Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Video Production is all about the communication of dramatic information. Making and producing films and videos are the focuses of this major, learning everything from the theory of film to cinematographic art to equipment operation, leading to a career in media production. Video production is available at the certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate levels.

Certificate Level

For entry level positions, a film and video production certificate may be all that’s needed. Many programs at this level are offered online and take a year or less to complete when attending full time. Many students will use this type of program to build a portfolio, one of the biggest requirements for job applications in the video production field.

The typically curriculum will include the basics of multimedia design, digital video production, and an introduction to after effects.

Associate Level

This level of education will be more competitive for entry-level positions. Typically taking two years, there are two common degrees students can opt for in this field of study.

The curriculum of an Associate of Applied Science in Television and Video Production will include more course on video editing, audio basics, post-production, and studio production techniques. An AS in this area is considered more of a technical degree and will likely include courses on operating a camera and recording audio, as well.

On the other side of things, an Associate of Arts in Digital Video Production will focus more on storyboarding and the design process. It will cover the process of creating a film or video from beginning to end. Courses will likely include 2D and 3D animation, production management, and more.

Careers for individuals with an associate’s degree in video production include: Camera Operator, entry-level Digital Video Editor, Production Assistant, Equipment Technician for Digital Video

Baccalaureate

Most careers in the Video Production field will require a baccalaureate degree, including most film and video editors, writers and authors. The curriculum will delve deeper into the topics of both types of associate’s degrees and include more scriptwriting, TV interpretation, motion picture production, video directing, lighting, sound, animation, and camera operations.

Many institutions offer two types of baccalaureate degrees, either a Bachelor of Arts in Video Production or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Video Production. A BA major will spend about 60% of the curriculum in liberal arts classes, while a BFA major will spend that same percentage of time in video production classes. BFA degrees are typically more rigorous and considered pre-professional degrees.

Careers for individuals with a baccalaureate in video production: Producer, Director, Film Editor, Video Editor, Screenwriter. The median salary for graduates in this area of study ranges between $49,000 and $61,000.

Master Level

Master’s programs in video production typically require minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and a minimum GPA. While not a commonly required degree in this area of study, it can make an individual competitive. They are a unique build-your-own experience based on interest and career goals. The area of study can be acquired under a few different degree types— as a Master of Science, a Master of Arts, or a Master of Fine Arts. The last is the most popular. The curriculum will focus more on production history and practice, as well as criticism. Cinematography, sound design, and directing are traditional courses in this major, but many will be based around the chosen concentration.

The MFA in Video Production is typically a more creative avenue versus the other two options and usually culminates in a short video, film submission, or writing sample as a requirement for graduation.

Doctorate Level

At this level of education, the primary option is a PhD in Film Production. The goal after earning this degree would be to work in academia, usually as a professor.

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Colleges

Stanford University

Stanford University is a research institution located in the California town of the same name. The more than 8,000-acre campus features seven schools, the largest of which is the School of Humanities and Sciences, and 80 residential facilities. With...

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Columbia University in the City of New York

Founded in 1754, Columbia University is a private research university located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The urban Ivy League campus houses 17 libraries and 20 schools, which offer upwards of 350 majors, as well as the Cathedral of St. John...

“…The amount of learning that takes place in one semester at Columbia is truly amazing. I have learned more in such a short period of time than I would have ever thought possible. As much as we may all complain about how extensive the Core Curriculum...” – Nina from Baldwin, NY

University of Central Florida

Featuring the largest single-campus enrollment in the United States, the University of Central Florida is a public university in Orlando. UCF is home to 13 colleges granting degrees in over 200 academic majors. Additionally, UCF is a space-grant...

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Boston University

Boston University is a private, non-profit university with a heavy emphasis on research. BU’s main location is right in its name—Boston, MA—but the university has flagship locations around the world, including in London, Sydney, and Washington, DC,...

“…BU has so many resources it's almost overwhelming. Everyone is there to help you. What you learn is very relevant to the real world.” – JR from Boston, MA

New York University

New York University, more commonly referred to as NYU, is a private university with campuses and academic centers all over the world, including Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Africa, and Europe. As one of the largest private universities in the US, it’s...

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University of Arizona

Founded in 1885, the University of Arizona is a 4-year public institution in Tucson and the first university established in the Arizona territory. Arizona features 21 colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees. In addition to classroom...

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University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is a high-research institution located in Los Angeles, California, where it’s been educating students since 1880. The university is comprised of two campuses, the main University Park and the Health Sciences...

