2017 Best Colleges for Art Methodology

The 2017 Best Colleges for Art ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Overall Niche Grade Overall Niche Grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding all aspects of the student experience, such as academics, value, professors, diversity, local area, campus quality, safety and student life. Niche 17.5%
Percent Majoring in Art Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Art. U.S. Dept. of Education 17.5%
Acceptance Rate Percent of applicants accepted. U.S. Dept. of Education 15.0%
Art Program Demand A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Art program compared to the size of the program. Self-reported by Niche users 12.5%
Art Program Demand Within School A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Art program compared with other majors at the school, normalized by the size of each program. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Art Student Surveys Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Art. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Student-Faculty Ratio Total full-time undergraduate students per full-time undergraduate faculty. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%
Percent of U.S. Art Graduates Percent of total annual Art graduates nationally that come from this program. U.S. Dept. of Education 7.5%

 

This ranking assesses 354 4-year colleges and universities. To be included, the school must confer at least 20 bachelor’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 2.5% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by the school. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the colleges.

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