Art Teacher Education

Art Teacher Education prepares students to become teachers of art, art history, and art appreciation at various educational levels. Future educators are trained in disciplines such as aesthetics, art criticism, art interpretation, creativity, production, and individual exploration. It further encompasses classes in specialized techniques like printmaking and 2-D design as well as more general subjects like art criticism and art philosophy. This degree also covers the creation and execution of lesson plans as well as teacher training classes. 

Art teacher education degrees are available at the bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels. Bachelor’s degree-holders are qualified to teach art at the K-12 level while postsecondary and college art teaching jobs require a graduate degree. All colleges and universities offering an art teacher education program must be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

I Want to Be an Art Teacher. Would I Make a Good One?

First and foremost, it’s important for all students to determine if they possess the mental outlook and skills conducive to becoming an art teacher. Teaching art on any level is a time consuming and often stressful process so it helps to have a passion for the subject and a sense of purpose as a foundation. It’s also important to possess leadership qualities, a sense of humor, and a willingness to collaborate as part of the educational process.

At some point, you’ll also need to choose the teaching level where you’ll feel most comfortable. Art classes are found at all different educational levels: elementary, junior high, high school, and college. Once you’re able to determine your focus, it will help you choose which kind of art teacher education degree to earn.

The next thing to consider is the education needed to be an art teacher. Besides the classes you’ll take in preparation for the degree, becoming an art teacher also requires experiential learning. This involves trips off campus to area schools to observe professional art teachers in action, as well as a student-teaching experience.

It’s important to note that not all art education degree holders teach in schools. Art teachers also find employment in hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes, or even prisons. So if you have a passion for teaching the subject but aren’t sure if you want to spend eight hours a day in a classroom setting, it’s still possible to find work.

Associate level

The minimum art teacher job requirements in every state is a bachelor’s degree. There are no associate degrees specifically focusing on “art” teacher education, but that shouldn’t deter you from beginning at a 2-year institution. It can be a great way to save money, so head to a community college with a solid transfer program and choose a general major, such as “teaching” or even “art.” This way, transferring should be relatively seamless. You can even start teaching preschoolers or work as a teacher’s aide once you finish your associate if you’re eager to join the workforce right away.

Baccalaureate Level: How to Become an Art Teacher

The 4-year art teacher education bachelor’s degree can be broken down into two separate components. It requires students to study specialized art techniques and media such as design, painting, or sculpting. It also features classes in educational skills like lesson planning, teaching methods, and classroom organization. Most students also take classes in generalized art topics like color theory and art history.

All prospective bachelor’s degree recipients are required to teach classes at a local school under the supervision of a professional teacher in order to gain real world experience. Finally, all students must obtain a teacher’s certification from the state in order to find employment with any school district. The requirements for certification vary from state to state but a bachelor’s degree is mandatory. 

Certain colleges and universities also offer art education as a minor for students who have an interest in the field but aren’t certain that they want to become school teachers. This art education minor helps qualify students for art teacher jobs in non-traditional settings like hospitals, museums, and cultural organizations. It also helps train them to lead art therapy sessions.

Art teacher jobs at the bachelor’s degree level: After earning a bachelor’s degree, most art teacher education majors find jobs as K-12 level art teachers. 

How much do art teachers make? At this level, an art teacher salary ranges from $47,000 to $56,000.

If it turns out that you want to move outside of the classroom, art teacher education majors can also find employment in jobs like Graphic Designer, Art Director, Museum Educator, Art Curator, Exhibit Designer, Art Therapist, User Interface Designer, and Community Arts Program Director.

The average salary for these positions range from $35,000 for a museum educator and $48,000 for a graphic designer to $73,000 for an art curator and $80,000 for a user interface designer at the high end.

Online art education

It’s also possible for art teacher education majors to teach art online professionally. Art educators can find online teaching jobs through charter schools, colleges and universities, or even by starting their own web-based businesses. These employers require teachers to demonstrate a strong understanding of technological educational resources as part of the job application process.

Most of the teaching in online art classes is conducted via video so it’s especially important to be comfortable on camera and knowledgeable about streaming technology. Online educators will also frequently interact with students via one-on-one platforms like Skype or Facetime.

