Acting and Performing Schools in The West - 2017 Ranking

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In 2017, we ranked 119 schools offering acting and performing majors in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Theatre-Schools.com team ranks University of California San Diego (La Jolla, CA), University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), and Arizona State University Tempe (Tempe, AZ) the best three acting and performing schools in the West.

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


Top 50 acting & performing schools in the West:

University of California San Diego - Theatre School Ranking
1. University of California San Diego

La Jolla, CA, 4 acting & performing programs

University of Southern California - Theatre School Ranking
2. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA, 3 acting & performing programs

Arizona State University Tempe - Theatre School Ranking
3. Arizona State University Tempe

Tempe, AZ, 1 acting & performing program

University of California Irvine - Theatre School Ranking
4. University of California Irvine

Irvine, CA, 1 acting & performing program

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

San Francisco, CA, 3 acting & performing programs

California Institute of The Arts - Theatre School Ranking
6. California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA, 3 acting & performing programs

University of Washington Seattle - Theatre School Ranking
7. University of Washington Seattle

Seattle, WA, 4 acting & performing programs

Chapman University - Theatre School Ranking
8. Chapman University

Orange, CA, 1 acting & performing program

Pepperdine University - Theatre School Ranking
9. Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA, 2 acting & performing programs

California State University Los Angeles - Theatre School Ranking
10. California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA, 1 acting & performing program

University of California Riverside - Theatre School Ranking
11. University of California Riverside

Riverside, CA, 1 acting & performing program

University of Utah - Theatre School Ranking
12. University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT, 1 acting & performing program

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

Burbank, CA, 4 acting & performing programs

New Mexico State University - Theatre School Ranking
14. New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM, 2 acting & performing programs

University of San Francisco - Theatre School Ranking
15. University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, 2 acting & performing programs

Oregon State University - Theatre School Ranking
16. Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR, 1 acting & performing program

The University of Montana - Theatre School Ranking
17. The University of Montana

Missoula, MT, 2 acting & performing programs

University of Arizona - Theatre School Ranking
18. University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ, 2 acting & performing programs

San Jose State University - Theatre School Ranking
19. San Jose State University

San Jose, CA, 1 acting & performing program

California State University Chico - Theatre School Ranking
20. California State University Chico

Chico, CA, 2 acting & performing programs

Brigham Young University Provo - Theatre School Ranking
21. Brigham Young University Provo

Provo, UT, 2 acting & performing programs

University of Nevada Las Vegas - Theatre School Ranking
22. University of Nevada Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV, 1 acting & performing program

University of Idaho - Theatre School Ranking
23. University of Idaho

Moscow, ID, 2 acting & performing programs

Azusa Pacific University - Theatre School Ranking
24. Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA, 2 acting & performing programs

California State University San Marcos - Theatre School Ranking
25. California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, CA, 1 acting & performing program

Academy of Art University - Theatre School Ranking
26. Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA, 3 acting & performing programs

University of Colorado Colorado Springs - Theatre School Ranking
27. University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO, 2 acting & performing programs

Citrus College - Theatre School Ranking
28. Citrus College

Glendora, CA, 1 acting & performing program

Central Washington University - Theatre School Ranking
29. Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA, 2 acting & performing programs

Seattle University - Theatre School Ranking
30. Seattle University

Seattle, WA, 2 acting & performing programs

Southern Oregon University - Theatre School Ranking
31. Southern Oregon University

Ashland, OR, 1 acting & performing program

Weber State University - Theatre School Ranking
32. Weber State University

Ogden, UT, 1 acting & performing program

California Baptist University - Theatre School Ranking
33. California Baptist University

Riverside, CA, 2 acting & performing programs

Point Loma Nazarene University - Theatre School Ranking
34. Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA, 2 acting & performing programs

Vanguard University of Southern California - Theatre School Ranking
35. Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, CA, 1 acting & performing program

Naropa University - Theatre School Ranking
36. Naropa University

Boulder, CO, 2 acting & performing programs

Western Oregon University - Theatre School Ranking
37. Western Oregon University

Monmouth, OR, 1 acting & performing program

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design - Theatre School Ranking
38. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

