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2020 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts in West Virginia

Visual & Performing Arts is a popular major and West Virginia is the 44th most popular state for students studying this major. 445 of the 154,258 Visual & Performing Arts diplomas earned last year were given by colleges in West Virginia. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts in West Virginia ranking analyzed 6 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in visual and performing arts. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 0 schools for Visual & Performing Arts students in West Virginia.

Choosing a Great Visual & Performing Arts School

Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts in West Virginia Your choice of visual and performing arts school matters. Important measures of a quality visual and performing arts program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Visual & Performing Arts graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A visual and performing arts bachelors degree from a college in West Virginia helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $23,386 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Visual & Performing Arts students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other visual and performing arts students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized visual and performing arts related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Visual & Performing Arts students in West Virginia.

Best Schools to Study Visual & Performing Arts in West Virginia

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study visual and performing arts.

Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges in West Virginia

#1

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University is among your best bets if you're planning on studying visual and performing arts. Located in the city Morgantown, WVU is a public college with a very large student population.More…

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#2

Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, WV

Any student pursuing a degree in visual and performing arts needs to look into Shepherd University. Located in the fringe town Shepherdstown, Shepherd University is a public college with a small student population.More…

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#3

Marshall University

Huntington, WV

Any student pursuing a degree in visual and performing arts needs to look into Marshall University. Located in the city Huntington, Marshall University is a public college with a large student population.More…

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#4

West Liberty University

West Liberty, WV

West Liberty University is one of the finest schools in the country for visual and performing arts. Located in the rural area West Liberty, West Liberty University is a public school with a small student population.More…

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#5

Concord University

Athens, WV

Concord University is a small public school located in the distant town of Athens.More…

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Fairmont State is a small public school located in the distant town of Fairmont.More…

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Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
North Carolina 38 4,453
South Carolina 38 1,482
Florida 38 8,044
Virginia 38 3,458
Arkansas 38 772
Mississippi 38 843
Louisiana 37 1,221
Alabama 37 1,184
Kentucky 37 1,180
Georgia 37 4,790
Tennessee 37 2,703

Visual & Performing Arts Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 41,431
Design & Applied Arts 37,428
Music 27,188
Drama & Theater Arts 17,242
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,684

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 516,754
English Language & Literature 57,989
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 34,883
Theology & Religious Vocations 31,559
Philosophy & Religious Studies 16,163

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Bonnielou2013.

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