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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

86 Colleges
$21,488 Avg Salary
$30,142 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.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best 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 Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 86 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

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

Top 15% Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our analysis found Cornell University to be the best school for drama and theater arts students who want to pursue a degree in the Middle Atlantic Region . Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#2

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Vassar College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in the suburb of Poughkeepsie, Vassar is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, theater graduates from Vassar take out $17,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $176, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Carnegie Mellon University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

On average, theater graduates from Carnegie Mellon take out $45,250 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $510, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Pennsylvania State University - Berks. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Penn State Berks is a fairly small public school located in the suburb of Reading.

Theater majors at Penn State Berks take out an average of $26,025 in student loans while working on their egree. 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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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public college with a very large student population.

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American Musical and Dramatic Academy landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best drama and theater arts programs. Located in the city of New York, American Musical and Dramatic Academy is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Theater majors at American Musical and Dramatic Academy take out an average of $19,500 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

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#7

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

With a ranking of #7, Ithaca College did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. Ithaca is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Ithaca.

The average amount in student loans that theater majors at Ithaca take out is $26,519. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $275.

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#8

American University

Washington, DC

With a ranking of #8, American University did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. Located in the city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

After completing their degree, theater graduates from The American University carry an average student debtload of $26,000. 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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With a ranking of #9, Pennsylvania State University - University Park did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the small city of University Park.

After completing their degree, theater graduates from Penn State University Park carry an average student debtload of $26,025. 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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#10

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

With a ranking of #10, Syracuse University did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. Located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that theater majors at Syracuse take out is $27,000. 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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West Chester University of Pennsylvania landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best drama and theater arts programs. WCUPA is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of West Chester.

After completing their degree, theater graduates from WCUPA carry an average student debtload of $23,625. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $245.

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#12

New York University

New York, NY

New York University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Theater majors at NYU take out an average of $55,670 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $634.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
13 New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts New York, NY
14 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
15 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
16 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
17 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA

Best Drama & Theater Arts Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
New York 3,157
Pennsylvania 751
Maryland 167
New Jersey 248
District of Columbia 100

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

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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