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Musical theatre programs not in top 10

BrewmomNCBrewmomNC 0 replies1 threads New Member
Hi! Anyone out there in a musical theatre program or applying for one? What are some good schools under $30K a year that may not be in the top 10 or even top 20 but are reputable? Anyone at Montclair State, Shenandoah Conservatory or Southeast Missouri State? Any other schools offer in-state tuition for BFA students? Montclair is one I found, would love to know if there are others. We are in NC.
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  • CaMom13CaMom13 1966 replies13 threads Senior Member
    Hi @BrewmomNC - there's a very active CC board for MT majors:

    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/musical-theater-major/

    I would use the search function first using the term 'hidden gem" because this question has been asked many times before! :) But you can also ask for help from the current crop of auditioners and MT parents, I am sure you'll get some help there.
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  • bjscheelbjscheel 631 replies5 threads Member
    I have very limited info as we briefly looked into this but my daughter didn't end up in MT. However, I did learn Southeast Missouri is fairly well regarded here on CC. And their scholarships are excellent- close to automatic full tuition with a 27 ACT.

    Also looked a little at University of South Dakota- they recently had an alumni get into Hamilton.
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  • HapworthHapworth 571 replies0 threads Member
    edited January 7
    North Central College in Naperville, IL.

    So few people know about this school and its musical theatre department. Let's put it this way. Students there complain that the theatre kids hold too much sway. This means that the musical theatre department kids are also very competitive.. This is in part because the school is in suburban Chicago, and the department offers internships at the American Theatre Company and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

    Or maybe people do know? Is North Central in the top 10 or 20 for musical theatre? It never really gets mentioned on these boards much.
    edited January 7
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 5017 replies22 threads Senior Member
  • MTMom2024MTMom2024 40 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @Knowsstuff Are you familiar with Illinois Wesleyan? My son passed their pre-screen but we really don't know a lot about the program.
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  • TexasMTDadTexasMTDad 176 replies0 threads Junior Member
    My son just finished his first semester at Montclair State in New Jersey. They give in-state tuition to all MT majors... probably will be just at $30K living on campus with full meal plan.

    He love it there. He says that there are many people working on Broadway coming over to give workshops and that many of the faculty are also working-or previous Broadway. He is not a dancer but is excited about how well the non-dancers have learned to dance by the time they're seniors.

    He is also having a blast. The MT kids dorm together and hang together. He also seems to be learning to like the taste of beer... which is weird because I definitely liked beer BEFORE I went to college: :lol:
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  • TexasMTDadTexasMTDad 176 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Also, I think if you asked 100 people on this board what the top 10 MT schools are, you will get 100 different answers. Most will have Michigan State, CCM, and Carnegie Mellon in some 1,2,3 order... but after that, who knows? Montclair State is a good fit for my son and he is getting the education he wants/needs.
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  • DramaLove2020DramaLove2020 187 replies5 threads Junior Member
    @TexasMTDad My D is auditioning there in a few weeks. She is really excited about this program. How competitive is it to get in? I feel like everyone is so good and everything is so competitive. She has gotten two early BFA offers so she is feeling good but this is one of her hopeful ones !
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  • All4FSUAll4FSU 320 replies18 threads Member
    Florida State University offers an out-of -state waiver of between 50% and 100% for BFA and BM students.

    Michele
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 5017 replies22 threads Senior Member
    @MTMom2024. Yes I do. Please PM me with questions. My daughter was a theater designer there till she switched fields and schools. She also went to a high school performing arts High school in Chicago and was in the Musical Theater tract. She actually has a friend in Hamilton that just ended in Chicago and Mean Girls that is just starting in Chicago.
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  • CaMom13CaMom13 1966 replies13 threads Senior Member
    @BrewmomNC - have you added UNC Greensboro to your list yet?
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  • TexasMTDadTexasMTDad 176 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @TexasMTDad My D is auditioning there in a few weeks. She is really excited about this program. How competitive is it to get in? I feel like everyone is so good and everything is so competitive. She has gotten two early BFA offers so she is feeling good but this is one of her hopeful ones !

    Hard to say. My son got into other schools (Point Park, TCU) but didn't get into the big ones (CCM, UM, CMU, Syracuse, etc.) I think his class is 28 students... which is more than they expected to accept... probably due to how competitive all of the schools have gotten.
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 5017 replies22 threads Senior Member
    Point Park is an excellent program
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  • 4angels4angels 136 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @Knowsstuff IWU was in my daughter's top 4 choices last year. We loved the program- the school is small but very prestigious. The education is top notch. They only accepted around 14 kids last year. In the end, the location was not as convenient as we would have liked, but it's a fabulous program!
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  • Sonnie323Sonnie323 17 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @TexasMTDad, very happy to hear that your son is enjoying Montclair State, they are on our radar for next year. I am also happy to hear that just because my son has not danced much more than what he's learned for school productions, that he is not limited. Best of luck for continued success for you son and thank you so much for sharing. We are just starting out journey.
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  • Sonnie323Sonnie323 17 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Hello Everyone, newbie to all of this and we have found a few schools based on searching on line. I am wondering if anyone call give us some insight. My son's first choices so far are none of the main ones we are hearing about. He is looking into: Arcadia in PA; Wells in NY; Wesleyan in CT; Elon in NC; Wagner in NY, Western Conn in CT, Rider in NJ, and Ramapo, NJ. We have also added Montclair in NJ recently and see that it may be a great choice based on comments. Does anyone have any experience with these schools? Thank you.
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  • TexasMTDadTexasMTDad 176 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited January 15
    Sonnie323 wrote: »
    @TexasMTDad, very happy to hear that your son is enjoying Montclair State, they are on our radar for next year. I am also happy to hear that just because my son has not danced much more than what he's learned for school productions, that he is not limited. Best of luck for continued success for you son and thank you so much for sharing. We are just starting out journey.

    Just a note of warning... he says that most of his friends ARE dance people so he might have just danced enough but with solid voice and acting.

    He feels VERY fortunate to have gotten into a strong dance program as that is what he wanted to focus on most. He LOVES his dance classes.
    edited January 15
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  • CaMom13CaMom13 1966 replies13 threads Senior Member
    edited January 15
    @Sonnie323 - That's an interesting list, some great schools but a pretty "mixed bag" in terms of program/school focus and competitiveness for admissions. Can you give us some idea what criteria you used for searching and if your son is interested in a BA or BFA program? Edit: It looks like you've already got a new thread going so maybe just answer there! :)
    edited January 15
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