15 Most Artistically Inclined Colleges and Universities

Are you the type of person who sees a white wall and gets instantly inspired to paint a mural? Or, while you’re supposed to be paying attention to your teacher talking about the fall of the United States economy and our sad plummet from world power, do you happen to be snapping your fingers to the song you’re silently writing in your head? Or, when your mother asks, “Why in the world are you banging your head against the wall?” you respond with solemn remorse that it’s your desperate attempt to rid of your writer’s block so you can finish your Samuel Beckett-inspired one man puppet play once and for all!?

Then perhaps these schools are for you. The Daily Beast produced this list of colleges and universities that are the most creatively inclined.

The rankings were drawn based on how imaginative the schools’ student bodies are, the creative atmosphere the colleges foster, and the percentage of students majoring in visual or performing arts as well as the number of official campus clubs with artistic missions.

1. California Institute of the Arts

2. Emerson College

3. Berklee College of Music

4. New York University 

5. Mannes Colleges (The New School)

6. Muhlenberg College 

7. SUNY College at Oneonta 

8. University of Southern California

9. Colorado College 

10. Vassar College

11. Occidental College

12. Kenyon College

13. Wesleyan University

14. Whitman College

15. Cornell University 

Are you an artistically inclined student? What schools are you looking into?

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  1. Cassie says:

    Why isn’t Interlochen Center for the Arts included in that? They’re a world famous arts school.

  2. Sean says:

    Whoa, this list is inherently flawed! There are so many art schools out there that are way more talented than any of these schools–and not one of them even received a mention. Here’s a question, who wrote this list–I know the Daily Beast produced it, but how was this list even generated without consideration of schools that are specifically designed for art students? Where’s Cooper Union? Where’s RISD? Where’s SCAD? Where’s Ringling? Where’s Parsons? Where’s CalArts? Where’s the Academy of Art University? Hell, are they counting accredited schools? If that’s the case where is Gnomon School of Visual Effects? That school was built for visual arts!! This list is bogus!!

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