Community for Accredited Online Schools Names Best Art Schools for 2016-2017

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Lists Rank Top 50 Schools for Campus and Online Art Programs

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After analyzing a variety of data points on cost, student support and services, we were able to pinpoint the colleges and universities who provide the best fine arts education.

The Community for Accredited Online Schools (, a leader in higher education information and resources, has identified the Best Art Schools in the nation for 2016-2017. The lists compare a variety of data points for both two and four year colleges and universities, ranking the top 50 schools with the most affordable and most impressive collections of both campus and online art program options.

“Art is such a broad field of study, it can be hard to know which schools offer the highest quality and biggest variety of learning options for fine arts students,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “After analyzing numerous data points related to cost, student support and services, we were able to pinpoint the postsecondary schools that provide the best fine arts education in the U.S.”

Schools must meet specific base requirements to make the exclusive top 50 lists. All institutions need to be accredited and carry public or private not-for-profit status to qualify. Rankings are determined by an in-depth assessment of more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative data points to determine their overall value.

To learn where individual fine arts programs rank and read more about the methodology used to determine value, visit the following link:

The following two year schools are listed as the Best Art Schools for 2016-2017:

American River College
Casper College
Central Wyoming College
Chabot College
Chaffey College
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
College of San Mateo
College of Southern Idaho
Collin College
Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus
Estrella Mountain Community College
Fresno City College
Fullerton College
GateWay Community College
Glendale Community College
Haywood Community College
Hinds Community College
Kilgore College
Lansing Community College
Long Beach City College
Mesa Community College
Metropolitan Community College
Monterey Peninsula College
Mt. San Antonio College
North Idaho College
Northeast Community College
Northeast Mississippi Community College
Northwest College
Ohlone College
Owens Community College
Pasadena City College
Phoenix College
Saddleback College
San Diego Mesa College
San Jacinto College
Santa Ana College
Santa Fe Community College
Santa Rosa Junior College
Scottsdale Community College
Sinclair College
Terra State Community College
Truckee Meadows Community College
Tulsa Community College
Washtenaw Community College
West Valley College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Texas College
Western Wyoming Community College
Yavapai College

The following four year schools are listed as the Best Art Schools for 2016-2017:

Andrews University
Aquinas College
Art Academy of Cincinnati
Bethany College
Brenau University
Brigham Young University - Hawaii
Brigham Young University - Provo
Carson-Newman University
Cleveland Institute of Art
Coker College
Columbia College - Chicago
Converse College
CUNY Hunter College
Curtis Institute of Music
Hardin-Simmons University
Jacksonville University
Lindenwood University
Louisiana College
Madonna University
Marlboro College
Maryland Institute College of Art
Marymount Manhattan College
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Mississippi College
Northern Arizona University
Ohio University - Main Campus
Oklahoma City University
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Purdue University - Main Campus
Roosevelt University
Shenandoah University
SUNY at Fredonia
SUNY at Purchase College
SUNY Buffalo State
SUNY College at Potsdam
Temple University
The Juilliard School
The New School
The University of the Arts
University at Buffalo
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Hartford
University of Idaho
University of Iowa
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
University of Missouri - Kansas City
University of Northern Iowa
Villa Maria College
Viterbo University
Webster University

### began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

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