Graduate Level

For students looking to teach art at an advanced level, several schools feature a Master of Arts degree in art teacher education. These graduate level programs offer more in-depth art classes on the history of art education, teaching art for special populations, philosophy of art education, museum education, art advocacy, and art studies for diverse needs. Many of these master’s degree-granting programs are available online.

A master’s degree typically qualifies an aspiring professor to teach up to the postsecondary level. There are some community colleges that will accept a master’s degree for a teaching position but this varies from institution to institution. In order to become an art professor at the college level, it is commonly a requirement to earn a PhD in art teacher education.

This PhD usually takes between three to eight years to complete. The art education PhD focuses on composing scholarly literature and includes an internship, teaching practicum, dissertation, and a final research project or thesis. It covers advanced classroom topics such as qualitative and quantitative research methodologies as well as teaching theory.

Art teacher jobs at the graduate level: Graduates who hold a master’s degree or PhD in art teacher education often find work teaching at the postsecondary or college level. Outside of the educational world, graduate degree holders are also employed as a Museum Curator, Policy Maker, and Community Arts Organizer.

The average salary range for a postsecondary or college art instructor runs from $53,000 to $82,000. For other positions, salaries range from $40,000 for a Community Arts Organizer and $46,000 for a Museum Curator to $55,000 for a Policy Maker.

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University of Washington-Seattle Campus

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Michigan State University

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Ohio State University-Main Campus

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Syracuse University

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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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University of Georgia

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Florida State University

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Indiana University-Bloomington

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University of Maryland-College Park

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Central Michigan University

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Ohio University-Main Campus

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Temple University

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University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Georgia State University

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University of Iowa

Founded in 1847, the University of Iowa is a 4-year public research institution in Iowa City, often considered one of the nation’s top college towns. Iowa grants undergraduate degrees in over 200 academic majors, minors, and certificate programs. The...

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George Mason University

George Mason University is a public research university with three regional locations and an international campus in Songdo, Korea. It is considered to have the “Highest Research Activity” and ranks among the Best Southeastern Schools according to...

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I do not know where to begin in describing how much I have learned at George Mason. This past year was my first year at Mason and I started off as a biology major. My first semester provided me with a variety of classes that kept me on my toes...

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University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky is a land-grant university that was founded in 1865 in Lexington, Kentucky. U.S. News & World Report ranks UK as #63 in Top Public Schools. The most popular fields of study at this “selective” university are Education...

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DePaul University

DePaul University is one of the largest private universities in the country. Located in Chicago, DePaul has more than 22,000 students, offers more than 300 degree programs over ten academic colleges and schools, and offers two campuses in the heart...

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I have found DePaul to be just challenging enough, but not so difficult I barely have time to sleep. What I really love about DePaul is that it seems as if there is enough down time to spend hours at the library, get all of your work done, and still...

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George Washington University

George Washington University is a private university maintains three campuses, with the main campus located in Washington, D.C., just four blocks from the White House. George Washington University offers 75 undergraduate majors and 69% of students...

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This is my first semester and I'm taking six classes and I've definitely learned a lot. First thing I learned is not to take six classes, especially not your first semester. It's a big load, but I'm handling it well and I love my classes. I'm in...

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University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Founded in 1919, the University of Cincinnati is a 4-year public research institution and the second largest university in the state of Ohio. UC is home to 14 colleges and schools conferring degrees and is renowned as the first school to offer a co...

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There is always an interesting class to take, and the professors are very helpful! They encourage you to do your best, while presenting you with challenging information. If you are a freshman, most professors understand the transition from high...

” – Amanda from Cincinnati, OH
University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is a public research institution. The main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and is one of five in the University of Kansas system. KU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors in one of the largest college towns in the...

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I am excited to begin my education in Political Science at what I understand to be an extremely well-balanced institution. While a common concern of Political Science classes is that a professors bias will directly influence what a student learns, it...

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The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Founded two years before Tennessee achieved statehood in 1794, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is the flagship campus of the UT system and the first public university west of the Appalachian Divide. UT is home to nine colleges and schools...

