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 visual communication degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,540 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

14% above average compared to other degrees

$ 23,554 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

17% above average compared to other degrees

$ 32,724 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

1% above average compared to other degrees

What do visual communication graduates earn?

Visual communication students make an average of $54,606 per year after graduation. This is 18% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 54,606 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 21% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular visual communication schools in the US

There are 310 schools in the US that offer a visual communication degree. The visual communication schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Davis. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in visual communication per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
University of Southern California$54,259
Northeastern University$49,497
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974

Top US schools for a visual communication degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Northwestern University9%$52,678
College of the Ozarks13%$19,130
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533
University of California-Los Angeles16%$13,261
University of California-Berkeley17%$14,170
University of Notre Dame19%$51,505
Carnegie Mellon University22%$53,910
Lehigh University25%$50,740

Cheapest US schools for a visual communication degree

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

School NameTuition
Folsom Lake College$1,104
Compton College$1,142
Santa Ana College$1,142
San Diego Miramar College$1,142
MiraCosta College$1,152
Ohlone College$1,162
Long Beach City College$1,188
Mt San Antonio College$1,349
Mt San Jacinto Community College District$1,386
Mendocino College$1,423


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