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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region

65 Colleges
$21,381 Avg Salary
$25,614 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Drama & Theater Arts School for You

Out of all the majors we analyze each year, drama and theater arts was ranked #69 in the country. In fact 17,726 degrees and certificates were handed out in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right 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 help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This report analyzed 65 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region

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

Top 10 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Our analysis found University of Notre Dame to be the best school for drama and theater arts students who want to pursue a degree in the Great Lakes Region . Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

On average, theater graduates from Notre Dame take out $19,500 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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Out of the 65 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the # 2 spot on the list. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor.

On average, theater graduates from U of Michigan take out $18,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $187, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Wisconsin - Madison. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#4

Taylor University

Upland, IN

Out of the 65 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Taylor University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Taylor U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Upland.

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#5

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

The excellent programs at Northwestern University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best drama and theater arts schools in the Great Lakes Region . Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

After completing their degree, theater graduates from Northwestern U carry an average student debtload of $14,250. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $148.

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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in the small city of Eau Claire, UW - Eau Claire is a public college with a large student population.

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#7

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best drama and theater arts programs. Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for drama and theater arts students. It came in at #8 on the list. UW - Whitewater is a large public school located in the town of Whitewater.

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Illinois State University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the suburb of Normal.

The average amount in student loans that theater majors at Illinois State take out is $24,495. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $254, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in the city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Drama & Theater Arts students in the Great Lakes Region that almost earned our Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
11 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
12 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
13 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH

Best Drama & Theater Arts Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 327
Ohio 511
Illinois 869
Indiana 302
Wisconsin 246

Drama & Theater Arts is one of 9 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Theater

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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