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College learning is amazingly different from high school learning in all the best ways! I just completed my first semester at the University of Tennessee and found I wanted to wake up and walk to class every day. I am an English minor and there are...

” – Suzanna from Knoxville, TN
Florida International University

Florida International University is the only public research university in Miami. FIU offers bachelor’s degrees in over 190 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom facilities, the FIU campus houses the International Hurricane Research...

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The amount you learn here, or for that matter at any college/university, is directly related to how much work you put in. If you study hard and put in an honest effort, you'll be rewarded for it. Most of the teachers care about your education and...

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Florida Atlantic University

With campus a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Atlantic University is a 4-year public university in southeast Florida. FAU houses 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 170 fields of study. In addition to...

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Throughout high school your teachers always tell you that the give you so much work and try to grade hardly, because college you are all on your own and your professors will not care about you. At Florida Atlantic University I have found the...

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Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is the result of a merger between Indiana University and Purdue University and offers degrees from both institutions. IUPUI hosts 17 schools granting degrees in over 350 areas of study. Additionally...

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IUPUI is an incredible institution to start a new chapter of your life and education. I've always been told that you usually learn something new everyday, but at IUPUI I learn gobs of new information everyday! With over 250 degrees from 21 schools...

” – Lauren from Indianapolis, IN
Hofstra University

Hofstra University boasts small classes, dedicated faculty, and an energized campus within reach of New York City. Students can choose from about 160 undergraduate programs and about 165 graduate programs, in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business...

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Hofstra University is a place where you can find yourself, be yourself, and express who you are. It allows students to interact and network with others within and outside of the University to improve social, networking, and individual abilities. The...

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University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is a public institution featuring a main campus in Denton. Ranked as a Tier One research university, UNT is home to an Office of Research and Innovation, as well as the Institutes of Research Excellence, which include...

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Nova Southeastern University

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Miami University-Oxford

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public, liberal arts university founded in 1891. The urban research campus offers 82 undergraduate degrees through six colleges and schools, as well as 74 master’s programs and 32 doctoral programs...

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The professors are great. I have not had a class Ive hated. The Classical Studies department is excellent. Never a dull moment with those professors. Professors are usually very understanding to those who are actively trying in the class. They will...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Appalachian State University

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Appalachian is a great learning community. The professors are incredibly dedicated to the students and are some of the best in their respected fields. At times they even know a bit too much but if you slow them down you'll be fine in the class. The...

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Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University is a four-year public research institution in Flagstaff, Arizona, which is consistently named among the nation’s best college towns. A variety of award-winning student resources and support are available to all students...

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heard the student to teacher ratio is 17:1. Pretty good compared to other colleges. People I know who go there say the teachers will know you by your name, not just another number in the class.

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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All the teachers are really great and all the students are really friendly

” – Caira from Harrisburg, NC
East Carolina University

East Carolina University is located in Greenville, NC, and is comprised of 13 colleges. This public research university offers 84 bachelor's and 71 master's degrees, and claims a spot as the state leader in distance educated by providing 90 online...

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Since enrolling at East Carolina University, I have learned what it means to merge and accept other peoples opinions and different points of view on religion, politics, humanity, etc. I have also learned and educated myself so much, and have finally...

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University of Illinois Chicago

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The teachers explain the materials pretty well and are very easy to get in contact with if you do have any questions. Just actually attend class, take notes, and pay attention and you will be fine. There is usually a T.A. but I found that they really...

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Towson University

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CUNY Hunter College

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I have never absorbed so much information in my life. The professors are amazing at helping students retain information and to help them learn. Every day in class is a new experience and I find myself often saying,wow I've never heard that before...

” – Rebecca from Bethpage, NY
University of Arkansas

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It is an excellent school to attend that delivers a quality education! Between the faculty and students it is very diverse, there are lots of things to do outdoors, there are always sporting events to attend, the arts also thrive at the U of A. Best...

” – Marissa from Fayetteville, AR
Morgan State University

Founded in 1867, Morgan State University is an Historically Black College and University in Baltimore and Maryland’s preeminent public urban research institution. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Morgan State offers degrees in more...

