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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in New Jersey

12 Colleges
$18,120 Avg Salary
$23,756 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Drama & Theater Arts School for You

Drama & Theater Arts is the #76 most popular major in New Jersey with 248 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

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 New Jersey ranking. This report analyzed 12 schools in New Jersey to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in New Jersey

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

Top 10 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools

Our analysis found Rutgers University - New Brunswick to be the best school for drama and theater arts students who want to pursue a degree in New Jersey. Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick.

After completing their degree, theater graduates from Rutgers New Brunswick carry an average student debtload of $23,251. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $241, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

The excellent programs at Rowan University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best drama and theater arts schools in New Jersey. Rowan is a large public school located in the large suburb of Glassboro.

Theater majors at Rowan take out an average of $16,313 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $169, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent programs at Rutgers University - Newark helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best drama and theater arts schools in New Jersey. Rutgers Newark is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Newark.

On average, theater graduates from Rutgers Newark take out $23,251 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $241, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Rutgers University - Camden is a great place for drama and theater arts students. Rutgers Camden is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Camden.

Theater majors at Rutgers Camden take out an average of $23,251 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $241, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Monmouth University is a great place for drama and theater arts students. Monmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of West Long Branch.

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Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

With a ranking of #6, Montclair State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. Located in the large suburb of Montclair, Montclair State is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that theater majors at Montclair State take out is $25,868. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $268, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best drama and theater arts programs. Ramapo College is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Mahwah.

Theater majors at Ramapo College take out an average of $24,124 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $250, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

Rider University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best drama and theater arts programs. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, Rider is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#9

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

With a ranking of #9, Seton Hall University did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. Seton Hall is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of South Orange.

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#10

Kean University

Union, NJ

Kean University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in New Jersey list. Located in the suburb of Union, Kean is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that theater majors at Kean take out is $21,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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Best Drama & Theater Arts Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

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State Degrees Awarded
New York 3,157
Pennsylvania 751
Maryland 167
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 12 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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