2017 Best Colleges for Design in America

The Best Colleges for Design majors ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. The ranking compares the top design schools in the U.S.
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    Rhode Island School of Design

    • Providence, RI
    • 298 reviews
    College Sophomore:Honestly, the experience completely depends on how you decide to see your experience. Yes, the work load is massive and you will be sleep-deprived, but I promise it will all be worth it. If it's not, you're not at the right school for you. The foundation year is very necessary to expand your definition of art and creativity of your concepts. Parties are alright depending on which ones you find yourself in. I would without-a-doubt choose RISD if I could do it all over again.
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    University of Southern California

    • Los Angeles, CA
    • 3,309 reviews
    College Sophomore:It feels extremely personal. There are opportunities everywhere and especially as an engineer we're encouraged to mix and match the parts of USC that matter to us. For me, I work on campus doing research, I'm head of a club, I'm a student ambassador, I'm in a design club and that's my life within the school. But someone else in my major is on the varsity hocket team, in totally different clubs etc. So life here feels extremely personalized and I like that. The school also has a ridiculous amount of resources for its students, at least within engineering. There is so much energy put into the well-being of the students that it always feels like you have a strong support network.

    Fight on!
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    Carnegie Mellon University

    • Pittsburgh, PA
    • 1,299 reviews
    College Freshman:CMU is an amazing school and if you work hard, you can pretty much get whatever job you want. Tesla, spaceX, microsoft, apple, etc... we have way more than enough opportunities for internships and jobs. If you graduate and work hard, you will get an amazing job at your pick of companies. And not just the CS majors (engineers, art students, CS students, and drama students tend to do very well)
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    Washington University in St. Louis

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 1,322 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love everything about Wash U. The location is amazing, STL has so much to offer. Everyone around is so driven, smart, and kind. The campus, dorms, and food are great. The classes are awesome with exceptional teachers. It can get stressful, but it is so worth it.
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    Pratt Institute

    • Brooklyn, NY
    • 724 reviews
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    Otis College of Art & Design

    • Los Angeles, CA
    • 589 reviews
    College Junior:Great teachers who give real-life stories of experience in the current job market. Very small, so you get to know students and teachers very well. Lots of opportunities to learn new skills as well. Only reason for 4/5 is because of the high tuition.
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    University of California - Los Angeles

    • Los Angeles, CA
    • 4,393 reviews
    College Sophomore:UCLA's historical reputation for research contributes to an extremely positive aura around the school. The job opportunities are many; and so is the alumni network.
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    Boston University

    • Boston, MA
    • 3,045 reviews
    College Sophomore:I think that the course options at BU are varied according to your degree and what you plan on taking. The College of General Studies is the school that I attend at the moment where we take all of our general education classes in the first two years, and then go into our desired field of study. I think that the school of CGS is an excellent way to get to know your students in your classes, get to know your professors on a deeper level, and find our what path you want to go down after you graduate from CGS. Although the course work may seem somewhat tedious because we cannot choose our CGS classes, we have the ability to choose one elective each semester in the field of our choice to get a better understanding of the other colleges and what BU has to offer.
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    College for Creative Studies

    • Detroit, MI
    • 500 reviews
    College Senior:It is a great school with amazing opportunities. Teachers are very invested in your success and want to see each student reach their potential. Teachers have always had my back. You won't get much sleep though, very heavy work load.
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    University of Wisconsin

    • Madison, WI
    • 2,816 reviews
    College Sophomore:This was my dream school and I know by the atmosphere it's where I belong. There are so many interesting courses to take and areas to explore. Overall, it is a fantastic school.
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    California College of the Arts

    • San Francisco, CA
    • 339 reviews
    College Junior:The quality of courses at the school has been great and so have the professors. But i believe the amount of work assigned to the students is unreasonable especially since the students need time to work on their own artwork. I also believe that the courses offered are VERY helpful but there is little to no time within the students' schedules to take these courses so they are almost useless.
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    Ohio State University

    • Columbus, OH
    • 4,686 reviews
    College Sophomore:I cannot say enough good things about The Ohio State University. Everyone is so passionate about what they do, and I could not ask for a better place to complete my undergrad.
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    Art Center College of Design

    • Pasadena, CA
    • 273 reviews
    College Senior:I have worked in the career office on campus and they know exactly what they are doing.

