Maryland Heights, MO has eight computer animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. McKendree University, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer animation program, has a total student population of 3,284. It is the 430th highest ranked school in the USA and the 14th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Computer Animation students from Maryland Heights schools who go on to become computer animators, animators, animation designers, animation artists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 28,800 people working as multimedia artists and animators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $62,810.
Maryland Heights lies in St. Louis county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the St. Louis-IL area has 1,301,320 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $20.63/hr average worker wage, and a $42,900 average annual salary.
Of the 8 computer animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Maryland Heights, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Missouri College comes out as the most expensive ($22,689/yr) for computer animation students, with Lewis and Clark Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,268/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Maryland Heights|
|Saint Charles||MO||65,986||1||57.1604||124||7.2 miles|
|Saint Peters||MO||56,697||1||24.7073||15||10.8 miles|
|Saint Louis||MO||349,763||28||21.7118||925||11.4 miles|
|Jefferson City||MO||41,319||4||29.412||201||95.6 miles|