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Along with the education I am receiving in the classroom, being so far away from home gives me the opportunity to really grow up. I have learned so much about myself in the year and a half that I have been here. I value the lessons I am learning...

” – Briana from Clarksville, TN
Manchester University
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Manchester University

Originally founded as the Roanoke Classical Seminary, Manchester University is a liberal arts university in northeast Indiana affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Manchester is home to colleges of Arts & Humanities, Health Sciences, Business...

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Manchester is a loving community where everyone feels like family. If you ever need someone to talk to there is someone who will listen. Could even find the love of your life at Manchester University.

” – Brandon from Gaston, IN
Kennesaw State University

One of the top 50 largest public schools in the United States, the third-largest university in the state, Kennesaw State University is a 4-year institution with two campuses in the Atlanta metro area. KSU is home to 13 colleges granting degrees in...

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There are bad teachers but there are more good ones. Just look on ratemyprofessor.com or pic a prof. I have gotten all As and Bs in my classes and I'm a junior. Lots of effort is required!!! My teachers this semester are really funny but brilliant!

” – Alicia from Kennesaw, GA
Ball State University

Originally founded as a teacher’s college, Ball State University is a public institution in eastern Indiana. Ball State is home to seven colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in more than 120 academic majors. Throughout the year, Ball State...

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I feel that Ball State University wants you to succeed. If you actually pay attention in class and at least do the minimum of what you need to do in the class, I think you'll be just fine. The professors are what I enjoy the most. They are very...

” – Christina from Columbus, IN
Pratt Institute-Main

The Pratt Institute is a private college based in Brooklyn, NY. Pratt offers more than 25 undergraduate degree programs and concentrations, more than 26 graduate degree programs, and six programs leading to an Advanced Certificate award. The 25-acre...

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I just completed the freshman foundation year for the school of Art and Design (the required classes vary between schools); and though I have yet to take any major specific classes(Jewelry and Metal-smithing), my understanding of the art world and my...

” – Odette from Mclean, VA
Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University is a 4-year public research university and the flagship campus of the TTU System. Texas Tech encompasses 12 colleges and schools and is the only Texas college to feature an undergraduate university, law school, and medical...

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The professors that teach here are wonderful! They are understanding, compassionate and encouraging. They are always open to questions and outside-class time you may need to fully understand the concept.

” – Samantha from Katy, TX
Kent State University at Kent

Originally founded as a teacher-training school, Kent State University is a 4-year public research university in northeast Ohio. Kent State hosts ten colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in more than 300 areas of study. Additionally, KSU is home...

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Kent State University is an overall great school to attend. Between the academics, learning facilities, overall campus environment, camaraderie among students, and possibilities for student involvement you get the best of every world. It is just a...

” – Nicole from Kent, OH
Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849 as a teachers college, Eastern Michigan University is now a 4-year public school in Ypsilanti, MI. EMU is home to five colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic majors and minors. In addition to classroom space, EMU...

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Eastern has such a wide variety of majors and minors. Professors are personable, but still don't make it easy. You have to work for your grades.

” – Brittaney from Dexter, MI
University of Massachusetts-Amherst

The largest public university in New England, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is the original campus in the UM System. UMass is a land-grant university with the “Highest Research Activity" and the U.S. News & World Report ranks the UMass...

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Due to the wide range of educational opportunities--whether those are research-based, scientific, liberal, political or extra curricular--The University of Massachusetts Amherst ensures that there's a niche designated for every type of student. With...

” – Ashley from West Yarmouth, MA
University of Louisville

The University of Louisville is a member of the Kentucky State University system and the first city-owned public university in the US. Louisville features three campuses hosting 12 colleges and schools and the university’s Health Sciences Center is...

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I'm in the Speed School of Engineering, so yes, I'm learning a lot. The Speed School is well known all over Kentucky and elsewhere for being a great engineering school. The guidelines they set for you to get a master's in five years was a deciding...

” – Andrew
Case Western Reserve University

Founded by the merger of Western Reserve University and Case School of Applied Science, Case Western Reserve University is a 4-year private research institution in Cleveland. Case Western features nine schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 95...

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You will definitely work harder than you ever did in high school, but at the end of every class, you will also know that you actually learned something. Everyone at Case is very focused on their career goals, and the coursework teaches you exactly...

