Berks did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for drama and theater arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the suburb of Reading, Penn State Berks is a public school with a small student population.

Theater majors at Penn State Berks take out an average of $24,329 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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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Pitt is a very large public school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, theater majors at Pitt accumulate an average of around $19,713 in student debt.

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University of Nevada - Las Vegas landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree drama and theater arts programs. UNLV is a very large public school located in the city of Las Vegas.

On average, theater graduates from UNLV take out $18,070 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $168, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY
#27

American University

Washington, DC
#29

Emerson College

Boston, MA
#30

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO
#33

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#35

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#37

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#38

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#41

Boston University

Boston, MA
#43

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
#45

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO
#46

Luther College

Decorah, IA
#48

New York University

New York, NY

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 383 different United States drama and theater arts schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
52 Yale University New Haven, CT
53 University of Houston Houston, TX
54 Illinois State University Normal, IL
55 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
56 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
57 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA

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 Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
58 Bradley University Peoria, IL
59 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
60 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
61 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
62 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
63 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
64 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
65 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
66 Elon University Elon, NC
67 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
68 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
69 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
70 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
71 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
72 The New School New York, NY
73 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
74 Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, TX
75 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
76 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA

Drama & Theater Arts by Region

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

One of 9 majors within the area of study, drama and theater arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Design & Applied Arts 36,179
Music 26,968
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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Donald Judge.

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