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 graphic design degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,326 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

11% above average compared to other degrees

$ 21,127 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

5% above average compared to other degrees

$ 32,808 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

1% above average compared to other degrees

What do graphic design graduates earn?

Graphic design students make an average of $54,729 per year after graduation. This is 18% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 54,729 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 27% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular graphic design schools in the US

There are 704 schools in the US that offer a graphic design degree. The graphic design schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are Boston University, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus and Northeastern University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in graphic design per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
Boston University$52,082
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Northeastern University$49,497
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417
University of Pennsylvania$53,534
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign$15,074
Michigan State University$14,460
Temple University$16,658
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona$7,339

Top US schools for a graphic design degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
College of the Ozarks13%$19,130
California Institute of the Arts24%$47,446
Boston University25%$52,082
Northeastern University27%$49,497
American University29%$46,615
Liberty University30%$21,310
O'More College of Design31%$29,880
Rhode Island School of Design32%$48,370
Clinton Essex Warren Washington BOCES33%$null

Cheapest US schools for a graphic design degree

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

School NameTuition
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Folsom Lake College$1,104
Lassen Community College$1,127
Chabot College$1,138
Fullerton College$1,138
El Camino Community College District$1,142
Irvine Valley College$1,142
Napa Valley College$1,142


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