Visual & Performing Arts

2021 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Region

31 Colleges
7,645 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,178 Avg Cost*

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

Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England 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, 7,645 went to undergraduates in the New England region of the United States.

This year's Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Region ranking looked at 31 colleges that offer a bachelor's in visual and performing arts. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality visual and performing arts programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the visual and performing arts program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Visual & Performing Arts Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying visual and performing arts.

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

#1

Emerson College

Boston, MA

Emerson College tops the 2021 list of our schools in the New England Region that are best for non-traditional visual and performing arts students. Located in the large city of Boston, Emerson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Emerson not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts in the New England Region list.

About 1.8% of Emerson students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 85 of Emerson students are exclusively distance learners. 166 of Emerson students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

Boston University

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Boston University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Boston U also did well on our Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts in the New England Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 1.7% of Boston U students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,534 students at Boston U are exclusively online. 6,370 students are part time.

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Our rankings recognize Wentworth Institute of Technology as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Boston, WIT is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The student loan default rate at WIT is lower than is typical, just 3.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 307 students take at least one class online at WIT. 511 students are part time. WIT does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Rhode Island comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. URI is a large public school located in the suburb of Kingston.

About 4.4% of URI students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,055 students at URI that take at least one class online. 3,456 of URI students are attending part time. URI does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

Lesley University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Lesley is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

The student loan default rate at Lesley is lower than is typical, just 3.0% of students default in three years. 510 of Lesley students are exclusively distance learners. 2,469 students are part time.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.0%. 3,607 of UMass Amherst students are exclusively distance learners. 6,250 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth as the #7 school in this year's rankings. UMass Dartmouth is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized suburb of North Dartmouth.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.8%. 1,059 students at UMass Dartmouth are exclusively online. About 1,982 of the students at UMass Dartmouth are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Connecticut as the #8 school in this year's rankings. UCONN is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Storrs.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.3%. Approximately 2,844 students take at least one class online at UCONN. 3,231 students are part time.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of New Hampshire - Main Campus. Located in the small suburb of Durham, UNH is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at UNH is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,816 students at UNH that take at least one class online. 1,402 students are part time. UNH does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best visual and performing arts schools for non-traditional students. UMass Lowell is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Lowell.

The student loan default rate at UMass Lowell is lower than is typical, just 5.2% of students default in three years. 4,103 of UMass Lowell students are exclusively distance learners. 6,329 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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

Explore the best for non-traditional students visual and performing arts schools for a specific state in the New England region.

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 483
Maine 245
Rhode Island 695
Massachusetts 4,413
New Hampshire 674
Connecticut 1,130

Visual & Performing Arts Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 2,479
Music 2,278
Design & Applied Arts 1,909
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,351
Drama & Theater Arts 1,030

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 11,567
English Language & Literature 5,486
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 2,343
Theology & Religious Vocations 1,150
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,136

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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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