The cost of attending college or university seems to consistently trend upwards. And while it’s true that you have to be prepared to make a financial commitment to your post-secondary education, there are ways that you can reduce the overall cost. Plan ahead. Compare the costs and benefits of earning an associate degree versus a bachelor’s degree. Explore scholarship opportunities and financial aid. Become informed about available tax credits and deductions. And of course, investigate tuition fees at both public and private institutions. To help you get started, here are the typical costs for an industrial design degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,652 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

27% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,145 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

30% above average compared to other degrees

$ 40,714 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

26% above average compared to other degrees

What do industrial design graduates earn?

Industrial design students make an average of $55,187 per year after graduation. This is 17% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 55,187 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 18% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular industrial design schools in the US

There are 130 schools in the US that offer a industrial design degree. The industrial design schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are California State University-Long Beach, Purdue University-Main Campus and Ohio State University-Main Campus. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in industrial design per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
Stanford University$49,617
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign$15,074
San Francisco State University$7,254
Syracuse University$46,755
San Jose State University$7,721
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus$12,418

Top US schools for an industrial design degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Swarthmore College11%$50,822
Carnegie Mellon University22%$53,910
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus23%$12,418
California State University-Long Beach28%$6,730
Rhode Island School of Design32%$48,370
FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Francisco37%$32,293
FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles39%$32,293
University of Washington-Seattle Campus46%$10,974
Syracuse University47%$46,755

Cheapest US schools for an industrial design degree

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

School NameTuition
GateWay Community College - Phoenix$2,094
Wayne County Community College District$3,107
Bunker Hill Community College$4,224
Owens Community College$4,682
CUNY LaGuardia Community College$5,218
Brigham Young University-Provo$5,460
Fashion Institute of Technology$5,483
Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City$5,520
Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Gurabo Campus$5,820
California State University-Long Beach$6,730


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