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Syracuse University

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Florida State University

Florida State University is the oldest institution of Higher Education in Florida. Located on 1,633 acres of land in Tallahassee, FSU is a space- and sea-grant research university offering more than 300 degree programs. The campus is home to the only...

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University of Miami

Founded in 1925, the University of Miami is a private research institution in south Florida. The U encompasses 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 180 fields of study. Away from the classroom, the Miami campus is home to...

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San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a public research institution located in San Diego, California. What began as an all-female college for elementary school teachers now consists of 8 colleges that offer 95 undergraduate programs plus a variety of...

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Ohio University-Main Campus

The first university chartered by an Act of Congress, Ohio University is a public research institution in southeast Ohio. The Ohio campus hosts nine colleges conferring degrees in over 250 undergraduate and graduate-level fields of study as well as...

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Temple University

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Liberty University is a Christian institution located in Lynchburg, VA. The 7,000-acre campus hosts more than 550 programs of study within its 17 colleges and schools. LU's mission of creating "Champions for Christ" is encouarged through the...

“…This college offers many different kinds of learning. Since it is a Christian university, there is a strong emphasis on the spiritual education that you will receive. Everyone is required to take a class in Old Testament Bible, New Testament Bible,...” – Scott from Phenix City, AL

University of Iowa

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George Mason University

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DePaul University

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Pace University-New York

Originally founded as a one room accounting school, Pace University is a 4-year research institution in Manhattan. Pace is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 65 academic majors. In addition, the Manhattan campus...

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Drexel University

Named for a prominent 19th century philanthropist, Drexel University is a 4-year private research university in Philadelphia. Drexel offers bachelor’s degrees in over 80 academic majors with an emphasis on experiential learning. Additionally, the...

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American University

American University is a research institution located in a residential neighborhood of Washington, DC. AU has eight schools on its carbon-neutral campus featuring more than 160 programs. American University is also home to many research centers,...

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Brigham Young University-Provo

Brigham Young University-Provo is a private research institution located in Provo, Utah, and founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU offers study abroad programs through their satellite campuses in more than 20 sites,...

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University of California-Riverside

The University of California-Riverside is a public institution on 1,200 acres of land in Southern California’s Inland Empire. A part of the UC system, UCR is home to colleges of Humanities, Engineering, and Natural Sciences conferring undergraduate...

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Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is a research institution located in Pittsburgh, PA. Founded by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie in 1900, CMU is labeled the #24 University in the World by Times Higher Education and has been rated #25 in National Universities...

“…The amount of things you learn throughout your classes is amazing to me. Just this past 2 weeks, I've learned so many things about programming that it has made a noticeable change in how I approach problems.” – Mathew from Jensen Beach, FL

Wesleyan University

Founded in 1831 by a group of local citizens and Methodist leaders, Wesleyan University is a liberal arts institution in central Connecticut. Wesleyan confers bachelor’s degrees in 45 academic majors. For students interested in the fine and...

“…Around campus, there is a general environment of smart, open-minded individuals who are, by a large margin, happy to be at Wesleyan. The free exchange of ideas is valued greatly by students and professors alike. The professors are very engaging and,...” – Brendan from Middletown, CT

University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is a public research university located in the Windy City. UIC’s 15 colleges and schools offer 87 bachelor’s degrees, 53 certificates, and more than 150 graduate degrees, as well as multiple research...

“…UIC is a great learning environment if you are able to use the resources offered to you. It's not always easy, and the classes are tough, but it's a great learning experience.” – KN major.

San Francisco State University

Originally founded as a teacher training college, San Francisco State University is a 4-year public institution and a Bay Area-based campus of the California State University System. SF State offers bachelor’s degrees in 77 fields of study and...

“…I've only been here a semester, but I'm learning a lot. All the teachers I've had are committed to helping you learn something. But really, your education is what you make of it, so of course... go to class. :)” – Eva from Santa Clara, CA

CUNY Hunter College

Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, CUNY Hunter College is a public college and the largest school in the City University of New York System. Hunter is home to six colleges and schools conferring degrees in over 170 fields of study. In addition...

“…The professors here at Hunter are very knowledgeable and are also very diverse. Most of the professors that I have had so far are very fair and are also very helpful. Just make sure you read your syllabus before hand so that you are never behind,...” – Oluwadara from Brentwood, NY

Montclair State University

Montclair State University is a 4-year public institution in northern New Jersey and the second largest university in the state. Montclair State is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring over 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees and the...

