Illinois contains eight schools that offer acting programs. Loyola University Chicago, the highest-ranking acting school in IL, has a total student population of 15,879 and is the 144th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 8 acting schools in Illinois, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Loyola University Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($27,955/yr), with University of Illinois at Chicago as the lowest recorded at only $8,828/yr.
Acting students from Illinois schools who go on to become actors, playwrights, dramatists, theatre professors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 39,880 people working as actors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $0. Also, Producers and directors make on average $86,870 per year and there are about 79,780 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Illinois alone, there are 1,420 employed producers and directors earning an average yearly salary of $67,390. Actors in this state earn $"*"/yr and there are 1,150 employed.
Also, within the acting schools in Illinois, the average student population is 3,360 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. Aside from acting, there are 7983 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,830 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $7,282, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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