The 2017 Best Colleges for Design 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.
|Percent Majoring in Design||Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Design.||U.S. Dept. of Education||20.0%|
|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||15.0%|
|Design Program Demand||A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Design program compared to the size of the program.||Self-reported by Niche users||10.0%|
|Design Student SAT/ACT Scores||Composite SAT/ACT scores (normalized to the same scale) of students majoring in Design at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com.||Self-reported by Niche users||10.0%|
|Design Student Surveys||Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Design.||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%|
|Design Program Demand Within School||A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Design program compared with other majors at the school, normalized by the size of each program.||Self-reported by Niche users||7.5%|
|Percent of U.S. Design Graduates||Percent of total annual Design graduates nationally that come from this program.||U.S. Dept. of Education||7.5%|
|Acceptance Rate||Percent of applicants accepted.||U.S. Dept. of Education||5.0%|
|Design Test Scores Compared to School’s||Comparison of SAT/ACT scores of students majoring in Design compared to all other majors at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com.||Self-reported by Niche users||5.0%|
This ranking assesses 243 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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