“…MSU is a huge school. It has been people from all backgrounds and sexual orientations/preferences. Also, MSU is home to many orgs and the different types of people who are in them.” – D'Andre from Newark, NJ

Chapman University

Chapman University is a private, liberal arts institution in Orange, California, that offers 110 areas of study through 11 schools and colleges. Chapman is also home to several independent research centers, as well as creative research centers,...

“…Chapman is filled with opportunities and will help you succeed. Chapman has a place for everyone. It is up to the student to get what they want out of their time at Chapman. ” – Alex from CA

Emerson College

Emerson College is liberal arts college focusing on communication and the arts located in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1880 as a "school of oratory," Emerson still focuses largely on communication, just through 26 majors that culminate in a...

“…Emerson is teaching me a great deal about the arts that I was never able to learn in my basic college-prep high school program. As a Writing, Literature, and Publishing major, I'm learning a lot about how real world events influence the creation of...” – Erika from Trainer, PA

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...

“…Pratt has everything you'd like to experience from an art college. From a gorgeous campus to incredible students and staff, everything they offer is once in a lifetime. Just seeing the campus and knowing I'll be attending there next year is the stuff...” – Alex from Atlanta, GA

High Point University

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, High Point University is a liberal arts university in central North Carolina. HPU is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. As a Methodist institution, High Point holds weekly...

“…There are a lot of General Education Requirements because this is a liberal arts college. However, all of the classes serve to be beneficial to creating a holistic education. Some of the unique classes that are required before graduation include: Dr....” – Natassia from Southern Pines, NC

Wayne State University

Michigan’s third largest institution of higher learning, Wayne State University is a public university in Detroit. Wayne State is home to 13 colleges offering over 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition to classroom facilities, Wayne...

“…Most of my instructors are really good, and the ESP (Emerging Scholars Program) for math is phenomenal. It's a lot of work, but the extra hands on help and feedback really help you understand the math” – Audrey from Ferndale, MI

Loyola Marymount University

Formed by a merger between Marymount College and Loyola University, Loyola Marymount University is a private school affiliated with the Jesuit religion and one of the largest Roman Catholic universities on the West Coast. Spread across 142 acres in...

“…The professors are all very down to earth. Professors here understand what information and knowledge is needed in the real world and wont try to fill your head up with unnecessary jargon. ” – Maribel from Los Angeles, CA

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...

“…I learn from not only my professors but also the fellow students around me. The professors not only work for the school but also have careers in their fields within the city. They all encourage students to seek outside education and experience with...” – Rey from Nashville, TN

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College is a public institution with eight campuses based around Miami featuring the largest undergraduate enrollment of any college in the United States. MDC confers bachelor’s degrees in 14 academic fields of study and is home to 79...

“…there's hands on training and other programs ” – Kassandra from North Miami, FL

University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is the state's largest university as well as the land- and sea- grant institution. The main campus is based in Kingston, which, as of 2018, is named to the National Register of Historic Places, and spans 1,200 acres...

“…The classes I have taken at URI have all helped me learn a lot. They are not time-filler classes that are there just for you to get a grade. You will come out of every class being much more educated on that topic.” – Paige from Nashua, NH

University of North Carolina Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is a public institution ranked #6 in Top Public Schools and #14 in Regional Universities South by U.S. News & World Report. UNC Wilmington is a designated military-friendly university with ties to the...

“…The classes at UNCW are very helpful, especially if you pay attention and do your work. You will learn a lot you didn't know before, and as you move into your major you will learn even more that interests you. I would recommend going to school here...” – Joy from Mebane, NC

Quinnipiac University

A private university, Quinnipiac University is comprised of three regional campuses in Connecticut that feature the College of Arts and Sciences and eight professional schools. Quinnipiac puts extra emphasis on professions and career-readiness,...

“…Honestly you really do learn so much here! The education QU provides is really excellent. I am a Health Science major and I can really say that I know so much more than I did before coming here. The teachers go into greater depth with details than...” – Lindsay from Southbury, CT

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,...

“…The tour I was given at the Nursing building was phenomenal. My advisor was helpful in every way possible and fully capable of answering all my questions and concerns. At Belmont, the class sizes are smaller so the student feels comfortable and can...” – Nicole from Brentwood, TN

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...

