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How will your acting education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a acting degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. There are 1,042 traditional acting schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had acting programs were:

  1. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  2. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California
  3. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 13,764 students graduated with degrees in acting. Of these students, 407 received certifications in acting, 11,559 received an undergraduate degree in acting, and 1,798 received a graduate-level degree in acting.


Students can pursue education in acting at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Acting
  • Bachelor's Degree in Acting
  • Master's Degree in Acting
  • Doctoral Degree in Acting
  • Certificate in Acting

Acting students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their acting degree:

  • Voice Production
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Acting for the Cameria
  • Teamwork
  • Scene Study


In 2010, acting schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $28,833 per year. The acting schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Vassar College - located in Poughkeepsie, New York, students paid $41,930
  3. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655

The acting schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625
  2. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176
  3. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State, students paid $7,692

How will your acting job compare?

A large number of acting majors work as actors after graduation. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 54,740 actors working in the US. The largest numbers of actors work in the following states:

  1. New York - 7,140 Actors
  2. Louisiana - 790 Actors
  3. Missouri - 690 Actors

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for actors to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Georgia - 52%
  2. Utah - 25%
  3. Indiana - 20%


Actors in the US can make an average of $0 per year. However, the salary for an actor can greatly vary based on factors such as education, your employer or shift differentials. On average, an actor earns the most in the following states:

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Producers and Directors 83,520 $88,610 41.4%
Actors 54,740 n/a -8.1%