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Most Popular Schools for Creative Writing Major & Degree Program

A program that focuses on the process and techniques of original composition in various literary forms such as the short story, poetry, the novel, and others. Includes instruction in technical and editorial skills, criticism, and the marketing of finished manuscripts.


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Rank School Name Students % of Total Total On-Campus Cost
1 Full Sail University 191 5% $22,288
2 Emerson College 190 16% $53,554
3 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 139 2% $32,126
4 Columbia University in the City of New York 133 1% $64,144
5 Vermont College of Fine Arts 127 84% N/A
6 Columbia College-Chicago 125 6% $40,677
7 University of Arizona 116 1% $25,179
8 University of California-Riverside 112 2% $32,238
9 Johns Hopkins University 102 2% $61,502
10 Western Washington University 102 3% $22,671
11 The New School 102 3% $59,691
12 Goddard College 82 26% $17,018
13 University of North Carolina Wilmington 78 2% $20,601
14 University of Washington-Seattle Campus 75 1% $27,034
15 Lesley University 73 3% $49,765
16 University of Southern California 70 1% $62,180
17 Pacific University 63 9% $50,486
18 Wilkes University 63 4% $46,786
19 Hamline University 62 5% $46,398
20 Sarah Lawrence College 62 13% $64,122
21 Western Michigan University 62 1% $22,250
22 University of Iowa 60 1% $20,691
23 Chatham University 60 9% $46,162
24 Portland State University 57 1% $23,528
25 Antioch University-Los Angeles 56 16% N/A
26 CUNY Brooklyn College 51 1% $24,906
27 National University 49 1% $13,616
28 University of Houston 48 1% $22,463
29 Chapman University 48 3% $59,459
30 Ithaca College 47 3% $55,587
31 Spalding University 46 8% $37,439
32 Warren Wilson College 46 21% $43,000
33 University of Southern Maine 44 2% $24,062
34 Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham 43 6% $54,502
35 Brown University 43 2% $60,460
36 Miami University-Oxford 42 1% $29,701
37 Southern New Hampshire University 42 1% $43,056
38 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 41 1% $27,434
39 DePaul University 41 1% $49,367
40 Seton Hill University 40 8% $43,900
41 Central Michigan University 40 1% $22,004
42 Pacific Lutheran University 39 5% $48,308
43 University of San Francisco 39 1% $58,384
44 Kennesaw State University 37 1% $24,659
45 Queens University of Charlotte 37 6% $44,124
46 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 37 4% $58,495
47 SUNY at Binghamton 36 1% $22,832
48 University of Idaho 36 1% $19,598
49 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 36 0% $26,240
50 Knox College 35 11% $49,252
51 New York University 34 0% $63,540
52 Northern Michigan University 34 2% $20,273
53 Susquehanna University 33 7% $51,400
54 California College of the Arts 33 7% $56,134
55 SUNY College at Oswego 33 2% $21,991
56 The University of Texas at El Paso 33 1% $21,399
57 George Mason University 32 0% $25,335
58 CUNY City College 32 1% $26,631
59 Ohio University-Main Campus 32 0% $24,396
60 University of Nebraska at Omaha 31 1% $19,250
61 Fairfield University 31 2% $58,730
62 Bowling Green State University-Main Campus 30 1% $23,506
63 Butler University 30 3% $49,698
64 Loyola University Maryland 29 2% $58,578
65 University of Central Oklahoma 27 1% $17,293
66 Eastern Washington University 27 1% $21,626
67 Manhattanville College 27 4% $52,240
68 University of Baltimore 27 2% $9,238
69 Murray State University 26 1% $18,898
70 Pratt Institute-Main 26 2% $58,734
71 Loyola University New Orleans 25 3% $51,760
72 University of Massachusetts-Amherst 25 0% $26,282
73 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus 25 1% $30,300
74 Saint Mary's College of California 25 2% $58,365
75 San Diego State University 24 0% $25,068
76 Texas State University 24 0% $19,620
77 CUNY Queens College 24 1% $26,179
78 Northwestern University 24 0% $63,193
79 The University of Montana 24 1% $19,106
80 Saint Joseph's University 24 1% $54,772
81 Mills College 23 4% $56,812
82 Naropa University 23 7% $43,620
83 Minnesota State University-Mankato 22 1% $17,562
84 Seattle University 22 1% $52,605
85 Ashland University 22 1% $42,833
86 Boston University 21 0% $61,446
87 Fitchburg State University 21 2% $20,690
88 Eastern Michigan University 21 0% $20,756
89 Colby College 21 4% $59,110
90 University of Maryland-College Park 21 0% $23,734
91 Oberlin College 20 3% $62,132
92 Converse College 19 6% $42,094
93 Colorado College 19 3% $57,400
94 Beloit College 19 6% $50,406
95 Franklin and Marshall College 19 3% $60,765
96 Carnegie Mellon University 19 0% $62,032
97 University of Maine at Farmington 19 5% $21,425
98 The University of Texas at Austin 19 0% $26,156
99 Emory University 18 1% $59,908
100 SUNY College at Potsdam 18 2% $21,109

This list indicates the number of students that completed the Creative Writing program at the schools above.
It is not necessarily an indicator of academic rigor or quality of education.
Note that some schools do not have enough data to be ranked, and these schools will not appear in our lists.