“…Once took a class called Intro to Communication Disorders for fun. Turned out to be a really hard class but I learned so much. There are so many classes people can take that have nothing to do with your major. It can just be something that intrests...” – Ruth from Windsor, CT

Lynn University

Lynn University is a 4-year private institution in Boca Raton, Florida. Lynn is home to six colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in 48 academic fields of study. For students who wish to learn while immersed in another culture, Lynn features...

“…Lynn University is by far the most diverse college campus I have ever been to. There are people ranging from Boston, Massachusetts all the way to Pakistan. I rate Lynn University a ten out of ten, here you are not a number you are a student that is...” – Erik from Billerica, MA

Oakland University
Rochester Hills, MI
Oakland University

Oakland University is a 4-year public school in the Detroit metro area that was originally established as a satellite campus of Michigan State. Oakland is now home to seven colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in 143 academic programs. In...

“…I took a variety of classes and enjoyed each and everyone of them. My favorite class of my 2008 fall semester was intro to sociology with Dr. George Sanders. We covered a wide range of topics, and Dr. Sanders employed a wide range of teaching...” – Stacey from Lutz, FL

Valencia College

Founded in 1967, Valencia College is a 2-year community college with eight campuses in the Orlando metro area. On top of offering more than 120 associate degree-granting programs, Valencia confers five bachelor’s degrees in Nursing, Electrical and...

“…Valencia is a very diversified school. It gives you the tools to create your own path. The quality of education is good ” – Sandra from Orlando, FL

The University of British Columbia is a public institution with campuses located in the city of Vancouver and the city of Kelowna. The college is deeply rooted in academic research and maintains a number of research facilities, such as the Bamfield...

“…1. Although UBC is huge, it is easy to feel a little bit lost at times but it but because of its big size, it's also easy to find your nietzsche. 2. UBC has one of the most gorgeous campuses in the world, hands down. 3. UBC has a great...” – Anonymous

Montana State University

Established in 1893, Montana State University is situated in Bozeman, Montana. MSU is the state’s land-grant university and is the primary campus for the Montana State University System. Considered by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with a...

“…No doubt, I am learning a ton! The vacations are longer: Winter break is 17-Jan11 and summer starts May 5. Despite these relatively short semesters, the professors pile on the homework and I think that they truly care about theit students. ” – Amanda from Shoshone, ID

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Founded in 1869, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is a public flagship university and the oldest university in the SIU system. SIU is home to ten colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors Program. For...

“…I am a Sophomore this year and I am currently majoring in Aviation Technologies and minoring in Aviation Flight. SIU Carbondale has the best AvTech instructors in the nation, if not world. Their laid back but thorough teaching methods encourage you...” – DeVante from Carbondale, IL

Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University is a Catholic liberal arts institution in southwest Connecticut and the first Catholic university in the nation to be staffed by non-clergy members. The second largest Catholic university in the Northeast, Sacred Heart is home...

“…SHU has great professors that give you personal attention. ” – Erin from Glenwood, NJ

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...

“… Like any college, it forces you to learn how to study, which is hard when there are so many distractions! Nothing is spoon-fed to you, but the professors are very accessible and whenever you feel like you need help, they are there to help. They...” – Kalyann from Gainesville, VA

Fashion Institute of Technology

The Fashion Institute of Technology is a public college of design, fashion, and art in New York City and part of the State University of New York system. FIT offers undergraduate programs in 29 fashion and artistic disciplines such as Menswear,...

“…The teachers are all well experienced and have been in the industry for a minimum of ten years before teaching. They all held high positions related to the fashion industry so they bring their knowledge into the classroom. They give hands-on...” – Tina from Quincy, MA

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...

“…I am an art major and I was intimidated when I started here. I didn't have experience in all medias and I was afraid that it would leave me behind, but the teachers understand and are willing to take time out of their schedule to help me better...” – Jessica from Lockport, NY

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is a 4-year interdenominational private school in Phoenix and the largest Christian university on the planet. GCU hosts eight colleges conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an honors college. The university is also home...

Biola University

Founded in 1908, Biola University is an Evangelical Christian University in the Los Angeles metro area with a focus on Bible-centered education. Biola offers over 150 academic majors and programs and every student is required to complete 30 credits...

“…I have learned more during my Freshman year at Biola than I did any other year of high school. Not only have I been challenged in my Bible, General Education, and Intercultural Studies classes, but I have learned how a college student needs to...” – Christine

Savannah College of Art and Design

Founded in 1978, the Savannah College of Art and Design is a private arts university with two locations in Georgia, one in Hong Kong, and a study abroad location in Lacoste, France. With a goal of preparing students for creative professions, SCAD...

