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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southeast Region

84 Colleges
$20,841 Avg Salary
$26,422 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.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. 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 assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. This report analyzed 84 schools in the Southeast Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southeast Region

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

Top 15% Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC

Our analysis found Duke University to be the best school for drama and theater arts students who want to pursue a degree in the Southeast Region . Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Virginia - Main Campus. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. UNCSA is a small public school located in the city of Winston-Salem.

The average amount in student loans that theater majors at UNCSA take out is $44,250. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $498, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Valencia College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the large city of Orlando, Valencia College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

The excellent programs at Florida State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best drama and theater arts schools in the Southeast Region . Located in the city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, theater graduates from Florida State carry an average student debtload of $32,065. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $360, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for drama and theater arts students. It came in at #6 on the list. U of F is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville.

Theater majors at U of F take out an average of $14,262 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $148, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Elon University

Elon, NC

Elon University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the suburb of Elon, Elon is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#8

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech 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. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Belmont University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southeast Region list. Belmont is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville.

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#10

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

With a ranking of #10, James Madison University did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. JMU is a very large public school located in the city of Harrisonburg.

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#11

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

With a ranking of #11, Florida Gulf Coast University did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. FGCU is a large public school located in the suburb of Fort Myers.

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With a ranking of #12, Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. Louisiana State University is a very large public school located in the city of Baton Rouge.

While working on their degree, theater majors at Louisiana State University accumulate an average of around $24,000 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $249, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
13 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
14 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
15 Full Sail University Winter Park, FL
16 Furman University Greenville, SC

Best Drama & Theater Arts Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 412
Florida 703
Virginia 443
North Carolina 454
Tennessee 243
South Carolina 175
Kentucky 171
Louisiana 182
Alabama 171
Arkansas 75
Mississippi 78
West Virginia 66

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 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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