USC (BA) vs. Northwestern
Hi all, I'm a senior in high school trying to decide between USC's BA program in theatre and Northwestern's theatre program. I am very academically oriented and am hoping to act/direct in college. While money isn't a huge deal, it is hard to walk away from USC giving me money. I'm hoping that anyone involved in either of these programs can expand on the pros/cons.
USC: Has both BFA and BA programs. If I go to USC I will be receiving a half tuition (about $19,000/year) and am in the Thematic Option Honors Program.
Northwestern: Traditionally a very strong program. A top 20 school in the nation. Only BA. They do not give out merit scholarships to freshmen.
If you know anything about USC or Northwestern's programs PLEASE feel free to elaborate! Below I have some questions that apply to both schools (unless one school in particular is named).
1.) How many student directed shows are there a year?
2.) Can a student receive money to help mount their own show?
3.) Is the BA vs BFA at USC an issue for students? (I know at other schools students feel that BA students feel like second class citizens compared to the BFA students)
4.) Do the theatre majors and film majors have a good relationship and do film students use theatre majors in their student films?
5.) Is it hard for BA students at USC to get into productions as an actor?
6.) Can a student go Greek and be a dedicated theatre major (involved in many shows, etc)
7.) About how many shows does each school mount a year?
8.) Professors: are they well respected in the theatre community? Do they teach acting very analytically?
9.) Improv: are there significant improv troops on Northwestern's campus?
10.) What are the specific strengths of each school/theatre program?
11.) What does the school lack/what are some weaknesses of the school/theatre program?
Thank you so much!