“…SCAD is an amazing creative environment that pushes students to excel in their future career paths. With their endless resources and connections it is guaranteed you will land your dream job. If you want to be apart of an inspiring, supportive and...” – Madison

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...

“…Central Washington University has wonderful facilitators, advisers, and student programs. I have met so many wonderful people, in my courses, as well as in campus activities, and clubs. This college is student-centered, and provides students with...” – Amy from Ellensburg, WA

Southern Methodist University

The Southern Methodist University is a private research institution in Texas featuring a liberal arts curriculum. The Dallas campus provides more than 200 areas of study to choose from, along with the Locomotor Lab to address scientific questions on...

“…My experience at SMU has been very rewarding since it has open up for me many opportunities. After taking organic chemistry, I realized that I have a great passion for learning about how things happen at the atomic and molecular level. In addition, I...” – Sarah from Richardson, TX

Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University is a public university in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Among the university’s 10 colleges hosting over 175 degree-granting academic programs, Cleveland State is home to the only film school in the state of Ohio. For the...

“…While CSU may not be the most widely talked about school, what it lacks in notoriety, it gains in education. While I am only going into my sophomore year, my first year has had so many engaging professors, all willing to help each student gain...” – Alexandra from Cincinnati, OH

Broward College
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Broward College

Broward College is a 2-year community college in Fort Lauderdale and a member of the Florida College System. Broward confers degrees and certificates in over 100 fields of study and makes academic programs available as both day and evening classes....

“…broward college has qualified professors that help you learn a lot, experience good information you can take with you in the workforce. they even get in a laugh or two.” – Shameka from North Lauderdale, FL

Columbus State University

Originally housed in a renovated hosiery mill, Columbus State University is a public institution in western Georgia. Columbus State encompasses colleges of Business, Letters & Sciences, the Arts, and Education conferring undergrad degrees in 46...

“…I have found that a majority of the Faculty and Staff members at CSU love their job. They want to teach and they want you to learn. Since the class sizes are relatively small it isn't difficult to interact with other students in study groups or group...” – Taylor from Columbus, GA

Stevenson University

Stevenson University is a private university with a liberal arts curriculum. There are three campuses, the main campus is located in Stevenson, with two more in Owings Mills, Maryland. Stevenson offers more than 28 academic program, as well as more...

“…The teachers will most definitely work with you whenever you are either falling behind or simply have questions and need extra help. Along with that, there is free tutoring among most subjects.” – Akram from Gaithersburg, MD

Marymount Manhattan College

Marymount Manhattan College is a private institution located in New York, New York, that offers a liberal arts and sciences curriculum. Marymount features 30 majors, including its industry-noted performance program, in its three academic buildingers...

“…Marymount Manhattan College is in an ideal location for students interested in all kinds of studies. The college is incredibly helpful in ensuring students get everything they need from tutoring to finding an internship in the city. The professors...” – Brittany from Leonardo, NJ

SUNY Cortland

Originally founded as the Cortland Normal School, SUNY Cortland is a 4-year public university in central New York State and part of the State University of New York system. SUNY Cortland offers bachelor’s degrees in 65 academic majors and 38 minors....

“…There is a big sports presence on campus. There is a lot of educational opportunities through the departments as well as studying abroad. It is a big enough school where you do not know everyone, but where you will pass people you know on campus...” – Laura from Brooklyn, NY

Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University is a 4-year public institution in Arcata, CA, and is the northernmost campus of the California State University system. HSU is an Hispanic-serving institution conferring bachelor’s degrees in 51 academic majors. HSU also...

“…My classes are all diverse, but you have to challenge yourself.” – Hayley from Bothell, WA

The Academy of Art University is a for-profit college of art and design in San Francisco and the largest private school dedicated to training artists in the United States. AAU confers bachelor’s and associate degrees in 22 artistic fields of study...

Clayton State University

Clayton State University is a 4-year public school in the Atlanta metro area and part of the University System of Georgia. Featuring a 214-acre park-like campus, Clayton State confers undergraduate degrees in over 60 academic majors and minors. In...

“…I have only experienced one of the open orientations that they offer, but from that and from what current students have told me about the school; it is a perfect match for a person like me. I wasn't a star in high school and needed a school that...” – Ty-Quanna from Mcdonough, GA

Palm Beach State College

Founded in 1933, Palm Beach State College is a 2-year community college in south Florida and the first community college in the state. PBSC offers bachelor’s degrees in Nursing, Supervision & Management, and Information Management as well as numerous...

