By the Numbers: University of Iowa ranks 33rd best in the nation for its graduate fine arts program, study finds


University of Iowa finished in a tie for 33rd in a peer-assessment ranking of the best fine arts schools by U.S. News that examined 229 campuses around the nation in areas such as graphic design and painting.

The Iowa City school’s peer-assessment survey score was 3.5. Academics at peer universities provided the program assessments, which were based on a scale of marginal to outstanding (1 to 5).

Survey decisions were coordinated through the Department of Art and Visual Technology at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Virginia’s George Mason University.

The assessment scores of schools that were under 2.0 were not published. 

The surveys were conducted in the fall of 2015.

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Top Graduate Fine Arts Programs in the U.S.

RankSchoolCityPeer Assessment Score
1Yale University New Haven, Conn.4.6
2 (tie)University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles4.4
2 (tie)Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond4.4
4 (tie)Rhode Island School of Design Providence4.3
4 (tie)School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago4.3
6 (tie)Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh4.2
6 (tie)Columbia UniversityNew York City4.2
6 (tie)Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, Mich.4.2
9 (tie)Alfred University-New York State College of Ceramics Alfred, N.Y.4.1
9 (tie)California Institute of the Arts Valencia4.1
9 (tie)Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore4.1
12Washington University in St. Louis Saint Louis, Mo.4.0
13 (tie)Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 3.9
13 (tie)University of California-San Diego La Jolla3.9
15 (tie)California College of the Arts San Francisco3.8
15 (tie)Pratt Institute Brooklyn, N.Y.3.8
15 (tie)Stanford University Stanford, Calif.3.8
15 (tie)Temple University Philadelphia3.8
15 (tie)University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison3.8
20 (tie)Arizona State University Tempe3.7
20 (tie)Art Center College of Design Pasadena, Calif.3.7
20 (tie)CUNY-Hunter College New York City3.7
20 (tie)Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyNew Brunswick3.7
20 (tie)School of Visual Arts New York City3.7
20 (tie)University of MichiganAnn Arbor3.7
20 (tie)University of Washington Seattle3.7
27 (tie)Cornell University Ithaca, N.Y. 3.6
27 (tie)New School-Parsons School of Design New York City3.6
27 (tie)Purchase College-SUNY Purchase, N.Y. 3.6
27 (tie)University of California-Berkeley Berkeley3.6
27 (tie)University of California-Davis Davis3.6
27 (tie)University of Texas-Austin Austin3.6
33 (tie)Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington3.5
33 (tie)Ohio State University Columbus3.5
33 (tie)Ohio UniversityAthens3.5
33 (tie)Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles3.5
33 (tie)Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, N.Y. 3.5
33 (tie)Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, N.Y. 3.5
33 (tie)San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco3.5
33 (tie)Syracuse University Syracuse, N.Y. 3.5
33 (tie)University of California-Irvine Irvine3.5
33 (tie)University of Chicago Chicago3.5
33 (tie)University of Illinois-Chicago Chicago3.5
33 (tie)University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign Champaign3.5
33 (tie)University of Iowa Iowa City3.5
33 (tie)University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia3.5
33 (tie)University of Tennessee-Knoxville Knoxville3.5
48 (tie)College for Creative Studies Detroit3.4
48 (tie)Massachusetts College of Art Boston3.4
48 (tie)Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minneapolis3.4
48 (tie)New York University New York City3.4
48 (tie)Northwestern University Evanston, Ill.3.4
48 (tie)University of Georgia Athens3.4
48 (tie)University of New Mexico Albuquerque3.4
