Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for a sound engineering degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,542 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

37% above average compared to other degrees

$ 28,426 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

41% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,290 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

19% below average compared to other degrees

What do sound engineering graduates earn?

Sound engineering students make an average of $66,052 per year after graduation. This is 1% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 66,052 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 46% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular sound engineering schools in the US

There are 88 schools in the US that offer a sound engineering degree. The sound engineering schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are Indiana University-Bloomington, Johns Hopkins University and Texas State University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in sound engineering per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
Indiana University-Bloomington$10,533
Johns Hopkins University$52,170
Texas State University$9,985
American University$46,615
Loyola Marymount University$46,386
Butler University$39,860
Ithaca College$42,884
Minnesota State University-Mankato$8,164
Middle Tennessee State University$8,612
Savannah College of Art and Design$36,410

Top US schools for a sound engineering degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
American University29%$46,615
Flashpoint Chicago A Campus of Columbia College Hollywood39%$27,454
Loyola Marymount University52%$46,386
Middle Tennessee State University59%$8,612
Minnesota State University-Mankato61%$8,164
Butler University65%$39,860
Miami Media School66%$null
Malone University66%$29,900
Kuyper College66%$21,090

Cheapest US schools for a sound engineering degree

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

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Fullerton College$1,138
Cypress College$1,140
Santa Ana College$1,142
San Diego City College$1,142
San Diego Miramar College$1,142
MiraCosta College$1,152
Modesto Junior College$1,162

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