“…I am learning exactly what I need to learn from the classes I am taking. In all my classes the material is explained before the work is assigned so I am not just teaching myself but working while the professors are assisting me. I do have to say...” – Alexandria from West Palm Beach, FL

University of La Verne

Founded in 1891, the University of La Verne is a private school in the greater Los Angeles area affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. La Verne encompasses colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Law awarding undergrad degrees in...

“…University of La Verne offers great class sizes and wonderful professors that make the college experience enjoyable. Although it is a bit pricey, it is still a good choice for quality education. The area surrounding the university is very quiet and...” – Current Student from Los Angeles, CA

Houston Community College

Houston Community College is a 2-year community college system with 21 locations throughout the greater Houston area. HCC is home to eight academic fields of study conferring associate degrees and certificates and was created to give opportunities to...

“…It is an affordable and brilliant school that is accessible to everyone willing to further their education. Most (to be honest; not all)of the professors have a direct connection to their students, which means student could easy contact and interact...” – Oluwafikunoremi from Houston, TX

Lipscomb University

Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Lipscomb University is a Christian liberal arts institution in Nashville. Lipscomb confers undergraduate degrees in 176 academic areas of study. As a Christian university, Lipscomb holds chapel services twice...

“…Lipscomb University is an incredible school with a positive atmosphere and community. The academics are challenging, and the professors are encouraging towards students. Lipscomb is a great place to learn and grow as a person.” – Kelly from Orland Park, IL

Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola University of New Orleans is a 4-year, Catholic university in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Loyola Core and core curriculum operates on the idea of “students as scholars” and centers on five key elements: critical thinking, effective...

“…Loyola University is a diverse community in the heart of New Orleans. It is rich in culture, and the professors here are excellent. ” – Alliciyia from Zachary, LA

Oral Roberts University

Named for a famous televangelist, Oral Roberts University is an Evangelical Christian institution in Tulsa. ORU is home to six colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in over 77 academic majors and 65 minors. As an evangelical institution, Chapel...

“…Not only am I learning SO much in regards to my media major and other general courses, I feel that I am learning so much about life and how to be a prospect for change in my community.” – Chris from Tulsa, OK

Full Sail University

Originally founded as an Ohio-based recording studio, Full Sail University is a for-profit private school of entertainment and media studies in the Orlando metro area. Full Sail confers degrees and certificates in 93 fields of study encompassing...

“…In order to pass a class, you HAVE to learn and study.” – DeJon from Raleigh, NC

Santa Monica College

With campus a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area. SMC grants associate degrees and certificates in more than 80 academic fields of study. In addition, Santa Monica...

“…A beautiful campus. Easy to find offices. Friendly learning environment.” – Maxwell from Los Angeles, CA

Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University is a 4-year public institution in central Tennessee founded in 1911. MTSU is home to eight colleges granting undergraduate degrees in over 140 academic programs as well as the first Honors College in the state. To...

“…Some of the course are esay but others challenge you. For me the course that gives you a hard time is the course you will come out knowing more about once you graduate.” – Ashley from Memphis, TN

Northern Michigan University

With campus overlooking Lake Superior, Northern Michigan University is a public school and the largest university in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. NMU confers undergrad and graduate degrees in 177 academic programs and all students receive either a...

“…I love Northern Michigan University. The campus is beautiful, and right near the great Lake Superior! The professors are always willing to help you, they have ample office hours where you can talk to the professor one-on-one. ” – Cindy from Delano, MN

Binghamton University

Binghamton University is a 4-year research institution located on a 930-acre campus in New York state and is ranked #32 in Top Public Schools by US News & World Report. The university’s six schools offer 130 academic programs that provide research...

“…The professors here are great! If you need help they are there for you. Often times students don't go to them so they really do want you to come to them or else they won't have anything to do during office hours. ” – Wendy from Brooklyn, NY

Regis University

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1877, Regis University is a Jesuit Catholic institution in Denver. Situated against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Regis is home to five colleges and 184 degree-granting programs. As a Jesuit university, Regis...

“…One of the best things about attending Regis University is the small class sizes. I love the fact that there are only 15-25 kids in each of my classes and that all my professors know me by name. Also, as a liberal arts school with widespread core...” – Alexis from Peetz, CO

Santa Fe College is a 2-year community college in north central Florida and a member of the Florida College System. Santa Fe offers nine bachelor’s degrees and is also home to over 100 associate degree-granting programs. In addition to classroom...