55 (tie)California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles3.3
55 (tie)University of Arizona Tucson3.3
55 (tie)University of Cincinnati Cincinnati3.3
55 (tie)University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis3.3
59 (tie)Boston University Boston3.2
59 (tie)CUNY-City College New York City3.2
59 (tie)Claremont Graduate University Claremont, Calif.3.2
59 (tie)Herron School of Art & Design Indianapolis3.2
59 (tie)San Diego State University San Diego3.2
59 (tie)Tufts University - School of the Museum of Fine ArtsBoston3.2
59 (tie)University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara3.2
59 (tie)University of Colorado-Boulder Boulder3.2
59 (tie)University of North Texas Denton3.2
59 (tie)University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee3.2
69 (tie)California State University-Long Beach Long Beach3.1
69 (tie)Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland, Ohio3.1
69 (tie)Florida State University Tallahassee3.1
69 (tie)Louisiana State University Baton Rouge3.1
69 (tie)Maine Media College and the Maine Photographic Workshops Rockport3.1
69 (tie)Mills College Oakland, Calif.3.1
69 (tie)Pacific Northwest College of Art Portland, Ore.3.1
69 (tie)Pennsylvania State University-University Park University Park3.1
69 (tie)University at Buffalo-SUNY Buffalo, N.Y.3.1
69 (tie)University of Kansas Lawrence3.1
69 (tie)University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill3.1
69 (tie)University of Southern California Los Angeles3.1
69 (tie)University of the Arts Philadelphia3.1
82 (tie)CUNY-Brooklyn CollegeBrooklyn, N.Y.3.0
82 (tie)Columbia College Chicago3.0
82 (tie)Columbus College of Art and Design Columbus, Ohio3.0
82 (tie)George Washington University Washington, D.C. 3.0
82 (tie)Maine College of Art Portland3.0
82 (tie)Michigan State University East Lansing3.0
82 (tie)SUNY-New Paltz New Paltz, N.Y.3.0
82 (tie)University of California-Santa CruzSanta Cruz3.0
82 (tie)University of Florida Gainesville3.0
82 (tie)University of Houston Houston3.0
82 (tie)University of Maryland-Baltimore County Baltimore3.0
82 (tie)University of Maryland-College Park College Park3.0
82 (tie)University of Massachusetts-Amherst Amherst3.0
82 (tie)University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth North Dartmouth3.0
82 (tie)University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln3.0
82 (tie)University of Oregon Eugene3.0
98 (tie)Portland State University Portland, Ore.2.9
98 (tie)Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale2.9
98 (tie)Stony Brook University-SUNY Stony Brook, N.Y. 2.9
98 (tie)Tulane University New Orleans2.9
98 (tie)Wayne State University Detroit2.9
98 (tie)West Virginia UniversityMorgantown2.9
104 (tie)CUNY-Queens College Flushing, N.Y. 2.8
104 (tie)California State University-Northridge Northridge2.8
104 (tie)Clemson University Clemson, S.C. 2.8
104 (tie)East Carolina University Greenville, N.C.2.8
104 (tie)George Mason University Fairfax, Va.2.8
104 (tie)Howard University Washington, D.C. 2.8
104 (tie)Iowa State University Ames2.8
104 (tie)Moore College of Art and DesignPhiladelphia2.8
104 (tie)San Jose State University San Jose2.8
104 (tie)University of Texas-San Antonio San Antonio2.8
114 (tie)American University Washington , D.C.2.7
114 (tie)Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio2.7
114 (tie)College at Brockport-SUNY Rochester, N.Y. 2.7
114 (tie)Ferris State University Grand Rapids, Mich.2.7
114 (tie)James Madison University Harrisonburg, Va.2.7
114 (tie)Kansas State University Manhattan2.7
114 (tie)Kent State University Kent, Ohio2.7
114 (tie)Memphis College of Art Memphis, Tenn.2.7
114 (tie)Miami University Oxford, Ohio2.7
114 (tie)New Mexico State University Las Cruces2.7
114 (tie)Northern Illinois University DeKalb2.7
114 (tie)Pennsylvania Academy of Fine ArtsPhiladelphia2.7
114 (tie)Purdue University West Lafayette, Ind.2.7
114 (tie)San Francisco State University San Francisco2.7