Lakewood, CO, 1 acting & performing program

Prescott College - Theatre School Ranking
39. Prescott College

Prescott, AZ, 2 acting & performing programs

Santa Fe University of Art and Design - Theatre School Ranking
40. Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, NM, 2 acting & performing programs

Western Washington University - Theatre School Ranking
41. Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA, 1 acting & performing program

California State University Channel Islands - Theatre School Ranking
42. California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA, 2 acting & performing programs

Victor Valley College - Theatre School Ranking
43. Victor Valley College

Victorville, CA, 1 acting & performing program

Golden West College - Theatre School Ranking
44. Golden West College

Huntington Beach, CA, 1 acting & performing program

Mt San Antonio College - Theatre School Ranking
45. Mt San Antonio College

Walnut, CA, 1 acting & performing program

Santa Rosa Junior College - Theatre School Ranking
46. Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA, 1 acting & performing program

Cypress College - Theatre School Ranking
47. Cypress College

Cypress, CA, 1 acting & performing program

Rogue Community College - Theatre School Ranking
48. Rogue Community College

Grants Pass, OR, 3 acting & performing programs

Pasadena City College - Theatre School Ranking
49. Pasadena City College

Pasadena, CA, 1 acting & performing program

Chaffey College - Theatre School Ranking
50. Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 1 acting & performing program

Acting schools in the West by state:

Schools by State15 Acting and Performing Schools in Arizona78 Acting and Performing Schools in California3 Acting and Performing Schools in Colorado1 Acting and Performing Schools in Idaho3 Acting and Performing Schools in Montana1 Acting and Performing Schools in Nevada4 Acting and Performing Schools in New Mexico5 Acting and Performing Schools in Oregon3 Acting and Performing Schools in Utah4 Acting and Performing Schools in Washington2 Acting and Performing Schools in Wyoming

Acting & performing schools in other regions:

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

Popular theatre school cities in the West:

in Arizona:
Flagstaff: 2 schools
Phoenix: 5 schools
Scottsdale: 1 school
Tempe: 2 schools
Tucson: 2 schools
in California:
Arcata: 1 school
Azusa: 1 school
Berkeley: 2 schools
Blue Lake: 1 school
Burbank: 1 school
Camarillo: 1 school
Costa Mesa: 2 schools
Cypress: 1 school
Davis: 1 school
El Cajon: 1 school
Fresno: 3 schools
Fullerton: 2 schools
Glendora: 1 school
Hollywood: 1 school
Huntington Beach: 1 school
Irvine: 3 schools
La Jolla: 2 schools
Long Beach: 2 schools
Los Angeles: 12 schools
Malibu: 1 school
Mission Viejo: 1 school
Modesto: 1 school
Moorpark: 1 school
Northridge: 1 school
Orange: 1 school
Riverside: 3 schools
Rocklin: 2 schools
Rohnert Park: 1 school
Sacramento: 4 schools
San Diego: 7 schools
San Francisco: 5 schools
San Jose: 1 school
San Luis Obispo: 2 schools
San Marcos: 2 schools
Santa Barbara: 3 schools
Santa Clara: 2 schools
Santa Cruz: 1 school
Santa Maria: 1 school
Santa Monica: 1 school
Santa Rosa: 1 school
Valencia: 1 school
Victorville: 1 school
Woodland Hills: 1 school
in Colorado:
Boulder: 2 schools
Colorado Springs: 3 schools
Denver: 3 schools
Greeley: 1 school
Lakewood: 2 schools
in Hawaii:
Honolulu: 1 school
in Idaho:
Moscow: 1 school
in Montana:
Missoula: 1 school
in Nevada:
Las Vegas: 2 schools
in New Mexico:
Albuquerque: 2 schools
Las Cruces: 2 schools
Santa Fe: 3 schools
in Oregon:
Ashland: 1 school
Corvallis: 1 school
Eugene: 1 school
Portland: 6 schools
in Utah:
Cedar City: 1 school
Logan: 1 school
Ogden: 1 school
Orem: 1 school
Provo: 1 school
Salt Lake City: 4 schools
in Washington:
Bellingham: 1 school
Ellensburg: 1 school
Seattle: 4 schools
Tacoma: 2 schools
in Wyoming:
Laramie: 1 school
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