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Acting Schools in Illinois

There are 33 Illinois schools offering acting programs. In 2010, 869 students graduated with degrees from Illinois acting schools. 737 of all these students graduated with bachelors degrees and 97 students graduated with masters degrees.

Overview

1,187 students graduate from acting programs in this state, on average, every year. This accounts for 5% of students who US schools graduate from acting programs. Of those, 27 students graduated with acting certificates, 737 with a degree at the bachelor's level, 97 with a master's level degree, and eight with a degree at the doctorate level.

33 acting schools are in this state. Out of these, eight schools are public, while 25 schools are private. While private acting school tuition varies from $14,996 to $42,041, tuition at a public acting school varies from $8,401 to $13,096.

Average tuition for programs in acting is $23,273. While the lowest tuition in Illinois, which is $8,401 each year, is at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the highest tuition for programs in acting, which is $42,041 every year, is at the University of Chicago.

Illinois acting schools offer certificates, bachelors degrees, masters degrees, and doctoral degrees.

Acting Program Completions in Illinois 2006 - 2010

1,187 students graduate from acting programs in this state, on average, every year. This accounts for 5% of students who US schools graduate from acting programs. Of those, 27 students graduated with acting certificates, 737 with a degree at the bachelor's level, 97 with a master's level degree, and eight with a degree at the doctorate level.

Acting Program Completions in Illinois 2006 - 2010

  • Certificate 2006: 0
  • Certificate 2007: 0
  • Certificate 2008: 0
  • Certificate 2009: 0
  • Certificate 2010: 27
  • Bachelor 2006: 646
  • Bachelor 2007: 654
  • Bachelor 2008: 1310
  • Bachelor 2009: 664
  • Bachelor 2010: 737
  • Master 2006: 136
  • Master 2007: 94
  • Master 2008: 171
  • Master 2009: 105
  • Master 2010: 97
  • Doctorate 2006: 9
  • Doctorate 2007: 7
  • Doctorate 2008: 24
  • Doctorate 2009: 8
  • Doctorate 2010: 8

Acting Program Availability in Illinois

Illinois schools offer a total of 73 acting programs. Of these programs, 76.7% are programs at the bachelor's level. The remaining programs are certificates and degrees at the masters level and the doctoral level.

Acting Program Availability in Illinois

  • Certificate: 1
  • Bachelor: 56
  • Master: 14
  • Doctorate: 2

Career Trends

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary — Salary by Percentile

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary — Salary by Percentile

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 22010
  • 25th Percentile: 35520
  • Median: 47480
  • 75th Percentile: 62770
  • 90th Percentile: 86870

Actors — Salary by Percentile

Actors — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 17992
  • 25th Percentile: 22464
  • Median: 37752
  • 75th Percentile: 61610
  • 90th Percentile: 82306

Career Trends

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary — Employment Trend

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary — Employment Trend

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 58460
  • Median Salary 2007: 48690
  • Median Salary 2008: 46730
  • Median Salary 2009: 44730
  • Median Salary 2010: 47480
  • Total Employed 2006: 4570
  • Total Employed 2007: 3620
  • Total Employed 2008: 3330
  • Total Employed 2009: 3030
  • Total Employed 2010: 3100

Actors — Employment Trend

Actors — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 34426
  • Median Salary 2007: 40144
  • Median Salary 2008: 28246
  • Median Salary 2009: 27248
  • Median Salary 2010: 37752
  • Total Employed 2006: 530
  • Total Employed 2007: 970
  • Total Employed 2008: 1320
  • Total Employed 2009: 1150
  • Total Employed 2010: 1185

Illinois vs National Acting Employment

Illinois vs National Acting Employment

  • Employed in Illinois: 3.026% (4285)

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1. Rockford College

5050 E State St
Rockford, IL 61108-2311
(815) 226-4050

Rockford College is 3.9 miles from the center of the city. It offers two programs in acting. Students are offered two degrees at the bachelor's level in acting by Rockford. 1,330 students pursue degrees in 45 Rockford programs, overall. Rockford is the fifth oldest institution in the state of Illinois offering programs in acting.

2. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

36 S Wabash
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 629-6100

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is located in the center of Chicago. It offers two acting programs. Of those, students are offered one acting degree at the bachelor's level by it and one master's level degree in acting. Overall, 3,328 students seek degrees in 23 programs at this college.

3. Lake Forest College

555 N Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045-2399
(847) 234-3100

Lake Forest College is in the suburbs of Lake Forest, Illinois and Lake Forest offers one acting program. Overall, 1,443 students seek degrees in 29 programs at this liberal arts college.

