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In 2015, we rated 342 acting and performing arts colleges in USA. Acting schools are located in California (45 schools), New York (30 schools), Virginia (21 schools), Pennsylvania (21 schools), Texas (17 schools) and 41 other states.

The best acting and performing program in the United States is offered by University of California San Diego. That school has an excellent acting and performing program evaluated with five stars for curriculum and four-star rating for teaching.

Below, there is our ranking of the Best 25 acting and performing schools. To learn about all acting and performing schools, narrow your search by state or degree. You might also want to view our newest ranking of the top film colleges in the United States.


Top 25 acting & performing schools:

University of California San Diego - Theatre School Ranking
George Mason University - Theatre School Ranking
Pace University New York - Theatre School Ranking
3. Pace University New York

New York City, New York

Temple University - Theatre School Ranking
4. Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Northwestern University - Theatre School Ranking
5. Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

University of Southern California - Theatre School Ranking
Emerson College - Theatre School Ranking
7. Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts

Chapman University - Theatre School Ranking
8. Chapman University

Orange, California

University of California Irvine - Theatre School Ranking
New York University - Theatre School Ranking
10. New York University

New York City, New York

American Conservatory Theater - Theatre School Ranking
11. American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, California

Pennsylvania State University - Theatre School Ranking
12. Pennsylvania State University

University Park, Pennsylvania

Elon University - Theatre School Ranking
13. Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

The University of Texas at Austin - Theatre School Ranking
California Institute of The Arts - Theatre School Ranking
Mississippi State University - Theatre School Ranking
16. Mississippi State University

Starkville, Mississippi

Syracuse University - Theatre School Ranking
17. Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

Oregon State University - Theatre School Ranking
Rice University - Theatre School Ranking
19. Rice University

Houston, Texas

DePaul University - Theatre School Ranking
20. DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

Baylor University - Theatre School Ranking
Harvard University - Theatre School Ranking
22. Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Ithaca College - Theatre School Ranking
23. Ithaca College

Ithaca, New York

State University of New York at New Paltz - Theatre School Ranking
The Juilliard School - Theatre School Ranking
25. The Juilliard School

New York City, New York



Acting & performing schools by state:

Schools by State2 Acting and Performing Schools in Alabama15 Acting and Performing Schools in ArizonaNo Acting and Performing Schools in Arkansas45 Acting and Performing Schools in California2 Acting and Performing Schools in Colorado4 Acting and Performing Schools in ConnecticutNo Acting and Performing Schools in Delaware5 Acting and Performing Schools in Florida8 Acting and Performing Schools in Georgia1 Acting and Performing Schools in Idaho10 Acting and Performing Schools in Illinois3 Acting and Performing Schools in Indiana4 Acting and Performing Schools in Iowa8 Acting and Performing Schools in Kansas1 Acting and Performing Schools in Kentucky2 Acting and Performing Schools in LouisianaNo Acting and Performing Schools in Maine3 Acting and Performing Schools in Maryland15 Acting and Performing Schools in Massachusetts11 Acting and Performing Schools in Michigan2 Acting and Performing Schools in Minnesota9 Acting and Performing Schools in Mississippi6 Acting and Performing Schools in Missouri2 Acting and Performing Schools in Montana3 Acting and Performing Schools in Nebraska2 Acting and Performing Schools in Nevada2 Acting and Performing Schools in New Hampshire10 Acting and Performing Schools in New Jersey4 Acting and Performing Schools in New Mexico30 Acting and Performing Schools in New York11 Acting and Performing Schools in North CarolinaNo Acting and Performing Schools in North Dakota10 Acting and Performing Schools in Ohio5 Acting and Performing Schools in Oklahoma5 Acting and Performing Schools in Oregon21 Acting and Performing Schools in Pennsylvania2 Acting and Performing Schools in Rhode Island5 Acting and Performing Schools in South Carolina1 Acting and Performing Schools in South Dakota8 Acting and Performing Schools in Tennessee17 Acting and Performing Schools in Texas2 Acting and Performing Schools in Utah4 Acting and Performing Schools in Vermont21 Acting and Performing Schools in Virginia3 Acting and Performing Schools in Washington3 Acting and Performing Schools in District of Columbia3 Acting and Performing Schools in West Virginia6 Acting and Performing Schools in Wisconsin2 Acting and Performing Schools in Wyoming


Acting & performing schools by diploma:

Certificates: 30 schools
Associate's Degrees: 85 schools
Bachelor's Degrees: 217 schools
Master's Degrees: 44 schools
Doctoral Degrees: 3 schools

Acting & performing schools by region:

Northeast: 88 schools
Midwest: 64 schools
South: 107 schools
West: 83 schools

Popular cities for acting & performing schools:

New York City: 10 schools
Los Angeles: 4 schools
Philadelphia: 4 schools
Boston: 4 schools
Phoenix: 4 schools
Chicago: 3 schools
San Francisco: 3 schools
Norfolk: 3 schools
Washington: 3 schools
Houston: 3 schools
Worcester: 3 schools
Troy: 2 schools
Baltimore: 2 schools
Lincoln: 2 schools
Oklahoma City: 2 schools
Greensboro: 2 schools
University Park: 2 schools
Tempe: 2 schools
Tucson: 2 schools
Riverside: 2 schools

Other theatre programs:

General Drama: 992 schools
Screenwriting and Playwriting: 57 schools
Design and Technology: 183 schools
Management and Directing: 66 schools
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