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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Plains States Region

33 Colleges
$22,840 Avg Salary
$25,097 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. 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.

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 Plains States Region ranking. This report analyzed 33 schools in the Plains States Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Plains States Region

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

Top 10 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools

Our analysis found Concordia College at Moorhead to be the best school for drama and theater arts students who want to pursue a degree in the Plains States Region . Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Moorhead.

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The excellent programs at University of Nebraska at Kearney helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best drama and theater arts schools in the Plains States Region . Located in the town of Kearney, UNK is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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The excellent programs at University of Nebraska - Lincoln helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best drama and theater arts schools in the Plains States Region . Located in the city of Lincoln, UNL is a public school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, theater majors at UNL accumulate an average of around $22,104 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $229.

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#4

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Out of the 33 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Lindenwood University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Lindenwood University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Charles.

While working on their degree, theater majors at Lindenwood University accumulate an average of around $24,000 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $249.

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Out of the 33 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Missouri - Columbia landed the # 5 spot on the list. Mizzou is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbia.

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#6

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

With a ranking of #6, Truman State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. Truman State is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Kirksville.

While working on their degree, theater majors at Truman State accumulate an average of around $25,896 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $269.

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#7

Luther College

Decorah, IA

With a ranking of #7, Luther College did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. Luther is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Decorah.

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University of Minnesota - Duluth landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best drama and theater arts programs. Located in the city of Duluth, UMN Duluth is a public school with a large student population.

After completing their degree, theater graduates from UMN Duluth carry an average student debtload of $24,250. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $252.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. UNOMAHA is a large public school located in the large city of Omaha.

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#10

St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

With a ranking of #10, St Olaf College did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. St. Olaf is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Northfield.

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Best Drama & Theater Arts Colleges by State

Explore the best drama and theater arts schools for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 291
Minnesota 296
Kansas 71
Iowa 130
Nebraska 99
North Dakota 20
South Dakota 31

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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