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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges for Veterans in the United States

206 Colleges
19,137 Bachelor's Degrees
$38,659 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Design & Applied Arts Schools for Vets

Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesDesign & Applied Arts is the #27 most popular major in the country with 19,137 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 206 colleges that offer a bachelor's in design. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great design and applied arts programs and a strong support system for veterans and active service members.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the design and applied arts program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran satisfaction. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools for Veterans in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for vets studying design.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Design & Applied Arts Schools

#1

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Our rankings recognize Carnegie Mellon University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh. Carnegie Mellon also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 107 of the 14,029 students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon were GI Bill® students, of which 80 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,066. During this same period, 40 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Art Center College of Design comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Art Center College of Design is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Pasadena. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Art Center College of Design, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States ranking.

Among the 2,249 students enrolled at Art Center College of Design, 22 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 14 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,163. To help with additional expenses, 9 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize College for Creative Studies as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Detroit, CCS is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, CCS has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States ranking.

Among the 1,485 students enrolled at CCS, 41 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 20 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,191. On top of their other funding sources, 12 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize Fashion Institute of Technology as the #4 school in this year's rankings. FIT SUNY is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of New York. FIT SUNY also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States rankings.

Among the 8,767 students enrolled at FIT SUNY, 95 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 68 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,784. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#5

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize Drexel University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. Drexel also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, Drexel supports 24,634 students, and 745 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 578 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,336. On top of their other funding sources, 255 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#6

California College of the Arts

San Francisco, CA

Our rankings recognize California College of the Arts as the #6 school in this year's rankings. California College of the Arts is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Francisco. California College of the Arts also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States rankings.

Of the 1,805 students enrolled at California College of the Arts, 16 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 7 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $20,653. On top of their other funding sources, 8 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value design and applied arts schools. Located in the midsize city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, ASU - Tempe also did well on our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 51,585 students enrolled at ASU - Tempe, 7,047 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 6,145 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,977. On top of their other funding sources, 156 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Cincinnati is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Cincinnati also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States ranking.

Among the 37,886 students enrolled at Cincinnati, 984 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 559 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,066. During this same period, 18 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Cincinnati does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Otis College of Art and Design comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Los Angeles, Otis Art Institute is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Otis Art Institute also made our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list, coming in at #8.

According to our most recent data, Otis Art Institute supports 1,144 students, and 33 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 23 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,275. During this same period, 15 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#10

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Auburn University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Auburn is a very large public school located in the small city of Auburn. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Auburn also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States ranking.

Of the 30,440 students enrolled at Auburn, 1,435 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 826 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,004. On top of their other funding sources, 42 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#11

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

Academy of Art University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Academy of Art University is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in the large city of San Francisco.

According to our most recent data, Academy of Art University supports 10,616 students, and 1,254 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,123 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,746. On top of their other funding sources, 215 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#12

The New School

New York, NY

The New School landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value design and applied arts schools. Located in the city of New York, New School University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. New School University also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

Among the 10,544 students enrolled at New School University, 118 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 95 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $21,291. During this same period, 58 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. New School University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Montserrat College of Art. Montserrat College of Art is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Beverly. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Montserrat College of Art also did well on our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 4 of the 367 students enrolled at Montserrat College of Art were GI Bill® students. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,124. Montserrat College of Art does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Tallahassee. Florida State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

Of the 41,005 students enrolled at Florida State, 986 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 582 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,897. In addition to receiving other benefits, 20 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Carolina State University. Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, NC State is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, NC State supports 35,479 students, and 1,068 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 719 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,891. To help with additional expenses, 33 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value design and applied arts schools. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population. UT Austin excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list.

Of the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin, 1,201 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,949. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#17

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Our rankings recognize University of Florida as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a very large student population. U of F excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,109 of the 52,218 students enrolled at U of F were GI Bill® students, of which 752 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,193. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Pacific Northwest College of Art landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value design and applied arts schools. Pacific Northwest College of Art is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Portland. Pacific Northwest College of Art excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list.

Of the 574 students enrolled at Pacific Northwest College of Art, 28 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 17 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,321. To help with additional expenses, 8 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#19

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Jose State University. Located in the large city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Among the 35,400 students enrolled at San Jose State, 658 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 403 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,381. San Jose State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Our rankings recognize Syracuse University as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Syracuse also did well on our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 22,803 students enrolled at Syracuse, 596 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 573 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $18,100. To help with additional expenses, 179 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Maryland Institute College of Art as the #21 school in this year's rankings. MICA is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore. In addition to being on our best for vets list, MICA has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, MICA supports 2,178 students, and 47 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 36 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $23,550. In addition to receiving other benefits, 36 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Wisconsin - Stout comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. UW - Stout is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Menomonie.

According to our most recent data, UW - Stout supports 8,770 students, and 294 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 154 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,676. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#23

School of Visual Arts

New York, NY

Our rankings recognize School of Visual Arts as the #23 school in this year's rankings. SVA is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of New York. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, SVA is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, SVA supports 4,390 students, and 51 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 39 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $23,657. In addition to receiving other benefits, 34 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design earned the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings. Massachusetts College of Art and Design is a small public school located in the large city of Boston. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Massachusetts College of Art and Design is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Massachusetts College of Art and Design supports 2,087 students, and 23 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 14 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,163. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus comes in at #25 in this year's ranking. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Atlanta. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Georgia Tech also did well on our Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, Georgia Tech supports 32,723 students, and 383 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 294 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,277. To help with additional expenses, 2 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#26

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#28

Pratt Institute - Main

Brooklyn, NY
#29

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Design that almost earned our Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
31 Clemson University Clemson, SC
32 Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, MA
33 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
34 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
35 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
36 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
37 University of North Texas Denton, TX
38 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
39 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
40 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
41 Lawrence Technological University Southfield, MI

Design & Applied Arts by Region

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Region
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New England
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Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 9 majors within the Visual & Performing Arts area of study, Design & Applied Arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Design

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 25,815
Music 15,747
Drama & Theater Arts 12,791
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General Visual & Performing Arts 3,315

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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