” – Brittany from Macungie, PA
Wayne State University

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit. The 200-acre traditional and high-tech campus is in the heart of Midtown, offering unparalleled access to cultural experiences, community...

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I love the diversity in the people, lectures, and classes... I've only been here a month and I already feel so much more cultured. The general education requirements cover a wide range that ensures all students get a well balanced education and a...

” – Sydnee from Southfield, MI
Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University is a 4-year public institution in Norfolk and a doctoral high research activity university. ODU hosts colleges of Arts & Letters, Business, Sciences, Education, Engineering, and Health Sciences as well as an Honors College...

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Old Dominion Professors are very professional and informative when it comes to detailed lectures & assignments.

” – Efrem from Chantilly, VA
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Part of the University of Wisconsin system, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a 4-year public school and the largest university in Milwaukee. UWM confers degrees in over 195 academic programs and the university is one of two doctoral-degree...

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I love ALL of my classes. The teachers are very knowledgable. The best part is that if you are having trouble in your classes. We have free tutoring in the library! Also we have SI's (Supplemental Instruction students) They sit in your classes with...

” – Courtney from West Allis, WI
Kansas State University

Founded in 1858 as Bluemont Central College, Kansas State University is a 4-year public institution in northeast Kansas. K-State hosts 11 colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 250 academic majors. In addition, the Kansas State...

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It's been over 2 1/2 years now since coming to K-state, and I can easily notice the growth of knowledge attained. As a member of CAPD (College of Architecture, Planning, and Design) I can look back at my projects from the beginning and see the...

” – Andrew from Saint Louis, MO
Western Carolina University

Situated near the Great Smoky Mountains, Western Carolina University is a public school in the University of North Carolina system with three campus locations. WCU features six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees encompassing over 120 majors, minors...

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If you are looking for a superb education, a beautiful campus, and a phenomenal college experience at a competitive price, Western Carolina University is the perfect college for you. Smack in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Western Carolina...

” – Susan from Conover, NC
Western Michigan University

Established in 1903, Western Michigan University is a four-year public university in Kalamazoo. WMU is home to eight colleges and schools as well as Lee Honors College—the oldest honors college in the nation. Unique to Western, WMU Signature...

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No matter how great the school is, you are going to get out what you put in. That being said, I feel like Western is preparing me so well for my future career. Every single one of my classes--though challenging me a lot at times--is beneficial to me...

” – Bridget from Saint Joseph, MI
University of Vermont

Opened in 1791, the University of Vermont is a public university in Burlington and one of the oldest universities in the US. One of the schools designated a “Public Ivy” university, UVM is home to 12 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate...

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There is an extremely wide variety of courses offered at UVM. Many are strenuous, but the professors are always willing to help and make an effort to be available in and outside of class. On the other hand, there are a variety of very entertaining...

” – Megan from Charlotte, VT
University of Wyoming

Located on the high Laramie plains near the Snowy Range Mountains, the University of Wyoming is a land-grant institution and the state’s flagship institution. UW encompasses nine colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 80 areas of...

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I have yet to have a professor from whom I don't feel I learned enough. They are all extremely well-qualified to teach their subject and passionate about it as well. If a student is willing to learn the material, any professor is more than willing...

” – Jordan from Littleton, CO
Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University is a public liberal arts institution with three regional campuses in western Michigan. GVSU offers undergraduate degrees in 91 academic fields of study. For students who wish to experience another culture during their...

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Although there are a lot of students at Grand Valley, they try to keep the class sizes small for a better learning environment. They also offer free tutoring if you need it, and professors are usually readily available for help if you need it.

” – Adam from Morenci, MI
Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University is a selective public university with a focus on research. The DeKalb campus is home to seven colleges with 46 schools and departments, and students can take advantage of regional centers in Chicago, Naperville, Rockford...

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the academics here are amazing and they also have a really good reputation. They have plenty of different clubs and organizations available that are strictly for education purposes. Your college advisors are there to help you and if your willing...

” – emmanuella from Round Lake Beach, IL
Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is a private non-profit college located in the heart of Chicago. The one and only campus has more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from, in addition to programs available entirely online. Every...