    They are really there to help and never forget who you are.
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    Georgia Institute of Technology

    • Atlanta, GA
    • 1,815 reviews
    College Sophomore:The amount of internships and job opportunities are fantastic. Most students have offers before graduation. Employers are always recruiting at Tech.
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    Rochester Institute of Technology

    • Rochester, NY
    • 2,253 reviews
    College Senior:I never realized how amazing RIT was until I transferred and immiediately had to transfer back. The small class sizes and personalized approach to each students education within a larger school gives you the best of both a small and large school. There are thousands of clubs and literally everyone on campus is accepting and loving of everyone's query traits so whether you want to go into Greek life or join the electronic gaming society there is a place for you to call home at RIT!
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    Virginia Tech

    • Blacksburg, VA
    • 3,385 reviews
    College Sophomore:Virginia Tech may be one of the best decisions I've made in my life. The people I've met, the experiences I've had, and the environment in general is one that can't be beat. I gladly call Tech my home away from home, and when I'm not there I want to be there, when I am there, I don't want to leave. Tech has great academic programs, it's an easy place to make a ton of friends and have fun, a great place to live, and best of all it's been rated one of the most fit campuses in the states. Next to the fittest campus we're also rated number one for campus dining. In my opinion, it would be hard to find any other school that would make me as happy as Tech has.
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    Brigham Young University

    • Provo, UT
    • 6,805 reviews
    College Sophomore:BYU is awesome! I love the people that I've met, the classes that I have taken and the experiences that I have had at BYU that have shaped my life.
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    California Institute of the Arts

    • Valencia, CA
    • 239 reviews
    College Senior:The school itself is great. I've grown and expanded my creative abilities BUT the cost of tuition is a bit ridiculous for the lack of certain classes it doesn't offer artists.
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    Penn State

    • University Park, PA
    • 6,145 reviews
    College Junior:Since I transferred from the University of Findlay, I have never been happier in my life. The atmosphere and curriculum is perfect for a college student.
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    Northeastern University

    • Boston, MA
    • 3,126 reviews
    College Junior:Northeastern is a phenomonal school and has provided me with opportunities that I could not get anywhere else. The most common reason for selecting NU is the co-op program, which is clearly a great opportunity to have. On top of that I've been able to go abroad twice even though I am in a major which I thought would make that impossible. I did my first semester abroad as part of NUin and not only did I love my time there, but I also grew to become very independent and confident. This past summer I got the chance to go abroad again with a major specific to my major an lead by the dean of my major.
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    School of Visual Arts

    • New York, NY
    • 434 reviews
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    Fashion Institute of Technology

    • New York, NY
    • 1,387 reviews
    College Senior:I love my professor, they all work in their field and know what they are talking about. They care about us as people and although the work load is tough I don't mind. Because they bring out the best in me and I grew from the lessons. I have had only 1 professor that I don't care for because he taught horribly but other than that, I just love my professors so much. They know how to teach and motivate. The class sizes were the best since we didn't have a lot of people in our year.
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    University of Texas - Austin

    • Austin, TX
    • 5,348 reviews
    College Sophomore:This university has it all. There are over 1000 clubs you can join so there is something for everyone if they want to get involved. There are such a wide range of majors that it's easy to find something that fits what you want to do. The professors are always so passionate about what they teach and you can tell they genuinely care about their students. They always make sure to explain things clearly and offer more than enough opportunities to reach them outside of class hours. The advisors on campus are life savers, I wouldn't have been able to navigate this far without their amazing help. This university really makes me feel like my needs are important instead of feeling like just another student out of 50,000. The people are friendly, the culture is fantastic, and the school is stellar. I couldn't see myself attending anywhere else.
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    University of Washington

    • Seattle, WA
    • 3,750 reviews
    College Sophomore:What makes my school so unique is its diversity that is represented within the community. I've experienced already an abundant amount of different insights, organizations and paths. As I have been working towards my academic life, i am still able to balance out my social activity by joining clubs, networking with professional organizations and undergraduate pipelines. My freshman year has been a blast and looking forward to my second year at The University of Washington.
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    Savannah College of Art & Design

    • Savannah, GA
    • 2,774 reviews
    College Sophomore:The professors are professionals and know what they are doing, but some may b scattered-brained, or they might play favorites, or can be plain stubborn. Some can be self-centered when it comes to their style of work, so they don't have much room for anilyzing others. Some are harsh graders, especialy professors who tach English, Speech, Art History, and etc., they aren't very lenient even though we are art students. Just be careful of the professor that you pick.
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