We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for an art history degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,416 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

36% above average compared to other degrees

$ 29,810 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

48% above average compared to other degrees

$ 46,595 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

44% above average compared to other degrees

What do art history graduates earn?

Art history students make an average of $60,695 per year after graduation. This is 9% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

28% of art history graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 60,695 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 35% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

39% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular art history schools in the US

There are 820 schools in the US that offer a art history degree. The art history schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in art history per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259

Top US schools for an art history degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering art history degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Pomona College8%$51,075
Brown University8%$53,419
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534

Cheapest US schools for an art history degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an art history degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez$2,083
Santa Fe Community College$2,115
Blinn College$4,056
Terra State Community College$4,352
Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development$4,960
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College$5,170
University of Wyoming$5,217
Brigham Young University-Provo$5,460
Utah Valley University$5,652
Florida State University$5,656


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