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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in Illinois

17 Colleges
$21,300 Avg Salary
$27,875 Avg Student Debt

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Drama & Theater Arts is the #58 most popular major in Illinois with 869 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

The Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in Illinois ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 17 schools in Illinois to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in Illinois

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

Top 10 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Our analysis found Northwestern University to be the best school for drama and theater arts students who want to pursue a degree in Illinois. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Theater majors at Northwestern U take out an average of $14,250 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $148.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Illinois State University is a great place for drama and theater arts students. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, theater majors at Illinois State accumulate an average of around $24,495 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $254.

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#3

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Bradley University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in Illinois list. Bradley is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Peoria.

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The excellent programs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best drama and theater arts schools in Illinois. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, theater graduates from SIUE carry an average student debtload of $24,500. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $254.

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The excellent programs at University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best drama and theater arts schools in Illinois. UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign.

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Western Illinois University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in Illinois ranking. WIU is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Macomb.

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#7

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in Illinois list. EIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Charleston.

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#8

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best drama and theater arts programs. Located in the small city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#9

Millikin University

Decatur, IL

With a ranking of #9, Millikin University did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. Millikin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Decatur.

The average amount in student loans that theater majors at Millikin take out is $27,000. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#10

North Central College

Naperville, IL

North Central College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in Illinois list. Located in the city of Naperville, North Central is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Theater majors at North Central take out an average of $25,000 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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Best Drama & Theater Arts Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 327
Ohio 511
Indiana 302
Wisconsin 246

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

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 17 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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