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At Columbia you are learning from teachers who are working professionals immersed in the fields that they are teaching. Classes are kept small and students immediately begin developing work.

” – Laurel from Woodinville, WA
Adelphi University

Adelphi University is a private university that calls Garden City, NY, home. On top of the main campus, AU also provides learning hubs in Manhattan, Hudson Valley, and Suffolk County, as well as online programs.The Princeton Review lists Adelphi...

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The average class size is 21. The teacher to student ratio is 11 to 1. This is why the professors are able to give students specialized attention. Professors want their students to do good. The course work is manageable and paying attention in class...

” – Stefani from Ronkonkoma, NY
University of New England

With campus situated a short distance from Saco Bay, The University of New England is a 4-year institution in coastal Maine and the largest private university in the state. UNE is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy...

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The courses are designed to challenge you to every extent. Teachers use up the time they have to teach you new and exciting things, sometimes they do go over. The classes here do help you thrive in the real world, especially with getting job in your...

” – Geneva from Palos Heights, IL
Western Washington University

Western Washington University is a public institution located in the coastal city of Bellingham. WWU offers more than 160 academic programs on the campus, which is surrounding by 6 miles of trails for students to explore. The university was named a...

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My experience with Westerns professors is challenging yet very helpful in accommodating to the needs of students if they choose to ask for help. Being a student that speaks up in class and encourages the teacher to go further in depth is highly...

” – Alyssa from Carpinteria, CA
University of Maine

Founded in 1865, the University of Maine is a 4-year public institution and the flagship campus of the UMaine system. UMaine encompasses colleges of Business, Liberal Arts, Education, Engineering, and Natural Sciences conferring degrees in almost 100...

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UMaine is a very welcoming community that embraces diversity. It has a beautiful campus that is full of many activities to take part in. And UMaine is innovative, it is working hard toward many sources green technology and other research.

” – Stephanie
Georgia Southern University

Founded in 1906 as a land-grant college, Georgia Southern University is a public research institution and part of the University System of Georgia. GSU’s main campus at Statesboro is situation on 900 acres of land and offers more than 50...

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I feel that I am learning a lot at GSU. When I started my second semester in Fall 2009, I attended Summer 2009, I thought i would be able to just breeze through my classes, but that was not the case at all. I feel that I was being challenged in all...

” – Sasha from Lilburn, GA
Indiana State University

With campus a short walk from the Wabash River, Indiana State University is a 4-year public institution in western Indiana. ISU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic majors and makes over 70 degree-granting programs available entirely...

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I started last year with the intentions of being a physical therapists and was really looking forward to the challenges. Unfortunately being away from home for the first time and the hard class schedule put me behind fairly quickly. As a freshman you...

” – Alexandria from Williamsport, IN
University of Toledo

Founded in 1872, the University of Toledo is a public research institution in northwest Ohio and a member of the state university system of Ohio. Toledo is home to 13 colleges and schools conferring over 300 undergrad and graduate degrees. For...

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The University of Toledo is an excellent school. In the classes that I am taking right now, I am learning a lot. I feel like by the time I graduate, I will have received an excellent education.

” – Sarah from Sagamore Hills, OH
Ferris State University

Ferris State University is a 4-year public university in west central Michigan. Ferris State is home to eight colleges conferring over 190 undergraduate degrees as well as an honors program. For students who wish to learn in a foreign culture, Ferris...

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FSU offers great support for its students. My personal experience with the writing center has helped me maintain A's in my classes. My professors are always available for questions.

” – Liane from Munising, MI
Valdosta State University

Founded as a normal college for women, Valdosta State University is a public institution in southern Georgia and part of the University System of Georgia. Valdosta State confers degrees in over 100 majors, minors, and certificates. Additionally, VSU...

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I learned about myself, God, and other people coming here. As with schoolwork, if you at least listen to the teacher and/or read over the lessons you are guaranteed a A for the semester.....for the incoming freshman. As for the upperclassmen......I...

” – Lisa Cordella
Belmont University

Belmont University is a 4-year liberal arts institution in Nashville and the largest ecumenical Christian university in the United States. Belmont is home to 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in more than 90 fields of study...

