Visual & Performing Arts

2021 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

63 Colleges
13,708 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,723 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Visual & Performing Arts Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region In 2018-2019, 94,501 visual and performing arts students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #8 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 13,708 went to undergraduates in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

This year's Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 63 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in visual and performing arts. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great visual and performing arts programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the visual and performing arts program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The visual and performing arts school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Visual & Performing Arts Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Visual & Performing Arts Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

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Top 10 Best Visual & Performing Arts Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Illinois State University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Great Lakes Region that are best for non-traditional visual and performing arts students. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of Normal. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Illinois State, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

About 3.9% of Illinois State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,895 students at Illinois State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,428 part time students in attendance at Illinois State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Indiana University - Bloomington landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best visual and performing arts schools for non-traditional students. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the city of Bloomington. IU Bloomington did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts in the Great Lakes Region list.

The student loan default rate at IU Bloomington is lower than is typical, just 3.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 5,026 students at IU Bloomington that take at least one class online. About 5,192 of the students at IU Bloomington are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Columbia College Chicago landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best visual and performing arts schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Chicago, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

546 of Columbia students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public college with a very large student population. U-M also made our Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #3.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.1%. Approximately 487 students take at least one class online at U-M. There are roughly 2,376 part time students in attendance at U-M. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Cincinnati - Main Campus as the #5 school in this year's rankings. UC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Cincinnati. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UC also did well on our Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts in the Great Lakes Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.9%. Approximately 10,520 students take at least one class online at UC. 9,231 of UC students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Our rankings recognize Ball State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Muncie, Ball State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 5.3% of Ball State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 5,037 of Ball State students are exclusively distance learners. About 5,958 of the students at Ball State are attending part time. Ball State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UW - Madison is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts in the Great Lakes Region list.

About 1.3% of UW - Madison students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,424 students at UW - Madison that take at least one class online. 4,418 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

Our rankings recognize DePaul University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.1%. There are approximately 4,606 students at DePaul that take at least one class online. About 4,252 of the students at DePaul are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best visual and performing arts schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a very large student population. Ohio State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts in the Great Lakes Region list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

About 4.5% of Ohio State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 18,037 students take at least one class online at Ohio State. 8,041 of Ohio State students are attending part time. Ohio State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population. UIUC also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts in the Great Lakes Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.9%. Approximately 12,503 students take at least one class online at UIUC. There are roughly 6,389 part time students in attendance at UIUC. UIUC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
11 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
12 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH

Best for Non-Traditional Students Visual & Performing Arts Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 2,538
Ohio 3,343
Illinois 4,299
Indiana 1,815
Wisconsin 1,713

Visual & Performing Arts Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 4,528
Design & Applied Arts 4,519
Music 3,877
Drama & Theater Arts 2,227
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,623

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 48,067
English Language & Literature 6,662
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 4,915
Theology & Religious Vocations 4,575
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,938

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

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.
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