Acting and Performing Schools in The Northeast - 2017 Ranking

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Our 2017 rankings contain 108 schools offering acting and performing arts majors in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Theatre-Schools.com team ranks The New School (New York City, NY), New York University (New York City, NY), and Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) the top three acting and performing schools in the Northeast.

See the best 50 acting and performing colleges in the Northeast below or narrow your search by program, state, or city in the Northeast. Alternatively, check our most recent ranking of the best film colleges in the Northeast.


Top 50 acting & performing schools in the Northeast:

The New School - Theatre School Ranking
1. The New School

New York City, NY, 2 acting & performing programs

New York University - Theatre School Ranking
2. New York University

New York City, NY, 4 acting & performing programs

Temple University - Theatre School Ranking
3. Temple University

Philadelphia, PA, 3 acting & performing programs

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

University Park, PA, 2 acting & performing programs

SUNY at Purchase College - Theatre School Ranking
5. SUNY at Purchase College

Purchase, NY, 4 acting & performing programs

Syracuse University - Theatre School Ranking
6. Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY, 2 acting & performing programs

Emerson College - Theatre School Ranking
7. Emerson College

Boston, MA, 2 acting & performing programs

Harvard University - Theatre School Ranking
8. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA, 3 acting & performing programs

The Juilliard School - Theatre School Ranking
9. The Juilliard School

New York City, NY, 3 acting & performing programs

Pace University New York - Theatre School Ranking
10. Pace University New York

New York City, NY, 2 acting & performing programs

Boston University - Theatre School Ranking
11. Boston University

Boston, MA, 3 acting & performing programs

Yale University - Theatre School Ranking
12. Yale University

New Haven, CT, 1 acting & performing program

Brown University - Theatre School Ranking
13. Brown University

Providence, RI, 1 acting & performing program

University of Pennsylvania - Theatre School Ranking
14. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA, 2 acting & performing programs

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

Buffalo, NY, 1 acting & performing program

University of Connecticut - Theatre School Ranking
16. University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT, 1 acting & performing program

CUNY Brooklyn College - Theatre School Ranking
17. CUNY Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, NY, 1 acting & performing program

CUNY Lehman College - Theatre School Ranking
18. CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, NY, 1 acting & performing program

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

Stony Brook, NY, 1 acting & performing program

Brandeis University - Theatre School Ranking
20. Brandeis University

Waltham, MA, 1 acting & performing program

State University of New York at New Paltz - Theatre School Ranking
21. State University of New York

New Paltz, NY, 2 acting & performing programs

Ithaca College - Theatre School Ranking
22. Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY, 4 acting & performing programs

College of The Holy Cross - Theatre School Ranking
23. College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA, 2 acting & performing programs

Stockton University - Theatre School Ranking
24. Stockton University

Galloway, NJ, 1 acting & performing program

Worcester State University - Theatre School Ranking
25. Worcester State University

Worcester, MA, 2 acting & performing programs

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Theatre School Ranking
26. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY, 3 acting & performing programs

SUNY College at Old Westbury - Theatre School Ranking
27. SUNY College

Old Westbury, NY, 1 acting & performing program

Pennsylvania State University Penn State Abington - Theatre School Ranking
28. Pennsylvania State University Penn State Abington

Abington, PA, 1 acting & performing program

Suffolk University - Theatre School Ranking
29. Suffolk University

Boston, MA, 3 acting & performing programs

Western Connecticut State University - Theatre School Ranking
30. Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT, 1 acting & performing program

Manhattanville College - Theatre School Ranking
31. Manhattanville College

Purchase, NY, 1 acting & performing program

Kean University - Theatre School Ranking
32. Kean University

Union, NJ, 1 acting & performing program

Drexel University - Theatre School Ranking
33. Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA, 1 acting & performing program

Nazareth College - Theatre School Ranking
34. Nazareth College

Rochester, NY, 1 acting & performing program

Lancaster Bible College - Theatre School Ranking
35. Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster, PA, 1 acting & performing program

Marymount Manhattan College - Theatre School Ranking
36. Marymount Manhattan College

New York City, NY, 2 acting & performing programs

The University of The Arts - Theatre School Ranking
37. The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA, 2 acting & performing programs

