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In 2017, we rated 435 acting and performing arts colleges in USA. Acting schools are located in California (78 schools), New York (41 schools), Pennsylvania (28 schools), Texas (22 schools), Virginia (20 schools) and 44 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 50 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 50 acting & performing schools:

University of California San Diego - Theatre School Ranking
George Mason University - Theatre School Ranking
Northwestern University - Theatre School Ranking
3. Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

University of Southern California - Theatre School Ranking
The New School - Theatre School Ranking
5. The New School

New York City, New York

Arizona State University Tempe - Theatre School Ranking
University of California Irvine - Theatre School Ranking
New York University - Theatre School Ranking
8. New York University

New York City, New York

Temple University - Theatre School Ranking
9. Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

San Francisco, California

The University of Texas at Austin - Theatre School Ranking
California Institute of The Arts - Theatre School Ranking
Pennsylvania State University - Theatre School Ranking
13. Pennsylvania State University

University Park, Pennsylvania

SUNY at Purchase College - Theatre School Ranking
Syracuse University - Theatre School Ranking
15. Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

Rice University - Theatre School Ranking
16. Rice University

Houston, Texas

DePaul University - Theatre School Ranking
17. DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

Emerson College - Theatre School Ranking
18. Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts

Harvard University - Theatre School Ranking
19. Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Juilliard School - Theatre School Ranking
20. The Juilliard School

New York City, New York

University of Washington Seattle - Theatre School Ranking
Ohio University - Theatre School Ranking
Pace University New York - Theatre School Ranking
23. Pace University New York

New York City, New York

Boston University - Theatre School Ranking
24. Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - Theatre School Ranking
Yale University - Theatre School Ranking
26. Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

George Washington University - Theatre School Ranking
27. George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia

Brown University - Theatre School Ranking
28. Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Mississippi University For Women - Theatre School Ranking
University of Pennsylvania - Theatre School Ranking
30. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chapman University - Theatre School Ranking
31. Chapman University

Orange, California

Pepperdine University - Theatre School Ranking
32. Pepperdine University

Malibu, California

Purdue University - Theatre School Ranking
33. Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

University at Buffalo - Theatre School Ranking
34. University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

University of Miami - Theatre School Ranking
35. University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

University of Connecticut - Theatre School Ranking
California State University Los Angeles - Theatre School Ranking
Texas Tech University - Theatre School Ranking
CUNY Brooklyn College - Theatre School Ranking
39. CUNY Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, New York

Indiana University Bloomington - Theatre School Ranking
CUNY Lehman College - Theatre School Ranking
Texas A & M University College Station - Theatre School Ranking
University of California Riverside - Theatre School Ranking
University of North Carolina School of The Arts - Theatre School Ranking
University of Utah - Theatre School Ranking
45. University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Stony Brook University - Theatre School Ranking
46. Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

Brandeis University - Theatre School Ranking
47. Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

New York Film Academy - Theatre School Ranking
48. New York Film Academy

Burbank, California

Elon University - Theatre School Ranking
49. Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

Columbia College Chicago - Theatre School Ranking


Acting & performing schools by state:

Schools by State4 Acting and Performing Schools in Alabama15 Acting and Performing Schools in Arizona2 Acting and Performing Schools in Arkansas78 Acting and Performing Schools in California3 Acting and Performing Schools in Colorado5 Acting and Performing Schools in ConnecticutNo Acting and Performing Schools in Delaware6 Acting and Performing Schools in Florida11 Acting and Performing Schools in Georgia1 Acting and Performing Schools in Idaho13 Acting and Performing Schools in Illinois4 Acting and Performing Schools in Indiana6 Acting and Performing Schools in Iowa8 Acting and Performing Schools in Kansas4 Acting and Performing Schools in Kentucky2 Acting and Performing Schools in Louisiana1 Acting and Performing Schools in Maine5 Acting and Performing Schools in Maryland14 Acting and Performing Schools in Massachusetts14 Acting and Performing Schools in Michigan4 Acting and Performing Schools in Minnesota10 Acting and Performing Schools in Mississippi10 Acting and Performing Schools in Missouri3 Acting and Performing Schools in Montana2 Acting and Performing Schools in Nebraska1 Acting and Performing Schools in Nevada2 Acting and Performing Schools in New Hampshire11 Acting and Performing Schools in New Jersey4 Acting and Performing Schools in New Mexico41 Acting and Performing Schools in New York13 Acting and Performing Schools in North Carolina1 Acting and Performing Schools in North Dakota12 Acting and Performing Schools in Ohio4 Acting and Performing Schools in Oklahoma5 Acting and Performing Schools in Oregon28 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 Dakota10 Acting and Performing Schools in Tennessee22 Acting and Performing Schools in Texas3 Acting and Performing Schools in Utah4 Acting and Performing Schools in Vermont20 Acting and Performing Schools in Virginia4 Acting and Performing Schools in Washington4 Acting and Performing Schools in District of Columbia3 Acting and Performing Schools in West Virginia5 Acting and Performing Schools in Wisconsin2 Acting and Performing Schools in Wyoming


Acting & performing schools by diploma:

Certificates: 41 schools
Associate's Degrees: 123 schools
Bachelor's Degrees: 273 schools
Master's Degrees: 44 schools
Doctoral Degrees: 3 schools

Acting & performing schools by region:

Northeast: 108 schools
Midwest: 80 schools
South: 128 schools
West: 119 schools

Other theatre programs:

General Drama: 1,031 schools
Screenwriting and Playwriting: 60 schools
Design and Technology: 280 schools
Management and Directing: 83 schools
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