“…santa fe college is a fantastic institution with wonderful faculty to help you on your academic endeavours. they have a fabulous honors program and many scholarship opportunities. i highly recommend!” – Erica from Gainesville, FL

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI
Calvin College

Founded in 1876, Calvin College is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in Grand Rapids affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. Calvin grants bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic majors and programs. For students interested in the arts,...

“…Calvin College has a bright, clean campus with a lot of opportunities to excel. If you find yourself on the track team, you'll find that they have excellent indoor and outdoor tracks. Get ready to lace up those spikes!” – Nathaniel from Chicago, IL

Pima Community College

Pima Community College is one of the biggest multi-campus community colleges in the nation. PCC serves the Tucson metropolitan area of Arizona and operates six campuses and four education centers. It has an open admissions policy and offers non...

“…How much you learn here is completely up to you. Your schedule is created by you; this makes it easy to find a way for college to fit your life, but also to allow yourself to slack. Pima Community College is not a huge step from high school but a...” – Tanya from Oro Valley, AZ

Palm Beach Atlantic University

With campus a short walk from the Atlantic Ocean, Palm Beach Atlantic University is an interdenominational Christian institution in South Florida. PBA is home to seven schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic majors. As a...

“…The classes are great, they're set up in a way that is easy for you to learn and get the full hands-on experience. I'm learning more than I did in high school and every teacher is out to help. Don't be afraid to ask any questions!” – Kristina from Ocala, FL

Southeastern University

Originally founded as the Alabama Shield of Faith Institute, Southeastern University is a Christ-centered liberal arts college in central Florida affiliated with the Assemblies of God Church. Southeastern grants bachelor’s degrees in more than 70...

“…I think the academic program there is rated highly” – Victoria from Ocala, FL

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

Founded in 1888, New Mexico State University is a 4-year public school with a main campus in south central New Mexico. A designated Hispanic-serving research institution, New Mexico State encompasses six academic colleges conferring undergraduate...

“…Here at NMSU my classes are engaging and focus on all aspects. You don't just spend your time reading out of the book, but rather applying the practices to your life. You will always find meaning to take from your classes.” – Katrina from Los Lunas, NM

Webster University

Webster University is a private institution based in Webster Groves, Missouri. Webster operates campuses around the nation and abroad, in countries such as Ghana, the Netherlands, Thailand, and Greece, that students may transfer to for a semester...

“…Webster University is the perfect place for a dedicated, interesting, and creative student. The campus is very quaint and town-like; perfect for inspiring creativity and focus. There are plenty of academic resources to be taken advantage of, and the...” – Jeannie from Montgomery, TX

Taylor University

Founded in 1846, Taylor University is a private institution and one of the oldest evangelical Christian colleges in the nation. The school is based in Upland, Indiana. All students, staff, and faculty are required to resist tobacco, alcohol, and drug...

“…Taylor is great for helping you learn about yourself, expanding your worldview, and delving deep into your chosen major area. It is at once a deeply academic and deeply personal school and community. ” – Eric from Grand Rapids, MI

Mount Saint Mary's University

Mount Saint Mary’s University is a women's college located in Los Angeles, California. This Catholic, 4-year institution's campus is nestled high in the Santa Monica Mountains and offers more than 30 majors and concentrations. MSMU puts particular...

“…The one thing i love about this college is that the class sizes are really small. I once had a class of 8 students in total! Since classes are smaller you have more interaction with your professor, enriching your learning. The professors here are...” – Cindy from Sun Valley, CA

Oklahoma City University

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City University is a 4-year liberal arts and sciences university in Oklahoma’s capital city. OKCU hosts 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 70 academic majors. For...

“…A private university that has a very good student to professor ratio and only the highest degree of professor are hired. This a very good school recommended to anyone.” – Lorenzo from Oklahoma City, OK

Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA
Regent University

Regent University is a private, non denominational evangelical institution based on the coast of Virginia Beach, VA. It is a military-friendly university with a “selective” admissions process. Many students choose to study communications, biblical...

