General Drama Schools in The Midwest - 2017 Ranking

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In 2017, we have evaluated 270 schools offering general drama and theatre arts majors in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Theatre-Schools.com team ranks Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN), and University of Illinois (Champaign, IL) the top three general drama schools in the Midwest.

See the best 50 general drama schools and colleges in the Midwest below or narrow your search by program, state, or city in the Midwest. You might also want to view our fresh ranking of the top performing art schools and colleges in the Midwest.


Top 50 general drama schools in the Midwest:

Northwestern University - Theatre School Ranking
1. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL, 8 general drama programs

University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Theatre School Ranking
2. University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN, 4 general drama programs

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - Theatre School Ranking
3. University of Illinois

Champaign, IL, 3 general drama programs

Indiana University Bloomington - Theatre School Ranking
4. Indiana University Bloomington

Bloomington, IN, 5 general drama programs

Ohio State University - Theatre School Ranking
5. Ohio State University

Columbus, OH, 4 general drama programs

University of Wisconsin Madison - Theatre School Ranking
6. University of Wisconsin Madison

Madison, WI, 4 general drama programs

Wayne State University - Theatre School Ranking
7. Wayne State University

Detroit, MI, 4 general drama programs

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - Theatre School Ranking
8. University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI, 3 general drama programs

University of Nebraska Lincoln - Theatre School Ranking
9. University of Nebraska Lincoln

Lincoln, NE, 3 general drama programs

Purdue University - Theatre School Ranking
10. Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN, 3 general drama programs

University of Missouri Columbia - Theatre School Ranking
11. University of Missouri Columbia

Columbia, MO, 3 general drama programs

Washington University in St Louis - Theatre School Ranking
12. Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO, 3 general drama programs

Ohio University - Theatre School Ranking
13. Ohio University

Athens, OH, 2 general drama programs

Case Western Reserve University - Theatre School Ranking
14. Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH, 3 general drama programs

DePaul University - Theatre School Ranking
15. DePaul University

Chicago, IL, 1 general drama program

University of Notre Dame - Theatre School Ranking
16. University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN, 2 general drama programs

Illinois State University - Theatre School Ranking
17. Illinois State University

Normal, IL, 3 general drama programs

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

Iowa City, IA, 3 general drama programs

Kent State University at Kent - Theatre School Ranking
19. Kent State University

Kent, OH, 3 general drama programs

Michigan State University - Theatre School Ranking
20. Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI, 2 general drama programs

Bowling Green State University - Theatre School Ranking
21. Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH, 6 general drama programs

Minnesota State University Mankato - Theatre School Ranking
22. Minnesota State University Mankato

Mankato, MN, 5 general drama programs

Eastern Michigan University - Theatre School Ranking
23. Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI, 3 general drama programs

Kansas State University - Theatre School Ranking
24. Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS, 3 general drama programs

University of Kansas - Theatre School Ranking
25. University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS, 4 general drama programs

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee - Theatre School Ranking
26. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI, 2 general drama programs

Northern Illinois University - Theatre School Ranking
27. Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, IL, 2 general drama programs

Lindenwood University - Theatre School Ranking
28. Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO, 4 general drama programs

Oberlin College - Theatre School Ranking
29. Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH, 2 general drama programs

Loyola University Chicago - Theatre School Ranking
30. Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL, 2 general drama programs

Columbia College Chicago - Theatre School Ranking
31. Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, IL, 2 general drama programs

Missouri State University Springfield - Theatre School Ranking
32. Missouri State University Springfield

Springfield, MO, 2 general drama programs

University of Missouri Kansas City - Theatre School Ranking
33. University of Missouri Kansas City

Kansas City, MO, 2 general drama programs

Western Illinois University - Theatre School Ranking
34. Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL, 3 general drama programs

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

Oxford, OH, 2 general drama programs

University of Cincinnati - Theatre School Ranking
36. University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH, 1 general drama program

University of South Dakota - Theatre School Ranking
37. University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD, 4 general drama programs

Webster University - Theatre School Ranking
38. Webster University

Saint Louis, MO, 2 general drama programs

University of Southern Indiana - Theatre School Ranking
39. University of Southern Indiana

