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 a dance degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,139 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

21% above average compared to other degrees

$ 25,570 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

27% above average compared to other degrees

$ 39,853 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

23% above average compared to other degrees

What do dance graduates earn?

Dance students make an average of $47,576 per year after graduation. This is 29% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 47,576 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 13% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular dance schools in the US

There are 482 schools in the US that offer a dance degree. The dance 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 dance 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
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259

Top US schools for a dance degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
The Juilliard School6%$43,170
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Pomona College8%$51,075
Northwestern University9%$52,678
Duke University10%$53,500
Swarthmore College11%$50,822
Cornell University13%$52,853
Colorado College15%$52,818
Barnard College15%$52,662
University of Southern California16%$54,259

Cheapest US schools for a dance degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a dance degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Folsom Lake College$1,104
Fullerton College$1,138
Cypress College$1,140
Compton College$1,142
El Camino Community College District$1,142
Irvine Valley College$1,142
Santa Ana College$1,142
San Diego City College$1,142

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