Bennington College - Theatre School Ranking
38. Bennington College

Bennington, VT, 2 acting & performing programs

Bloomfield College - Theatre School Ranking
39. Bloomfield College

Bloomfield, NJ, 1 acting & performing program

Siena College - Theatre School Ranking
40. Siena College

Loudonville, NY, 3 acting & performing programs

Circle in The Square Theater School - Theatre School Ranking
41. Circle in the Square Theater School

New York City, NY, 1 acting & performing program

CUNY Queensborough Community College - Theatre School Ranking
42. CUNY Queensborough Community College

Bayside, NY, 1 acting & performing program

Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Theatre School Ranking
43. Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana, PA, 2 acting & performing programs

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts - Theatre School Ranking
44. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, MA, 2 acting & performing programs

Wheelock College - Theatre School Ranking
45. Wheelock College

Boston, MA, 2 acting & performing programs

Fairleigh Dickinson University College at Florham - Theatre School Ranking
46. Fairleigh Dickinson University College

Madison, NJ, 1 acting & performing program

University of Hartford - Theatre School Ranking
47. University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT, 1 acting & performing program

SUNY at Fredonia - Theatre School Ranking
48. SUNY at Fredonia

Fredonia, NY, 1 acting & performing program

Salem State University - Theatre School Ranking
49. Salem State University

Salem, MA, 2 acting & performing programs

SUNY College at Cortland - Theatre School Ranking
50. SUNY College

Cortland, NY, 1 acting & performing program

Acting schools in the Northeast by state:

Schools by State5 Acting and Performing Schools in Connecticut1 Acting and Performing Schools in Maine14 Acting and Performing Schools in Massachusetts2 Acting and Performing Schools in New Hampshire11 Acting and Performing Schools in New Jersey41 Acting and Performing Schools in New York28 Acting and Performing Schools in Pennsylvania2 Acting and Performing Schools in Rhode Island4 Acting and Performing Schools in Vermont

Acting & performing schools in other regions:

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

Popular theatre school cities in the Northeast:

in Connecticut:
Danbury: 1 school
Middletown: 1 school
New Britain: 1 school
New Haven: 2 schools
Storrs: 1 school
in Massachusetts:
Amherst: 3 schools
Boston: 7 schools
Cambridge: 1 school
Franklin: 1 school
Haverhill: 1 school
North Adams: 1 school
North Dartmouth: 1 school
Salem: 1 school
Waltham: 1 school
Worcester: 4 schools
in New Hampshire:
Durham: 1 school
Plymouth: 1 school
in New Jersey:
Bloomfield: 1 school
Edison: 1 school
Galloway: 1 school
Glassboro: 1 school
Madison: 2 schools
Montclair: 1 school
New Brunswick: 1 school
Union: 1 school
West Windsor: 1 school
in New York:
Bayside: 1 school
Brockport: 1 school
Bronx: 5 schools
Brooklyn: 4 schools
Brookville: 1 school
Buffalo: 2 schools
Cortland: 1 school
Fredonia: 1 school
Garden City: 2 schools
Hempstead: 1 school
Ithaca: 2 schools
Long Island City: 1 school
Loudonville: 1 school
New Paltz: 1 school
New York City: 17 schools
Niagara University: 1 school
Old Westbury: 1 school
Oneonta: 2 schools
Potsdam: 1 school
Poughkeepsie: 2 schools
Purchase: 2 schools
Queens: 2 schools
Rochester: 3 schools
Saratoga Springs: 1 school
Selden: 1 school
Staten Island: 2 schools
Stone Ridge: 1 school
Stony Brook: 1 school
Syracuse: 2 schools
Troy: 3 schools
Valhalla: 1 school
Vestal: 1 school
in Pennsylvania:
Abington: 1 school
Allentown: 2 schools
Bethlehem: 2 schools
Center Valley: 1 school
Greensburg: 2 schools
Harrisburg: 1 school
Indiana: 1 school
Newtown: 1 school
Philadelphia: 7 schools
Pittsburgh: 6 schools
University Park: 2 schools
Villanova: 1 school
West Chester: 1 school
in Rhode Island:
Kingston: 1 school
Providence: 3 schools
in Vermont:
Bennington: 1 school
Burlington: 3 schools
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