4. Columbia College - Chicago

600 South Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605-1996
(312) 663-1600

Columbia College-Chicago is located in the center of Chicago. Columbia offers two programs in acting. Students are offered two bachelor's level degrees in acting by this school.

5. Illinois Wesleyan University

1312 N Park St
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
(309) 556-1000

Illinois Wesleyan University is located in the center of Bloomington. Illinios Wesleyan offers two programs in acting. It offers students two acting degrees at the bachelor's level. This school is a 4-year institution. In terms of programs, IWU is the seventh largest institution in the state of Illinois offering acting.

6. Knox College

2 E South St
Galesburg, IL 61401-9999
(309) 341-7000

Knox College is in town of Galesburg, Illinois and it offers one acting program. It is a 4-year institution.

7. Augustana College

639 38th St
Rock Island, IL 61201-2296
(309) 794-7000

Augustana College offers one program in acting and Augustana, which is near the center of the city, is located in Rock Island, IL. This liberal arts college is one of 26 liberal arts colleges in Illinois.

8. The University of Chicago

5801 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-1234

The University of Chicago offers two acting programs. UC offers two degrees at the bachelor's level in acting to students. It is 6.3 miles from the center of the city. It is a 4-year research institution.

9. Eureka College

300 E. College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530
(309) 467-3721

Eureka College offers one acting program. It is a 4-year institution.

10. Principia College

1 Maybeck Place
Elsah, IL 62028-9799
(618) 374-2131

Principia College is in Elsah, Illinois, where students can enjoy a rural setting. and it offers one acting program. This school is one of 26 liberal arts colleges in Illinois.

11. Illinois College

1101 W College Ave
Jacksonville, IL 62650-2299
(217) 245-3000

Illinois College offers one acting program and it is located in Jacksonville, IL. This school is one of 26 liberal arts colleges in Illinois. This school is the second oldest institution in the state of Illinois offering programs in acting.

12. National-Louis University

122 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(800) 443-5522

Founded in 1886, National-Louis University is a 4-year institution. NLU is in the center of Chicago. It offers 17 certificates, 21 degrees at the bachelors level, 28 degrees at the masters level, and 11 doctoral level degrees to students. In 2010, 6,154 students pursued degrees from the 49 programs at National Louis. It offers subjects such as forensic accounting and healthcare management. National Louis is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.

13. Blackburn College

700 College Ave
Carlinville, IL 62626
(217) 854-3231

Blackburn College offers one acting program and Blackburn is in Carlinville, IL. Overall, 598 students seek degrees in 31 Blackburn College programs. It is the third oldest institution in the state of Illinois offering programs in acting.

14. Loyola University - Chicago

1032 W. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 274-3000

Loyola University-Chicago offers two programs in acting. It offers students two degrees at the bachelor's level in acting. Loyola is near the heart of downtown. Loyola is one of 10 institutions with a medical school in Illinois.

15. Dominican University

7900 W Division St
River Forest, IL 60305
(708) 366-2490

Dominican University is in the suburbs of River Forest, Illinois. It offers two programs in acting. This school offers students two acting degrees at the bachelor's level. It is a 4-year institution. It is the fifth biggest institution in the state of Illinois offering acting in terms of programs.

16. Lewis University

One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446-2200
(815) 838-0500

Lewis University, which is very close to Romeoville, Illinois, is located in a rural area and it offers one program in acting.

17. Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4512
(618) 453-2121

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, which is very close to Carbondale, Illinois, is in a rural area. It offers three acting programs. Specifically, it offers two degrees at the bachelor's level in acting to students and one master's level degree in acting. SIUC is one of 10 institutions with a medical school in Illinois.

18. The University of St Francis

500 N Wilcox St
Joliet, IL 60435-6188
(815) 740-3360

The University of St Francis offers one acting program and USF, which is near the heart of downtown, is located in Joliet, IL. 3,255 students seek degrees in 63 programs at USF, overall.

19. Roosevelt University

430 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605-1394
(312) 341-3500

Roosevelt University is in the center of Chicago. It offers three programs in acting. Of those, students are offered two acting degrees at the bachelor's level by it and one degree at the master's level in acting. It is a 4-year institution.

20. Greenville College

315 E. College Ave
Greenville, IL 62246
(618) 664-2800

Greenville College is a 4-year institution, founded in 1892. GC is located in town of Greenville, Illinois. GC offers students 50 degrees at the bachelors level and six masters level degrees. 1,605 students sought degrees from the 54 programs at this school in 2010. This school offers subjects including history, public relations, and art. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. It is one of 26 liberal arts colleges in Illinois.