114 (tie)Southern Methodist University Dallas2.7
114 (tie)University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Ind.2.7
114 (tie)University of South Florida Tampa2.7
131 (tie)California State University-Fullerton Fullerton2.6
131 (tie)Colorado State University Fort Collins2.6
131 (tie)Georgia State University Atlanta2.6
131 (tie)Illinois State University Normal2.6
131 (tie)Lesley University Boston2.6
131 (tie)Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville2.6
131 (tie)Texas Tech University Lubbock2.6
131 (tie)University of Connecticut Storrs2.6
131 (tie)University of Montana Missoula2.6
131 (tie)University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas2.6
131 (tie)University of North Carolina-Greensboro Greensboro2.6
131 (tie)University of Oklahoma Norman2.6
131 (tie)University of Texas-Arlington Arlington2.6
131 (tie)University of Utah Salt Lake City2.6
131 (tie)Washington State University Pullman2.6
131 (tie)Western Michigan University Kalamazoo2.6
147 (tie)CUNY-Lehman College Bronx, N.Y. 2.5
147 (tie)Montana State University Bozeman2.5
147 (tie)Towson University Towson, Md.2.5
147 (tie)University at Albany-SUNY Albany, N.Y.2.5
147 (tie)University of Kentucky Lexington2.5
147 (tie)University of Memphis Memphis, Tenn,2.5
147 (tie)University of Miami Coral Gables, Fla.2.5
147 (tie)University of South Carolina Columbia2.5
147 (tie)University of South Dakota Vermillion2.5
147 (tie)Vermont College of Fine Arts Montpelier2.5
157 (tie)California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino2.4
157 (tie)Central Washington University Ellensburg2.4
157 (tie)East Tennessee State University Johnson City2.4
157 (tie)Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro2.4
157 (tie)Florida International University Miami2.4
157 (tie)Goddard College Plainfield, Vt.2.4
157 (tie)Indiana State University Terre Haute2.4
157 (tie)LIU Post Brookville, N.Y.2.4
157 (tie)Montclair State University Montclair, N.J.2.4
157 (tie)New York Academy of Art New York City2.4
157 (tie)New York Studio School New York City2.4
157 (tie)University of Alabama Tuscaloosa2.4
157 (tie)University of Delaware Newark2.4
157 (tie)University of Hawaii-Manoa Honolulu2.4
157 (tie)University of Minnesota-Duluth Duluth2.4
157 (tie)University of Missouri Columbia2.4
173 (tie)Bradley University Peoria, Ill. 2.3
173 (tie)California State University-Chico Chico2.3
173 (tie)Texas Christian University Fort Worth2.3
173 (tie)University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Fayetteville2.3
173 (tie)University of Denver Denver2.3
173 (tie)University of New Hampshire Durham2.3
173 (tie)William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne2.3
180 (tie)Boise State University Boise, Idaho2.2
180 (tie)Brooks Institute Santa Barbara, Calif.2.2
180 (tie)Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant2.2
180 (tie)Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti2.2
180 (tie)Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, Ga.2.2
180 (tie)Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi2.2
180 (tie)University of Idaho Moscow2.2
180 (tie)University of Mississippi University2.2
180 (tie)University of North Dakota Grand Forks2.2
180 (tie)University of Texas-Tyler Tyler2.2
180 (tie)Western Carolina University Cullowhee, N.C. 2.2
191 (tie)Brigham Young University Provo, Utah2.1
191 (tie)Miami International University of Art and DesignMiami2.1
191 (tie)Texas Woman's University Denton2.1
191 (tie)University of Dallas Irving, Texs2.1
191 (tie)University of Nevada-Reno Reno2.1
191 (tie)Utah State University Logan2.1
191 (tie)Wichita State University Wichita, Kan.2.1
198 (tie)Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton2.0
198 (tie)Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana2.0
198 (tie)Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas2.0
198 (tie)University of Hartford West Hartford, Conn.2.0
Source: U.S. News

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