“…With seven different schools, stretching from psychology and law to theater and cinema production (offered at both grad and undergrad levels), Regent University is the place to be if you are a blossoming Christian leader. The learning environment...” – Lauren from Senoia, GA

University of Central Arkansas

Founded in 1907, the University of Central Arkansas is a 4-year public school and one of the oldest universities in the state. UCA awards undergraduate degrees in 86 academic programs and is one of the largest producers of teachers in Arkansas. For...

“…the university of central arkansas is a perfect fit for those who prefer a bigger college that also maintains the small town feel as well personal relationships. many of the staff, teachers, and students are friendly and willing to help either with...” – allyson from cabot, ar

National University

National University is a private not-for-profit institution with multiple locations throughout California and one campus in Nevada. NU provides concentrated programs aimed at adult learners with courses scheduled on weeknights and weekends. The...

“…National University has a wide range of courses. Their instructors are quite diverse in knowledge and experience. Ever since I transferred here I stopped screwing around and got my academic path together, you kind of have no choice but to succeed...” – Andrew from La Quinta, CA

California Institute of the Arts

The California Institute of the Arts is a private university that offers degree programs in visual and performing arts. CalArts offers degrees in more than 70 degree-granting programs in Art, Music, Dance, Theater, and Film, with all undergraduate...

“…Really awesome if you know what you want. This university is all about the business, you don't want to muck around waiting for someone to tell you what you're going to do.” – Marvin from Norwalk, CA

Cerritos College

Founded in 1955, Cerritos College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area and one of the five largest community colleges in LA County. Cerritos is home to 87 associate degree and certificate-granting programs in over 180...

“…Cerritos College is actually a very good community college in terms of faculty and class quality. Every class I've taken so far, I have learned a lot in. Almost all of the professors act like they care, and if you ask for extra help most teachers...” – Samuel from Norwalk, CA

Portland Community College

Portland Community College is a 2-year higher education institution in Portland, Oregon. It is the largest community college in the state and operates 4 campuses around the Portland metro area. The university offers professional certificates,...

“…This institution is packed wit excellent educators and a strong curriculum. I've always felt like my tuition money was well spent at Portland Community College and I recommend them to everyone that is ready to get going for college.” – Angie from Portland, OR

Orange Coast College is a two-year community college serving Orange County, California. OCC is one of the largest community colleges in the nation and offers an honors program, as well as a transfer center that hosts visits from 4-year colleges to...

“…This college is GREAT! The classes and specially professors are of a high quality. Just like in any other college, some teachers are hard, others a little bit more lenient. Therefore I suggest you to visit www.ratemyprofessor.com first to see the...” – Domenica from Westminster, CA

Messiah College
Mechanicsburg, PA
Messiah College

Messiah College is a private liberal arts and sciences institution based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. It was founded by the Brethren in Christ Church and has a “more selective” admissions process. Students are required to sign a Community Covenant...

“…I am learning so much here at Messiah. Messiah's professors are definitely its strongest selling point. They genuinely care about you and are always willing to help if you need it. Not only are they great educators, they are mentors, friends, and...” – Music Major

Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private research institution situated in New Castle, Delaware. It is a member school of both the Middle States Commision on Higher Education and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Wilmington...

“…The teachers really know what they're doing and how to explain it in terms that every student can understand.” – Megan from New Castle, DE

Keene State College

Keene State College is a 4-year public liberal arts college in southwest New Hampshire and a member of the University System of New Hampshire. Keene State confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic fields of study. Throughout the school year,...

“…The professors here are great. They really strive to not only get you to learn the material, but make you like learning it. There are so many options when picking classes. You are destined to find something you like. ” – Sam from Londonderry, NH

George Fox University

Founded in 1891, George Fox University is a private institution based in Newberg, Oregon. It is affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends and integrates the Christian faith into their curriculum. All students must sign an honor code that...

“…I am finally being challenged in the classroom again. I almost floated through high school, but George Fox pushes me in the classroom. It expands my thinking, and the teachers are friendly. The ratio of teachers to students is low, so it's really...” – Dana from Harrisburg, OR

Wagner College
Staten Island, NY
Wagner College

Wagner College is a private liberal arts institution located in Staten Island, New York City. The school provides personalized academic programs for undergraduates under the “Wagner Plan.” Wagner requires that students complete internships and/or...

“…Wagner College is a wonderful school for career focused students. It is a great choice for anyone who is interested in the arts, business or the health field.” – Wagnergirl111

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh abruptly closed in March 2019. 

The Art Institutes are a system of schools specializing in graphic design and fine arts with 13 campuses in eight states. In addition to arts-based programs in subjects like Visual...