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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

107 Colleges
$24,260 Avg Salary
$30,601 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Fine & Studio Arts School for You

Fine & Studio Arts is the #31 most popular major in the country with 40,751 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Our analysis looked at 107 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges.

Top 15% Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our 2021 rankings named Cornell University the best school in the Middle Atlantic Region for fine and studio arts students. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, Fine Arts graduates from Cornell carry an average student debtload of $13,681. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $142, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent programs at Gemological Institute of America-New York helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best fine and studio arts schools in the Middle Atlantic Region . Gemological Institute of America-New York is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from Gemological Institute of America-New York take out $8,233 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $85, 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 Sotheby’s Institute of Art - NY. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in the large city of New York, Sotheby's Institute of Art - NY is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend The College of New Jersey. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in the suburb of Ewing, TCNJ is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Fine Arts majors at TCNJ take out an average of $23,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $239, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means University of Delaware is a great place for fine and studio arts students. Located in the large suburb of Newark, U of Delaware is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at U of Delaware take out is $22,292. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $231.

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#6

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in the suburb of Poughkeepsie, Marist is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Fine Arts majors at Marist take out an average of $25,000 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #7, University of Maryland - College Park did quite well on this year’s best schools for fine and studio arts students. UMCP is a very large public school located in the suburb of College Park.

After completing their degree, Fine Arts graduates from UMCP carry an average student debtload of $21,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $218.

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#8

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in the suburb of Poughkeepsie, Vassar is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#9

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best fine and studio arts programs. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from Carnegie Mellon take out $26,771 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $278, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #10, University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for fine and studio arts students. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from Pitt take out $27,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Towson University

Towson, MD

Towson University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best fine and studio arts programs. Towson is a very large public school located in the city of Towson.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at Towson take out is $17,553. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $182, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. BMCC is a very large public school located in the large city of New York.

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Columbia University in the City of New York ranked #13 on this year’s Best Fine & Studio Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

Fine Arts majors at Columbia take out an average of $23,500 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 $244.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best fine and studio arts programs. WCUPA is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of West Chester.

After completing their degree, Fine Arts graduates from WCUPA carry an average student debtload of $22,750. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $236, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

Lebanon Valley College

Annville, PA

Lebanon Valley College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best fine and studio arts programs. Located in the small suburb of Annville, LVC is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best fine and studio arts programs. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the city of New Brunswick.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at Rutgers New Brunswick take out is $25,456. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $264.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
17 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
18 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
19 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
20 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
21 American University Washington, DC

Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges by State

Explore the best fine and studio arts schools for a specific state in the Middle Atlantic region.

State Degrees Awarded
New York 3,839
Pennsylvania 1,374
Maryland 751
New Jersey 942
District of Columbia 148
Delaware 66

Fine & Studio Arts is one of 9 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Design & Applied Arts 36,179
Music 26,968
Drama & Theater Arts 17,726
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 Jorge Royan.

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