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belmont university an amazing private university with a faith centered community that caters to the needs of the students and has top tier programs in the college of visual and performing arts, massey school of business, and mike curb college of...

” – Mimi from Houston, TX
Ithaca College

Ithaca College is a private, liberal arts college located midway between Manhattan and Toronto. IC offers more than 100 programs across five schools, including an Exploratory Program, which allows freshmen to take up to four semesters to try out...

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I am learning more and succeeding more than I thought I ever could. I get hands and personal instruction from my professors; it is an opportunity that not many other colleges offer.

” – Michelle from PA
Florida Southern College

With campus along the shore of Lake Hollingsworth, Florida Southern College is a 4-year private institution in Lakeland, Florida. Florida Southern confers bachelor’s degrees in over 70 academic programs. For students interested in history and...

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The staff of Florida Southern are so helpful and passionate about the students' endeavors, it's a breath of fresh air. Not only would you learn in the classroom, but there are so many other opportunities for students to grow and become active members...

” – Jasmine from Lakeland, FL
University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth is located in Plymouth, England, with affiliated campuses located throughout South West England. The Royal Statistical Society selected Plymouth as the home for the Centre for Statistical Education and has been awarded the...

University of Dayton

Founded by Marianist priests in 1850, The University of Dayton is a Roman Catholic university and the second largest private school in Ohio. Dayton is home to schools of Law, Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, and Education...

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UD is a beautiful and welcoming home away from home. Faculty is warm and inviting, upperclassmen are kind and welcoming, and there's a general spirit of inclusion on campus. You will be challenged academically but supported every step of the way with...

” – Taylor from Naperville, IL
Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University is a Tier 1 University with higher research activity and rated as having a more selective admissions process. The TCU mission is "to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the...

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The professors here take their jobs very seriously, and most, if not all, are always willing to help you out. They're easy to approach if you have questions or concerns, and teach their classes so that you will actually learn something. There is a...

” – Lauren from Baytown, TX
University of North Florida

The University of North Florida is a 4-year public institution in Jacksonville and a member of the State University System of Florida. UNF is home to five colleges of Health, Business, Arts, Computing, and Education hosting degree-granting programs...

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Friendly, Active, Fun

” – A from Jacksonville, FL
CUNY Queens College

Queens College, City University of New York is a 4-year liberal arts college in New York City and part of the CUNY system. Queens College hosts four academic divisions of Arts & Humanities, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Education conferring...

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I love Queens College. The atmosphere is so friendly and there's so much diversity. Most of the professors are really interesting and they know what they're doing.

” – Jessica from Jackson Heights, NY
Virginia Commonwealth University

Formed by the merger of the Medical College of Virginia and the Richmond Professional Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University is a 4-year public institution in Richmond. VCU is home to 20 colleges and is the state’s only university to offer...

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I am currently a freshman at VCU, I actually have my finals for this semester starting this week. This semester, as my first semester ever of college, has been very educational. As this is VCU, it is a very diverse campus and creates a huge area...

” – Caroline from Ford, VA
Azusa Pacific University

Founded as the first west coast Bible college, Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian institution in southern California based on the Wesleyan holiness tradition. APU is home to 10 academic schools and colleges and the Azusa Pacific...

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I learned that this university not only cares about your academics, but also your spirituality. At first, I was kind of at shock with their chapel programs and prayers before class because I have not been exposed to it before, but I grew to...

” – Anonymous from CA
Rochester Institute of Technology

The Rochester Institute of Technology is a 4-year private university of technology, arts, and design in northwest New York State. RIT is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, RIT offers a co-op program that...

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I stated school at RIT in September, 2008. So far it has been one of the most unexpected learning experiences of my life and I couldn’t be more grateful for the lessons that I am learning. I did very well in high school academically but what make the...

” – Alissa from Milton, NY
University of New Mexico-Main Campus

Located near old Route 66 in Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico is New Mexico’s flagship public university. UNM is home to 12 colleges conferring bachelor’s degrees in 94 academic programs and its Health Sciences Center is New Mexico’s largest...