21. Lincoln College

300 Keokuk St
Lincoln, IL 62656
(217) 732-3155x242

Founded in 1865, Lincoln College is a 4-year institution. It is located in town of Lincoln, Illinois. It offers subjects including healthcare administration and history. It offers students three certificates, 15 associates level degrees, and six bachelors level degrees. 1,311 students sought degrees from the 19 programs at this small school in 2010. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.

22. DePaul University

55 E Jackson
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-8000

DePaul University offers ten programs in acting. Out of those, this school offers six acting degrees at the bachelor's level to students and four degrees at the master's level in acting. It is in the center of Chicago. DePaul is a 4-year institution. In terms of programs, this school is the largest institution in the state of Illinois offering acting.

23. Bradley University

1501 W Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61625-0001
(309) 676-7611

Bradley University, which is 1.4 miles from the center of the city, is in Peoria, IL. Bradley offers three acting programs. Students are offered three bachelor's level acting degrees by Bradley. In terms of programs, it is the third biggest institution in the state of Illinois offering acting.

24. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

601 E John Street
Champaign, IL 61820-5711
(217) 333-1000

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is near the center of the city. It offers three acting programs. More specifically, this research university offers students one acting degree at the bachelor's level, one master's level acting degree, and one degree at the doctorate level in acting. 43,862 students seek degrees in 358 U of I programs, overall.

25. McKendree University

701 College Rd
Lebanon, IL 62254-1291
(618) 537-4481

McKendree University is in the suburbs of Lebanon, Illinois and it offers one acting program. McK is one of 26 liberal arts colleges in Illinois.

26. Northern Illinois University

1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Dekalb, IL 60115-2828
(800) 892-3050

Northern Illinois University is in the suburbs of Dekalb, Illinois. NIU offers two programs in acting. Specifically, this university offers students one bachelor's level degree in acting and one master's level acting degree. Overall, 23,850 students seek degrees in 131 programs at this university.

27. Concordia University - Chicago

7400 Augusta
River Forest, IL 60305-1499
(708) 771-8300

Concordia University-Chicago offers one program in acting and Concordia is located in the suburbs of River Forest, Illinois. CUC is a 4-year institution.

28. Eastern Illinois University

600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-5000

Eastern Illinois University is located in town of Charleston, Illinois and it offers one program in acting. This school is one of 62 public post-secondary institutions in Illinois.

29. North Central College

30 N Brainard St
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 637-5100

North Central College offers two programs in acting. Students are offered two acting degrees at the bachelor's level by it. This school, which is 0.8 miles from the center of the city, is in Naperville, IL. This school is one of 26 liberal arts colleges in Illinois.

30. Elmhurst College

190 Prospect Ave
Elmhurst, IL 60126-3096
(630) 617-3500

Elmhurst College is located in the suburbs of Elmhurst, Illinois and this school offers one acting program. Elmhurst is one of 26 liberal arts colleges in Illinois.

31. Western Illinois University

1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 295-1414

Western Illinois University is in Macomb, IL. WIU offers three acting programs. Specifically, WIU offers two degrees at the bachelor's level in acting to students and one master's level acting degree. It is a public 4-year institution.

32. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Il State Rte 157
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1001
(618) 650-2000

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is in the suburbs of Edwardsville, Illinois and this university offers one program in acting. Overall, 14,133 students pursue degrees in 112 programs at this research university.

33. Millikin University

1184 W Main St
Decatur, IL 62522-2084
(217) 424-6211

Millikin University, which is near the center of the city, is in Decatur, IL. MU offers two programs in acting. MU offers students two acting degrees at the bachelor's level. 2,328 students seek degrees in 44 programs at this school, overall.

34. Illinois State University

North and School Streets
Normal, IL 61790-1000
(309) 438-2111

Illinois State University offers four acting programs. Out of those, students are offered two acting degrees at the bachelor's level by it and two master's level acting degrees. It is located in the center of Normal. This school is a public 4-year institution.

35. The University of Illinois at Chicago

601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 996-7000

The University of Illinois at Chicago is 1.2 miles from the center of the city. It offers two programs in acting. UIC offers two bachelor's level degrees in acting to students. UIC is a public, 4-year, research institution.

36. Northwestern University

633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-3741

Northwestern University, which is near the center of the city, is in Evanston, IL. It offers eight acting programs. Out of those, this university offers students one acting certificate, four bachelor's level degrees in acting, two degrees at the master's level in acting, and one degree at the doctorate level in acting. This university is one of 10 institutions with a medical school in Illinois.

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