How To Make a Performing Arts College List that Fits You!


How to Make a Performing Arts College List that Fits You!

If you’re a high school Junior, you’re hearing, “What colleges are you looking at?”…A LOT! If you’re a high school Junior interested in studying the performing arts in college and trying to answer that question, you’re Google-ing and seeing B.F.A. Musical Theatre, B.F.A. in Acting, B.A. Theatre-Acting Concentration, B.M. Voice Performance, B.FA. Dance, B.A. Dance, etc. in your initial college searches…A LOT!


All of the options and constant stress of Junior year (on top of keeping up your G.P.A., taking SAT prep courses, and balancing all of your extracurricular activities) might leave you feeling something like this:

How to Make a Performing Arts College List that Fits You!

Here’s some quick advice. 1. Take a breath. 2. Relax. 3.You’re not alone. 4. Remember that at this time next year, you will be celebrating some awesome college acceptances!


Ok, now that you have calmed down, here’s...


How To Make a Performing Arts College List that Fits You!

1. Avoid the Top 10 lists

Warning: The Top 10 Musical Theatre Programs

There are a bunch of lists out there that will tell you the “Top 10 BFA

Musical Theatre Programs” or “25 Best Drama Schools.” They can be a great source to wrap your brain around some options, but be SUPER careful to rely on these lists alone to create your customized Performing Arts college list. These lists don’t often take into consideration the hundreds of BFA and BA programs across the country. Remember that everyone else is looking at these same lists, and most likely, applying to the exact same colleges! Think of the colleges that appear on these lists as essentially the Ivy League schools for the Performing Arts. These colleges typically fall into the “Reach Category.” If you apply to 10-12 schools, it’s a general rule that you allow yourself to apply to 2-3 “Reach Schools” (MAX!). So follow the same rule and only choose the few top Performing Arts colleges that you ABSOLUTELY love and fill the rest of your college list with target schools and “safeties.”


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