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UNM pushes a lot of self responsibility, so I have learned quite a bit about how to mind my own finances and career goals. It does offer support though, so it's not like they just abandon you. You just have to be responsible enough to go and get the...

” – Morgan from Rio Rancho, NM
Central Washington University

Originally founded in 1891 as the Washington State Normal School, Central Washington University is a 4-year public institution. Central Washington is home to six colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 135 academic majors as well...

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The profs here are truly amazing and very understandable. They are very approachable and ready to help you study and learn. Also a wide variety of classes and foriegn languages you can choose from so make sure to keep an open mind!

” – Katherina from Tacoma, WA
St. Mary's University

Founded in 1852 by the Society of Mary, St. Mary’s University is a Catholic liberal arts college in San Antonio. The oldest Catholic university in Texas, St. Mary’s awards undergrad and graduate degrees in more than 75 academic programs. As a...

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I can definitely say that I am learning a lot here at St. Mary's University! When I say I am learning a lot I don't only mean in a classroom. At St. Mary's University I've learned to speak out, help out, and go all out. I haven't only grown mentally...

” – Patricia from El Paso, TX
Kean University

Founded in 1855, Kean University is a public school in northeast New Jersey and the state’s first public post-secondary institution of higher learning. Kean grants undergraduate degrees in over 50 areas of study and graduates the most teachers in the...

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Kean University is an institution with endless of opportunities. It is vibrant and a diverse school , interacting with people from all parts of the world. It has a strong academic base preparing our students for the workforce.

” – Melissa from Linden, NJ
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Founded in 1869, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the oldest university in the state and flagship of the NU system. Nebraska is home to nine colleges conferring undergraduate degrees. In addition to classroom facilities, the NU campus hosts The...

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The absolute only reason why I only put 4 stars is because as being a freshman I had to complete some general study classes that I felt was impractical for my major and felt I didn't benefit from. The classes designed for my major I would without a...

” – Alisha from Jackson , MO
Winthrop University

Founded in 1886, Winthrop University is a 4-year public comprehensive institution located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Winthrop offers bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees through both on-campus and...

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I am truly learning a lot from being here. Had it not been for the professors, I don't think my experience would have been this easy. They are willing to help you one on one whenever you don't understand and they offer tutorial sessions when needed...

” – Nontombe from Columbia, SC
Elmhurst University

Elmhurst University is a liberal arts institution in the Chicagoland area affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Elmhurst offers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors. Additionally, the school operates the Elmhurst Learning and Success...

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Elmhurst is small, but has very nice faculty and great resources. The classes are interesting, and there are many fun events on campus. Elmhurst College hosts dozens of interesting lectures throughout the semester, and offers many ways for students...

” – Marley from Signal Mountain, TN
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

Founded in 1910 as a teacher’s college, Bowling Green State University is a 4-year public research institution in northwest Ohio. Bowling Green State is home to eight colleges conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an honors college. In addition...

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I have learned a lot, but it has been tarnished by a few professors who are not as sympathetic to first year students' struggles while adjusting to college life/schoolwork/expectations.

” – Amanda from Findlay, OH
Augustana College

Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution founded in 1860. Located in Rock Island, IL, Augustana offers more than 90 majors and related study programs in the humanities and fine arts, natural and social sciences, and pre-professional...

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The campus is beautiful. The professors want to help you succeed. Student life is amazing and everyone will help you.

” – Alexis from Saint Louis, MO
Boise State University

Boise State is a Carnegie doctoral research university that is home to more than 26,000 students from every state and more than 60 foreign countries. Our metropolitan campus runs along the banks of the Boise River, just a quick walk from the heart of...

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Boise State education is some of the best that you can get in the state of Idaho. With the student to teacher ratio being around 1:19, you can always find the help that you need when it comes to the academics. Every year, BSU is improving the...

” – Brandon from Nampa, ID
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Established in 1969 after a merger between the Medical College of Alabama and the Birmingham Extension Center of The University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is a 4-year public institution. UAB is home to 12 colleges and schools...

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Coming from a different high school system in Washington DC, UAB has reinforced many of the things I have learned in high school. The curriculum is tailored to your specific major, and the professors are great overall!

” – Candace from Washington, DC