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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region

52 Colleges
$21,010 Avg Salary
$29,820 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Drama & Theater Arts School for You

Drama & Theater Arts is the #69 most popular major in the country with 17,726 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

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The Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 52 schools in the Far Western US Region to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Drama & Theater Arts Colleges.

Top 10 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools

Our analysis found California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo to be the best school for drama and theater arts students who want to pursue a degree in the Far Western US Region . Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo.

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Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Out of the 52 schools in the Far Western US Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Loyola Marymount University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the city of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that theater majors at Loyola Marymount take out is $20,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $213.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Nevada - Las Vegas. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region list. UNLV is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Las Vegas.

While working on their degree, theater majors at UNLV accumulate an average of around $16,200 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 $168.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Southern California is a great place for drama and theater arts students. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, theater majors at USC accumulate an average of around $60,112 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $688.

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Out of the 52 schools in the Far Western US Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of California - Los Angeles landed the # 5 spot on the list. UCLA is a very large public school located in the city of Los Angeles.

On average, theater graduates from UCLA take out $49,114 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $560, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best drama and theater arts programs. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Seattle Pacific University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for drama and theater arts students. It came in at #7 on the list. SPU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Seattle.

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San Jose State University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Far Western US Region list. San Jose State is a very large public school located in the large city of San Jose.

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With a ranking of #9, University of California - Berkeley did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the city of Berkeley.

After completing their degree, theater graduates from UC Berkeley carry an average student debtload of $18,923. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $196, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Santa Barbara did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for drama and theater arts students. It came in at #10 on the list. UCSB is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Santa Barbara.

On average, theater graduates from UCSB take out $22,500 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $234.

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Best Drama & Theater Arts Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
California 3,415
Washington 251
Oregon 175
Nevada 63
Hawaii 17
Alaska 17

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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