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Best MT schools on west coast?

elledaspitzerelledaspitzer Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
I am looking at schools mostly on the east coast and middle east, and am hoping to add some schools from west coast (Utah, Arizona, Colorado, California, Washington) because I live near there. My mom wants to do a road trip to visit a couple schools, so that knocks off all schools on the east coast. We live in CA, and she says we can only visit schools from "colorado over" so if any one has any personal stories or info about schools in those states PLEASE let me know! thank you so much!!

Replies to: Best MT schools on west coast?

  • MTDad2025MTDad2025 Registered User Posts: 21 Junior Member
    Middle East?
  • vvnstarvvnstar Registered User Posts: 1,618 Senior Member
    A few to consider:

    University of Utah
    University of Arizona
    Arizona State University
    University of Northern Colorado
    Cornish College of the Arts
    AMDA -Los Angeles
    possibly University of Southern California - they are supposed to be starting an MT BFA
    UC Irvine
    If you can look a little further east I'd definitely look at Texas State. I think it is the strongest MT program closest to CA. It is also one of the more affordable options. But it is very difficult to get in.
    Also a little further East but not all the way to the East Coast would be several schools in Oklahoma that have good programs including:
    Oklahoma City University
    University of Oklahoma
    Central Oklahoma University
  • vvnstarvvnstar Registered User Posts: 1,618 Senior Member
    Another in Texas I forgot to mention earlier is Texas Christian University. It has a nice MT program also.

  • CaMom13CaMom13 Registered User Posts: 393 Member
    edited September 14
    @elledaspitzer - fewer schools on the West Coast will have exclusively MT programs but many have fantastic acting programs and MT certificate or minors.

    In S. Cal I'd recommend looking at:
    UCLA
    UCI
    Chapman University
    Cal State Fullerton - very good reputation and easy to get into but it's a cut program and v-e-r-y competitive. They go from 75+ Freshman to about 10 Seniors.

    Another thing to consider while you are visiting schools is there are many great acting programs at schools where you can take dance and voice electives. If you end up visiting the southland I would add on...
    CalArts
    USC
    UCSD

    (By the way, my D and I did a junior tour but she didn't want to stay in CA for college so our trip took us from Boston to Philly. It was really useful - it's really different "back there" and you might want see if your mom won't consider flying to wherever your top schools are for a tour. My D only applied to schools that did the "Unified" weekend in L.A. so that trip was the sole chance we had to check out campuses and cities and it *definitely* made up her mind not to apply to some. Just something to consider.)
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