Evansville, IN, 2 general drama programs

University of Wisconsin La Crosse - Theatre School Ranking
40. University of Wisconsin La Crosse

La Crosse, WI, 2 general drama programs

Drake University - Theatre School Ranking
41. Drake University

Des Moines, IA, 3 general drama programs

University of Central Missouri - Theatre School Ranking
42. University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO, 3 general drama programs

Kenyon College - Theatre School Ranking
43. Kenyon College

Gambier, OH, 2 general drama programs

University of Illinois at Chicago - Theatre School Ranking
44. University of Illinois

Chicago, IL, 4 general drama programs

Butler University - Theatre School Ranking
45. Butler University

Indianapolis, IN, 2 general drama programs

Truman State University - Theatre School Ranking
46. Truman State University

Kirksville, MO, 2 general drama programs

Saint Louis University - Theatre School Ranking
47. Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO, 2 general drama programs

Grand Valley State University - Theatre School Ranking
48. Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI, 2 general drama programs

North Dakota State University - Theatre School Ranking
49. North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND, 3 general drama programs

Ohio Northern University - Theatre School Ranking
50. Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH, 1 general drama program

General drama schools in the Midwest by state:

Schools by State33 General Drama Schools in Illinois27 General Drama Schools in Indiana19 General Drama Schools in Iowa19 General Drama Schools in Kansas31 General Drama Schools in Michigan30 General Drama Schools in Minnesota32 General Drama Schools in Missouri12 General Drama Schools in Nebraska4 General Drama Schools in North Dakota34 General Drama Schools in Ohio6 General Drama Schools in South Dakota23 General Drama Schools in Wisconsin

General drama schools in other regions:

Northeast: 208 schools
South: 332 schools
West: 221 schools

Popular theatre school cities in the Midwest:

in Illinois:
Bloomington: 1 school
Carbondale: 1 school
Champaign: 2 schools
Chicago: 10 schools
Decatur: 1 school
Dekalb: 1 school
Evanston: 1 school
Macomb: 1 school
Naperville: 1 school
Normal: 1 school
in Indiana:
Bloomington: 1 school
Evansville: 2 schools
Indianapolis: 3 schools
Muncie: 1 school
Notre Dame: 2 schools
West Lafayette: 1 school
in Iowa:
Ames: 1 school
Cedar Falls: 1 school
Des Moines: 2 schools
Dubuque: 3 schools
Iowa City: 1 school
in Kansas:
El Dorado: 1 school
Lawrence: 2 schools
Manhattan: 1 school
Wichita: 2 schools
in Michigan:
Ann Arbor: 2 schools
Detroit: 3 schools
East Lansing: 1 school
Flint: 2 schools
Kalamazoo: 2 schools
Mount Pleasant: 1 school
Rochester Hills: 2 schools
Troy: 1 school
Ypsilanti: 1 school
in Minnesota:
Brooklyn Park: 2 schools
Duluth: 1 school
Mankato: 2 schools
Minneapolis: 4 schools
Moorhead: 2 schools
Northfield: 2 schools
Saint Cloud: 2 schools
Saint Paul: 8 schools
Winona: 2 schools
in Missouri:
Cape Girardeau: 1 school
Columbia: 2 schools
Kansas City: 3 schools
Kirksville: 1 school
Saint Charles: 1 school
Saint Louis: 7 schools
Springfield: 3 schools
Warrensburg: 1 school
in Nebraska:
Lincoln: 2 schools
Omaha: 3 schools
in Ohio:
Akron: 1 school
Athens: 1 school
Berea: 1 school
Bowling Green: 1 school
Cincinnati: 2 schools
Cleveland: 3 schools
Columbus: 4 schools
Dayton: 3 schools
Gambier: 1 school
Kent: 1 school
Oberlin: 1 school
Oxford: 1 school
in South Dakota:
Vermillion: 1 school
in Wisconsin:
Appleton: 1 school
Green Bay: 2 schools
Kenosha: 2 schools
La Crosse: 2 schools
Madison: 2 schools
Menomonie: 1 school
Milwaukee: 5 schools
Stevens Point: 1 school
Whitewater: 1 school
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